If you’re in the market for a secondary display to supplement your MacBook screen, then you may be considering both the Apple Cinema Display and the revolutionary new Thunderbolt Display. Though there is no doubt that the Thunderbolt Display is impressive (in fact there are rumors of a future 5K Thunderbolt Display), the Cinema Display is still an excellent option as far as image quality.
So, should you save some money and get a used Apple Cinema Display through eBay, or are you better off investing in the stunning Thunderbolt? Which you choose may depend on the technology you require, or it may simply be down to price.
Cinema Displays are frequently offered by different eBay sellers, with 27-inch models currently selling for approximately $600.00. Older ones can be found even cheaper, with some as low as $100.00 and $200.00, but of course they don’t possess the same quality you’d expect with models that are a year or two old.
One important aspect to consider is the risk involved when buying something like a Cinema Display from an eBay seller. Bargains can be found, but they don’t always offer the best deals, so it’s imperative you do your research before you think you’re saving money. Too often, people assume something is a bargain when it’s on eBay, but that isn’t necessarily the case.
Also, you may not have any recourse if something goes wrong. While there are sellers on eBay who offer warranties and excellent return policies, they aren’t standard. Many don’t accept returns, leaving consumers with no recourse if something goes wrong. Should you be keen on finding a used Cinema Display on the popular auction site, however, you can check out those factors in advance. It’s also a good idea to go with a seller who has consistently positive feedback from at least 100 different customers.
Instead of eBay, some Apple fans looking for a deal turn to the computing giant itself, and seek out a refurbished Cinema Display. Prices of such items may be similar to those on eBay, and in some cases slightly higher. However, a refurbished model from Apple has gone through a thorough inspection and is virtually like brand new. It will also come with a limited warranty to protect against any defects during the initial period of ownership.
Cinema Displays are known for their high-end quality and excellent color accuracy. They also have a higher response time than an average computer monitor. These features make them an excellent choice for photographers, videographers, programmers and designers.
The new Thunderbolt will likely set you back another $400.00, as a brand new 27-inch model retails online from the Apple Store for $999.00. However, for those willing or able to invest in the best monitor for macbook pro retina, it will equip them with the latest in technology and a host of extremely useful features.
The Thunderbolt Display has I/O technology built right in, allowing the movement of data at unprecedented speeds. Far more than just a computer monitor you can plug into your MacBook when the 13-inch or 15-inch screen isn’t enough, it allows for the connection of up to six devices directly through a single, compact port. The Thunderbolt boasts a MagSafe connector, providing it with the ability to power and charge your MacBook. It’s also a plug and play hub for high-resolution display, top-quality audio, high definition FaceTime, support for FireWire 800 and Gigabit Ethernet. With transfer rates twenty times faster than USB 2.0 and twelve times faster than FireWire 800, it’s the ultimate docking station, and can transform even a MacBook Air into a complete workstation.
The Thunderbolt hardware interface was initially released in February 2011 and current models of MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Mac Mini all come equipped with a Thunderbolt port. With unparalleled color consistency and a 16:9 aspect ratio, it is an excellent investment for anyone looking to expand the capabilities of their MacBook.