• 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.

    12 of 16 people found this useful

  • 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...

    89 of 170 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

    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

    Truly stunning

    • Written by from Pittsburgh

    I just bought this today and I am in love! I bought it to use with my mac mini and MacBook Air! The display is simply gorgeous. I keep in a shady part of my room so the glare does not effect me! When i use to with the mini i get an amazing full-on desktop! I started using aperture and Xcode on it and it is truly stunning! When I use with my Air i love it as a second screen. It has been working! Despite the reviews I would highly recommend it!

    9 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't believe all the Haters

    • Written by from petersburg

    i finally pulled the trigger on buying a 27" thunderbolt display, and it was a great decision. i must admit that i was hesitant at first, mostly because of all the terrible reviews. I saw how great they look at the stores and i must say it might even be better. For anyone who is hung up on purchasing one because of the reviews, just buy one there awesome.

    16 of 25 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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very nice at the launch date (2011) but today it is outdated

    • Written by from Dob

    It is magnificent display. Or better to say it was. It still looks great, but it is outdated. I am thinking to buy one, but I am not happy at all:

    - lack of the USB 3.0 (external HDD drives!!)
    - no RETINA resolution (so I was mentioned, you have far better display on the newest Macbook pro, what is the point of using it, besides its size? As we already found out it can not replace totally all ports on the Macbook due to the lack of the USB 3.0 ...)
    - It design is nice but also outdated ... Check it out newest iMacs ...

    19 of 31 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Really Nice Large Display but...

    • Written by from Murrieta

    I am really enjoying my new 27” display. However I’m disappointed about one thing. I bought the retina mac book pro and a docking station and this monitor. The one think to remember is that this screen does NOT support retina. Which begs the question of why buy the retina mac book pro if you are going to use display as your primary monitor. With the money I could have saved (not purchasing the retina mac book pro), I could have gotten another useful accessory like, time capsule, an apple tv, etc. Overall all the screen is very nice.

    10 of 13 people found this useful

  • 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding job Apple!!

    • Written by from Springboro

    I have been using my TBD for over a year and thought it was time to review. AMAZING!! I have used displays from EVERY manufacture ranging from all sizes to high end and low end. This display is far superior to any other display I have ever used. I dock it to my MacBook Pro everyday. I have also used it with a client provided HP laptop. Quality of display is amazing regardless of the unit it is connected to. I have not experienced any of the problems as mentioned in prior reviews. If you want two displays to sit sided by side and match up perfectly, buy TWO Thunderbolt displays. Don't buy two different monitors and expect them to match up. Enjoy!

    10 of 13 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Turns a MacBook into a great workstation - Like a giant iPad

    • Written by from Chesapeake

    I was on the fence about spending so much on a Thunderbolt display, but after using it for about 4 months now, I am very pleased with it. The display is like having a giant iPad display on your desk (the good and the bad). As a software developer, I enjoy all the real estate. I'm a big user of gestures so I added a wireless Apple trackpad and keyboard providing a consistent feel to working directly on the MacBook. The display is sharp and the picture quality is very good. Like an iPad, the screen being clear glass, picks up a lot of glare and reflections, so I had to eliminate any light sources from behind my desk.

    Overall, I have gotten use to some of the issues with working with the display combined with the laptop display and moving back and forth between multiple desktops and full screen applications, etc. I generally close the laptop because navigation between multiple desktops is awkward when the laptop display is in play. After adjusting desktop settings, the position of the dock, etc, I have gotten use to working on the Thunderbolt and it has increased my productivity.

    There are plenty of USB connections on the back that are very handy to connect iOS docks, and other devices. I like having the MacBook Pro pick up the network via Thunderbolt via a direct Ethernet connection. The sound quality good.

    I absolutely love the display and hope it keeps working. I also hope that Apple will continue to refine how the operating system interfaces and interacts with the display. The display is attractive and very functional. I think of it was a luxury product. There are other displays out there that will offer the same real estate and screen quality at a lower price point, but this Thunderbolt is more than a display and is just beautiful.

    10 of 13 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Simply amazing...

    • Written by from Minneapolis

    This display is incredible! I purchased it to add to my MacBook Pro and it has incredibly rich color, awesome resolution, and powerful sound. The thunderbolt ethernet and USB capabilities are also a major plus and keep my desk clean and organized. The only drawback is the lack of a headphone port on the display but otherwise this is a premium Apple product and definitely worth the money!

    12 of 17 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful Display - Docking Station

    • Written by from Chicago

    Absolutely beautiful display and works great as a docking station. I use mine with a new MBP 17 inch and I absolutely love it.

    29 of 51 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Bought This today!! So awesome! But..

    • Written by from East Peoria

    So, I bought a MacBook Pro 3/1/2013, non retina, and it's been so great for me! I am a college student studying design, and the 15in screen just wasn't cutting it. So, I have been debating and researching monitors. It came come to the TB or Dell Ultrasharp U2713H. I was going to go the Dell route because it was cheaper, but I went to the store and 3 people told me to stick with Apple and it would be a great investment in the long run. So, I bought the TB display today and can't get away from it! It's so awesome! You can run dual monitors with your laptop, or close the lid and use the TB Display only. I thought he glossy would bother me, since my MBP is anti-glare, but it's ok in my environment, so it was not a deal breaker. I was worried about the USB ports being 2.0, but I have had my Waacom tablet plugged in all day using it and it's been completely fine and fast. I have not plugged anything else into it though. The only thing I had a problem with, was when I logged onto this site to read a couple reviews before I posted this, the screen went black and started flickering and was distorted and then went completely black. So, i opened my laptop and it stayed black. Then I just unplugged the TB cable from my laptop and the laptop came back on, so I replugged the TB cable, and not it works just fine. Not sure what that was all about but hopefully it doesn't do it too much. I've only had it for a day, so we will see what happens in the future.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Monitor

    • Written by from White Lake

    I've purchased this monitor for my 2013 Mac Pro 6-core after almost 4 years of extreme satisfaction with a Mid-2010 iMac 21.5". I considered other brands of 2560x1440 monitors but being able to SEE one out in the wild (brick & mortar) seems to be impossible these days, i.e. online only! The other brands' monitors in stores were just lousy even for standard monitors. The leading online retailer is great at handling returns IF it came from THEM but I just wasn't up for the gamble considering how picky I am, so being able to see THIS one in the Apple Store helped seal it for me.

    Having the 3 USB ports behind the screen same as on the iMac is definitely a plus, even if 2.0 they can be used for charging iPhones, etc. although the TB port may be better utilized as USB 3.0 with 6 TB on the MP. The speakers sound better than most LCD/LED HD TVs.. not tinny if using the iTunes equalizer, and no vibration. The bottom edge of the monitor sits about 1" higher than the iMac screen when resting on the 12 South Hi-Rise but the foot sticks out about .25" further than the iMac. Sure the TBD reflects a decent amount but maybe the photog "professionals" should try working in the DARK like we used to in the days of FILM! Working with a single CFL light placed behind the monitor I see little reflection on my beautifully crisp Thunderbolt Display. Another great Apple product, hope Apple comes out with a 4K monitor!

    10 of 14 people found this useful