• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A Beautiful Beast

    • Written by from Rex

    Yes, to answer the first question; It's BIG! You get a lot of gorgeous territory to play with once this creature is hooked up. And "hooking it up" could not have been easier. I already keep my 2010 15" MacBook Pro in sleep mode when not in use, so attaching it was simply a matter of attaching the power cord and Thunderbolt cable, and it picked it right up. You have to go into preferences and set you microphone, speakers and network cable which takes about 1 minute tops. I would suggest to all who are going to use this as a desktop replacement and not use the laptop screen you may want to get a Henge Dock to keep your laptop out of the way. Mine sits in the corner of the desk in it's Henge Dock, and when I want to take it elsewhere I simply pull it out of the cradle. Could not be simpler. This display is absolutely beautiful, and Apple thought of everything in port replication. Absolutely worth the expense if you plan to use your MacBook as a desktop replacement. To the people who complained about no power switch my answer would be that most people don't turn their computers off anymore. It's just as cheap to put them in sleep mode, uses no more power, quicker to start and much less wear on the computer.

    27 of 38 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Display

    • Written by from Irvine

    I've been using my new Thunderbolt display for just over a month. This display is amazing. I use it with my MacBook Air at the office and I simply connect the Thunderbolt display and I am connected to the network via gigabit ethernet. I also have access to my external kit - Firewire 800 HD, USB printer, etc. Little to no effort when connecting, it just works, very well. I highly recommend this display. In fact, I just ordered another one for the house. You can't go wrong with the 27" Thunderbolt display.

    21 of 26 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Wonderful Monitor, But Finicky About Connectivity/Power

    • Written by from San Francisco

    I used a 27" Thunderbolt Display for 2 years starting in April 2012. I loved the color reproduction, the USB and Firewire ports, built-in speakers and EyeSight camera, and the relatively high resolution (not retina, but much higher than industry standard of 1920x1080). The monitor has a few quirks that took some getting used to. First of all, the ports are only USB 2.0, so not really appropriate for high speed storage. Second, the monitor would occasionally not connect to my MacBook, I found the best solution was to connect the monitor before waking the MacBook. Lastly, the monitor was occasionally dimming and returning to full brightness, or going full black and then turning back on. This turned out to be an issue of insufficient power supply caused by plugging into a power strip with multiple computers and displays attached. Once I got a second power strip with fewer devices plugged into it, these problems stopped once and for all.

    Two other minor complaints are that the resolution is high enough that system fonts look small on this monitor, I wish Apple provided scalable fonts in OS X, and the lack of a matte screen option. I eventually switched to an HP ZR2740w monitor, which provides the same size and resolution, with similar color reproduction and viewing angle, but has a matte finish. It requires an extra cable for the USB ports, and doesn't have speakers or a camera, but is actually easier on the eyes and better for photography editing due to the matte anti-glare screen.

    16 of 17 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    UNRELIABLE!

    • Written by from Pacific Pines

    Only used this for the past few weeks with a mac mini Keeps on turning off unexpectledly all the time. Energy saver settings turned off and still does it. I have used macs since 2002. I guess you should buy apple care with this product.

    19 of 23 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent

    • Written by from Burnaby

    I replaced a 30" Cinema Display with the Thunderbolt Display I miss the slightly larger screen.

    Other than size I really like the monitor for it's quality and features such as the iSight camera and the multiple ports including ethernet on the back of the monitor. The colour output is excellent and I found it calibrated easily.

    16 of 17 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Should I be worried?

    • Written by from Tauranga

    Just took delivery of my new display, purchased from a store here in New Zealand. Perhaps a minor issue, but my son bought one a couple of months back (different store, same city) and the picture within the display featured on the box is quite different - both "Milky Way" images but one is markedly different from the other.

    That apart, one annoyance is that, using it as I do with my MacBook Pro, any time the monitor goes into sleep mode I have to unplug the monitor from the MB and re-connect. I use bluetooth keyboard and mouse and neither is able to shake the display from its slumber. Any way to overcome this?

    24 of 33 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.

    27 of 39 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome

    • Written by from Denver

    The perfect companion to any thunderbolt laptop. I would definitely recommend.

    27 of 39 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Display

    • Written by from HIGH POINT

    I am in absolute awe of this display. I use my ThunderBolt Display on a desk placed in my office which is full of sunlight from all different angles at different times. It never has bothered me as previous readers have mentioned. I love having the extra desktop space which is excellent for multitasking. I use this display along with my MacBook Pro and they are a perfect companion. The speakers could be better for blasting your iTunes tracks, but hey, this product is not made for blasting tunes. The clarity and contrast in this display is mind boggling. My other complaint is that you cannot use other sources of input with the display, only the ThunderBolt Cable. It would be nice if you could use other technology like HDMI, etc.

