• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Why oh why does this not match the current iMac

    • Written by from La Sauvetat 32500

    Really apple.. How can you expect us pros to buy something that has a completely different reflectivity to the current iMac screen.. It beggars belief frankly. I am saddened that apple seems to be leaving it's pro customers behind - still no Pro refresh! And now, when I was on the point of buying a new top of the line iMac fully specced, there is no pro screen with the same specs!!! What IS going on here!

    105 of 149 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Awful Connectivity with USB and AWFUL Audio.

    • Written by from Cincinnati

    I've had this display since September. I wanted to wait to write my review so I had some "time" with this display.

    I bought this display to go with my Mid 2012 13 inch MacBook Pro for work purposes. I do a lot of freelance post-processing work for photo studios, and I needed something that would amplify the graphics from the laptop, had lots of USB ports, could potentially use it as a dual display with my laptop, etc. Sounded great in theory.

    It couldn't be more of a pain. I originally had the audio problems and USB power connectivity issues with my wacom tablet, keyboard, and mouse, etc. and spent hours on the phone with apple support who were great, nice, polite, etc. But their only fix was for installing updates, and that doesn't really FIX the problem unless you unplug EVERYTHING, turn the computer off, plug everything back in and turn it on in safe mode or something to allow the power to re-circulate or something. Basically the apple support member admitted there was an issue or faultiness with how the power in the Thunderbolt circulates, hence why it cannot power USB devices properly and shorts out on audio.

    The fix only worked for a short while. I eventually gave up. My time isn't just MY time, it's my clients time, and I DO NOT HAVE TIME to do EVERY TIME this happens!! It fixes the problem for like, an hour. I eventually figured a way around it by just not plugging ANYTHING into the TB's USB ports, and plugging them all into my MBPro, what I had room for anyways. Well, now that hardly works EITHER. I am fed up that it is now January of 2013, and they STILL have not offered a fix for this.

    In short, for a professional, do not WASTE your $1000, put it to an EIZO monitor or something.

    110 of 125 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing display

    • Written by from CRESTWOOD

    I can't understand why anyone would vote less than five stars. I've had the monitor for a year and a half and have had no issues. Plus the display quality is out of this world, and it does what it's supposed to do. I have my macbook air connected to it and it works flawlessly. I especially like the convenience of connecting and disconnecting my mac and everything just works.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice, but expensive, glossy and terrible connectivity.

    • Written by from Amsterdam

    Just got this display in a new company, one for the office, one for home. After a few days have some thoughts...

    Working on it is awesome, colors are bright, everything is sharp, etc. Unless it's exposed to the daylight :( It's sooo glossy. I've heard there's a new model coming better in that respect, but this one is GLOSSY! This makes working on it really hard at times.

    Another thing is connectivity. Can't connect my older MacBook Pro, just because it doesn't have a Thunderbolt display? No HDMI, so can't connect my Apple TV? No AirPlay? I mean, for a $999 device, it's crazy - only one form of input?

    Additional ports are quite handy, but somehow, whenever my Retina MacBook goes to sleep (in clamshell mode), the keyboard stops responding. Have to reconnect the cable in the back - somewhat annoying, but can't be 100% sure if it's the display or something else.

    Wish Apple tried harder - this could be awesome.

    48 of 51 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Top Notch Product

    • Written by from Sarasota

    I use this as an additional monitor with my 27" iMac. Built in switches in both units it very convenient. Display is sharp and clear with no glare.

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Display!!!!

    • Written by from Hammond

    This display is so Awesome. Bought refurbished and can't be happier. The late 2012 Mac Mini and this display are a perfect match. The price is cheaper than any other 27" display with the same resolution. Don't buy junk, get this display.

    13 of 15 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing

    • Written by from Edmonton

    Was a little hesitant purchasing it because of the price. But I have no regrets buying it. Great colour and picture, and the design is beautiful. Its really nice to also have the camera in the front and all the ports in the back. Would highly recommend it to anybody looking for something to increase the size of their macbook's screen or somebody looking for a display for their mac mini!

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Investment for film/ photography

    • Written by from HORIZON CITY

    This is an expensive (by most people's standards) investment, but one that is going to pay for itself down the road. I use this driven by my late 2011 MBP with a seagate TB hdd attached for media management. The resolution in this monitor allows me to do single window video editing in premiere pro and allows me to work on photographs in big clear detail. I love it!

    12 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome+++

    • Written by from allentown

    Just purchased the MacBook Pro thunderbolt and Cinema Display thunderbolt. Monitor came with everything needed to connect. It instantly worked, just by connecting the cables. No screen flickering etc. as I have seen in previous reviews. Works 100%.

    I am a professional Web Designer and this was the perfect solution. Thank you Apple : )

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  • 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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Heartbroken

    • Written by from Harsens island

    I've dreamed of owning my own Mac desktop for years, and finally received a brand new mac mini with Thunderbolt display for christmas. I've only been using it for four days and already my TBD has flickered to the point of being unusable at times, hasn't woken up from sleep mode, and twice has just turned itself off. When it is working it is a gorgeous display, but I am heartbroken that my first brand new mac is flawed in such a major way (the mini, btw, works wonderfully). I already downloaded the update to "fix" the flickering, but it did nothing. I will be calling Apple to see what they say, I will see if I can return it and get an iMac instead. I really don't want to exchange it for another TBD, since it sounds like an extremely common issue. Wish I had seen these reviews before. $2000 is a heck of a lot of money for something that doesn't work correctly.

    43 of 51 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Only works when the moon is full

    • Written by from Los Alamos

    I struggled with the sound problem - hopefully someday there will be a complete fix, seems to work better since I updated to Mountain Lion.

    The most irritating thing is some days I can dock my laptop and it will switch just fine. Other days it seems like there is nothing I can do to get the keyboard and mouse attached to the display USB ports (not even wired ones) to work.

    There's nothing worse than sitting down to do a bit of work on this big beautiful display and spend all my time fiddling with docking my MacBook Air. It would really help if Apple would provide some trouble shooting tips on this problem. I try powering off, putting the MacBook Air to sleep; disconnecting and reconnecting the mouse, keyboard, MacBook Air and power in various sequences. Sometimes some combination works. Other times, like now, I sit here in front of the big black display typing on my MacBook. It's really sad.

    34 of 37 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    TBD Random Crashes / MBP Retina

    • Written by from Greenwood

    If you intend to use this as designed, with a brand new mb pro retina with 16gb of ram. You will indeed have issues. That seems to be the pattern on the Internet of people with this display and issues.

    It could also be an osx 10.8.2 thing.

    Either way. Right now this display will blackout at least once every 2-3 hours.

    11 years of owning and running macs for work, first unsolvable issue I've ran into with the hardware.

    52 of 55 people found this useful