• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does Not Work on Macbook Air

    • Written by from Marietta

    I seriously think there is a design flaw in this monitor. The monitor charges my Macbook Air, the USB ports in the back charge my iPhone. Unfortunately, the monitor itself only displays a black screen. The thunderbolt cable gets very warm when I plug it into my MB Air but nothing happens on the monitor. I have already spent a significant amount of time online researching this issue and tried to identify a fix. I strongly encourage you to do the same before you buy this product. I did everything that Apple recommended like upgrade firmware, iOS, etc. to no avail. Now the daunting task of trying to work with Apple to resolve. This purchase has cost me more time than I have bandwidth.

    12 of 20 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Works for some time, then fails

    • Written by from Mexico City

    I've had this Cinema Display for two years giving it normal use (the same as with the last model of the display which still works great). But nowadays this display it turns off and disconnects every 10 minutes. They're not designed to work for more than one or two years.

    11 of 18 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice display; weak TB hub; sad you can't use with PCs

    • Written by from Washington

    I don't know why it didn't occur to me that I wouldn't be able to use this with my work PC. That was ultimately the issue that led me to send this back to Apple. They really need a DVI input. I just can't have a display that can't be used for telework days also.

    But another thing that bugged me was that, despite the fact that the monitor has speakers, it has no audio out ports. So if you want to use nice speakers with your MacBook, you'll still have to plug them into your laptop audio port. So much for the Thunderbolt hub keeping things clean. And unfortunately (for me, at least) the speakers in the display itself are not nearly good enough to use.

    Display itself was pretty good. The bezel was thicker than I liked. Without the hub working better, and DVI port, the price is too much.

    10 of 16 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Very good!

    • Written by from Rock Creek

    I'm not expert but I bought this Monitor and I love it. Of course consider I did just come off from using a 25" Flat screen TV as a Monitor. So this is like WOW! Everything looks good. Crystal Clear High Resolution. I was surprised by the weight of the Monitor, but once it is mounted or set on the desk, what does it matter. I mainly bought this monitor instead of another brand because it is Apple and all my electronics are apple. Ive learned in the past that apple works best with Apple don't try getting adaptors and little work arounds it just creates more hassle. Everything works smooth and flawlessly. I can't complain really.

    7 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    No Problems

    • Written by from Thousand Oaks

    I run a Retina MacBook Pro (15") and this display. I swing and day trade and need to add another screen. Lucky for me, the Pro will run 2 of these displays with ease. The screen is great! Yes, it's reflective... But hasn't been an issue. I have been running this setup for about 10 months. Editing music, video and photographs. I start with uncompressed video and audio files and this set up performs beyond expectations. For day trading? No problem - I just need three screens to be efficient. I will be either ordering it online or at my local Apple Store. It's always great to take in some local color and meet creative and technical people in store.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works better than I expected

    • Written by from Durham

    The display works seamlessly with my new MacBook Pro. I was confused when using it at the start, but then I closed the computer and it worked just as a 27 inch iMac would.
    It's sweet!

    8 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    not only looks good, but sounds good, too

    • Written by from Austin

    I have had this now for 9 months, and it works flawlessly. It is glossy, which has its advantages, because the blacks are nice and black. It may not be as accurate as my old 30 inch cinema display, which I inherited to my daughter, in terms of the colors (they seem slightly over saturated), but that could be because I am used to the old 30 inch, which is very neutral. But I really love this monitor, it has given me none of the problems, which some of the negative reviewers mentioned, the port multiplication works flawlessly - I just unplug one cable, and take my laptop. Five stars, just because the sound is really awesome - very clear, better than the expensive Klipsch speakers that I had. I disconnected them because the sound that comes out of the back of the monitor is just incredible. It is very natural and transparent, even though it is monaural (?). I wish there was a way to connect a separate bass speaker to give it a little more bottom end, but as it is, the music I listen to (mostly classical) sounds just right.

    5 of 6 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.

    18 of 32 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Are glitchy connections really what Apple wants?

    • Written by from Peoria

    Great looking display, lots of bundled ports so it can be used as a hub without extra boxes cluttering up your desk. The display connector has an attached power connector for a Macbook and Apple seems to really be pushing the display as an everything-in-one dock for when the Macbook is at home. Why is it though that the audio connection doesn't always work and requires you to power off your computer or reconnect the thunderbolt cable? Correct me if I'm wrong, but Apple is supposed to be a purveyor or premium products. Shouldn't I be able to avoid having to jiggle the cable after spending $1000 on a high-end monitor vs buying a $150 display? if you are willing to tolerate this petty annoyance (and the fact that the screen is several years old now but is priced in the range of a 4k display) it is a pretty great display.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic

    • Written by from Littleton

    I use two of these at work, chained together and connected to a MBP. Never had any problems or complaints. Using OS X 10.8.5 btw. The colors are good and the display is bright. No problems with connecting/disconnecting any of the ports, although I never use the Firewire port so who knows. The glass front is AWESOME. So smooth and easy to clean, and it lets me use dry erase markers directly on the screen which is extremely useful.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    As a stand alone monitor I'm pleased

    • Written by from Turlock

    It works great with my 2012 Mac mini. I love it

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Fonts too small for office work with text

    • Written by from Washington

    I decided to splurge and get myself an Apple 27” Thunderbolt display and, oh man, are my eyes hurting. The fonts are so small it is giving me a headache as I type this. The 27 inch screen size and 2560x1440 resolution are simply not suited for office tasks with text. I mean, I can zoom in, but results vary depending on application. Then when I am on the go, I have to zoom back out everywhere. It doesn't really work.

