• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Very nice monitor!

    • Written by from GREENWOOD

    Just a bit on my setup. I have a newer iMac 27", a 27" Thunderbolt Display, and a Wacom 24"HD tablet (God's gift to graphic art). I'm not quite sure why someone would rate this display below a 4/5. The display is bright, VESA compliant, & can independently rotate 90 degrees through OS preference. This display is independently color corrected using my Spyder 3 color checker software. What more could you want? Now I do agree with most who ask why Apple decided to keep this design when it clearly is lower that it's 27" iMac mate (& this is the only reason I gave it 4 stars). I personally would have designed this display to match the iMac 27" in both size AND appearance, as if you had 2 iMac's next to one another, but then again Steve never did call and ask for my opinion. My thought is with the advent of 4K - 5K technology, and the 4K displays prices getting lower and lower, the need for 2 or more displays will quickly become a thing of the past.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful Display... when it works.

    • Written by from Camarillo

    There were so many negative reviews that I figured they were written mostly by competitors. I bought two of these for my Mac Pro and was really happy when I got home. They were beautiful... until one of them developed a thin green vertical line through the screen. I spent an hour on the phone and ended up taking it back to the store 5 hours after I bought it. They happily replaced it and I haven't had a problem since. While I absolutely love these displays, but I trust them as far as I can throw them. I'm getting the apple care plan so I don't have to worry. I love the screens and I was really happy with how the store immediately made it right by replacing it, I'm just a little nervous one went bad so soon. I would recommend them to anyone, but I would also recommend the apple care plan because I just don't know how long they will last.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works fine with 2013 Macbook pro 13".

    • Written by from San Mateo

    I use one of these at work all day long for software development. So I am looking at text all day usually with a white background. My back is against a white wall, so reflections are really not a problem. Even when I play a video, I don't worry about reflections very much.

    I briefly used one of these monitors at home and I was sad to have to bring it back to work. It was great for watching Youtube videos and DVDs as well as for working at home. I never tried connecting a Bluray player to this monitor. If you're playing a movie and the area behind you is dark, reflections are not a problem.

    However I could see the wisdom in seeking out of an antireflective/matte filter for a monitor like this, or for any other glossy screen for that matter.

    This display is not Retina -- I think it's around 111 ppi -- but it's fine. The fonts that have that slightly "blurry" look like any non-Retina display causes. I wish it were Retina, but then again my Macbook Pro may not drive a higher resolution display anyway. The specs say it can drive a 4K display but only thru the HDMI port; not sure if that's true 4K support.

    FYI if you are considering at 1920 x 1080 monitor instead of this Thunderbolt display, the size that provides 111 ppi is 20 inches.

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    gorgeous colors and definition

    • Written by from Vienna

    this is rated 4 out of 5 stars only because the glossy screen probably does require you to place this monitor in a shaded area without direct sunlight--my monitor and computer sit in a bedroom whose window exposure is blocked by vertical blind panels; perception of glare reflection is minimal to under the perception threshold. I am running a late year mac mini with the Intel HD Graphic 4000 embedded chip, and what can I say? I got this machine not for work, but primarily for internet browsing, video streaming, iTunes movie/TV downloads and viewing and watching DVDs, either through movie player or AIEEEsoft blu-ray player (there are several blu-ray players for mac out there and they seem to generically work if you have a fast internet connection--if you don't MKVmaker will decrypt your blu-ray HD DVD files and convert them to .mkv files for viewing with VLC player). Every day I appreciate the color balance and fidelity, screen detailing, unforced contrast, and rich natural blacks more and more (at default calibration). With the new Yosemite GUI, the subtle shading gives the impression that you are truly looking *into* not at your computer. The windows fall away with a distinct planar recession, and each HD source is its own 3D window. Watching HD discs, HD iTunes offerings will delight you, and well-produced anamorphic transfers have never looked better.

    it's pricey but its virtues will grow on you with time. think of a cheaper, punchier, higher contrastable monitor as a friendly mutt, who will play with you, jump up on you, and poke you with his big wet nose. And the Apple Thunderbolt HD Display as a more expensive than anticipated feline who at first seems stand-offish, then announces itself with a few tentative head butts, and then progresses to snuggling in your lap and purring. Being a sleek cat maintenance is minimal and this cat aint temperamental.

    I bought this with some hesitation because for me $1K is not a so-what purchase but I'm a totally satisfied customer. This monitor is insanely great.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Display, But Not As Bright As a Mac Display, Could Be Better

    • Written by from PAHOA

    I love my Thunderbolt Display, but have some complaints.

    The good:
    It's simple to connect and charge from my MacBook Pro. The speakers, ethernet connection, USB connection and firewire all work great.

