• 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


    • 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

  • 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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    One Star Until Fixed

    • Written by from Flower Mound

    I was so excited to buy and plugin my late-2011 MBP into the display. My attraction was the thought of a single cable docking station. My bubble was bursted when i found out the built-in Ethernet connection only works if you reboot on every connection. Sad - but true. If you "undock", take your Mac to go, come back... you have to reboot to see an active adapter again. Apple created a firmware update. But no joy. Apple community blogs are filled with this issue. So i hope they hear the cry before more people spend $1k.

    93 of 110 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great piece of equipment, has a few issues

    • Written by from Jacksonville

    I purchased this to extend the desktop of my 13" MBP (a great little laptop incidentally). The monitor detects automatically and I get the brilliant display, which matches up with my MBP's display wonderfully in terms of color and temp. But, the audio which is supposed to automatically pipe into the monitors speakers almost never actually does. I have to reboot with the monitor attached for it to recognize. I've also noticed that the external hard drives that I have attached to the firewire 800 port don't mount either.

    I'll agree with the issue of integration with Lion's full screen mode. You throw iPhoto or any other app into full screen and depending on the program, sometimes it goes into full screen in my laptop, sometimes in the monitor. You'd think that it would automatically go into full screen into the display that the app window is in but it doesn't. Then to top it off the other monitor goes gray with the pattern of the sign in screen. So rather than being able to work full screen on one screen and being able to have say your mail and browser apps open in the 2nd, you basically end up with just one screen. A big screen but just one screen. This is very much a software and not a hardware issue as the screen itself is beautiful and does what it should do, which is display my information.

    I don't have an iMac but I did notice the issue with the height of the monitor. Why would they make the 27" display a couple of inches shorter than the current 27" iMac? That makes no sense at all. Unless it's a harbinger of the 27" refresh it's a pretty glaring oversight. If the refresh is the same size as the current display then I guess that'll explain it. As it stands there is a company that sells a pretty nifty shelf that gets the 2 within mm of one another and provides a shelf to store your keyboard and an integrated usb hub. An option for those considering the purchase to match up with their iMacs.

    63 of 72 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing image quality and size

    • Written by from Osasco

    I confess I was very worried after seeing some of the reviews here. Not enought power to use the wired keyboard? Sound not good enough? Wow, those were some serious issues pointed out by very angry users. But then I tested it out on the store and everything ran smoothly. The wired keyboard, sound is great (not like some home theater or anything, but hey - it's a monitor. C'mon).

    So I bought and I'm using it to work with my MBP with video and imaging, and til now it is perfect. I highly recommend it to anyone willing to see everything in crisp, sharp detail of their work. Not to mention gaming! Left 4 Dead 2 looks freaking amazing!! :P

    27 of 39 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice display (after exchange)

    • Written by from ADA

    I like the quality picture of this display. No tinting errors noted as in other reviews. However I did have to exchange the orignially purchased display.
    The display I originally received immediately would power up its cooling fans when plugged into the power supply. The fan noise was absent while the computer was on. Within 5 seconds of powering off the Mac or placing it in sleep mode, the fans would run continuously. Only unplugging it from the power supply would it stop.
    I did the Apple Care support call. Went through the motions of "resetting the PRAM", double checking all software and firmware updates with no change. Luckily I live near an Apple Store and was able to exchange it. I had the store employee open and check it first before I left the store. No fan noise.
    The replacement display has worked as it should. There is a growing link on the Apple support communities about this issue.
    The 27 inch sreen is twice the size of my previous LCD. So it took awhile to get adjusted to it.

    41 of 48 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Sleek, Sexy and Simply Works!

    • Written by from Lancaster

    The high price tag of this display put me off at first, but after some research, the same LG panel in this display is being sold by Dell in their UltraSharp line for $1099. I'm using this with an Early 2011 MacBook Pro and it's simply amazing. It just works beautifully every time. The clarity is amazing and makes my work day so much more enjoyable. There's just nothing I can think of to complain about with regards to this display.

    25 of 40 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Utica

    I work with computers all day and I often come up with plenty of work to do on my computer. This extra display does everything it is suppose to and more. I use it with my MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and iMac. The display is clean, crisp, and clear. As a dual display option with the iMac you get more screen and work space, what more could you ask for? It allows you to work with presentations, spreadsheets, documents, movie and music software in full screen mode and still have more space to work on something else. With the a stand, keyboard, and mouse, it makes your MacBook Air and MacBook Pro come to life with a huge screen and ease to work with multiple documents on one display. Totally worth every penny, another amazing Apple product.

