• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful picture, poor Thunderbolt port features

    • Written by

    The picture quality is spectacular, even though it is glossy. The unit itself is beautifully designed. The main issues are when connected to my MBP 13" (Mid 2011). The Apple USB keyboard (connected to TBD) is often not recognized or does not register all the key inputs. It seems random which keys are recognized. Second, the MBP will not wake from sleep when connected to the TBD (have to force restart). For a $1000 display, it's advertised features should be better. Hopefully a firmware/software fix is in the works.

    167 of 195 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Won't work with non-thunderbolt display

    • Written by from Port Moody

    I would've given this display a 5 start if it wasn't for this problem. I have an 24 inch samsung LCD that uses DVI, it works when I hook it up direct with my 2011 MBP via a mini display port to DVI adaptor, but if I plug it into the thunderbolt port on the back of the new thunderbolt display, the monitor won't be recognized. I thought it would work fine since it is the same thunderbolt port, but for some reason it doesn't.

    So, if you want to buy this monitor and also wants to use your old non-thunderbolt monitor, be ware of this problem. I hope they come up with some kind of update or adaptor soon.

    Other than that, the display itself is great, the picture quality is superb, and the glossy screen doesn't bug me that much even in the bright room. Audio is also decent, good enough for day to day use.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Low USB bus power

    • Written by from White Plains

    I've had this for a few weeks now. Mostly it rocks; somehow my macbook pro seems faster when it's connected.

    Something I noticed recently has me scratching my head. I got a wired keyboard to attach to it and the ports on the side of the keyboard are not powered. Very lame. At first I thought, hey it's my notebook, of course Apple didn't design it to power a desk full of accessories. Then I remembered that the USB controller is in the display completely independent of the laptop and Apple has engineered in not enough power for the wired keyboard to act as a USB hub. I'd expect some problems with 1.0, but leaving out enough bus power is rude.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Mixed review

    • Written by from Montreal

    It's difficult to decide how many stars to give because some things about the monitor are impressive, while there are also some very annoying glitches.

    If you use the monitor with a laptop, the system becomes very temperamental if you put the laptop to sleep and wake it up. I've had the following issues after waking up the computer:
    -the screens blink and never recover; forced to reboot
    -lose ethernet connection and can't get it back unless you reboot.

    Also, you have to remember that closing the laptop puts everything to sleep. To continue working you have to wake the system back up.

    The Thunderbolt port is also very delicate. If the wire gets wiggled, I lose the connection to the monitor and anything docked to the monitor. So any external hard drives are disconnected and you will get "please eject disk before disconnecting errors". This can cause major headaches if you're in the process of video editing.

    Despite these glitches, I find the image quality to be impressive and the docking ability to be convenient. It's very easy to configure your screens, choosing the main screen and secondary screen, etc. I hope the sensitive port doesn't prove to be a problem. The other issues will probably get worked out with firmware.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Decent Display

    • Written by from W. Lafayette

    The display is decent, has a nice crisp image and good color quality. Makes a wonderful "docking station" for an Air. From a hardware perspective, seems to work ok with my new 27" iMac.

    The glossy screen is extremely unfortunate; in nearly all lighting conditions, with anything other than a white background, I can clearly see my reflection in the display. The lack of a power button and height adjustment -- other than reams of paper under it -- is also disappointing. At a minimum, the VESA adapter should be included. It is silly that the height does not directly align with a 17" iMac's screen, results in a rather annoying offset between the two.

    The biggest problem, however, is Lion's current (10.7.2) compatibility with dual displays. You will seriously feel like there are no developers at Apple using 10.7 with dual displays. You'll get to enjoy such basic problems as:
    - an occasional missing mouse cursor when moving between displays (don't worry it comes back when you click somewhere).
    - Extremely poor interoperability with Mission Control (one example: can't drag windows to spaces on other displays).
    - blank 'secondary' displays with apps in full screen mode.
    - occasional corrupted windows / menu bar when moving finder windows between displays.
    - issues setting desktop backgrounds, if you also use spaces.
    - a host of other issues that feel basic and obvious.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice display, but plenty of firmware issues to resolve.

