• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding Monitor

    • Written by from Pacifica

    I refrained from writing a review on this monitor until I used it for more than a year so I could provide true and useful data.

    Likes:
    Appearance: Like all Apple products, esthetics and appearance are high on the list of importance. The brushed aluminum provides a clean design and the connectors being hidden on rear move the unsightly cables from view.

    Performance: The sharpness of the monitor is unmatched and provides crisp video, graphics and type. the sharpness provides the ability to open numerous applications side by side in smaller panels with no distortion or fuzzy edges like some many other monitors have when resizing panels to be less than full screen.

    Expansion: The additional USB, firewire, ethernet and thunderbolt ports provide the ultimate docking station for my MacBook Pro. The ability to leave your keyboard, time machine backup and ethernet cable connected provides a simple and clean use case.

    Sound: The built-in speakers and amplifier provide superior sound and allowed me to clean extraneous equipment from my desk.

    HD Video Camera: The built-in camera provides outstanding video for conferencing and the convenience of not having to install an HD camera on my desk.

    Sort of Dislike:
    No power button: However, if I put this on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being most important, no power button is 1. Simply putting my MacBook to sleep shuts the monitor down. So I'm not even sure if you could count this as an issue but I needed to write something.

    I have since added two more Thunderbolt monitors, one for my office and one for astronomy workstation and all provide outstanding performance.

    ps: I have been an Apple/Mac user since 1983.

    31 of 34 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Brilliant, and truly more than just a display.

    • Written by from Milwaukee

    Four months of daily usage, this product compliments my mac mini perfectly. The resolution easily surpasses most all of the competition. It is pricey, but the built in ethernet, thunderbolt, firewire, and 3 usb easily makes up for it. I use the display ethernet with the mini ethernet to link aggregate the data signal from my airport extreme base station. Overall, very satisfied with this product.

    45 of 62 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Some good, but mostly bad, poor value for the money

    • Written by from Stratford

    First, the positives:

    The display is gorgeous. The colors are sharp and crisp and the contrast is nice. So long as you position the display in an area where you won't get glare or reflections, you'll love the way it looks.

    Now the bad:

    I dock my Macbook Air with this display and it routinely gives me trouble waking from "sleep" mode. I've tried absolutely everything to troubleshoot this issue and nothing seems to work. The display is simply not reliable when it comes to waking when it's supposed to. Sometimes I just get a blank grey screen. Sometimes I get my background image, but without my dock or icons, sometimes nothing happens at all. At least once every two or three days, I have to restart my Mac to get the display to recognize it. At least once every other day I have to unplug the thunderbolt cable from my Mac and then plug it back in to get it to wake up. My trackpad doesn't always wake the display when it's supposed to either. It's maddening.

    For a $900 screen, things like this should be addressed and fixed by Apple, either through firmware updates or software updates for the Macbook Air itself. I really don't know what the solution is, but frankly, I'm not happy. This is one of the only Apple products I've ever owned that gives me this sort of trouble, and it just so happens to be one of the more expensive ones as well.

    My advice, stay away until they figure these buggy problems out. This product is simply not worth the money given the amount of trouble it causes me.

    33 of 39 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

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice But Not Enough Pixels

    • Written by from Lake Oswego

    Okay, this is a great display. And okay, it has more then ample pixels for most people. But, for developers and designers creating stuff for the new 2012 iPad, using this display requires either zooming back or panning to create native art. Obviously, less than ideal and not what you're looking for when you're shopping for a mega-display. Hopefully, Apple has something new waiting in the wings, but until they release that phantom, this is their best offering for us and it fails a bit.

    40 of 53 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    13 months later ...

    • Written by from Brambleton

    After just 13 months, the display has a strange warped defect in the upper right.

    The audio output from the display's speakers consistently shuts off & I end switching to my Mac Book Pro's speakers.

    The Thunderbolt connectivity really isn't significantly faster than USB or Firewire.

    For those reasons and the cost, this display really isn't worth it. Aesthetically it looks great but in retrospect; I wish I had shopped around for a less expensive solution.

    29 of 32 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Gorgeous, but fatal flaw

    • Written by from Madison

    Beautiful size, color, and clarity. I've only seen limited issues with ethernet (generally I keep my wifi turned off while using ethernet, and if it hangs [rare] I unplug and replug it and it works). I like using it as my dock, which is why I got it.

    Major issue is the glare. I'm in an office with two walls being windows - very little direct sunlight - but the glare sends me home with a headache every single night. I've tried all sorts of rearranging of where I sit and where the monitor is WRT the windows. I've even tried ordering the $100 anti-glare screen from the apple store. It cuts the glare a little, but not enough, and introduces several other issues.

    This would be great in a room with no other light other than the screen itself. Unfortunately, it doesn't even rate next to a cheap Dell monitor with a built in matte screen.

    27 of 29 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

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great, especially when it's not sunny

    • Written by from ROTTERDAM

    This is the best screen I've had. It's expensive for what it is though, the sound is poor and you'll hear some soft noise when the speakers are activated. The USB hub and ethernet port are fantastic and work great.

    One thing I can't understand: there has been no effort whatsoever to make this screen less glossy. This means you'll have a hard time using it when it's sunny. So this screen is perfect if you like working with the curtains closed, but if you like to work in a sunny office you'll probably want a different screen.

    You can set it to full brightness to see everything, but your eyes will get tired because of the reflection and the bright light. I never had headaches when using the computer, but it started after I bought this screen. I guess Apple doesn't mind. There have been petitions and a lot of requests for offering a matte version, but no action whatsoever.

