• 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

    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

    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

    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

    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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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Quality Display

    • Written by from Orlando

    Over the past two years, I have purchased two of these (one for work, one for home). The TBD is a perfect complement for the MacBook Pro, and adds a considerable amount of working area. Being able to just unplug two cables (power and thunderbolt) and move from one working area to another is a welcome convince. The IPS display used in the TBD also makes it very easy to stare into the screen for hours on end without eye strain or fatigue.

    Cons: With the introduction of Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks, Mac OS X is no longer able to span application windows across multiple monitors. This was a SIGNIFICANT disappointment for me, and affected my day to day work flow. This however is not a limitation of the display, but rather the new Mac OS. Hope this functionality is restored in a future release.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    DOES NOT WORK WITH MAVERICK!!!!!!

    • Written by from Nashville

    This screen intermittently freezes when using a computer that has Maverick. Apple still has not fixed this problem. Great screen. Expensive. Apple needs to fix the Maverick problem.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Glad I took the leap, so far SO GOOD

    • Written by from Seattle

    I was nervous after reading all the mixed reviews. Yesterday I bought a MacBook Pro (13" Retina) and Thunderbolt display at the Apple store. So far I'm glad I did.

    My experience with the TBD has been *near* flawless. There was one hiccup on the bootcamp side (TBD not recognized). A reboot (with the display connected) fixed that problem.

    Some have complained about sound quality. All I can say is that if you want really good sound, you need real speakers. I find the sound to be good enough for the likes of watching YouTube etc.

    The image quality and aesthetic of the display itself are both gorgeous. I was really worried about glare and eye strain. So far not an issue, though I haven't spent a full day with it yet.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Display

    • Written by from Nashville

    Use it every time I'm at my desk with a Retina MacBook Pro and I love it.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Thunderbolt Display vs The Competition

    • Written by from Clifton

    At the time I'm writing down this comparison, the mainstream contender Dell Ultrasharp U2713HM is a close match for potential buyers. I have compared both displays in almost every possible way there is, but finally concluded the following:

    1. If you are after value, its 27" ATD. Why? A Dell costs you about $700 compared to ATD $1000. The dell does not have a built in web-cam, quality mic and decent speakers apart from the Thunderbolt connectivity etc. Yes you could hook up those but the cables and more cables. And dont forget that automatic brightness sensor that adjusts itself.

    2. Yes, the glare is a problem but have we forgotten the good old days we used to be happily computing with a 17" CTR infront of us? Actually, the edge to edge glass with aluminum housing gives a premium feel and look. The Dell on the other hand does not, even for $700 (which is still a considerable sum).

    3. As for accuracy, well, it bet your doubts will be readily cleared once you see both side by side. I believe the ATD still beats Dell U2713HM in value, performance and aesthetics.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Upgrade from 24" display

    • Written by from Brooklyn

    I have a 24" display and was on the fence about upgrading. It was totally worth it, the display is bright, super crisp, seems way bigger, cable clean up is great. I havent had any problems so far. The only gripe I could possibly have is the speaker int he display take over my laptop and they aren't that loud. I use external speakers anyway.

    Looking forward to the dual screen updates in the mavericks update.

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