• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great monitor but other features far behind the times!

    • Written by from Rocklin

    This was a phenomenal addition to my desktop when originally purchased but it desperately needs updated! Although I'm still very pleased with its performance as a monitor, the connectivity features are far behind the times. It only supports USB 2.0 in an era when all of Apple's MacBooks (pro and air) are zipping along with USB 3.0.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Glossy, must crank up brightness and connectors are odd

    • Written by from Vail

    Many have reviewed that this monitor has a gloss problem, I do too. Definition is certainly good but after hours of spread sheets I find my self looking at those who are passing behind me through the reflection on my screen.

    The other very odd and awkward is the cable that goes into the thunderbolt and power! The energy is accommodated to be laterally placed, the thunderbolt wants to face directly. Why wouldn't both come frontally or both laterally. They could have power cord at least 50% of the other so it can really create a swift loop.

    8 of 11 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Peripherals have difficulty connecting

    • Written by from Tampa

    We have 8 MacBook Airs connected to a total of 16 of these monitors (2 monitors each). It's safe to say that when each display has the same exact issue repetitively, it's not an isolated issue, it's a design flaw. Averaging 50% of the time, when we connect a MacBook Air to a display via a thunderbolt cable, the wired keyboard (and anything connected to its USB ports) won't turn on. Disconnecting and reconnecting the thunderbolt cables many times sometimes works. Restarting the computers sometimes works. Disconnecting and reconnecting the keyboard's USB cable to different USB ports sometimes works. Unplugging and plugging the display's power sometimes works. The point is, we always somehow get it to work, but the issue is persistent without a consistent way of solving it.

    43 of 44 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice display; weak TB hub; sad you can't use with PCs

    • Written by from Washington

    I don't know why it didn't occur to me that I wouldn't be able to use this with my work PC. That was ultimately the issue that led me to send this back to Apple. They really need a DVI input. I just can't have a display that can't be used for telework days also.

    But another thing that bugged me was that, despite the fact that the monitor has speakers, it has no audio out ports. So if you want to use nice speakers with your MacBook, you'll still have to plug them into your laptop audio port. So much for the Thunderbolt hub keeping things clean. And unfortunately (for me, at least) the speakers in the display itself are not nearly good enough to use.

    Display itself was pretty good. The bezel was thicker than I liked. Without the hub working better, and DVI port, the price is too much.

    10 of 16 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    A BIT OF A LET DOWN

    • Written by from Torrance

    I have had this display for over a month now and it has been a bit of a let down. First of all as beautiful as the display itself is with its aluminum casing and glass display it does not deliver as expected. It lacks ergonomic features and modern inputs. The screen is overly reflective with its "mirror" panel. The Apple display also makes a faint buzzing sound when you adjust the brightness and transmits high heat emitting from the screen if used for prolonged hours. The most disappointing problem is that it drops frame rates when watching high definition (1080) content-even after adjusting the display settings-Heck, the screen on my 2010 MacBook Pro looks a lot better than this piece of AI.

    16 of 22 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful, expensive, imperfect

    • Written by from Charlotte

    The display is beautiful. Crisp colors, great resolution, simple and elegant.

    It's pricey. By the numbers, not great value for money.

    The most frustrating thing about this display is that frequently it fails to recognize the (Apple) usb keyboard plugged into it and to pass through keystrokes to my (Apple) laptop on thunderbolt. For this kind of money, integration across the product line should be smooth and painless.

    13 of 14 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Thunderbolt Display Connectivity Problems

    • Written by from Guildford

    Bought my first display for my Daughter's MacBook Pro and thought it was stunning. Bought a second one this week for another Daughter's MacBook Pro and it wouldn't work! The Mag Safe power lead couples, but no Video, just a blank screen. There is nothing written up on the sales details and looked extensively on the Q&A's but nothing obvious. Found out later that it does not work with our MacBook Pro Mid 2010 as it has a Mini Display Port out only. Apple should state this clearly in their sales details on the product page as it was really upsetting to have to send it back to Apple. Even more annoying is that it does not have any HDMI Inputs either? Maybe I could have used a Mini Display to HDMI? I can't believe that when all Displays around at the moment have multiple HDMI's? Why is the Q&A on the product page not annotated with this obviously required important information? There should also be more info on the subtle differences about Thunderbolt connector v. Mini Display connector - they look the same but are not!

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Display... but

    • Written by from Hassocks

    after 18 months of use it has started to flicker, then go dark then bright again. It's as if there is a little gremlin inside playing with the brightness dial!

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Average

    • Written by

    Product is fine.

    3 of 19 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good monitor, but needs a little work

    • Written by from Spanish Fork

    I think that this is a good monitor. I have not had the reflection issues that other people have had, though my monitor is in a darker space, as I'm a professional film editor. Perhaps with a lot of light you would have more issues. It's hard to read the other reviews without a bit of a filter, as I know most Apple customers are a bit a n a l beyond what is normally acceptable for analility. I don't think it deserves one star. I think that's a bit extreme.

