• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    27" Thunderbolt Display WOW!

    • Written by from Copley

    This is a terrific product. I have been using it with my 13" MacBook Air for the past several months with no major problems.

    I do think the OSX Lion software still needs a little work. I am convinced Apple will continue to support this product fully for the forseeable future.

    21 of 31 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome

    • Written by from Hornell

    First off the size of the display cannot even be disc ribbed in any words, much bigger in person. I think its a decent display, high resolution and nice and glossy. One thing I think apple could have improved on was making this a high resolution anti-glare...

    33 of 36 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Major design flaw

    • Written by from New York

    The 27" Thunderbolt is one inch shorter than the iMac 27", so the displays don't line up correctly. How on earth does an aesthetically sophisticated company like Apple allow this to happen?

    I hope they get someone to make a one-inch platform that I can put under the Thunderbolt in order to line them up. I refuse to clutter my desk by putting a book under the monitor.

    Also, Lion doesn't appear to allow me to use the speakers from both monitors in stereo fashion. Basically, I have to get the sound out of one or the other -- which doesn't line up with the visuals. I'll have to purchase external speakers in order for this to make any sense.

    These are simple things that Apple could have easily thought through, and can easily fix.

    110 of 134 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great investment

    • Written by from Amsterdam

    I love everything about this screen. Upgraded from a 23 inch screen and the difference is incredible. Like a huge hot bath. Contrast and sharpness are better than expected and the Thunderbolt cable is very cool too...

    26 of 42 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Is Apple Joking?

    • Written by from Houston

    I had nothing but problems with this display for two days. I ended up returning it. The screen flickered in and out, and it wouldn't switch properly when resuming from sleep mode. The USB and network ports also wouldn't work. I have a brand new MacBook Pro 17" and it has worked fine with other monitors. For $1,000, you'd think apple would test this before they released it. What a joke.

    75 of 102 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice hardware, Software need serious work.

    • Written by from Portland

    Good stuff first:
    • The display quality is terrific.
    • Only need two cables going into my laptop now (thunderbolt & power).
    • No more external power brick for the display (compared to Apple's older displays).
    • Built-in mag-safe connector means I can keep my laptop's charger in its bag.
    • I think the speakers sound pretty good.

    Bad stuff:
    With my laptop lid closed, it's impossible to wake the computer from sleep with a wired keyboard, without doing a hard restart. Which means, if I want to use this display and not lose all my work, I can't put the computer to sleep, ever. This should be fixable with a software/firmware update.

    85 of 92 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Dropped the ball big time.

    • Written by from Novato

    Q. I would like to connect my 27inch non thunderbolt iMac to an external 27inch display?
    A. You have to buy the non thunderbolt 27inch monitor.

    Q. I'd also quite often like to plug my Thunderbolt Air into the 27inch display?
    A. You have to buy the thunderbolt 27 inch monitor.

    Q. I have two expensive computers that are not older than two years and I have to buy an individual 27inch display for each one?
    A. Yes.

    153 of 206 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice idea, but somewhat lacking in execution.

    • Written by from Oslo

    This is the first Apple product I'm not willing to give a five star rating, as Apple's subcontractor seems to have some serious quality control issues.

    The good part: The display looks stunning and matches all my other Apple gear, as well as acting as a docking station. Being able to connect my 2011 MacBook Pro with just two cables, hooking everything else up to the display, is great.

    The bad part is quality of the screen itself, though. I'm now on my third! Apple Store replaced the first one during the remorse period, due to a hot pixel. The replacement was worse however, having a couple of dead pixels, what appeared to be some sort of dust or debris within the panel, as well as poor backlighting in general, and particularly poor and non-uniform backlighting along the lower edge of the screen. The current one has a funny smell, that I'm hoping will go away, and what seems to be some smudges or fingerprints within the panel or behind the front glass at the lower part of the display. However, as it is only visible against a solid background, and the panel has no pixel errors and the backlighting is much better, I will keep it. I am sure Apple Store would exchange it if I complained though, they've been very understanding and helpful so far, it's just such a hassle and I'm afraid I might get an inferior one instead.

    The Verdict: If you get a perfect sample, this is a great product, but be prepared not to. Apple Store's customer service has been great, though.

    46 of 50 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Thunderbolt displays not made for the iMac

    • Written by from Lakewood

    I bought a 27" iMac together with a 27" Thunderbolt display and am very disappointed at what I would consider bad design decisions on the part of Apple.

    1) The 27" display is about one inch shorter than the iMac, so I had to find a book to put under the display to get things to line up.

    2) You can either use the speakers from the iMac, or from the Display, but not both at the same time. Why do we have this limitation?

    3) If you maximize a window on the desktop, the window will move to the iMac screen (if it's not already there) and a default background will show on the 27" Display, making it useless for this feature.

    I would appreciate if you would inform potential buyers of these limitations. It is obvious that your design team did not intend to have iMac owners pair their machines up with these displays. Very disappointing...

    120 of 140 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing

    • Written by from Austin

    Definitely deserves 5 stars. I think the average rating on this product is being weighed down by people giving it 1 star because they didn't bother reading the product description, or even the title. This is a thunderbolt display, meaning you must have a thunderbolt connection. I don't understand the confusion, but this has been getting many 1 star reviews for that reason.

    Besides that, this display is amazing. It is crisp, sharp, and very bright. Games and videos just look great. And the screen real-estate allows you to multitask very easily as well. I'll never be able to go back to anything smaller. Surprisingly, the speakers give off amazing sound. There are 2 speakers, and a one inch subwoofer inside that are great for casual listening.

    Overall, this display is incomparable with any other. If you look for any other monitor with thunderbolt connection, similar speakers, or similar pixel count, you'll find that $999 is a great deal. Definitely worth the money. I highly recommend you go to an apple store and try it out if you have any doubts about purchasing.

    27 of 40 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Worth the price

    • Written by from Seoul

    Like the previous 27" Cinema Display (non-Thunderbolt version), the image quality is superb. Especially in terms of expressing color, this blows Dell or Samsung monitors we have by great margin.

    As for the Thunderbolt connectivity, I haven't had any problem yet when connecting it to a MacBook Pro. It takes a little longer than optimal to turn on when connecting to a running laptop though.

    Another drawback is that it works only with a few recent models of Macs, so please check if yours is compatible before buying.

    23 of 27 people found this useful

  • 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).

    34 of 35 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.

    39 of 81 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.

    18 of 23 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.

    160 of 188 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