• 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.

    20 of 26 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

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Thunderbolt Display 2013 edition doesnt come up to par with 2013 Retina Mac

    • Written by from Auckland

    Apple did such a great job on the antiglare of the Macbook Pro 13" that the new 27" Apple Thunderbolt Display glare is really hard to work with. I work in video production and visual fx and am quite frustrated at the glare, im in a really dark room. Definitely wait until the new one comes out or source an anitglare monitor.

    13 of 13 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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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    TBD, Another Excellent Apple Product!!!

    • Written by from Brunswick

    Display works great turning my 15" late 2011 MBP into a wonderful desktop workstation.

    I have had the display for about a month now and love it. I have not experienced any of the issues that I have seen discussed in other reviews, such as the USB ports not working correctly or issues waking up my MBP. I did however experience the screen blacking out a few times within a two day period where the screen turned off an on in a split second sequence which was mentioned by several users as an issue on another Mac forum, but after doing some further investigating, I found my Thunderbolt cable was a bit loose and this seemed to fix the issue which has not occurred again.

    I use an Apple wired keyboard, which is left plugged into one of the USB ports on the back of the display along with a wireless Trackpad and simply hit the space bar to wake the MBP up when it is in sleep mode and connected via Thunderbolt.

    I usually use the display with my MBP in clamshell mode in a Bookarc, and love the graphics of the TBD. I have also used the TBD with my MacBook Pro open as a second screen and think the design is fantastic and simple to adjust depending on the physical location of each screen.

    Another great product!!! Two thumbs up!!!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing

    • Written by from Austin

    Definitely deserves 5 stars. I think the average rating on this product is being weighed down by people giving it 1 star because they didn't bother reading the product description, or even the title. This is a thunderbolt display, meaning you must have a thunderbolt connection. I don't understand the confusion, but this has been getting many 1 star reviews for that reason.

    Besides that, this display is amazing. It is crisp, sharp, and very bright. Games and videos just look great. And the screen real-estate allows you to multitask very easily as well. I'll never be able to go back to anything smaller. Surprisingly, the speakers give off amazing sound. There are 2 speakers, and a one inch subwoofer inside that are great for casual listening.

    Overall, this display is incomparable with any other. If you look for any other monitor with thunderbolt connection, similar speakers, or similar pixel count, you'll find that $999 is a great deal. Definitely worth the money. I highly recommend you go to an apple store and try it out if you have any doubts about purchasing.

    26 of 39 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome!

    • Written by from Calgary

    I just brought this Thunderbolt monitor home to pair it up to the MBA and the setup is just awesome. The docking features are great where I can hook all my accessories to while keeping a really clean desktop. It is so clean, I am actually using it on my kitchen bar since that is where I spend most of my time.

    It is well worth the price since if you look at comparable spec monitors, they cost just as much or even more than this unit. Samsung will be bringing a 27" with similar specs out in 2012 but it will be $200 more. Totally happy with this purchase and I am a converted former Sony fan.

    15 of 17 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!!

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    If you like flushing your money down the drain, buy this faulty product!

    • Written by from San Francisco

    Apple will never admit it because there is too much money to be made, but this product obviously suffers from some serious design flaws. There is no excuse for a power supply AND logic board failure for a product that is only 1.5 years old! When it worked, the quality of the display was great, but dealing with Apple and their repair service price gouging has left me permanently soured (and I”ve been a customer for 20 years). There are comparable non-Apple monitors out there for a lot less money. And you will find better customer service at your local DMV.

    17 of 22 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good, but limited.

    • Written by from Gilching

    It's unbelievable..the TBD could have been perfect with just minor changes. But it's crippled by it's biggest pain: it has no HDMI input (or any other Video input for that matter), which renders it useless for anything but new Macs.
    Minor flaws:The sceen color doesn't match my 2012 15" MBP Retina, no power button, the 'old' magsafe.

    Other than that: awesome and though trough (charging, TB Hub, etc.)

    But WHY didn't you just add a simple digital video input..I don't get it.

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  • 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.

    16 of 20 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.

    15 of 18 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.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    excellent display

    • Written by from London

    I bought this at an apple shop in the UK. What immediately struck me was the build quality. This display will obviously last a very long time. It works very well with my Macbook pro 15 inch .

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Truly Amazing

    • Written by from PORTLAND

    I had to admit, like most of you probably are, I was a little hesitant about even thinking about spending $1,000 on a monitor. Seeing it finally in stores though, I decided to make the leap, and while I felt guilty at first, I'm so glad I did. This thing is amazing! Not only is the display the best I have ever seen, having one cord access to additional ports, a decent sound system, and a better webcam, is extremely efficient for anyone trying to pull off the laptop/desktop workspace. I currently own an 11" 2011 MBA, performance is still fantastic even with the display plugged in. Previous clam shell mode issues must have been fixed, I use it daily with no problems. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a display to accompany there Apple laptop. You will not regret dropping the cash on this gorgeous piece of techonology.

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  • 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.

    21 of 30 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.

    14 of 17 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Returned because of unbearable glare and lack of height adjustment

    • Written by from San Francisco

    I really wanted to love this display. I appreciated that it had a power connector for my new MacBook Pro, the colors were rich, and type super crisp. However, at the end of every day, I had a splitting headache. When I switched to my other monitor to get some files off my old machine, I realized the Thunderbolt's glare was to blame for my headaches. Also, at 5'4", I'm on the shorter side. I have to work to adjust my desk to fit me ergonomically. Because the display lacks any height adjustment, it was too high for my natural gaze. I wasn't about to replace my desk and chair to accommodate this monitor. So, due to its unbearable glare and its lack of height adjustment, I returned the Thunderbolt to Apple for a refund. I don't recommend the product.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    The main reason turning me away

    • Written by from Markham

    As a monitor only, why is this thing thicker (or at least the edges) than the 27-inch iMac??

    When I look at them at the Apple store and can't help keep comparing the two, the iMac actually look more like a "monitor" and this product look more like the computer.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Stunning, simple, brilliant

    • Written by from San Anselmo

    I just bought this to support a great desktop experience paired with my MacBook Pro 15" Retina. It's a perfect product; trivial to set up, great performance, and stunning clarity. Microphone, camera, speakers are all hidden but high-quality.

    Not to be missed. I bought this instead of a buying a Mac Mini to pair with my old PC screen as a desktop replacement. The combination of the MacBook Pro and the Thunderbolt Display is significantly better than a Mini + Display.

    13 of 15 people found this useful