• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not for professionals nor for watching movies.

    • Written by from Madrid

    If you work for the design/photography industry this monitor is not for you at all. That glossy end will reflect everything around you. Impossible to calibrate and generate ICC profiles properly. It is quite bad even to watch movies. Apple forgot about professionals again as usual from the last 15 years. Big shame. Honestly, you'll waste your money if you buy this monitor. Check out competitors and you will see you can get something much much better for same price.

    11 of 13 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Bought it, lasted 2 days, then it went dark

    • Written by from Agnita

    I was very excited when I bought it, even if it's overpriced 1000 EUR it's a lot of money for a monitor...either way I've used it for 2 days then it won't turn on...I have another old monitor (that means that my lightning port works since I am using it for this monitor as I type) I've tried a normal laptop (hdmi-lightning adaptor) still nothing...the usb keyboard plug into the monitor doesn't work (I've thought that the brightness button is going wild...or I dunn' no)

    Anyway...picture this, paying lots of money, lasting 2 days now I have to send it back...couldn't find a solution to make it work...I've google through forums tried everything nothing work :(

    I'd say never buy this display!

    11 of 16 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    A killer on your eyes

    • Written by

    Luckily, I was able to cut my working hours down to 1/3 of what they used to be around the time I got this monitor. Even with reduced hours, this monitor has been the cause of massive head, neck and eye pain for the last year. I recommend finding a different monitor and sacrifice the thunderbolt convenience.

    9 of 22 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful when it works--veeery annoying when it doesn't

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    I bought my TBD to serve as a quasi dock for my 13" MBP so I can plug in my USB keyboard, external hard drives, and sundry peripherals. Everything looks fantastic on the display; and not having to disconnect all the connected devices, including the ethernet cable, is a real convenience. But unfortunately, there is the flicker/blackout issue. Search for something along the lines of "Thunderbolt goes dark" and you will get a plethora of hits linking to Apple forums and other boards that others have posted about their TBD issues. Namely that, seemingly at random the screen may or may not flicker before going dark. If you are using the integrated ethernet and ports, you will disconnect and have to unplug/replug your TBD cable. I've tried several workarounds and have even gone to the Apple store to have the display serviced, but I'm still running into this issue. Forget about waking your computer up when connected to the TBD--your connected computer may wake up, but the display won't and you'll have to unplug/replug. Now, this is very annoying in and of itself, but my anger is compounded by the fact that it costs about $1K. I could have a top-of-the-line PC display for that and still have enough for a TB hub. At any rate, that's my experience with the TBD, which seems to be not exactly typical, but exactly rare, either. You've been warned.

    20 of 21 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Do not buy this screen

    • Written by from Lendelede

    I bought this screen two weeks ago, sinds then i had nothing but problems. There is a large amount of backlight bleeding. But that is not the worst part.
    The screen simply doesn't work. it turns black when i'm editing it won't wake when my mac pro wakes. And now it won't turn on at all. I've retuned my first fault one and got a new one frome the retailer. But its all the same problems.
    Apple is just very poor built quality. I've recently purchased a new mac pro as well and its all problems whit that to.

    I used to be a big fan of apple, but they lost me. I'm never buying your overpriced things ever again.

    23 of 64 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Good for its time but hopelessly out of date now

    • Written by from Little Lonsdale Street

    The Thunderbolt Display was good when it was first released (THREE YEARS AGO) but is now hopelessly out of date. It uses Thunderbolt 1, whereas newer MacBooks use Thunderbolt 2 -- as a result you're missing out on 50% of the connection speed on the Thunderbolt 2 connection. And it uses USB 2 ports rather than USB 3 which means external hard drives connected to the monitor will run really, really slowly -- a fraction of USB 3 speed. Apple needs to get its act together and update this display; currently the $AU1200 price tag cannot be justified.