    23 of 32 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Addition To My MacBook Air

    • Written by from TRAVELERS REST

    I currently have the 11" MacBook Air as my main computer because I travel a lot and needed the portability. However it became very irritating at times when at home and having a screen so small it would strain my eyes at times. This was the perfect addition for me to use at home and it makes it so much easier to use my computer. I thought about just getting an iMac but then I would have stuff stored on 2 different computers when I need everything on one.

    Hooking up to dock is a cinch as I just plus the cord into my MacBook Air and I'm ready to go. The only downside I could find is the fact that I have to open the MBA for a few seconds to turn it on since there is no power button on the display. Also, I think the price is really high for what you get. In addition I had to purchase the keyboard and the trackpad to make it a full at home computer. Those are the only 2 negatives I have found.

    Other than that it amazing. Tons of screen real estate and the screen is amazing. I would recommend this to anyone with a MacBook Air that needs a bigger screen.

    51 of 60 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The best!

    • Written by from GREENSBORO

    This is the best Apple device I bought, has absolutely everything, space, excellent resolution, graphics, integrated sound, TB minihub, power supply, connectivity and easy installation. I have two MBP 17 and 13, and the two machines are connected perfectly.
    I highly recommend.

    17 of 31 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great product

    • Written by from Toronto

    I have a Macbook Pro 13" and really needed either a bigger screen, and the 27"display was the perfect choice. It's just to plug it in and the mac recognized it fast with no questions asked. When I'm on the go I take the mac and when I'm in the office it's just to plug , close the lid (have a magic mouse and a wireless keyboard) and I have a desktop with a big screen, good sound system e printer, external HDD and etc. already wired in. The best of both worlds.

    54 of 69 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Perfect companion for the new Mac Mini!

    • Written by from La Canada Flintridge

    I love this display and have had no issues! I do wish they would come out with a model with less glare though! I have it hooked up to my new Mac Mini and love the extra USB ports. firewire, ethernet and Magsafe connection for my MacBook Pro!

    27 of 41 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Dual display bugs and poor design choices mar an otherwise amazing product

    • Written by from Fort Wayne


    • This display provides real dual display functionality for laptops for the first time in Apple history. This has allowed me to ditch my Mac Pro and consolidate to a single machine. I cannot say how amazing that has been.
    • The Thunderbolt ports do not appear to be a bottleneck for connected devices. I have seen no slowdowns from chaining the displays.
    • The screen has fairly accurate color representation, an even backlight and good brightness variation for different environments.


    • A dual display setup is very buggy. Dual display support under Lion is abysmal, but I have tried to not reflect that in my judgement of this product. When reconnecting the laptop, the displays often "forget" arrangement, desktop backgrounds and which one is the primary. This is a major annoyance and actually makes me not want to disconnect the laptop because I'll have to spend 2 min resetting things when I get back. It doesn't "just work" and it needs to be fixed quickly.
    • It's not just glossy, it's practically a mirror finish. I have used several 30" displays from other vendors and while the matte finish wasn't as attractive while off, they worked a lot better while on. Any amount of sunlight causes severe issues with reflections. You must be very careful where you place the displays. I understand the aesthetic, but not at the expense of usability. I would very much like to see a matte option.

    I personally wouldn't buy these displays if they weren't the only ones that allowed for chaining. That being said, they do (generally) perform as promised.

    Fixing reconnection bugs would bump my review to a solid 4 stars. A matte option would make it 5 (and cause me to upgrade).

    248 of 278 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful Display

    • Written by from Middletown

    Recently purchased the Thunderbolt display with a new Macbook Air. What a fabulous combination!! Everything worked perfectly right out of the box. A great example of Apple product development. I do a lot of photo work and the large screen/resolution is wonderful!!

