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Glance at Apple's new Thunderbolt Display and you might mistake it for an iMac. Look a bit closer, and you might still be fooled – the display is the same as the panel used in the current 27-inchers. Even if you were to take it apart, the sheer volume of chips, ports, fans and assorted gubbins inside it might not convince you that this is just a monitor. But it's more than just a monitor! Let's start with its performance as a straight display, though. It's entirely as we've come to expect from Apple: a glossy panel (no option for matte) with a high resolution and gloriously wide viewing angles. As usual, colours are good – if perhaps no more than good in the eyes of demanding creative professionals – and the general feel is rewarding. 27-inches can dominate many desks, but it's undeniably lovely to have so much space in which to stretch out. So far, so utterly predictable for an Apple monitor: an entirely competent display. While it can be bettered in price by Dell's UltraSharp U2711 which uses the same panel (and is available online for as little as almost half) and bettered in image quality from high-end displays from NEC and Eizo, it's still an object of lust for many folks who own other Apple kit.
You don't have to be an Apple fanboy to appreciate the new Apple Thunderbolt Display ($999 direct), but you will need to have a Thunderbolt-ready Mac destkop or laptop to use it, and be willing to shell out close to a grand for the privilege. This 27-inch beauty is the first display to utilize Thunderbolt I/O technology, and its connectivity prowess makes it an ideal docking station for Thunderbolt-enabled MacBooks. It also delivers bright, accurate colors and excellent image detail. Its flaws - a relatively slow response time produces some motion artifacts, and a glossy screen coating that can be very reflective - is somewhat minor compared with what it has to offer. It earns our Editors' Choice for high-end monitors. A word about Thunderbolt technology; co-developed by Intel and Apple, Thunderbolt is a dual-channel I/O solution (based on PCI Express and DisplayPort technologies) that delivers twice the I/O performance (10Gbps) as USB 3.0 (5Gbps) using a single cable. According to Apple, Thunderbolt is up to 20 times faster than USB 2.0 and 12 times faster than FireWire 800.