• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing bit of quality hardware

    • Written by from FROME

    I bought this (admittedly expensive) display to use with my 15" MacBook Pro and was not disappointed. Absolutely everything is hooked up to the display; Ethernet, USB extended keyboard etc, leaving the Macbook with just a single connector plugged into it: Thunderbolt. The display shows perfect uniformity in colour and brightness across the whole width and height, plus there is the benefit of the built-in speakers and iSight camera - very useful touches along with the ambient light sensor. And of course the build quality is superb. Worth splashing out for.

    Reviewers who gave a 1-star rating either had a (very rare) dud - eligible for immediate swap - or they didn't do their homework before. Who buys anything like this without a good test-drive?!

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Brilliant!

    • Written by from Radcliffe on Trent

    This is a fabulous display / dock. I now have 4 at home and I have 2 more in my office. They are gorgeous to look at, fantastic to use, easy to connect to our Macbook Pro Retinas and Macbook Airs. Don't buy an inferior product. Some people are having problems with older Macbook Pros, easy solution, buy a new one!

    3 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Pricey, but great!

    • Written by from Midhurst

    I looked at a whole raft of other screens for my mac, because the price made me cringe quite frankly! However, as good as many of the other screens are, for nearly half the price, they just don't look the part. Call me shallow, but the appearance of the whole matters to me, and this display looks awesome. I use it in a work environment and the impression it gives matters and has already started many conversations since having it - something with intangible benefits.

    In terms of the performance, I actually received a dud first off. It was replaced next day for me and all was fine second time around! The display is gorgeous, and mine is used in a fairly bright environment without glare issues. If sunlight was shining straight onto it though, I think you'd have problems. It runs quite warm, because it actually houses some processors within the case, but nothing untoward. The bank of ports on the back have come in handy too!

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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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  • 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!

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  • 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

  • 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.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Brilliant and versatile!

    • Written by from Grantham

    I bought one of these to be the primary monitor for a Mac Pro, a second monitor for an iMac and for occasional use with a rMBP. It has more than repaid what I forked out for it in terms of ease of use: just unplug from one thunderbolt port and plug it into another. No setting up and no messing. I haven't had any issues with brightness or sound quality either. Yes, it is only USB 2.0 and Thunderbolt, not Thunderbolt 2, but it still does what I want it to do until such time as an upgraded version appears in due course.

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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.

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing

    • Written by from scarborough

    i use this display along side my 15" macbook pro with retina. All i can say is WOW. if your thinking of buying one...do it. ok its a bit expensive but so is anything apple branded and you pay for quality which you definitely get with this thunderbolt. Amazing display, decent 2:1 speaker underneath and brilliant camera for Skype. Just perfect.

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible

    • Written by from Slough

    Initially bowled over by this admittedly gorgeous display to finally being completely disappointed by having bought what is essentially a giant vanity mirror. As you duck and dive to find the best position to view the display, your back and eyes will scream in agony and beg you for something better.

    Save yourself.

    47 of 107 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Monitor and Dock

    • Written by from Truro

    I bought this shortly after discovering its ability to connect to the Thunderbolt port on my Mac and I have not been disappointed. Even though I would say it's a little on the pricy side, I was not sorry about my purchase.

    The hardware quality of the screen feels solid and acts as the perfect dock compliment, only requiring me to plug one Thunderbolt plug in after coming back from using my laptop away, to access all my desktop accessories which are connected into the back of the monitor. The integrated webcam is a lovely touch, and the image quality is superb - sharp, crisp and colourful. The MagSafe power adaptor is also a lovely touch, meaning I no longer require a separate power adaptor.

    My main gripe is the the lack of USB 3 connectors in the back as they are all USB 2. It would also be nice if there were audio out adaptors (the screen has inbuilt speakers, but no audio out ports). But these are minor, and I would still recommend this product.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Thunderbolt display vs iMac

    • Written by from CARDIFF

    I was stuck deciding between the 27 inch Thunderbolt display (for use with a 2011 Macbook Pro) or a brand new iMac, and what made it more difficult was knowing that Apple could be about to release an updated Thunderbolt display. I use a new iMac in work, which makes the Macbook's screen feel very cramped (despite being the now-discontinued 17 inch model).

    In the end, I went with the Thunderbolt display. I get the display size of an iMac with the occasional portability of the Macbook Pro, without the Macbook Pro becoming more or less redundant (even though the iMac has target display mode, no doubt the iMac would put the MBP to retirement). There is no performance slow down in general use, and games take a surprisingly small performance hit compared to playing solely on the Macbook Pro. The Macbook Pro's screen becomes a secondary monitor too.

