• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice Display - Terribly Thought out Integration

    • Written by from Coppell

    All the specifications and aesthetics are there in the Thunderbolt display. Unfortunately, there seems to be a pretty good disconnect when it comes to reliability when using the display as a primary dock point for your MacBook Pro or MacBook Air.

    In the first few days of use this was a sweet set up being able to unplug the MPB and come back and plug in to see network connections automatically restore. Now however whether it is unplugged or left attached the network connection disappears forcing a re-boot. No matter the settings, sleep/no-sleep, the connection drifts away within a few hours without warning. Best bet is to read up before purchasing this current generation of Thunderbolt display.

    65 of 70 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not a docking station

    • Written by from St. Paul

    Don't waste your money. The thunderbolt cable give you nice access to USB. But you have to reboot every time you want to use the Ethernet and Firewire built into the display. Save the hassle.

    94 of 102 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Truly Amazing

    • Written by from PORTLAND

    I had to admit, like most of you probably are, I was a little hesitant about even thinking about spending $1,000 on a monitor. Seeing it finally in stores though, I decided to make the leap, and while I felt guilty at first, I'm so glad I did. This thing is amazing! Not only is the display the best I have ever seen, having one cord access to additional ports, a decent sound system, and a better webcam, is extremely efficient for anyone trying to pull off the laptop/desktop workspace. I currently own an 11" 2011 MBA, performance is still fantastic even with the display plugged in. Previous clam shell mode issues must have been fixed, I use it daily with no problems. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a display to accompany there Apple laptop. You will not regret dropping the cash on this gorgeous piece of techonology.

    21 of 28 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A Beautiful Beast

    • Written by from Rex

    Yes, to answer the first question; It's BIG! You get a lot of gorgeous territory to play with once this creature is hooked up. And "hooking it up" could not have been easier. I already keep my 2010 15" MacBook Pro in sleep mode when not in use, so attaching it was simply a matter of attaching the power cord and Thunderbolt cable, and it picked it right up. You have to go into preferences and set you microphone, speakers and network cable which takes about 1 minute tops. I would suggest to all who are going to use this as a desktop replacement and not use the laptop screen you may want to get a Henge Dock to keep your laptop out of the way. Mine sits in the corner of the desk in it's Henge Dock, and when I want to take it elsewhere I simply pull it out of the cradle. Could not be simpler. This display is absolutely beautiful, and Apple thought of everything in port replication. Absolutely worth the expense if you plan to use your MacBook as a desktop replacement. To the people who complained about no power switch my answer would be that most people don't turn their computers off anymore. It's just as cheap to put them in sleep mode, uses no more power, quicker to start and much less wear on the computer.

    27 of 38 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

    So Disappointed

    • Written by from Bronx

    I've had problems with the Thunderbolt Display, since the first time i connected it to my mac-mimi. The image just goes out and I can't turn it back on. I tried unplugging the power cord and then back on and it worked but only with constant flickers as if is about to turn off again. If it goes to sleep mode I can never turn it back on. I have to connect my tv to my my Mac so I can save what I was working on and then restart my computer in order to get the screen to work and even that, doesn't always work. I'm a photographer and while retouching images this can be very frustrating. VERY VERY disappointed. It's a thousand dollar display. I should not have this problems...

    93 of 111 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good product but mixed feelings

    • Written by from San Antonio

    Make sure you have a Mac book pro that was purchased after Mar 2011 or this product will not work.

    Pros
    Beautiful display
    Large 27"
    Matches other apple gear
    Similar to a docking station

    Cons
    Sub par speakers
    $1000 - you could buy an iMac for a few more hundred
    Same thickness and weight as an iMac without the technology

    Haven't decided if I am going to keep it, but it works great!

    36 of 42 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Needs a less glossy screen and a few more features to be work $1,000

    • Written by from Glen Allen

    My brother works for Apple, so I am a long time Apple fan, with that said I have a few issues with this monitor. First off, I love the monitor and am glad I bought it! I am docking my 13" MBP to it and I absolutely love the setup! I wish the screen was less glossy, it is noticeable. I also with it had it's own audio in/out and it's own dedicated power button. I like to power my Macbook Pro off when I am not home but in order to turn it back on I have to take it out of the stand I bought for it, open up the clamshell and actually turn it on. If it had these features it would be well worth $1,000, without it's worth about $800. Sorry Apple, just being honest. :(

    46 of 48 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great, especially when it's not sunny

    • Written by from ROTTERDAM

    This is the best screen I've had. It's expensive for what it is though, the sound is poor and you'll hear some soft noise when the speakers are activated. The USB hub and ethernet port are fantastic and work great.

    One thing I can't understand: there has been no effort whatsoever to make this screen less glossy. This means you'll have a hard time using it when it's sunny. So this screen is perfect if you like working with the curtains closed, but if you like to work in a sunny office you'll probably want a different screen.

    You can set it to full brightness to see everything, but your eyes will get tired because of the reflection and the bright light. I never had headaches when using the computer, but it started after I bought this screen. I guess Apple doesn't mind. There have been petitions and a lot of requests for offering a matte version, but no action whatsoever.

    I'd think it's worth 600 -700 euros, but not 1000 because of the flaws. I'll replace it as soon as I can get a Thunderbolt screen that's matte.

