• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    GLOSS is horrible

    • Written by from Toronto

    Cool monitor....but if you actually have to work on it it is brutal on your eyes. The gloss is terrible if you work in a room with any light whatsoever. It's like staring in a mirror.

    I don't understand why they didn't make this a matte finish.

    12 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    The main reason turning me away

    • Written by from Markham

    As a monitor only, why is this thing thicker (or at least the edges) than the 27-inch iMac??

    When I look at them at the Apple store and can't help keep comparing the two, the iMac actually look more like a "monitor" and this product look more like the computer.

    20 of 31 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Thunderbolt uneven in performance

    • Written by from Wynnewood

    I was excited to get my Thunderbolt display and have it work seamlessly with my MacBook Pro, which it did for the first few months. Now it is temperamental and sometimes goes on, sometimes not. Sometimes the USB ports work, sometimes not. I called AppleCare and they suggested that I just bring it back to the store and perhaps get a new one. I did notice that the Thunderbolt cable gets warm when the screen goes out. And I have to plug it in several times before the display goes on. Oddly, the Thunderbolt display does NOT work with Apple TV -something they couldn't explain to me at my local Apple store. When it works, I am happy with it for the most part. Perhaps I just got a lemon and need to return it.

    12 of 15 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Thunderbolt LLB with MacBook Air

    • Written by from Loudon

    I love this combo. I had read some poor reviews with the first model Thunderbolt LLA, but the LLB works great. I will sell my older iMac and just run off one super portable computer. I was a bit worried that my "slower" GHZ Air would run the big display: no problem at all. For a while I had noticed that the 2.8 GHZ iMac was, in fact, slower at most everything perhaps due to hard disk access or whatever. The Air with the Thunderbolt wakes up almost immediately. I get no more slow downs and Safari crashes. Plus, the system is now on my wireless connect almost immediately. The older iMac always took a minute or so. I transferred my menu bar to the big screen. When I want a lot of screen space, I move the mouse seamlessly between screens. When I need less, I just close the cover of the MacBook Air and everything goes to the Thunderbolt. Great work, Apple.

    10 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    27" Thunderbolt display 2013

    • Written by from Camarillo

    I have read many negative comments regarding this display. In my case, I purchased this monitor two months ago for use on my MacMini. Its works great! I do appreciate the screen, particularly after I previously had a LG monitor. It is big enough to "split" the screen between two apps or documents via word & PowerPoint. I have two Seagate desktopThunderbolt drives attached between the Mac & the Monitor and that works as advertised. I also use the display app to attach a Ipad2 to the mini as well. I keep my Itunes on that screen while keeping the 27" free for use on what I am working on. I use the USB port on the back to power the Ipad2. I do not use the speakers as I found them to be too "tinny" for my taste. Rather, I have a great speaker setup with I attach directly to the Mini, instead. The added power cord I use to charge up my MacBookPro. If I get another 27" display, I will use the Thunderbolt connector for that purpose. (We shall see what Maverick looks like in the fall). Finally, ethernet, and all other connections I connect directly to the Mini. I don't know what people are trying to do that makes this monitor seem so bad, but I have no problems with it. Yes, it is pricey, but after viewing LG, Dell, and other monitors over the years, I like what I see. If you have glare issues with this monitor, you will have glare issues with any other monitor out there. The issue is not the monitor but your surroundings. That is not Apple's fault. July 21, 2013, Camarillo, CA., USA.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Thunderbolt Display vs The Competition

    • Written by from Clifton

    At the time I'm writing down this comparison, the mainstream contender Dell Ultrasharp U2713HM is a close match for potential buyers. I have compared both displays in almost every possible way there is, but finally concluded the following:

    1. If you are after value, its 27" ATD. Why? A Dell costs you about $700 compared to ATD $1000. The dell does not have a built in web-cam, quality mic and decent speakers apart from the Thunderbolt connectivity etc. Yes you could hook up those but the cables and more cables. And dont forget that automatic brightness sensor that adjusts itself.

    2. Yes, the glare is a problem but have we forgotten the good old days we used to be happily computing with a 17" CTR infront of us? Actually, the edge to edge glass with aluminum housing gives a premium feel and look. The Dell on the other hand does not, even for $700 (which is still a considerable sum).

    3. As for accuracy, well, it bet your doubts will be readily cleared once you see both side by side. I believe the ATD still beats Dell U2713HM in value, performance and aesthetics.

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing

    • Written by from Edmonton

    Was a little hesitant purchasing it because of the price. But I have no regrets buying it. Great colour and picture, and the design is beautiful. Its really nice to also have the camera in the front and all the ports in the back. Would highly recommend it to anybody looking for something to increase the size of their macbook's screen or somebody looking for a display for their mac mini!

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I must have gotten a good one

    • Written by from Washington

    Mine is connected to a 17in mid-2011 MacBook Pro. I've owned mine for 4 months. The display is crystal clear and the audio is good. If I wanted better audio I could add a pair of external B&W's, but I don't see a need. I boot to windows 7 with the laptop lid open. Windows 7 look great. I play Need For Speed Hot Pursuit in Windows 7 and the speakers are fine

    I have my Ethernet and USB devices connected to the Thunderbolt Display. This is really slick because when I need to disconnect my laptop, I only have to remove the Thunderbolt and power cable,

    For me me this is very clever product that lives up to what Apple said it would do.