    The bad:
    It doesn't get nearly as bright as my iMac or MacBook Pro, and can be difficult to use during the day. Only 3 USB ports (could have 4). No audio/headphone port out (only internal speakers).

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    I have two - and absolutely love them

    • Written by from Abingdon

    I have a pair of these plugged into a MacBook Pro 15" Retina.

    Although they can both plug into the laptop separately (the MBP has two Thunderbold 2 ports), I actually daisy chain them. This means that when I get home from work, I only need connect the combined single Thunderbolt/MagSafe cable to my laptop, and everything's good. The ethernet, USB devices, etc, all stay plugged into the monitors. This makes them, in effect, a docking station.

    However, only four stars rather than five as they need updating. Feel free to drop the FireWire, Apple. But the USB really really should be USB3 by now. Oh, and they do get a bit warm.

    The actual LCD itself is lovely. I suspect I won't replace these until retina displays of this size become practical and affordable, which could well be a few years away.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Very good!

    • Written by from Rock Creek

    I'm not expert but I bought this Monitor and I love it. Of course consider I did just come off from using a 25" Flat screen TV as a Monitor. So this is like WOW! Everything looks good. Crystal Clear High Resolution. I was surprised by the weight of the Monitor, but once it is mounted or set on the desk, what does it matter. I mainly bought this monitor instead of another brand because it is Apple and all my electronics are apple. Ive learned in the past that apple works best with Apple don't try getting adaptors and little work arounds it just creates more hassle. Everything works smooth and flawlessly. I can't complain really.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Wish they offered a non-glare option

    • Written by from Mill Valley

    I recently purchased a Thunderbolt Display to use with my Mini when my ten year old Cinema Display started refusing to wake up after sleep. The new display works fine and certainly simplifies the mess of connections. But as a photographer I wonder why they do not offer a non-glare option, I would think that would be a popular option among the graphics crowd. The polished glass is okay, but definitely not as good for photography as my old matte Cinema display. I am fortunate my work space does not have lights in back of me to reflect off the screen. I suppose the one advantage of the polished screen is with the screen dark I can use it as a shaving mirror. With a matte screen I would have given it five stars.

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  • 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.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Bought This today!! So awesome! But..

    • Written by from East Peoria

    So, I bought a MacBook Pro 3/1/2013, non retina, and it's been so great for me! I am a college student studying design, and the 15in screen just wasn't cutting it. So, I have been debating and researching monitors. It came come to the TB or Dell Ultrasharp U2713H. I was going to go the Dell route because it was cheaper, but I went to the store and 3 people told me to stick with Apple and it would be a great investment in the long run. So, I bought the TB display today and can't get away from it! It's so awesome! You can run dual monitors with your laptop, or close the lid and use the TB Display only. I thought he glossy would bother me, since my MBP is anti-glare, but it's ok in my environment, so it was not a deal breaker. I was worried about the USB ports being 2.0, but I have had my Waacom tablet plugged in all day using it and it's been completely fine and fast. I have not plugged anything else into it though. The only thing I had a problem with, was when I logged onto this site to read a couple reviews before I posted this, the screen went black and started flickering and was distorted and then went completely black. So, i opened my laptop and it stayed black. Then I just unplugged the TB cable from my laptop and the laptop came back on, so I replugged the TB cable, and not it works just fine. Not sure what that was all about but hopefully it doesn't do it too much. I've only had it for a day, so we will see what happens in the future.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Display

    • Written by from Leicester

    I've been pondering buying the Thunderbolt Display for six months, each time I have gone to buy it my girlfriend stopped me...until this weekend! Stating the obvious, it is expensive. I am working on my photographs on a regular basis and I have got tired to trying to do it on a 13" screen all the time. Having a 27" is an obvious difference. I am really happy with the resolution and clarity, everything works straight out of the box and as expected with Apple it's a doddle to use. I am now looking at upgrading my PC to have thunderbolt connectivity to use one monitor for both systems.

    I know it doesn't have USB 3.0, this would be a big benefit, but overall it's not the end of the world, I've not used the Gigabit ethernet yet as I'm using wireless N anyway and it is more than fast enough, but I am confident that it works. Also people have commented that the speakers aren't great...I think they are very good, certainly a vast improvement over my MacBook Pro.

    4* only because it doesn't have USB 3.0. An HDMI port would be appreciated so that it was more versatile too.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    5-star display; docked 1 star for lacking USB 3.0 ports

    • Written by from Carseldine

    Wonderful crisp display and huge real estate (27" compared to my old 20" LCD display) and fully in keeping with the level of high-quality design and manufacture I have come to expect from Apple.

