• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    So when's the updated version coming?

    • Written by from Gilbert

    I bought this display when it first came out (few years ago?). All in all it not a bad monitor, but I don't think I'd buy one today.
    The best thing about the monitor is the quality of the display. I use this monitor for my MacBook Air, turning my air into my desktop computer. It works well for that.
    The downsides to this monitor are the lack of inputs/outputs namely USB 3.0 and the sound quality.
    The monitor advertises a 2.1 sound output. Well I think they skimped on the .1 portion. There's almost no bass, so listening to music is a little disappointing.
    As I said in the beginning, I wouldn't buy one today because the next one will hopefully be right around the corner with updated tech and features. And I'm assuming it will come in at around the same price as the current model.

    6 of 8 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

  • 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.

    10 of 17 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    gorgeous colors and definition

    • Written by from Vienna

    this is rated 4 out of 5 stars only because the glossy screen probably does require you to place this monitor in a shaded area without direct sunlight--my monitor and computer sit in a bedroom whose window exposure is blocked by vertical blind panels; perception of glare reflection is minimal to under the perception threshold. I am running a late year mac mini with the Intel HD Graphic 4000 embedded chip, and what can I say? I got this machine not for work, but primarily for internet browsing, video streaming, iTunes movie/TV downloads and viewing and watching DVDs, either through movie player or AIEEEsoft blu-ray player (there are several blu-ray players for mac out there and they seem to generically work if you have a fast internet connection--if you don't MKVmaker will decrypt your blu-ray HD DVD files and convert them to .mkv files for viewing with VLC player). Every day I appreciate the color balance and fidelity, screen detailing, unforced contrast, and rich natural blacks more and more (at default calibration). With the new Yosemite GUI, the subtle shading gives the impression that you are truly looking *into* not at your computer. The windows fall away with a distinct planar recession, and each HD source is its own 3D window. Watching HD discs, HD iTunes offerings will delight you, and well-produced anamorphic transfers have never looked better.

    it's pricey but its virtues will grow on you with time. think of a cheaper, punchier, higher contrastable monitor as a friendly mutt, who will play with you, jump up on you, and poke you with his big wet nose. And the Apple Thunderbolt HD Display as a more expensive than anticipated feline who at first seems stand-offish, then announces itself with a few tentative head butts, and then progresses to snuggling in your lap and purring. Being a sleek cat maintenance is minimal and this cat aint temperamental.

    I bought this with some hesitation because for me $1K is not a so-what purchase but I'm a totally satisfied customer. This monitor is insanely great.

    3 of 3 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

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works fine with 2013 Macbook pro 13".

    • Written by from San Mateo

    I use one of these at work all day long for software development. So I am looking at text all day usually with a white background. My back is against a white wall, so reflections are really not a problem. Even when I play a video, I don't worry about reflections very much.

    I briefly used one of these monitors at home and I was sad to have to bring it back to work. It was great for watching Youtube videos and DVDs as well as for working at home. I never tried connecting a Bluray player to this monitor. If you're playing a movie and the area behind you is dark, reflections are not a problem.

    However I could see the wisdom in seeking out of an antireflective/matte filter for a monitor like this, or for any other glossy screen for that matter.

    This display is not Retina -- I think it's around 111 ppi -- but it's fine. The fonts that have that slightly "blurry" look like any non-Retina display causes. I wish it were Retina, but then again my Macbook Pro may not drive a higher resolution display anyway. The specs say it can drive a 4K display but only thru the HDMI port; not sure if that's true 4K support.

    FYI if you are considering at 1920 x 1080 monitor instead of this Thunderbolt display, the size that provides 111 ppi is 20 inches.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    sound issue with premiere 11

    • Written by from MOUNT GAMBIER WEST

    I am generally happy with the thunderbolt - but I have a problem - when using Adobe premiere elements 11 I have no sound - this is really annoying - all other software, internet etc has sound when required except for the one I need the most. I wanted to edit small clips for my project - not much use on the thunderbolt when you cant hear what you are editing!!! Happy to hear any solutions.

    4 of 6 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.

    2 of 3 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.

    8 of 15 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Display with limited Ports

    • Written by from Atlanta

    There's only three USB ports on this "ultimate docking station".

    9 of 17 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Looks good, but has design flaws

    • Written by from Toronto

    Don't hope to use this monitor as a 'docking station' for your thunderbolt-equipped MBA or MBP; there's no microphone, headphone, or SD-card reader built in. A pity - could have made a fantastic home-base for the mobile crowd. Seems silly, to have lowered the bar, all for the sake of shaving a few dollars off the bottom line.

    29 of 57 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