• 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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Thunderbolt Disappointment

    • Written by from Fort worth

    The Good

    This thing looks awesome on my desk.
    The image is outstanding
    Fit and finish from a designer standpoint is comparable to none
    The sound quality is decent along with the camera

    The Bad
    Connecting it to my macbook is more than just annoying it is painful
    The sound works if you constantly change your settings
    Running your macbook in clamshell mode will cause it to run extremely hot
    You have to have the power connected to your macbook the entire time SMH
    The thunderbolt cord gets HOT!!! like omg hot
    Not to mention the screen flickers non stop for no reason

    I have a 100 dollar apple TV connected to my TV and I use Airplay. This system is way cheaper and much more reliable. Do not buy this display if you own a macbook and want bigger screen. I paid 1000 dollars for this thing and here I am 12 hrs later using my TV instead. I love apple products but the thunderbolt display is bad!!!

    68 of 81 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    DO NOT BUY!!!!!!!!!!

    • Written by from Gloucester

    After time my display started making horrible static noise! This is a very common problem that lots of people experience, you can even read about that in these reviews. HORRIBLE!

    303 of 372 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    $1000 boat anchor

    • Written by from Warrenton

    Worked well for a year, then had major audio problems (static, quite loud). Finally, it was powered off to try and fix the audio and then the display went black. Not working at all now. VERY disappointed in Apple, there doesn't seem to be any quality control any more for their products. I will never buy another Apple monitor again.

    277 of 321 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    If you get one that works, its great.

    • Written by from pelham

    Two weeks ago i purchased a TBD from the apple store in soho, and immediately put it to work with my 2011 mbp. The ethernet connection and USB ports have intermittent connectivity when plugged in, and where I never or very rarely have experienced kernel panics before, they are now a regular event when plugged into the display. I expect more from apple products, especially a $1k display.

    109 of 131 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Wish I Could Return it

    • Written by from Sparta

    Worst monitor I've ever used for photo editing. The stories you read about the monitor hurting users' eyes are true. I bought a 27" iMac and would return it tomorrow if I could. On top of the monitor's usability problems, with the new iMac, there is no video in. Apparently, Apple wants to sell you everything you view on the iMac. Do not buy this monitor.

    113 of 178 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Dont Bother, only gave it one star because i couldn't select 0 stars

    • Written by from Bedford

    This is a great monitor, potentially, but has turned into the most expensive dust gathering object yet for Mac os X, as Apple seem to be able to miss, by a country mile, the point of a second monitor on one of its products. As for the most part it is useless under Mac os X with the new style full screen apps that, when in full screen mode, blank out the second screen, rendering it useless for additional apps you might want open at the same time. Think i will go back to windows.

    110 of 193 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Useless w/o Thunderbolt computer or laptop...

    • Written by from Buffalo

    Customers with Macs that only support Mini DisplayPort output, such as the Mac Pro and MacBook, as well as previous generations of MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Mac mini, and iMac can not use this as their display. I currently own an older MacBook Pro and would love to buy this display to use now, but in ANTICIPATION of eventually getting a Thunderbolt-capable laptop or Mac. I can't do that. Does Apple want me to buy the Cinema display now and the Thunderbolt display next year? Not happening.

    67 of 150 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Amateur Hour...

    • Written by from Nashville

    No fixes. STILL no matte option. Nobody listening... pathetic...

    89 of 170 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Standby Issues

    • Written by from Snohomish

    I'm having similar issues as other users have reported. I bought this display and a new macbook pro retina. Everything was working fine for a couple of weeks and then I started having issues with the USB ports and network not working after coming out of standby.

    I also think there should have been a audio line out on this display. I am very disappointed with this monitor.

    194 of 222 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Bad buy.

    • Written by from Sausalito

    Amazing how crisp it is and enjoy the thunderbolt options. Great to watch a movie on I bet. HOWEVER, as an Art Director/Designer this was probably the worst display I've ever worked on. It's like looking at a mirror, reflects EVERYTHING and then some. Bad eye strain after one week so I bought a screen defuser - so basically defeats the point of spending $$$ for a sharp display.

    173 of 206 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Dead after one week

    • Written by from Atlanta

    I'm really unhappy with this purchase. My monitor died this morning after only one week. It's now at the Apple Store being repaired. Not really the way you want a $1000 monitor purchase to go. Very unsatisfied customer.

