• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Eventually Bought two for my 15" MBP

    • Written by from Saint Louis

    I run a 2,2 GHz i7 MacBook Pro with 16 GB of RAM. I has issues with my earlier "LED Cinema Display" (that is, the non-Thunderbolt stye) that caused problems after upgrading my laptop - the display would blank out every hour or two. I gave the display to a colleague of mine as part of an in-house troubleshooting process. We could not replicate the problem on his laptop (non-Thunderbolt vintage), but in the meantime, he fell in love with the display. I subsequently bought the Thunderbolt LED display at my local Apple Store with the understanding "if problems continue, return it." Well, the problems went away, and a month laster, I bought a second Thunderbolt display, and daisy chained it off of the first. What a workspace! Beautiful color accuracy, fast, and plug and play. And my colleague loves my old LED Cinema Display on his MacBook Pro.

    I did discover that when daisy chaining, you must use an external Thunderbolt cable (you can not use the dongle cable that would normally plug in to your laptop).

    This is a fantastic setup! Not cheap, but works great. All of my external connectivity is through one cable!

    17 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Absolutely Gorgeous Display (Note: Bootcamp Users)

    • Written by from Jamaica Plain

    MacBook Pro 10,1 15" Retina, 4-core i7/ 2.7GHz, 16GB
    Mac OS X 10.8.2, Win 8 Pro VM and Win 7 Ult native with Bootcamp.
    (Because of work I have to dance with the devil.)

    TBD exhibited completely flawless Mac OS operation. Absolutely beautiful display. Interface connection a breeze - excellent design - good riddance DVI !

    Only display issue was with Bootcamp. No joy on the TBD at first. Bootcamp-Win7 process for loading drivers failed to copy over / load thunderbolt driver to Win 7 OS. Win 7 (audibly) acknowledged connection and disconnection of Thunderbolt cable and recognized the display's USB ports in the Windows Devices and Printers Control Panel but display was blank and not recognized in Window's Display Control Panel. Had to load NIVIDIA drivers manually in Win7. Much thanks to Mac tech support. It took, after several tries with tech support, a Mac certified technician to help me figure this out. All's well that ends well and I don't necessarily expect Apple to be solely responsible for all things Windows related and vice versa. (I hope this helps anyone who may have had the same issue in Bootcamp.)

    Now everything is perfect. Still giving it 4.5 stars because nothing can touch it that I've seen and it is so very worth any trouble I had with respect to Windows. I recommend no active light sources in a reflective path behind the viewer in order to fully appreciate this excellent display without reflections.

    Like to see USB 3.0 ports and an HDMI input option on back.

    BTW, the MacBook Pro is a very fine machine as well...running any OS. It has a nice display also, so I'm told.

    17 of 20 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent display, buying 2 more.

    • Written by from Denver

    I have had the 27" Thunderbolt display for over 6 months now at home and use it daily with a MacBook Pro Retina 15", Mac Mini Server, and also previously used it with a MacBook Pro 15" (Late 2011). The quality, sharpness and color rendition of the display are beyond words and as a display it's hands down the best I've used, including over 5 different displays in the 24" range from other manufacturers. I do software engineering and Photoshop work all day for a living. We are buying two more for our business this week if that tells you anything.

    It's true that the thunderbolt adapter has problems with docked USB devices from time to time, and sometimes the graphics don't switch over smoothly, but that's happened with every monitor/docking station combination I've ever used. If you like matte monitors then this one might not be for you, but personally I like the contrast and color rendition of a glossy screen monitor a lot more. If you're judging the monitor by the quality of the speaker interface or docking features, you're doing it a disservice because as a monitor, which is it's prime reason for being, it is outstanding. Highly recommended.

    15 of 16 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding job Apple!!

    • Written by from Springboro

    I have been using my TBD for over a year and thought it was time to review. AMAZING!! I have used displays from EVERY manufacture ranging from all sizes to high end and low end. This display is far superior to any other display I have ever used. I dock it to my MacBook Pro everyday. I have also used it with a client provided HP laptop. Quality of display is amazing regardless of the unit it is connected to. I have not experienced any of the problems as mentioned in prior reviews. If you want two displays to sit sided by side and match up perfectly, buy TWO Thunderbolt displays. Don't buy two different monitors and expect them to match up. Enjoy!

    10 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Thunderbolt Greatness

    • Written by from concord

    Just got my display from best buy very happy with it works fine on my MBP 15 none retina. Only quirk with it is that it slows boot up and shutdown by a good amount still to be expteaced with a massive display + pci compotes run threw the cable. Looking forward to using it with my windows rig as well rebuilding it to support thunderbolt :D
    Pricey but by far the best quality on the market blows my LG led display out of the water. And no i'm not an apple fan boy just giving it a 5 star for no reason the quality stands out on its own. every new technology will have its quirks at least apple takes the time to fix them unlike many other manufactures.

    12 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing display

    • Written by from Fish Creek

    My Thunderbolt display has worked flawlessly. I decided to purchase a refurb and save $170. I have had no issues with the display. Maybe buying a refurb is the answer. Not only will you save some cash but if the display had issues and was returned, it's been fixed and tested possibly more then a new one off the line. I have it hooked up to my late 2011 MBP and I couldn't be happier with it.

    14 of 15 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I love it!

