• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Colors are vivid

    • Written by from Novato

    Great monitor. I use in tandem with my laptop to get two screens. Pretty cool. Connects via USB and has 3 more addition USB plug-ins.

    15 of 19 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic Product

    • Written by from Falls Church

    The Thunderbolt Display is an absolutely amazing product, though the price is hardly stomach-able. The USB ports on the back, plus the Ethernet, are great. No more cable-shuffle when you need to get going. The built in MagSafe charger is certainly helpful as well. It lives up well well to its description of "The Ultimate Docking Station". What's missing? An audio jack for headphones, or better yet optical out and enough for 5.1 sound.

    20 of 25 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Gigantor

    • Written by from PORT SAINT LUCIE

    Its freaking massive.
    I mean its bigger than my 1st apartment.
    Love it. Love it. Love it.
    I can't go back to another monitor.
    I can't.
    I won't.

    20 of 29 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Monitor

    • Written by from Lafayette

    Was hesitant at first since the puppy is not cheap. Definitely the best monitor I have ever owned. Have more power now with my MacBook PRO, Parallels and WIN7 (when I need it) in less space!

    14 of 20 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

    Take the plunge. You will be happy you did.

    • Written by from Kalispell

    I made the jump from PC to Mac less than a year ago. After relocating across the country we decided to commit to Mac. Our home office has two 27 inch Thunderbolts, 1 Mac min, 1 Mac book, and a few odds and ends such as routers, mice, keyboards, and such.

    The monitors are exquisite. Sure they work great, they are bright, the sound is wonderful but the quality of them is outstanding. They are beautifully to look at and into all day long. Before I spent the money on them I looked over comparable sizes from other manufactures and the decision was made to go with Apple. The other monitors are flimsy and cheaply made. They may cost 2/3 less but you get what you play for.

    These are sturdy solid pieces of equipment that are well thought out by the Engineers. Yet the pieces come together as a seamless work of art. The design clearly illustrates a unity between the Engineering, Marketing, and Support teams.

    I would highly recommend them. Its clear that Apple innovates while the competitors copy and mass produces. My wife's brandnew laptop from work is just as large and bulky as they had been 10 years ago just as an example. Come on.

    21 of 27 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing additional monitor

    • Written by from Oxnard

    I was quite excited to add an additional 27" monitor to complement my 27" iMac as an options trading platform. The display is beautiful and is a perfect extension, so perfect that my wife is letting me add another one :)

    12 of 18 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

    Wow...amazing.

    • 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

  • 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

  • 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

    Amazing!

    • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

    SOFTWARE:

    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..

    HARDWARE:

    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..

    EVERYTHING WORKS PERFECT!

    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