Apple Thunderbolt Display

I am considering buying an Apple Thunderbolt Display to use with my 13" MacBook Pro and was wondering if it was worth the massive price tag or not. I mostly love the look of it and how it is designed. and dont really need an entire other computer like an iMac. I hate plastic cheap computers/monitors as a whole, so I would like to know what, if any alternatives are out there?

thanks for your input

- Pruett