    It has perfect viewing angles and that makes it perfect to show things to clients (again, when it's not sunny).

    33 of 41 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Looks good, but has design flaws

    • Written by from Toronto

    Don't hope to use this monitor as a 'docking station' for your thunderbolt-equipped MBA or MBP; there's no microphone, headphone, or SD-card reader built in. A pity - could have made a fantastic home-base for the mobile crowd. Seems silly, to have lowered the bar, all for the sake of shaving a few dollars off the bottom line.

    29 of 57 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great with 2 monitors and laptop display

    • Written by from Mesa

    I hooked up two of these to my 2011 MacBook pro 15" i7 and WOW - they look great and both run in full resolution while still letting my laptop display function as a third monitor. Having read some forums online before purchasing I did not expect the laptop display to still function - and was very pleasantly surprised when it did. They are crystal clear, and really work well at a slight angle the way I prefer them (no perceptible color or brightness shift).

    I wish they had additional inputs (e.g. HDMI and/or DVI) and a power switch - but other than that they are working out great!

    23 of 27 people found this useful

  • 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

    Flawless and an Excellent Addition to any existing Mac!

    • Written by from Cleator Moor

    I recently updated my Mac setup at home,

    after using a 3.06Ghz dual core with a Samsung B2200 display, thought i'd had a great setup, but after making the change to a 2.07GHz Quad Core with 16GB of RAM i though i'd update my second display too, this display is beautiful, the colour matching to the iMac is fantastic for a start, but i have never witnessed such seamless integration using a second display, the viewing angle is off the hook, and you only notice a change in quality if you're not looking at the screen at all!

    I use High end programs such as After Effects and Final Cut Pro endlessly and now i have this amazing quality second display i am sprawling every piece of my programs across both screens as i never loose referencing quality with this display.

    also, with thunderbolt connections and daisy chaining possibilities, this is a future-proof piece of kit!

    10 million stars, quite the financial pinch, but well worth it!

    15 of 17 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Incredible. You won't regret it

    • Written by from Kirkland

    I felt kind of guilty spending so much on this monitor, but now that I've had it a week or so I'm so glad I did! Just an amazing monitor. I never want to leave my desk now!

    24 of 29 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    simple elegant design beautiful display

    • Written by from Palo Alto

    This display reduces clutter by having Ethernet, usb and Firewire coalescing in the back of the display and delivered through one cable to the computer. No need for a power plug.

    17 of 21 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works well, nice design

    • Written by from Steinbach

    I've read some of the more negative reviews of this product and felt I had to chime in. I use this monitor with my 17" MBP, often with the laptop in clamshell; I have had no problems recovering from sleep mode with all my devices waking with the laptop. I have a FW800 drive plugged in all the time for data syncs, and often have at least one USB2 drive plugged in as well. Everything wakes up when the laptop does.

    I have to agree with the complaints about Lion's full screen multiple monitor support. Going full screen on one monitor while still seeing anything on the second is just not possible. It would be a nice tweak if Apple added this mode's support.

    27 of 35 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    It's awesome!

    • Written by from Hialeah

    I have two. The quality is outstanding I have them since the first day it came out and so far I'm happy. I can't believe it's has not given my no problem while working of a 15inch mac book pro. I love when things works!

    21 of 24 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Non-functional as docking solution

    • Written by from Champaign

    The quality of this monitor is amazing. It gets high remarks here.

    But, it's useless as a docking monitor. I have a TB Macbook Air, and I wanted to take advantage of the docking features of the monitor. As other folks have mentioned in the review and numerous other apple discussion threads, this monitor fails as a docking monitor.

    1) When in clamshell mode, it's impossible to wake up the computer from sleep mode without restarting the computer. Given how many times a day I go from meetings to my desk, restating my computer every time is impractical.

    2) Even when you get the monitor to work with the laptop, devices connected to the USB port & ethernet port will not working without a reboot.

    I'm fed up with this monitor. Clearly, the docking solution via thunderbolt is flawed in this monitor. Save yourself some frustration and get the LED Cinema display instead. The Thunderbolt display is the worst device I've ever bought from Apple. Doesn't work as advertised. It is clearly not ready for prime time.

    100 of 118 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Thunderbolt Display - Top Notch

    • Written by from Baech

    I read some of the earlier reviews and can only confirm the positives already noted. The only issue I have is my inability to daisy-chain to another non-TB display. I am unable to link my other display (Sony) through and configure it with my laptop so that I can run three screens (MBPro, TB display and non-TB display). In fact I like the display so much I am buying another one.

    Overall very satisfied - 5 stars.

    14 of 21 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Guaranteed frustrations on a daily basis.

    • Written by from Denver

    The Thunderbolt display will not play nicely with my MacBook Air (2011 model). Go read online forums, and you'll see that it consistently malfunctions with most Apple laptops: Clamshell mode doesn't work, the display doesn't wake up, half your windows are off-screen, etc.

    Apple is fully aware of the issue, keeps promising fixes, but the fixes never work. It's been months, and I still can't use the display normally. Applecare just makes me reset my laptop, but that only fixes the problem once.

    Unless you want to have to restart your computer every time it goes to sleep, or every time you plug it in, don't buy this display.

    162 of 183 people found this useful