    26 of 37 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

    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 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

    Fantastic!

    • Written by from Vancouver

    I feel I have to write this review and encourage people to consider getting this monitor. Yesterday I almost went a different way after reading all of the negative review. They were even recent reviews. After seeing it work just fine at the Apple Store I was still skeptical. It makes me wonder about the intention of the negative reviewers. The only one I agree with is the light bleed around the edges but come on - it needs to be in a dark room with a black screen. It works great. MBPro on, off, sleeping, awake, when I plug it in it always triggers the screen to start up. It's BEAUTIFUL!. I can just disconnect with all of the screens in full screen on the display and what happens????? They are magically all in full screen on my MBPro. The dock is not always on the display when my MBPro is open but big deal, it's on the MBPro. Don't hesitate. Buy it if you need an external monitor. It was made to work seamlessly with your Mac product.

    17 of 20 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    USB 2 ports, not USB 3??? Come on Apple, it's 2014.

    • Written by from Auburn

    This is a beautiful display but as a dock why in the world does it not support USB 3? It is only USB 2. As a dock this cripples my external drive speeds and renders its primary dock feature useless.

    18 of 22 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful, unreliable display. Wish I hadn't bought it.

    • Written by from Santa Cruz

    The visual quality of this display is amazing. It gives me an incredible amount of joy to use it... when it works. The frustration of dealing with it makes me wish I had just spent the money on a non-Apple HDMI or DVI display.

    My first display burnt out after a year (right before the built in warranty expired). Apple replaced the tube with a new one... that had a dead pixel in it, and trapped dust—right in the middle of the screen. The Apple store graciously replaced it with a brand new packaged display, but the new display still has the same unreliable connectivity issues with my MacBook in terms of the display dropping USB connectivity and overall connectivity to the laptop (e.g., not waking from sleep).

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Glad I took the leap, so far SO GOOD

    • Written by from Seattle

    I was nervous after reading all the mixed reviews. Yesterday I bought a MacBook Pro (13" Retina) and Thunderbolt display at the Apple store. So far I'm glad I did.

    My experience with the TBD has been *near* flawless. There was one hiccup on the bootcamp side (TBD not recognized). A reboot (with the display connected) fixed that problem.

    Some have complained about sound quality. All I can say is that if you want really good sound, you need real speakers. I find the sound to be good enough for the likes of watching YouTube etc.

    The image quality and aesthetic of the display itself are both gorgeous. I was really worried about glare and eye strain. So far not an issue, though I haven't spent a full day with it yet.

    16 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    use it all day, every day

    • Written by from Tucson

    I'm a scientific programmer working in the field of astronomy. I program all day long and the Thunderbolt display is absolutely wonderful. It is wide, crisp, and has exceptional contrast. It syncs perfectly whenever I remove and reattach to my MacBook Pro, never any hassles. I also have an older Cinema display for my home system. It is good also, but it has lower contrast and runs quite a lot warmer than the Thunderbolt. Three cheers for Apple on this one.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    need improvement

    • Written by from 香港

    1. USB 3.0
    2. Magsafe 2
    3. built-in more powerful display card; so that all MacBook can maintain light-weight and long battery life; yet become a real desktop when using as a desktop.

    21 of 28 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Wow!

    • Written by from pine bluff

    I have had my MB Air since Thunderbolt was introduced but did not need to purchase a Thunderbolt monitor. I have an old first generation HD Display monitor that I use with my 1st generation Mini and have been toying with the idea of replacing my Mini with a new model but found out that my HD Display won't work with the new Thunderbolt optioned Mini. Needless to say I was bummed but then I considered purchasing a new 27" Thunderbolt monitor instead of a new Mini. I'm glad I did. The connectivity is great. I did not purchase a BT keyboard instead bought a USB full size keyboard and a Magic Mouse which is also great. That left me two more ports on the back of the monitor for my two printers, one a Brother MFC color laser the other a Dymo twin label printer to print labels and stamps. There are two more USB's on each end of the USB keyboard that I used for USB drives and/or a card reader. I'm glad to see there is still Firewire connectivity for my old Canon video camera and my older Vuescan Flatbed scanner. The monitor turns on when I plug my MB into the Thunderbolt and comes alive when I close the lid. Right now I cannot say anything bad about this great monitor.

    18 of 22 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