    • Written by from Charlotte

    I'm using this display with a 2nd generation MBA. The big problem is using a wired USB keyboard and mouse. Even with the recent firmware updated, the keyboard does not function properly; often missing the first key pressed or other special characters. When I plugged the keyboard directly into my MBA, the problems went away. The USB (wireless) mouse also did not work properly - I had to plug its receiver into the keyboard's extra USB slot, where it worked when the keyboard itself was plugged directly into the MBA.

    Otherwise, the display is beautiful and quiet. I agree with others that the audio is not that great; but, if you want serious audio, output it to a serious audio system.

    Hopefully, they will release another firmware update to resolve the keyboard and mouse issues.

    102 of 114 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Unstable and extremely Disappointing

    • Written by from London

    I bought this monitor at great expense for my Mac Book Pro.
    Out of the box it does not seem to plug in and work- like I was sold it would. In fact it is as though this device was never tested with other Apple products. It fails to open after the computer goes to sleep. Huge compatibility issues, badly tested waste of money.- And, when you do get it working, for that brief period of time, the image quality I would say is average to disappointing- I see blurring when scrolling. I wish I could give this thing no stars- As that is what it clearly deserves. Apple don't seem to test their devices with any care anymore.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Charlotte

    I have to say, when I first opened up the display and got it set up with a MBP, I was a little worried. The display just kinda wasn't what we'd hoped for. But when I set it up to mirror displays, I was blown away. the resolution is amazing! It looks really crisp and neat. I like the new ports as well.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Makes the Ultimate Workstation for an MBP

    • Written by from san Jose

    I am a video editor and love this display with my MBP not only because it gives me a huge, immersive workspace, but that's just the beginning. It's also a very convenient dock for my ubiquitous external drives and makes disconnecting the laptop and heading out much easier.

    It creates a more ergonomic workstation for me and reduces desktop clutter. This allows me the enjoy and combine the best elements of a desktop computer with the convenience of the laptop.

    I highly recommend adding the bluetooth keyboard, Magic Mouse, Magic Trackpad and a Twelve South BookArc Desktop Stand to create the ultimate, state of the art video editing workstation with MBP portability.

    I have not had it long, but the performance and resolution are excellent and you really haven't surfed the web or watched web videos until you've surfed with this setup (on Lion especially, with the Safari zooming enhancements). Load a page, hit a few CMD+'s and your jaw will drop.


    39 of 62 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Everything's Great Except...

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    I'm used to the 27" Cinema Display so the resolution, form factor, etc of the Thunderbolt Display wasn't anything new. As expected, the display is great. So much real estate. The only downside is the audio output level & quality. Not so great. And since there's no direct audio output, you're stuck using the aforementioned built in audio or plugging in a cable into the MBP, MB or MBA that you're using. Kinda defeats the purpose of Thunderbolt.

    82 of 105 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from sacramento

    I was so excited to get my 27 inch iMac, and thunderbolt display(TBD)...until i opened them up and set them side by side.... and went huh?

    The TBD is shorter than the 27 iMac so the screens do not line up. that is a bad design flaw. if you had the laptop or the 21 inch iMac this wouldn't even matter so I'm lost for why they didn't make them match. did they hire someone from micro$oft to design this?

    Second design flaw for the TBD is actually LION the os... does not work well with multiple displays like snow leopard does! when you use the new FULLSCREEN mode in lion apps it actually dims out the TBD(or any other screens for that matter) and displays a linen style backdrop which make the $1,000 monitor a very nice paper weight. I would hope this would be addressed in a LION update ASAP.

    The third and very irritating design flaw is the lack of a POWER BUTTON. so now your pretty much forced to look at the linen style backdrop because you can't turn off the monitor. its like a reminder how much you paid to look at NOTHING.

