Anyone use Dual-Screen Thunderbolt Displays on a Mac?

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    Jun 05, 2012 11:57 AM GMT
    Thinking of upgrading my monitor to a pair of thunderbolt screen displays... anyone use them?

    Are they any good / better than the 27" LED Cinema Displays?
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    Jun 05, 2012 6:39 PM GMT
    Shawnathan saidSomeone correct me if I am wrong, but I think the only major difference with thunderbolt is their ability to transfer data through your display port rather than using up one of your usb ports. If you don't have a lightning bolt beside your display port then you have to go with the regular cinema displays.


    If you have the Thunderbolt capacity, then the Thunderbolt display could be a good idea. It provides power via a MagSafe connector, plus its USB, Firewire, and Ethernet ports all use the Thunderbolt connection to handle data. Keeps things very streamlined if you have to disconnect/reconnect often.

    If you don't have Thunderbolt capacity, then stick to the 27" LED Cinema Display.
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    Jun 06, 2012 1:28 PM GMT
    I'm replacing two older screens with pretty low resolution, (1280x1024) I do want two screens because of the work that I do - I can have one app running on one screen visible in its native resolution, and another on the next screen and switch between the two..

    My current screens aren't Apple displays - but use a HDMI to DVI and another uses a Displayport to DVI to connect to the back of my Mac Mini.

    Older style Displayport screens do fit into the thunderbolt port on the newer Macs - if you have one with an ATI display adapter integrated (some 27", mac mini's and Mac Pro's) you can have two Thunderbolt displays daisy chained ( a display must be the last device on the thunderbolt chain)

    You cannot put a display port monitor onto the end of a Thunderbolt chain, if there is a monitor there already..

    I've heard comments negative and positive about the Thunderbolts - just thought that there'd be a few in here that had used one..

    The technical side of things I think I've got a handle on - just the quality and experience with them is where I'm at a loss..

    Some people had issues with the 27" LED Displays being too reflective and not being easily colour calibrated (allegedly)...