    3 of 3 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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Thunderbolt useless with USB, I give up

    • Written by from Lake Forest

    I have waited and waited for a firmware upgrade on the thunderbolt display. I have a wireless mouse and a USB keyboard (mac). every time i hook up the thunderbolt display, I have to unhook the USB devices and hook them in again. I am done. I can't keep doing this, its stupid. I head of technology for my firm and this will no longer a consideration for the company. The monitor is useless and getting worse. I can't hook anything into anymore. If I remove the macbook pro and hook it back in again, its a joke to pull the wires from the back. I hook them directly into the computer now. I gave up!

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Expensive to repair

    • Written by from yorba linda

    I loved my 27 in display but the back light went out after 2 years! Cost $700 to repair it. Such a joke that apple doesn't stand behind their product on a $1,000 display. Back to a pc display :(

    33 of 38 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Just a short matter of time before it fails

    • Written by from Evansville

    Like a lot of the other 1 star reviews, my display went completely black after about 2 years of use. The repair will cost me $700 + labor.

    31 of 33 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Useless Display from the start

    • Written by from Beecroft

    I have had my thunderbolt display for over a year, and it's been frustrating, and useless much of the time. Some weeks it works perfectly, then it starts that flickering and going black and refuses to work no matter what I do. Nothing has changed except perhaps updates. Then it started all over again, only worse than ever. It won't work AT ALL for more than 30 seconds. Tried Maverick to see if it helped but still no good. Amazingly it's just been working working perfectly for a couple of months. I hate my display and wish I had a new or different one. I can't afford to replace it! Yet I desperately needed it right now for a big project. Shame that Apple has left us high and dry with years of complaints.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work

    • Written by from Livermore

    I got my display and connected it to my macbook air. All the ports worked, including the power supply for the macbook air. However, the display stayed dark and wouldn't turn on. I read numerous forums that this is a common issue with the Thunderbolt display. Sending it back today and getting a larger size Dell for less money. I think 1000 for a macbook charger is too expensive. It's the first Apple product I'm completely disappointed with.

    29 of 30 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Awful

    • Written by from Somerville

    I have a conventional Apple studio monitor at home (three cable connections to laptop), and deeply regret not buying same for work. The Thunderbolt display has a serious problem with reading USB devices, meaning that I do not have plug-and-play ability when I connect my laptop each morning. I spend 15 minutes restarting my computer until the USB ports in the display recognize the wireless mouse and other devices. I have read that this can be rectified if one adds a powered USB hub, but for a $1000 monitor with USB ports in the back, should one have to do that? No! Avoid this overpriced, overly fussy piece of equipment. The older Apple studio display works much, much better when it comes to truly allowing me to plug in my laptop and have functionality right away.

    26 of 29 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Dead screen - virtually no use!

    • Written by from Wonga Park

    I purchased 1 of these as more of a luxury....I only work on it 1 day a week, but love to have a nice IT setup. Unfortunately like many others on the forum...my screen has also died. It started with a strange noise and then after about 60 seconds...the screen went dark and hasn't woken up since! Guess I'll be buying a Dell screen next time....my wife's 30" Dell is 7 years old and has never missed a beat! If I could give it half a star...I would! Essentially the screen has probably cost me about $7 per hour based on the purchase price and the amount of use!

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible, Overpriced Product with Poor Connectivity

    • Written by from Edmond

    I was so excited to get my Thunderbolt display, but it's been plagued by connectivity issues from the start and then wake-up issues after upgrading to Mavericks. I use this with a 2010 15-inch MPB and all Apple accessories.

    The good:

    - Beautiful, large display with great off axis viewing
    - Serviceable built-in audio
    - Reasonable connectivity options (that fail to live up to expectations for a product this costly)

    The bad:

    - USB ports don't alway recognize external keyboard (to the point that I got fed-up and started connecting the keyboard directly to the -MPB so I would not lose connectivity and have to plug/unplug the keyboard to get it to work) - so much for the convenience of 1 Thunderbolt connector!!!