    I have been a mac user and customer for over 13 years and have owned/used almost every product apple has made and let me say that I have not been this disappointed from apple ever with both the TBD and LION.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great for macbook air

    • Written by from Mount Pleasant

    If you have a new macbook air and don't do a lot of heavy graphics, this combination is incredible. Finally I have a laptop not much bigger than an iPad that's blows away my old desktop, without sacrificing anything. Yes it's a little pricy, but it's 1440p and an unbeatable combination. I just wish it had a headphone jack...

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    The good old days of APPLE!

    • Written by from Omaha

    Man, I remember the good old days of APPLE, before the era of PODS & ITUNES,: Apple was company that really tried to get peoples attention with new features and new hardware.

    Now, we get the same repackaged product with questionable improvements!
    DO we have a new 30" apple display, NO!
    DO we have a new 23" apple display, NO!
    DO we have a new 27" apple MATTE display, STILL NO!!!

    THUNDERBOLT? yeah everyone at my computer lab in school is just buzzing how about how wonderful THUNDERBOLT is...NOT ! ! !

    I work in a school lab where they have the new 27" thunderbolt display and guess what, it has all the same faults that the orignal 27" display that came out a few years ago.


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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Ultimate docking station for my Macbook Air

    • Written by from candiac

    - great size, was a bit concerned it would be too large compared to my previous Apple Cinema 20" display, but I quickly appreciated the extra space
    - Clean simple design
    - No fan, no noise - sometimes get fan noise from my MBA when using video chat 9heavy processing i guess)
    - Love the Docking simplicity - I plug 2 FW 800 drives, keyboard, Ethernet (Thunderbolt HD prices are crazy, even by this monitors standards...)
    - no concerns about reflection, I'm in sunny office by a window, no issues with reflection at all
    - Built in FaceTime camera is great - was tired of looking sideways at my laptop during video calls
    - Colors bright and even
    - undocking - no clear documentation on how to undock when you have multiple drives attached. Found an applescript called "undock" to eject all drives prior to undocking
    - Apple needs to improve communication on how to "undock", sleep computer first ? eject disks, etc...
    - Smell - yes smell, for first few days, like some past macbook pros i've owned, this monitor has a "smell" for few days from the 'electronics" heating up, not too techie, but there's obviously some sort of coating etc. that emits a annoying smell, it eventually goes away, but reminded me of my past macbook pros
    - no USB 3, this is a bit ridiculous, again, considering the price of thunderbolt external HDs
    - would like to have audio out to plug speakers

    would i buy again and recommend - yes.
    hope this was helpful to shoppers

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Size Matters.....

    • Written by from McKinney

    I have this monster connected to my 2011 MacBook 11 inch Air i7 at the office. When I travel I enjoy the freedom of the Macbook Air 11inch, but when in the office, I can connect this with the one cable, have everything connected to the back of the Display, as my Cat6, USB's, Bluetooth Keyboard, Mouse/Trackpad, power, and etc. Then connect it to the Macbook Air and now have a screen that I can enjoy and work from at the office as a full 27inch desktop. This is a must have at the office, so I have another one at home.

    60 of 104 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful and full featured yet handicapped by LCD quality control

    • Written by from Frisco

    I purchased two of these beautiful displays a few weeks ago and was wowed with them. The displays have a lot of functionality with the multitude of ports on the backside. The ethernet, firewire, and usb ports are great when docking a computer such as an air. This is the good.

    The bad is that the LCD panel inside of of the two units had a blue/greenish tint to it on the right and bottom area of the display which was very prominent when a light or white background was moved over it. I had that display replaced only to have the new one have yellowing around the bottom left corner and upper middle when on a darker background. Likely is caused by backlight bleed.

    At $1000, I would assume others are using this for creative means and work like myself. Apple since will only replace the panel once. Being in photography, I am unfortunately having to return the display. Disappointing.

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