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Dell UltraSharp U2711 vs Apple Thunderbolt Display

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I want a 27" and am trying to decide between the two. My choices are between the Apple Thunderbolt display or the Dell Ultrasharp U2711. I will eventually buy 3 of them for triple monitor gaming, but am going for 1 for right now.

Anybody have experience with these monitors? I will be buying them brand new.
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My 3 LG monitors have LED lighting, and I don't really like it. Main reason is it's edge lighting, which when the screen is dark/black and the lights are off you can easily see lights coming from the edges of the monitor. Very distracting, and doesn't bode well for Diablo 3, which I plan to play lots of.
 

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What connections does the Apple display use?? I thought it was just thunderbolt...
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It has USB, and Mini DP as well. Which with various adapters mini DP becomes DVI, HDMI, DP, VGA.
 

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I'm looking at it now. I see three usb ports, firewire, thunderbolt, and ethernet only?
Mini Display port.
 

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Where is this? Sorry I don't mean to badger. I just don't want you to spend $3k on monitors that won't work for you. Plus I am curious as I was looking at the Dell as well.
Thunderbolt and Mini DP are the same connectors. Thunderbolt is based off Displayport.
 

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If you check that wiki, it states that mac's without a thunderbolt port can't use the thunderbolt display though. Lots of mac's have had mini-dp ports. My old iMac from 2006 had one. There is conflicting info here. I can't find anything that confirms that thunderbolt and mini-dp use the same ports, just that it is based off of dp.
Apples website will tell you what I posted above.
 

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@Ovlazek I talked to the Apple Store rep. You can plug in a mini DP, but for display only.
 

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Unrelated, I've never seen the mac displays run in eyefinity. Might be because they're so expensive, but the bezels are also really thick so that would spoil the image imo.
A nice $200+ monitor stand can hold 3 monitors and angle them so most of the bezel disappears. I have seen a couple eyefinity Apple Cinema displays around here.

I am going to get 3 of the U2711. Thx for everyones input.
 
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