    • Written by from Aurora

    I'm glad I didn't read any of these reviews before I bought my monitor. I think it would have scared me away. I have mine hooked up to my 13" MBP and I love it! I've not had a problem at all. Now I very rarely "undock" my MBP, I basically just leave everything hooked up. I was debating on this monitor or a new 27" iMac and since my MBP just sits in a drawer for months at a time, I decided to do the monitor and start using my MBP. So no problem here.

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    awesome

    • Written by from Miami beach

    awesome

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Was Nervous

    • Written by from Baton Rouge

    I was nervous about this purchase based on some of the reviews I read here but once I got the unit home and hooked it up to a Mac Mini I am very pleased. In my opinion one of the ways Apple really stands out from other PC manufacturers is their displays... this monitor does not disappoint in that capacity and is an excellent companion to a Mac Mini and as a bonus adds three more usb and one firewire ports. Very well thought out!

    12 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I must have gotten a good one

    • Written by from Washington

    Mine is connected to a 17in mid-2011 MacBook Pro. I've owned mine for 4 months. The display is crystal clear and the audio is good. If I wanted better audio I could add a pair of external B&W's, but I don't see a need. I boot to windows 7 with the laptop lid open. Windows 7 look great. I play Need For Speed Hot Pursuit in Windows 7 and the speakers are fine

    I have my Ethernet and USB devices connected to the Thunderbolt Display. This is really slick because when I need to disconnect my laptop, I only have to remove the Thunderbolt and power cable,

    For me me this is very clever product that lives up to what Apple said it would do.

    10 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works well

    • Written by from Canton

    I was a little worried about purchasing this with so many conflicting reviews. I purchased a TB display for work to use with my MBP retina and the 27" Cinema for my MacPro at home as a second monitor. Both have been performing great. Yes the cords could be longer but other than that they work great so far.

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great for Photo Processing

    • Written by from Carmel

    I am an advanced amateur photographer, and am VERY happy at the beautiful graphics and the amount of room I have when processing shots in Photoshop. I have had no problem with the fact that the screen is glossy, I simply adjust the screen and it's fine. Definitely worth the bucks!

    17 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Monitor Rocks

    • Written by from Chicago

    I've purchased 3 of these babies, and quite likely about to purchase a fourth. By far one of my favorite monitors to have ever used. Looks beautiful with zero to minimal configuration, and works fantastic. It took me about 3 weeks to realize the first one also had built in sound, but once I did the sound they pump out is great for such a small package. If you have a grand (or 4 in my case) to purchase a monitor for your MBP, or any other mac offering thunderbolt, do it... It does seem like a lot, but the 27 inches of glory this provides, plus the very well performing sound makes them very much worth it.

    The only thing I could possibly think would make this monitor BETTER, would be if those 27inches were a Retina Display, I seem to run out of room quite often... but then again I run about 30 programs with 400 windows open at a time (maybe somewhat exaggerated on the amount of windows). Which makes the 15 inch retina next to it a fantastic tool to have at your side.

    11 of 24 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best Monitor Period!

    • Written by from HIlo

    Apple proves itself again to be the absolute best around. Just played bought and played Angry Birds "Star Wars" from the app store on my new mac mini and apple monitor with my son....and it was awesome!

    By day I own and operate a web and graphic design firm and we have only bought iMacs up until now. This mac mini and monitor is for my home office and I couldn't be happier with this combo.

    Highly recommend this combo...at least until the new 27" iMacs come out in December!

    16 of 21 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works as Advertised

    • Written by from Morgantown

    I use this display in conjunction with an MBPro from 2011 (i7 CPU, SSD). Thus far it has performed according to expectations. The ethernet and USB integration is fine. It's incredibly convenient to take my MBPro out of its case, make two connections, turn it on, and be up and running. I'm not a Mac "fan-boy." I use Windows and Linix machines as well. I've only had it a couple days but it simply works and that's often the best thing about Apple products.

    120 of 137 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I LOVE my Thunderbolt Display

    • Written by from Limestone

    After having my TBD for about 8 months now, I still absolutely LOVE my display. I have my TBD connected to my late 2011 MBP and they work great together. I was just reading over all the other reviews and was quite surprised to see so many complaints and problems with their TBD's. I actually bought my TBD refurbished (great money saver) and didn't notice any scratches or anything, great condition. I love the resolution on this display, watching movies and tv shows from itunes is amazing.

    31 of 37 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    MUST BUY

    • Written by from Pueblo

    This is the best Apple product that I have invested in. Its completely worth 1000! The display, size, resolution and quality is just amazing and to die for! If you want a desktop display for your laptop this is it. Apple did an amazing job making this aluminum body display screen!

    56 of 81 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Display

    • Written by from San Diego

    I am now on my third month with my display. I use it as my hub. I use it with my new MacBook Pro with the retina display. It's great!! I have a keyboard, 2 mice (mouse?), what ever, a super drive, and another powered USB hub. I will be getting a Thunderbolt external drive (DROBO) and for now that's about it. I connect and un connect my MacBook Pro several times a day. I do not have any problems with the display and everything connected works great. I can't wait for a retina 27" Thunderbolt display. That way I can give this one to my wife and get the new display for me, haha, like that will happen. Anyway I love this display and I think Apple did a great job!!

    74 of 103 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    An outstanding product

    • Written by from EL PASO

    The nicest thing about this display is that it just works. It docks with my mbp flawlessly. The design is just nice + again it works. It's not cheap but the same thing goes to the other monitors with similar specs.

    42 of 51 people found this useful