    Having the "legacy" FireWire 800 port available on the back of the display is very useful to me, as I have a number of high-capacity FW800 drives that I have no intention of throwing away just yet or replacing with Thunderbolt storage (still too pricey for my uses).

    The only reason for not giving this display 5 stars is the inclusion of USB 2.0 rather than USB 3.0 ports – this seems rather mean for a premium product such as this (being sold at a premium price too) given that the USB 3.0 standard is well established.

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Why no USB 3.0?

    • Written by from Albuquerque

    I bought the 27 in Thunderbolt display to pair with my 27 in iMac (2011). It's a fine monitor and I have managed to work around some of the quirks such as making a spacer to lift it the amount needed to match my iMac ... I must ask why was this necessary but I digress.

    My principle complaint is the lack of USB 3.0 ports. Since my iMac was the last version with USB 2.0 I am feeling the lack of connectivity with external devices like my DROBO S.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    USB 3.0 PLEASE

    • Written by from CHEDDAR

    A great and beautiful piece of kit but it's about time it was upgraded to USB 3.0 ports. Even my new MacBook Air has them as does my iMac.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Really Nice Large Display but...

    • Written by from Murrieta

    I am really enjoying my new 27” display. However I’m disappointed about one thing. I bought the retina mac book pro and a docking station and this monitor. The one think to remember is that this screen does NOT support retina. Which begs the question of why buy the retina mac book pro if you are going to use display as your primary monitor. With the money I could have saved (not purchasing the retina mac book pro), I could have gotten another useful accessory like, time capsule, an apple tv, etc. Overall all the screen is very nice.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful Display!

    • Written by from Madison

    I absolutely love my new Thunderbolt Display (purchased 3/2/2014). Contrary to many people's beliefs, $999 is not a bad price for this level of quality. If you price out other ultra HD monitors, you'll find them in the same range or higher.

    The picture is fantastic. The 3 USB ports on the back helped me really rearrange my work space. It also saves you one spot on your power strip because your MacBook Pro can be powered directly from the Thunderbolt Display. Great set up.

    The reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5. First, the glossy display is highly reflective. For my current work space, this is not a problem but I could see it being an issue in many environments. I knew this going into the purchase so I don't mind but I think it's only fair to include in the review. Also, my MacBook Pro (late 2013 model) has had processor temperature issues since I started using this monitor. I had to "downgrade" my screen saver from the floating photos to the most basic screen saver to prevent this. That's a little annoying.

    All-in-all, I really like the display so far.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Love it

    • Written by from Arlington Heights

    Beautiful display that is easy to look at for long periods of time. The display also charges my Macbook Pro which negates the need to use my Mac's external power supply, thus helping to reduce the clutter around my work space.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Display runs hot

    • Written by from VANCOUVER

    Bought the Thunderbolt display for a new MacBook Pro. Beautiful crisp colors and black colors are really black. My only complaint is that the display runs HOT. I measured 40º to 44ºC (111ºF) on the front glass of the monitor. It is hot enough to feel when sitting in front of the display, and I find it a little uncomfortable. Just to check I didn’t have a lemon I went to the local Apple store and found similar temperatures on two Thunderbolt displays they had there.

    P.S. Apple - having a rotatable portrait/landscape display feature would have been nice for the money paid for this display.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    A good monitor

    • Written by from Merrylands

    I have had absolutely no glare problems with the display - either directly next to a window or opposite a window. The large size has made me alot more productive, allowing me to have multiple windows next to each other making it easy to refer to information without searching for the window I need.
    The only problem I have encountered is that occasionally the sound when routed through the monitor can switch back to my macbook rather than coming through the monitor - this seems to be a problem known to Apple - its rare but annoying when it happens.
    It is still the best external monitor i've owned - lots of USB ports, good quality sound and can even charge iPad etc when not in use.

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Owning a Thunderbolt Display is beyond words

    • Written by from Novi

    I usually do not write reviews of products unless it is significant. And the Thunderbolt Display is a joy to own. I purchased this six months ago, and with both the Mac Mini and Macbook Pro 2012 it is phenomenal. Although most people would object to wasting money and purchasing a $ 1000 display, well that is your opinion. Not mine. So let us agree to disagree.

    I use this strictly for photography, file management, photoshop editing, and video clipping. It is beyond words.

    I give four stars only because I dislike the three ports with USB 2.0 speed. The Thunderbolt port is fast, extremely fast. The pixels are clean and bright, a crispness to the images that I have rendered that I did not see before on a PC (Non Apple Display) the color now pops, it actually is quite sharp and the dark detail is amazing. The glare from the screen is not noticeable

    The Apple Thunderbolt Display is an incredible and beautiful display monitor. Its lightning fast thunderbolt port connection is an added bonus. I recommend it if you have the money

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