• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Flawed sound system...

    • Written by from Milwaukee

    While the overall quality of the display is outstanding, there is problems with the audio system, in the form of static that plays from the display's speakers whenever any sound is produced by an attached computer. While some may not notice this, I have good hearing, and find this static sound unacceptable for such an expensive monitor. Will probably take the original and second unit that Apple sent me (both have the static issue) back, and wait till they fix this issue, or come out with a better monitor. (Search on the static sound issue in Support here if you don't believe it).

    33 of 34 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    MacPro not compatible with Thunderbolt Display

    • Written by from jamaica

    Despite appearances, a Thunderbolt Display (TBD) will not work with a Mini DisplayPort. The cable fits in the port, but the monitor does not turn on. From all I've read, no MacPro will work with these displays (yet), and I'm currently looking at a black TBD attached to a macpro5,1 as a data point that confirms that statement.

    38 of 80 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Display

    • Written by from Springfield

    This is one the best best displays I have ever had the pleasure of viewing. Most displays that I use with my MBP don't have the same resolution or brightness as my MBP but this Thunderbolt Display is refreshing to say the least. This display is definitely worth the investment.

    17 of 22 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Nah...

    • Written by from HICKSVILLE

    A $1,000.00 shiny dust magnet. I'll be shipping this lead weight back and sticking with my old 23' Wide Screen Cinema display. Its a shame apple stopped making them. The picture quality is comparable, the screen is a matte finish, and dust/glare is never a problem. Oh sure it isn't as pretty and all, but when the heck did apple think that looks should be substituted for functionality? I guess thats a silly question. Look elsewhere in my opinion unless you prefer a side order of glare with your glare.

    63 of 83 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    DisplayPort monitor compatibility blocked last minute

    • Written by from Herriman

    I bought a 27" thunderbolt display thinking I could daisy-chain it to my current monitor (DELL U2711 w displayport). In fact I even took my monitor and laptop into the Apple Store to test it myself before making my purchase. It worked great, I placed my order. Now today I get my monitor and the daisy chaining doesn't work. I call Apple only to find out the daisy chaining of a displayport monitor used to be supported but no longer is. What a joke! First time ever I've purchased an Apple product that was different than the one I tried in the store. I'm extremely disappointed, and would like to know if displayport compatibility is going to be restored someday.

    151 of 177 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Display

    • Written by from Irvine

    I've been using my new Thunderbolt display for just over a month. This display is amazing. I use it with my MacBook Air at the office and I simply connect the Thunderbolt display and I am connected to the network via gigabit ethernet. I also have access to my external kit - Firewire 800 HD, USB printer, etc. Little to no effort when connecting, it just works, very well. I highly recommend this display. In fact, I just ordered another one for the house. You can't go wrong with the 27" Thunderbolt display.

    21 of 26 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great picture, terrible sound

    • Written by from San Francisco

    Bought for my 2011 11" MacBook Air as a replacement for an old 21" Cinema Display. It's perfect for the job: with just the Thunderbolt and MagSafe connectors plugged in, I have my whole desktop set up. A *lot* less wiring than my old display, and a relief to not have an external PSU again.

    I'd planned to get rid of my (bottom-end) Bose speakers since the display has built-in sound but I'm now having second thoughts: it sounds *terrible*. Tinny and hollow; well below Apple quality. The in-store unit I tried was much the same too, so I don't think I have a bad unit. Not sure what to do now: the Thunderbolt display takes up so much desk space that I don't have room for speakers, and even if I did, there's no audio out on the display itself so it'd be a third cable to have to worry about each time I dock and undock.

    39 of 43 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome!

    • Written by from Calgary

    I just brought this Thunderbolt monitor home to pair it up to the MBA and the setup is just awesome. The docking features are great where I can hook all my accessories to while keeping a really clean desktop. It is so clean, I am actually using it on my kitchen bar since that is where I spend most of my time.

    It is well worth the price since if you look at comparable spec monitors, they cost just as much or even more than this unit. Samsung will be bringing a 27" with similar specs out in 2012 but it will be $200 more. Totally happy with this purchase and I am a converted former Sony fan.

    16 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Colors are vivid

    • Written by from Novato

    Great monitor. I use in tandem with my laptop to get two screens. Pretty cool. Connects via USB and has 3 more addition USB plug-ins.

    15 of 19 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic Product

    • Written by from Falls Church

    The Thunderbolt Display is an absolutely amazing product, though the price is hardly stomach-able. The USB ports on the back, plus the Ethernet, are great. No more cable-shuffle when you need to get going. The built in MagSafe charger is certainly helpful as well. It lives up well well to its description of "The Ultimate Docking Station". What's missing? An audio jack for headphones, or better yet optical out and enough for 5.1 sound.

    20 of 25 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Gigantor

    • Written by from PORT SAINT LUCIE

    Its freaking massive.
    I mean its bigger than my 1st apartment.
    Love it. Love it. Love it.
    I can't go back to another monitor.
    I can't.
    I won't.

    20 of 29 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good but not great

    • Written by from Oakville

    Apple always delivers high quality looking products and I am a huge fan (even as a "PC Guy"). But I have to say this is probably the first product that didn't live up to expectations.

    The overall look is great, very crisp and slick. The resolution is as predicted but the glossy screen makes it slightly uneasy on the eyes. I also own a cheap 1080p 24" ACER (I think I paid 200$) for my PC and the quality is definitely better (although the look is horrible lol).