    - Ever since upgrading to Mavericks the display does not always wake up without unplug/plug of the Thunderbolt connector.

    The nit picky points:

    - For the cost, this display should have more USB ports (and ones that work)
    - After spending so much for a display, I would have liked to be able to connect this to my Windows 7 laptop as well (I know, I know, it's made by Apple for Macs)

    Given the super premium price and headaches -- especially since it does not work well with 100% Apple stuff -- I'm disappointed in my purchase and would NOT recommend this monitor. Too bad. Very disappointing.

    35 of 43 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Thunderbolt Display Screen Failure

    • Written by from Surrey

    Hello, after owning many Apple products I have my first real disappointment and it is a big one at that. I bought the 27" Thunderbolt Display for my MBA 13 and had a dock, keyboard and magic Trackpad to use the T-display while at home. After 15 months of use the most expensive monitor I've ever bought went dark. I still had power through it, could still charge the MBA, had sound but no picture. It started by having the display work and then go immediately blank all while still playing the sound. At first undocking and re-docking would reconnect and the image would come back but it kept going blank again sooner and sooner until it wouldn't show at all. Unplugging the monitor would also help get the picture back but again the same experience as it just kept failing.

    While I have Apple Care on my mobile products I didn't put it on the Thunderbolt display since it just sat. Big mistake I guess in hindsight. I took the display to the local Genius Bar and cost to replace the tube on the $999 CAD display is $800 CAD! After nearly passing out and asking the manager for input I was offered a 10% discount. Big wowie. So I have a thousand dollar Thunderbolt Display going to electronics recycling now. Can't say I'll be in any hurry to buy another monitor from Apple.

    While it did work, I will add, the display and charging port worked great and made using the MBA at home a dream. The large display was truly wonderful to work from and the usual issues of glare were not an issue for me in a dark basement office.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very nice at the launch date (2011) but today it is outdated

    • Written by from Dob

    It is magnificent display. Or better to say it was. It still looks great, but it is outdated. I am thinking to buy one, but I am not happy at all:

    - lack of the USB 3.0 (external HDD drives!!)
    - no RETINA resolution (so I was mentioned, you have far better display on the newest Macbook pro, what is the point of using it, besides its size? As we already found out it can not replace totally all ports on the Macbook due to the lack of the USB 3.0 ...)
    - It design is nice but also outdated ... Check it out newest iMacs ...

    16 of 28 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.

    21 of 24 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Glare, reflection, glare, reflection. Did I say glare already???

    • Written by from Brisbane

    The monitor has a highly reflective surface resulting in intolerable glare and reflection. Any other monitor I have ever used is superior to this product.

    The glare is so bad, that I find myself moving my head or the windows on the screen so they appear at a spot that has the least glare. I am using this monitor at work (if I bought it myself I would have dumped it back where it came from the first day). There is a window behind me and the glare is especially bad when it is bright outside (which happens a lot).

    This monitor is a total engineering failure.

    Pros: You can use it as a mirror (expensive but mediocre mirror). It has an apple logo on it and some people go gaga over that. (It means it was expensive and indicates your elevated status in the social hierarchy. Since I use it at work this does not help me.) Looks sleek when not in use. If you are a narcissist you may find staring at your reflection instead of doing work quite pleasing.

    25 of 47 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Awful Product

    • Written by from Washington

    Was so thrilled to get as a gift from the wife to use for work with my mac book pro. Got all set up and wouldn't work, tried here mac book and it worked. So got on with tech support, find out my current mac book looks identical to hers from Christmas 2010 does not work with it. Guess they didnt put thunderbolt on this mac book till 2011. Best is when you look at your system preferences thunderbolt pops up. So you have on software but not on computer. Asked what cord do i need, turns out nothing you can do or buy. So my option now is buy another mac book, or no extra monitor. thanks apple.

    15 of 59 people found this useful