    87 of 124 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't buy it if using with a Macbook Pro

    • Written by from Toronto

    I bought this monitor a week ago, worked great for 2 days. After your laptop goes to sleep, the monitor doesn't wake up. You have to shut down, restart, reset and sometimes start on safe mode to go back to normal.

    I looked online, TONES OF PEOPLE ARE HAVING THE SAME PROBLEM.

    Apple is not doing anything to fix it.

    Save you money and time.

    299 of 341 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Nothing but problems

    • Written by from Santa Clara

    Quite angry at the moment. The display itself looks amazing when it actually works. So far the slue of problems I have encountered in just a few months of having this monitor (connected to a MBP): Ethernet port doesn't work (shows up as Bluetooth PAN), external MAC keyboard doesn't work, external MAC mouse works except for the buttons, connecting/disconnecting the Thunderbolt cable will cause both displays to show solid light blue, sometimes the laptop keyboard and trackpad will not function at all, boot time is at least twice as long with the Thunderbolt cable connected.

    70 of 82 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Great display, poor ethernet integration

    • Written by from Florham Park

    As a display, this monitor is magnificent. Great colors, clarity, viewing angles, etc.

    Where it fails miserably is in the ethernet integration. This display is supposed to act like a docking station where you can plug your usb and ethernet into the display, then your laptop uses the ethernet and usb interfaces in the display when the thunderbolt cable is plugged into the laptop.

    Unfortunately once you disconnect from the display, when you return and plug the thunderbolt cable back in, you may find that the ethernet port is no longer available. The only way to restore functionality is to reboot your laptop.

    You can read a very long thread discussing this problem on the apple forums. You will see this isn't just an isolated problem. Unfortunately this site doesn't allow me to publish the URL, so just google for: thunderbolt ethernet not available

    I keep hoping every OS X Lion update will fix this but after at least 6 months, the problem still persists.

    252 of 290 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work well with my Macbook air

    • Written by from 香港

    It doesn't work well with my macbook air. Detail can search the key word "Thunderbolt display" from the Apple Offical Forum.

    65 of 101 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Nightmare

    • Written by from Lakeland

    I purchased 2 of these displays on the date of release for my work and its been nothing but a nightmare since that day. between the light bleed on the bottom left of the screen. the amount of heat these things put out. the severe issue with image persistence, and the fogging under the glass. for a $1000 a pop you would not expect to have these issues. to top everything off the apple stores in my area are an hour away and have done absolutely nothing to repair them besides replace the glass and feed me lip service about this being normal. here i am 9 months later with 7 trips to apple stores and separate apple techs, now running out of warranty and i'm screwed.

    211 of 243 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not work as advertised

    • Written by from Montreal

    This monitor has absolutely stunning visuals. As a monitor, its unreal.

    However, the thunderbolt 'docking' element of it is just plain broken. If you connect the monitor while the computer is asleep, Audio NEVER works and Ethernet is hit and miss.

    Its clearly a firmware issue. So if you want a stunning monitor... save money and get the DELL one. If Apple fixes this issue, then this monitor is like the missing link you've been waiting for. It functions as a docking station as well as a stunning display.

    88 of 94 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Unusable due to reflections and glare

    • Written by from Ankeny

    This display wasn't compatible with my windows, and I'm not referring to a Microsoft product. The windows were across the room to left of the display not directly behind it. There was a large roll-top desk between the windows and this display to provide some shade. Until I closed the blinds, every solid color on the screen showed bright reflections. The solid blacks of my terminal window backgrounds reflected like a mirror.

    I could only reduce the glare enough by closing the blinds and turning the brightness up to two bars below maximum. That was too bright to be comfortable for regular use, and besides I should be able to see outside and see what's on the screen at the same time.

    Apple needs to invest some its profits into display R & D. The matte displays sold a few years ago look far better than this display. If people require the vivid colors, Apple must find a way to offer the color without this much glare.

    62 of 78 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    dont buy it

    • Written by from Atlanta

    total waste of my time. as other have said...apple is a use-ta-be.

    1. it does match the height of an imac
    2. it does not height adjust
    3. no power button total joke ------- and reason to return
    4. looks like cheap plastic

    80 of 239 people found this useful