    Resolution Quality: 8/10 (I prefer a more flat crisp image but if you don't mind glossy it would be closer to a 9.5/10 for you)
    Look: 10/10 very nice looking monitor - expecially compared to what is out there
    Price: 4/10 (If it's in the budget, it looks good, works well but is for sure way overpriced)

    20 of 26 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Well... apple is for pro-vip-people

    • Written by from Belo Horizonte

    I think that TDB display sounds great, amazing images, high definition and the incredible feature that mix ethernet, video, USB/firewire traffic on a single dual channel port. It`s a incredible technology associated with a wonderful image on screen. Proportions... and things like that... you have the multiple desktops on Lion. And it is reasonable that if you want something FULL screen it should take every pixel of the screen... not be cut over various screens, and in full screen you do not want to see anything but a specific app... Great job Apple. Keep the god work.

    12 of 21 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Take the plunge. You will be happy you did.

    • Written by from Kalispell

    I made the jump from PC to Mac less than a year ago. After relocating across the country we decided to commit to Mac. Our home office has two 27 inch Thunderbolts, 1 Mac min, 1 Mac book, and a few odds and ends such as routers, mice, keyboards, and such.

    The monitors are exquisite. Sure they work great, they are bright, the sound is wonderful but the quality of them is outstanding. They are beautifully to look at and into all day long. Before I spent the money on them I looked over comparable sizes from other manufactures and the decision was made to go with Apple. The other monitors are flimsy and cheaply made. They may cost 2/3 less but you get what you play for.

    These are sturdy solid pieces of equipment that are well thought out by the Engineers. Yet the pieces come together as a seamless work of art. The design clearly illustrates a unity between the Engineering, Marketing, and Support teams.

    I would highly recommend them. Its clear that Apple innovates while the competitors copy and mass produces. My wife's brandnew laptop from work is just as large and bulky as they had been 10 years ago just as an example. Come on.

    21 of 27 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing additional monitor

    • Written by from Oxnard

    I was quite excited to add an additional 27" monitor to complement my 27" iMac as an options trading platform. The display is beautiful and is a perfect extension, so perfect that my wife is letting me add another one :)

    12 of 18 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Great product ruined by glossy screen

    • Written by from Philadelphia

    Pros: all but glossy screen.
    Cons: glossy screen. I want a display; not a mirror!

    SOLUTION: just offer a matte option; even if more expensive.

    71 of 86 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    No issue with ethernet port!

    • Written by from Naperville

    Just got the new Thunderbolt display and it is awesome. Screen is huge and gives you a lot of real estate to play with. I am using it as a docking station for my MBA 13". I use the m-Stand from Rain for the MBA and it gives me a lot of flexibility on my desktop. The connectivity options on the Thunderbolt display are great and I have a small USB hub connected to the back of the display. I am running Parallels desktop for Windows applications and have it configured so that I can use the MBA screen as my "Windows" desktop and then use the Thunderbolt as my "MAC" desktop. Really gives the feel of having two separate laptops.

    I tested the ethernet connectivity from the monitor and have had no issues whatsoever. "undocked", returned to "dock" and the ethernet connection is still active. I made sure my wi-fi was turned off to validate the result.

    My only "wish" is that there was a connectivity option to go from mini-displayport on my older MacBook pro - to the Thunderbolt display. I am hoping Apple or a third party will figure out a way to do this in the future.

    37 of 43 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Worth it - Simpy great! But...

    • Written by from Valencia

    In short, these displays are best on the market by far (that I have seen), in this price range. The price is actually very close to other high end monitors that do not have all the functionality these do. I own a Apple 27" Mini Display Port (aka MDP - the older model), and TWO of these 27" Thunderbolt (I do Maya and Video editing).

    The Good
    Everything. Sharpness, runs cool, design, color reproduction, I don't get people that could complain about this display. Also, I have a 17" 2.33ghz (quad core) laptop and daisy chain these TB monitors. It works perfectly with the laptop display AND the two displays running different desktops. The older MDP model won't daisy chain until you put it at the end of any other TB device. (Which I don't currently own). This is not a fault of Apple, it is a limitation of MDP. I have firewire plugged into display 1 and I also have a scanner (firewire) plugged into display 2. It all works flawless. I don't need to have the firewire drives in display 1 on for the scanner to work. Very elegant and seamless. I also do use the ethernet and USBs on display 1, and firewire and USB on display 2, which are all flawless. Interestingly, the ethernet on display 2 could also be used, but I don't.

    The Bad
    The 27" MDP (old) display I bought a year ago was flawless. The first 27" TB I purchased had the well known flaw where the fan stays on (when you unplug or sleep your computer). This IS a bug. I returned it to Best Buy, got another one, opened it and tested it (no noise), and it has worked flawlessly ever since. The second one I purchased a few weeks later was also perfect. Just beware, and return it if you encounter this issue. Also, every time I put it to sleep (and disconnect the computer), the displays get swapped, and I can't change them. I have to reboot to put display 1 back in the center, and display 2 to the right.

    39 of 48 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Wow...amazing.

    • Written by from Hermosa Beach

    I really was hesitant to make this purchase. How much of a difference could it really make I thought to myself? Having had it for six weeks now I am still in awe.

    First, I underestimated how much value there was to being able to work on applications side by side, spreadsheets next contracts, artwork next to powerpoint. Very very helpful.

    Second, having the ports in the back of the monitor is a real treat. Plug in my iPad, iPhone and a Thunderbolt back up drive and all is good in the world. Creates a great work environment.

    Finally, it is just incredibly good looking on the desktop. Brilliant display from the front and almost as amazing from the back.

    There are lots of things apple I like and then the shine wears off. So far this is one of my favorite products yet.

    36 of 42 people found this useful