    The USB ports and connections on the Thunderbolt display help keep the desk tidier - there is less cabling running around the desk which would otherwise route to the Macbook, and the display size forces you to keep the display towards the back of the desk.

    Note that the small envelope that comes in the box also has the Magsafe converter for newer devices.

    Though a small feature, the display's ability to power the Macbook makes it noticeably convenient when taking the Macbook on the road - everything else is already in the bag.

    I haven't noticed any display problems which others have been reporting - no differences in brightness across the screen, etc.

    In short, iMac's supreme display quality and size, but for less than a grand - providing you already have a Mac with a Thunderbolt connector.

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  • 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...

    56 of 83 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Display

    • Written by from Gosport

    Absolutely love this Display, cannot find any fault with it, works great looks great!

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Forget using your Apple Remote

    • Written by from Newton Abbot

    You'd expect the 'docking station to your MacBook to have an infrared receiver..think again. Pretty freaking poor and annoying, especially considering its price.

    23 of 48 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    First disappointing Apple product

    • Written by from Derby

    Purchased the Display with a Mac Mini in preference to the new iMac.
    Hook up was easy with only one lead and the display looks very nice but...
    There is a visible non uniformity to the brightness.Brighter at the centre of the picture and in the bottom corners.
    There is a constant electronic hum.
    Most annoying though is the very obvious audio hiss.Any sound played is accompanied by this hissing which then ceases ten seconds after the audio finishes.
    These are fairly minor niggles and may not bother others as much as me, but knowing that these issues affect every display and Apple not doing much about it (according to the apple forums etc) makes me a little jaded with the brand now.

    95 of 117 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Stellar Product

    • Written by from WELWYN GARDEN CITY

    I bought the Thunderbolt Display to work at home with my rMBP.

    The item was delivered next day, excellently packaged and arrived in perfect condition. I was amazed at just how gorgeous the thing is before I even switched it on.

    Hooking it up was a cinch and I have made full use of the available ports. I have my Airport Extreme Base station connected to the Ethernet. A 2 TB HDD connected by Firewire, Thunderbolt to my rMBP and USB to my iPhone dock and Lightening cables for my iPad Mini and iPad Retina.

    The result is an elegant and efficient workspace that is both functional and un-cluttered.

    The display looks fantastic when connected to the laptop and I really could not be happier.

    Sure, i could have paid less but for functionality, aesthetic and simplicity, I am glad that I went with another Apple product.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't daisy chain withMDP cinema screen

    • Written by from Oswestry

    You may have the impression that if you buy this display, you can use your old cinema display with its mini display port (MDP) as a second monitor, as long as it is the last in the chain. You can't! For some extraordinary reason, and as admitted by Apple themselves, although the cinema MDP plugs into the Thunderbolt port on the back of your new display, there is no pass through and it doesn't work. How on earth could Apple allow such a basic lack of functionality to happen?

    There is a work around involving an expensive Seagate disk drive adapter, which suggests that other companies know more about how to configure Thunderbolt than Apple does.

    75 of 108 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Careful what you hear

    • Written by from Newport

    I abandoned a Samsung 23" as too difficult to set up with my MacBook. Had I turned off mirroring and dragged the menu bar over to the monitor, i might have got more than a giant distorted view of the laptop screen.

    As it was the Apple guys made it easy to make a decision by showing me how on the MacBook Pro, but better still in store pointed out that I had Thunderbolt on the MacBook Pro which I didn't realise. I can't sing its praises high enough. Not only is the screen excellent res at 2560 x 1140 setting but my basic 13" MacBook now has loads of screen estate to play with - exactly what I wanted.

    With Bluetooth Mouse and Keyboard, I can have my MacBook shut and treat it like a desktop machine. Meanwhile, the Thunderbolt connection means just one (included) magsafe power connector and one Thunderbolt connector. In the back of the display, I've hooked up an old Firewire 400 drive using an adapter cable, and ethernet network printer, a cable to recharge the iPhone and I may get around to some other stuff. All this runs seamlessly through the one Thunderbolt connection. Genius. Using a modest about of cable trunking the wiring is invisible. Oh yes and the Thunderbolt runs the audio output through the displays speakers as well.

    So what used to run miles of cable and use the national grid now sits unobtrusively around one desk which I can reclaim for paperwork whenever I want it. The display even works nicely with Parallels. Stupidly expensive but the concept of a single hub adds glory to what is already a very sharp monitor. Those concerned about the gloss screen: Don't use it outside, then.

    221 of 272 people found this useful