    I'd think it's worth 600 -700 euros, but not 1000 because of the flaws. I'll replace it as soon as I can get a Thunderbolt screen that's matte.

    It has perfect viewing angles and that makes it perfect to show things to clients (again, when it's not sunny).

    33 of 41 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Loved it until it died after just 1 year.

    • Written by from Mill Valley

    Monitor is solid, color is great. But I cannot recommend anyone spend this much money--significantly more than monitors of similar size and features from competitor brands-- when it has not lasted 13 months and now needs a new logic board (which incidentally costs almost as much as a new competitor monitor would).

    If you are considering this item, please read the customer forums carefully and don't just rely on these reviews. Seems like this is a common problem people have with with this monitor.

    23 of 23 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    REALLY BAD PRODUCT!!! Better getting some other screen!!!

    • Written by from Princeton

    I cannot understand how come apple cannot get their laptops to work properly with their OWN screen!!!
    Sometimes the macbook pro with retina display doesn't recognize the thunderbolt display, in other cases, it doesn't identify USB plugged-in devices.
    It is absolutely horrible to work with!!!

    23 of 23 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great

    • Written by from SAN FRANCISCO

    Very impressed with the quality of the screen. HD editing and playback are both excellent. Monitor really shines when playing games as well.

    29 of 35 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    DOES NOT WORK WITH MAVERICK!!!!!!

    • Written by from Nashville

    This screen intermittently freezes when using a computer that has Maverick. Apple still has not fixed this problem. Great screen. Expensive. Apple needs to fix the Maverick problem.

    24 of 26 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great display marred by horrible thunderbolt connection

    • Written by from Oakland

    The rumors are true. Thunderbolt is not ready for professional use.

    We have 4 of them and once they're on and fully connected, they're fine. But disconnect from them or sleep and it's a great mystery what will work when you come back.

    When I bring my laptop into work, I set aside 10-30 minutes for start-up shuffle - figuring out which arrangement will allow me to use two monitors and a USB3 hub w/ my MBP. My displays always forget their arrangement. USB is prone to fail or not recognize the keyboard and/or mouse. Often one display works but not the other, thereby requiring 3 or 4 restarts to finally kick both in. Once we even had a display that simply refused to start for a full day - but then worked fine the next.

    Apple's current hardware is really advanced, but prone to amateurish quality control.

    23 of 24 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Severe processing drain

    • Written by from Brooklyn

    I use this monitor in tandem with a late 2011 MacBook Pro and my digital audio workstation (Cubase). When I get 15/20 minutes into a session I start hearing the jarring sound of digital grinding as my processor becomes overwhelmed. At that point I unplug the monitor and go back to the Macbook Pro monitor and then I have plenty of headroom for processing and audio sounds normal again. I have tested with Geekbench and a few other programs and this phenomena is clear as day with between a 30/40% decrease in processing with the thunderbolt dispay after 15 minutes. Genius bar was unable to help--suggested it might be a power problem but a power conditioner didn't solve the issue. It seems like thunderbolt cable gets jammed up after a period of time. Now I have a 1k monitor that I can only use for 15 minutes before unplugging.

    24 of 27 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Almost good

    • Written by from FENTON

    I've owned one of these for almost 18 months.
    Hate the glossy screen. Really hard to see true blacks and grays with it. I have to move everything over to an older 23" LCD to really see them.
    Monitor color isn't quite true, a bit Red for starters.
    Thunderbolt hub died after only 18 months, and best I can tell from other web sources, this is not uncommon. It is the weakest link by far in the Apple workflow.
    Not much thunderbolt support or choices. When monitor dies you don't have many options. I can't find a thunderbolt hub with 3 thunderbolt ports (1 for computer, 1 for monitor without a TB daisy chain port, and 1 for storage) which is what I need now to keep up and running.
    No USB 3 support in the hub.
    This monitor was a nice first stab at it, but I can't recommend this honestly to a friend. Look elsewhere, or wait and hope the Apple designers will implement a more satisfactory solution. This monitor and thunderbolt support has been lacking too much for too long.

    23 of 25 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    No regrets. I am enjoying the Display.

    • Written by from phoenix

    Initially, the negative reviews posted gave me pause before I purchased Thunderbolt.
    Spoke to the Apple sales people several times about the posted complaints plus
    they assured me about the return policy.

    Purchased the monitor and it performs great. The color is amazing. I use it everyday.
    I have so much more real estate to work with.

    Fantastic job Apple.

    24 of 27 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great match for Mac Mini

    • Written by from West Bloomfield

    Purchased to match my 2012 Mac Mini. Works great but need to get use to the smaller font with this high resolution monitor. Also, the ethernet port on the display was labeled incorrectly when hooked up to my router. Had to delete and rename to "display ethernet port" and all is now correct. I like having the hub on the back of the monitor to hook up my firewire 800 Time Machnine hard drive and another USB hub.

    24 of 27 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Love it! Simple to use!

    • Written by from Northport

    I currently own a Macbook Air 11" and it's great to know that with one simple cable I can make it my office computer with a large screen for multiple windows. I like all apple products but for me this is a must have accessory.

    37 of 53 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works like a charm!

    • Written by from Westerlo

    I am very pleased with my purchase of the Apple Thunderbolt Display.
    I'm a very big fan of its 27-inch size and really like the docking possibilities.
    The extra ethernet port, usb ports, firewire port and thunderbolt port are very useful and I use them al the time.

    33 of 45 people found this useful