    Having said that, there is an issue with disconnecting my Mac Book Pro from the monitor. Sometimes, not all the time, I will get a funny blue screen of death and have to reboot my computer on the laptop side. Not cool if you had an unsaved document and are just disconnecting to go to a meeting and then have to reboot and changes to a particular document.

    Also, it would be nice to be able to connect speakers to the monitor. And to have more than one thunderbolt port. And c'mon, there really needs to be a USB 3.0. As a film editor, I have drives coming from all over the place that are mostly NOT Thunderbolt. Most are USB or Firewire 800 (which the monitor does have). But a Thunderbolt external drive is 400-500 bucks, so most filmmaker opt for USB 3.0. Sometimes I'll need to plug 3-4 drives in at a time and just can't make it work.

    13 of 14 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    WOW

    • Written by from Niagara Falls

    Stunning

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not fully comparable with all Macbook Pros it would seem.

    • Written by from Glasgow

    Bought a second Thunderbolt display for my Macbook Pro late 2011. Now have an issue where only the first screen wakens following sleep mode. The only way to bring back the second screen is by disconnecting and reconnecting the thunderbolt port connection.

    Support were able to tell me within seconds of describing the problem, that the late 2011 model of macbook pro only supports one screen and were able to provide a link to the relevant support page. Very disappointed that this information/link was not made available in the Apple store on the Thunderbolt page prior to purchase. The text there is very misleading, indicating that the Thunderbolt works with all Macbook Pro models. This is only partly true, and is clearly dependant on the number of thunderbolt displays already attached.

    Apple have offered a full refund however, the whole situation could have been avoided. I feel that my time has been wasted needlessly here. A link to all relevant information should be added on the product page.

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    So when's the updated version coming?

    • Written by from Gilbert

    I bought this display when it first came out (few years ago?). All in all it not a bad monitor, but I don't think I'd buy one today.
    The best thing about the monitor is the quality of the display. I use this monitor for my MacBook Air, turning my air into my desktop computer. It works well for that.
    The downsides to this monitor are the lack of inputs/outputs namely USB 3.0 and the sound quality.
    The monitor advertises a 2.1 sound output. Well I think they skimped on the .1 portion. There's almost no bass, so listening to music is a little disappointing.
    As I said in the beginning, I wouldn't buy one today because the next one will hopefully be right around the corner with updated tech and features. And I'm assuming it will come in at around the same price as the current model.

    6 of 8 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Gorgeous, but fatal flaw

    • Written by from Madison

    Beautiful size, color, and clarity. I've only seen limited issues with ethernet (generally I keep my wifi turned off while using ethernet, and if it hangs [rare] I unplug and replug it and it works). I like using it as my dock, which is why I got it.

    Major issue is the glare. I'm in an office with two walls being windows - very little direct sunlight - but the glare sends me home with a headache every single night. I've tried all sorts of rearranging of where I sit and where the monitor is WRT the windows. I've even tried ordering the $100 anti-glare screen from the apple store. It cuts the glare a little, but not enough, and introduces several other issues.

    This would be great in a room with no other light other than the screen itself. Unfortunately, it doesn't even rate next to a cheap Dell monitor with a built in matte screen.

    27 of 29 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.

    17 of 22 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    sound issue with premiere 11

    • Written by from MOUNT GAMBIER WEST

    I am generally happy with the thunderbolt - but I have a problem - when using Adobe premiere elements 11 I have no sound - this is really annoying - all other software, internet etc has sound when required except for the one I need the most. I wanted to edit small clips for my project - not much use on the thunderbolt when you cant hear what you are editing!!! Happy to hear any solutions.

    4 of 6 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    The 27" Thunderbolt Display should come with a pair of glasses

    • Written by from Riverside

    This is my first Mac after a lifetime of PC. I'm getting the hang of it, but that's not the point of this review.

    I decided to buy a Mac and bought the best one I could. As a PC user, I've ALWAYS heard that Macs are more expensive because they come with everything, so I was a little surprised to learn it didn't even come with a basic word processor. REALLY?? Two grand later and I have to buy a friggin' Word Processor???

    This display is beautiful. What isn't so beautiful is that fact that the resolution of the display minimizes the font size to about .2. Almost microscopic, but not quite. How did the guys that make the "best computers in the world" miss the fact that you can't SEE a word on this???

    I'm generously giving this 3 stars, but I've only had it two days.

    2 of 20 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Why does it have an old fashioned Magsafe connector?

    • Written by from ROMSEY

    Why does my brand new Thunderbolt display have the old Magsafe connector?

    Not very impressive - shame, the screen is fantastic, but for £800+ I expect better.

    Apple - this is why you shouldn't mess around with power connectors - you make things incompatible and your customers mark you down...

    57 of 85 people found this useful

  • 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

  • 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