Ask Different is a question and answer site for power users of Apple hardware and software. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

Any suggestion for a non-Apple monitor to connect to MBA (mid-2011)? The display has to reach the same resolution without flickering. Does a non-Apple Thunderbolt display exist?

share|improve this question
up vote 3 down vote accepted

It's not advertised all that well, but Apple still sells the non-Thunderbolt 27" LED Display (Apple Store US Link).

As CajunLuke points out, there are other good 27" displays out there, notably by Dell and HP, just be careful that you're getting one that isn't low resolution (1920x1080 on a 27" won't look great - the good ones are 2560x1440), and has a native Displayport input - as you may be aware, the miniDisplayport to dual-link DVI adapters have some issues.

share|improve this answer
Many thanks guys! I think I'll buy apple display because the price is so similar. So buying apple monitor I'll have thunderbolt port and usb replicator... – Zer0 Apr 10 '12 at 8:49

Most any 27" display has the same resolution as the Apple Thunderbolt Display. However, the Apple Thunderbolt display is the only Thunderbolt display currently on sale.

If you simply want at 27" display that's not made by Apple, check out Dell and HP.

share|improve this answer

Asus allegedly demoed a 27" thunderbolt display at computex, but the disappointing thing is that the review says it's only 1920 x 1080. There is no mention of the display on Asus' website.

share|improve this answer

According to the Thunderbolt Technology Community, Apple is, as of May 14, 2012, the only manufacturer to offer a display with Thunderbolt connectivity.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.