    34 of 54 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A Great Investment

    • Written by from Beecher

    I purchased this display a couple of days ago. I was looking for a smaller version and came to find out that Apple only makes the 27", so I purchased it. I was pleasantly surprised when I got home and set it up. I have it connected to my Mac Mini Server and also connect it to my Mac Book Air. The resolution and color are amazing. The functionality of Thunderbolt is amazing. I have my GB Ethernet connected to the monitor, along with my USB cables for the iPhone, etc., and it all gets delivered to the connected computer via the one Thunderbolt cable. I had a little buyers remorse when I got this display home, but after setting it up, I am more than happy I purchased it.

    50 of 66 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Northville

    This display had no thought put into it. They took existing monitors and added Thunderbolt. So I get it home, and after realizing I still need a new bluetooth keyboard and trackpad and a way to keep the 2011 Air on with the lid closed I am losing faith. You end up with a cluttered mess of wires and equipment. Your better off just getting an iMac. At least you have a disc drive, keyboard and mouse without all the hassle. With top notch 27" monitors selling for under $300.00 you're kidding yourself with this thing at a grand! Had the thing shipped with keyboard, mouse and maybe made a nice array of ports on the BASE for convenience I would have kept it. Also, I can see myself in the screen in almost every lighting scenario. I feel the Mid 2011 Air may well be the last innovative product we see as the rest of the world gangs up and blows by this company. There's still time to go buy Google guys, before they rework all those Motorola set top boxes in everyones homes for Google TV stealing Steve's "Cracked TV code"! He just lost the phone war even with record iPhone 4S sales Google has a 47% market share - and growing - Sorry for the rant, it seems to fit this display, to little to late!! Very disappointed! Stop suing and start innovating again! $1,000 for a 27" monitor with USB 2.0 ports OMG

    118 of 358 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    No hesitation 5 stars! Music Producer Review

    • Written by from Camarillo

    I want to sure my setup and thoughts.
    I work in music production and needed a setup that would suit my mobil rig.

    I do not really understand what some people do not like about this screen...

    It is important to separate the two major players here.
    Software/firmware and hardware.


    Apparently people are having problems connecting several screens etc etc.
    Jerky thunderbolt performance etc etc.

    This is all fine, but it does not warrant a lower star rating in my eyes.
    They do their best to eliminate software issues through beta testing etc but it is NEVER before major releases that people come along with all sorts of ways of use and find all sorts of bug that will have to be addressed.
    As the issues of software can be anywhere in the chain (Lion, thunderbolt firmware, iMac, Macbook etc) I think the right thing to review is the..


    Beautiful, big, crisp, instant, you can't really misunderstand it as it has NO buttons..which is almost weird. It just works..
    Im actually proud to have this screen on my desk. When people come over they actually say "wow..thats nice!" Im proud of it.

    I must say that I was very nervous weather my setup was going to work the way I hoped.
    For weeks, I had been think about ways to minimize and turn my rig into something I could easily pack up for sessions in LA.
    I sold my HD2, Mac Pro, Control24..EVERYTHING as it was mostly collecting dust as my mobile rig was getting more work.

    So I invisioned a thunderbolt setup.
    MacBook Pro w thunderbolt
    Pegasus RAID (thunderbolt)
    and the 27" Screen (again, thunderbolt.)

    For compatibility reasons I use Snow Leopard for my music and need to boot from my Thunderbolt RAID.
    I have LION on my internal MacBook Pro drive as I want to be uptodate when I do my personal computing.

    Here is my setup:

    Thunderbolt Screen is connected to

    1) a Digidesign 003 Rack (FW800)
    2) a USB hub with iLoks
    3) a AXIOM USB MIDI controller
    4) the Apple Keyoboard
    5) Ethernet for fastest connection while plugged in.
    6) Daisy chained thunderbolt to my Pegasus RAID Drive with my music software/samples etc. (I can happily report around 500MB/s. More than enough for what Im doing. (option click on startup and boot SL from the RAID)

    Now. Instead of having tons of cables running to my macbook or compromising speeds which I did in the past..
    All is connected via ONE thunderbolt cable that runs to my MacBook Pro.
    Its all VERY simple and with all the iLoks, software, powdered USBs etc..One would think that something should go wrong..


    I couldn't be more happy with this setup!

    The screen does EXACTLY what it promises to do. In my eyes it is so worth the 949 I spent on it!

    I can recommend this for anyone..

    Sorry for a very long review but I wanted to let everyone know how I use it and that it is spectacular!

    Thank you for simplifying my life!

    81 of 108 people found this useful