    Now for the monitor itself. Gorgeous thing, sleek, functional, great sound, incredible, want to love it, but it's giving me headache.

    Other thoughts.... after significant research I am discovering that the optimal dot pitch for office work is 0.276 mm. This is the same as 24" @ 1920x1200 and 32" @ 2560x1440. I haven't used the iMac 5K displays, but I am curious about the scaling on those.

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    REFLECTIONS!?!?!?! Is this a joke?

    • Written by from LOS ANGELES

    Most beautiful design, Solid, BEST connections with my macbookPRO. But I can ONLY ONLY ONLY work with it inside a dark cave or in the evenings. Working on this monitor is like working on top of a new Audi.

    What´s the point of making such a beautiful piece of monitor if we cannot work on it during day time?

    I spent 60$ on a MATTE antiglare filter. Final result: TERRIBLE blurry image and waist of 2 hours.

    I need to return this product, I´m afraid. I really hope you guys are thinking on matte screens, at list for professionals that also work during day time.

    12 of 21 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Love it

    • Written by from Arlington Heights

    Beautiful display that is easy to look at for long periods of time. The display also charges my Macbook Pro which negates the need to use my Mac's external power supply, thus helping to reduce the clutter around my work space.

    6 of 9 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not what I thought it was going to be

    • Written by from Cortez

    I bought this large, expensive display because I do a lot of computer work, my eyes are not as good as they used to be and I'm constantly on the internet doing research. I'm terribly disappointed with this display. Everything gets automatically compressed on this display - web pages, Numbers, Pages, Text Edit - everything! The compression on some programs and websites is so bad I can't even display them on the Thunderbolt because they're impossible to see.

    I've tried going into Settings to change the display settings and you can't. You only get the settings that Apple gives you. Terrible, terrible set up for $1,000.

    And, oh yes. Don't call Apple and talk with a sales associate before you buy. They'll tell you that this screen is just what you need for displaying large print. Not true.

    So, if you need a good display for reading, just stick with the Macbook with Retina Display. Nothing else is needed.

    12 of 21 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Upgrade from 24" display

    • Written by from Brooklyn

    I have a 24" display and was on the fence about upgrading. It was totally worth it, the display is bright, super crisp, seems way bigger, cable clean up is great. I havent had any problems so far. The only gripe I could possibly have is the speaker int he display take over my laptop and they aren't that loud. I use external speakers anyway.

    Looking forward to the dual screen updates in the mavericks update.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Favorite Display, EVER!!!!

    • Written by from BOISE

    I've only had this display for a week so it may be a bit premature but it has been working flawlessly. With the Thunderbolt interface, I get easy access to a desktop environment and the display quality is incredible!

    5 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Wish it was designed to work with laptops

    • Written by from Portland

    I wanted to hook my laptop to this.

    If this is what you want to do as well, i would advise against buying this product.

    I bought and returned this monitor and a MacBook Air the same day I bought them. The two could not have worked more horribly together.
    - the cable is not long enough and is really rigid so it's extremely awkward to setup because you have to have everything plugged in, then you have to open the laptop to turn on the power. but you can't open the laptop fully since the cord length keeps it under the monitor. This is like wresting a badger from its hole.
    - once you turn on the laptop and can close the lid, it slips nicely under the monitor EXCEPT for the metal on metal scraping, fingers on a chalkboard sound when the two aluminum surfaces slide against each other even the slightest bit
    - the UI went completely wacky with the entire interface askew and the menu bar completely missing the apple in the upper left-hand corner
    - Thousands of dollars and the Apple folks wanted me to keep it a bit longer and wait for a bug fix for the UI -- too bad it's not just software but hardware design issues that plague this product.

    I'm assuming if you don't hook and unhook this to a laptop frequently, it's perfectly fine by this point.

    33 of 63 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

    Best Purchase Ever!

    • Written by from Steubenville

    Pros: I use the Thunderbolt display with my MacBook Air. Having power, usb peripherals and ethernet always plugged in is great. When I come into the office, I don't even open my MacBook Air (As long as it is asleep. If it's shut down, I do have to open it). I simply slide it under my display, attach power and the Thunderbolt connector, hit the spacebar on my external keyboard and everything works. The screen is fantastic and easy on the eyes. The built in speakers and camera are great and work seamlessly with my internet applications (I teach online and residential classes at a university).

    Cons: On rare occasions, maybe 2 or 3 times after a year of daily use, my display has lost connection with my usb peripherals, but a simple restart fixes the problem. If you have light behind you (like a lamp/window) glare can be an issue, but it has not bothered me.

    Wishes: SD slot, more USB, USB 3.0, for it to do my work : )

    Best purchase ever!

    2 of 2 people found this useful