    10 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome. Steve and team did it again

    • Written by from Markham

    I bought it to try it out. My other monitors are Acer 24 inch displays that are 1080. I often had problems working on my computer past a few hours. my eyes would almost see nothing as all the light seems to blend together. This is not the case with the Thunderbolt display. Had hooked them up together today after 10 days of ownership to decide if I want to keep it.

    The original LCD display i had was so dark dim, and the text and graphics were so poor that I could not possibly go back to it. I am a graphics designer part time and I can't believe all the colors, contrasts and resolution that was missing.

    My only gripe is that it does not work with my mini-display MBP. So now, I have an excuse to upgrade that as well :)

    21 of 33 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    No matte option. Glare unbareable.

    • Written by from Denver

    The matte screen protectors don't help. They make the monitor look blurry because there is a thick layer of glass in front of the screen. Matte films need to be part of the design.

    12 of 16 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Display runs hot

    • Written by from VANCOUVER

    Bought the Thunderbolt display for a new MacBook Pro. Beautiful crisp colors and black colors are really black. My only complaint is that the display runs HOT. I measured 40º to 44ºC (111ºF) on the front glass of the monitor. It is hot enough to feel when sitting in front of the display, and I find it a little uncomfortable. Just to check I didn’t have a lemon I went to the local Apple store and found similar temperatures on two Thunderbolt displays they had there.

    P.S. Apple - having a rotatable portrait/landscape display feature would have been nice for the money paid for this display.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Thunderbolt Display Awesome

    • Written by from Long Beach

    I couldn't be any happier. I have a 15" Retina Macbook Pro with the highest specs. Pairing it with the display is just works seamlessly. The laptop charges while connected to the display and the sound is fairly good too compared to the laptop speakers. It's the best $1K I've spent in a long time.

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Exactly what I wanted

    • Written by from Boynton Beach

    This display is magnificent in all aspects. It works perfectly with my MacBook Air. Easy to connect/Setup, great sound quality and perfect picture.

    10 of 12 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Amateur Hour...

    • Written by from Nashville

    No fixes. STILL no matte option. Nobody listening... pathetic...

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    So far so good

    • Written by from CHRISTIANSBURG

    I bought this to streamline my desk; sold the iMac and use my MacBook pro as my main computer. So far I've had no problems with the sleep stuff others have been reporting. My firewire hard drive works fine as well as any USB peripherals I have hooked up the the TBD. I've had it set up for one day so maybe it takes some time for this stuff to happen. I'll update my review after a few weeks of use.

    12 of 16 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Monitor

    • Written by from Lafayette

    Was hesitant at first since the puppy is not cheap. Definitely the best monitor I have ever owned. Have more power now with my MacBook PRO, Parallels and WIN7 (when I need it) in less space!

    14 of 20 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Why no USB 3.0?

    • Written by from Albuquerque

    I bought the 27 in Thunderbolt display to pair with my 27 in iMac (2011). It's a fine monitor and I have managed to work around some of the quirks such as making a spacer to lift it the amount needed to match my iMac ... I must ask why was this necessary but I digress.

    My principle complaint is the lack of USB 3.0 ports. Since my iMac was the last version with USB 2.0 I am feeling the lack of connectivity with external devices like my DROBO S.

    10 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic

    • Written by from Greenville

    This monitor is fantastic. I use it with my mid-2012 non-retina Macbook Pro 15". Because I purchased the pre-retina model this gives me 27" of high definition quality. The only time I unplug the display is to travel. I play one game in windows and use bootcamp. When I want to boot into windows, I simply go to System Preferences, then Start Up Disc, select Bootcamp, then restart into windows. To go back to OSX without unplugging the display, I just go to the right corner, select boot into OSX, then i'm back in OSX. When I'm done with using the computer, I just select sleep. The only time you need to unhook is if you turn off the machine, or to travel.
    The other advantage is I get to store the power supply and cord that came with my laptop in my bag for when I travel. If you plan to buy a non-retina, and want a high resolution screen that doubles as a docking station, this is a great choice. If you want a Mac Pro desktop, this is a great choice. If you want a second display on your iMac, this is a great choice, if you want a much larger display for your Retina Macbook Pro, again this is a great choice.
    I am glad I purchased the Thunderbolt display.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Owning a Thunderbolt Display is beyond words

    • Written by from Novi

    I usually do not write reviews of products unless it is significant. And the Thunderbolt Display is a joy to own. I purchased this six months ago, and with both the Mac Mini and Macbook Pro 2012 it is phenomenal. Although most people would object to wasting money and purchasing a $ 1000 display, well that is your opinion. Not mine. So let us agree to disagree.

    I use this strictly for photography, file management, photoshop editing, and video clipping. It is beyond words.

    I give four stars only because I dislike the three ports with USB 2.0 speed. The Thunderbolt port is fast, extremely fast. The pixels are clean and bright, a crispness to the images that I have rendered that I did not see before on a PC (Non Apple Display) the color now pops, it actually is quite sharp and the dark detail is amazing. The glare from the screen is not noticeable

    The Apple Thunderbolt Display is an incredible and beautiful display monitor. Its lightning fast thunderbolt port connection is an added bonus. I recommend it if you have the money

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Top Notch Product

    • Written by from Sarasota

    I use this as an additional monitor with my 27" iMac. Built in switches in both units it very convenient. Display is sharp and clear with no glare.

    8 of 9 people found this useful