• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    It is not a reliable monitor

    • Written by from Culver City

    I own this monitor for two month and three weeks. While it works with my late 2011 13" Macbook pro for two months 2 weeks and till the time I hook up this monitor on late 2012 mac mini for boot camp set up the trouble began. It turn off my mac mini and monitor without any warning. First I suspect the mac mini has problem. then my brother brought his mac mini and ask me to set the boot camp for him and same thing happen. I spent hours to fight this issue and suspect the mac mini is the one to blame. But finally I hook up my brother 's mac mini to my HP 27 monitor and it stay stable till I finished the boot camp. And later I hook up my macbook pro again and the monitor turn off while my macbook pro screen still on and now I know the monitor is in trouble.

    1 of 3 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    No anti glare

    • Written by from LONDON

    The display is very glossy with high colour saturation and can tiring on the eyes if you look at it for more than 2 hours.
    If you are professional user and need the display for work this is no good for you as you will need an anti glare screen not currently offered by Apple.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does Not Work on Macbook Air

    • Written by from Marietta

    I seriously think there is a design flaw in this monitor. The monitor charges my Macbook Air, the USB ports in the back charge my iPhone. Unfortunately, the monitor itself only displays a black screen. The thunderbolt cable gets very warm when I plug it into my MB Air but nothing happens on the monitor. I have already spent a significant amount of time online researching this issue and tried to identify a fix. I strongly encourage you to do the same before you buy this product. I did everything that Apple recommended like upgrade firmware, iOS, etc. to no avail. Now the daunting task of trying to work with Apple to resolve. This purchase has cost me more time than I have bandwidth.

    6 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Died after 2.5 years of almost no usage.

    • Written by from Helsinki

    Bought this in spring 2012 and initially used it rather happily for a while, but then mostly started doing my computing on my laptop on the move and left this display on little to no use. Now, inexplicably, it just went black and won't wake up. (Won't even charge any device plugged in.) I very much regret this purchase and apparently have hard time recommending Apple displays to anyone.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    REFLECTIONS!?!?!?! Is this a joke?

    • Written by from LOS ANGELES

    Most beautiful design, Solid, BEST connections with my macbookPRO. But I can ONLY ONLY ONLY work with it inside a dark cave or in the evenings. Working on this monitor is like working on top of a new Audi.

    What´s the point of making such a beautiful piece of monitor if we cannot work on it during day time?

    I spent 60$ on a MATTE antiglare filter. Final result: TERRIBLE blurry image and waist of 2 hours.

    I need to return this product, I´m afraid. I really hope you guys are thinking on matte screens, at list for professionals that also work during day time.

    3 of 6 people found this useful

  • 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.

    34 of 42 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!

    18 of 24 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.

    14 of 31 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.

    27 of 28 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.

    27 of 72 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.

    4 of 4 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.

    20 of 24 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 :(

    34 of 39 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.

    32 of 35 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.

    31 of 32 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.

    29 of 32 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.

    37 of 45 people found this useful