• 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.

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  • 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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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    27", Thunderbolt BU speed, added USBs

    • Written by from Burnsville

    I disposed 3 PCs and replaced them with one Mac Book Air. Because of the ability to have 3 monitors and ample storage on the 1 TB SSD in the Mac Book, I no longer have to network in the office or over a VPN to my remote office. My center monitor is the Thunderbolt. With this arrangement I am able to connect 3 printers, 2 external Thunderbolt drives, a scanner and a postal scale. I am completely satisfied with the Thunderbolt and my next purchase will be another one for my other office. I just unplug the Mac Book, take it to the other location and plug it in. The multiple ports on the Thunderbolt Display make this very do-able.

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  • 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.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great experience - no issues

    • Written by from Bainbridge Island

    I have a MB 15 Retina and it was plug and go from the beginning. This may highlight Apple backward compatibility issues.

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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.

  • 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.

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  • 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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  • 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.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    GREAT!!!!!!

    • Written by from martinsville

    I am a teacher and this product has totally changed my classroom I purchased three of these and my students LOVE THIS it dual screens is amazing. My students are Kindergarten and they use a lot of ABC mouse and Math in Focus and both need great grfics and this product is wonderful with it. I also purchased 4 mac Book Pros and my classes love both product and my school is going Mac Pro. My school is going to buy them for everyone and they are going to be in all of our 16 computer labs!!! I encuage All people to buy Mac Products.

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  • 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.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Works for some time, then fails

    • Written by from Mexico City

    I've had this Cinema Display for two years giving it normal use (the same as with the last model of the display which still works great). But nowadays this display it turns off and disconnects every 10 minutes. They're not designed to work for more than one or two years.

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  • 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.

    33 of 40 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great monitor

    • Written by from Gainesville

    Using the Thunderbolt display for an 11" MacBook Air. Wasn't sure whether to take the plunge or wait for a possible refresh. Decided to go ahead and buy. Not disappointed. Only drawbacks in my view are lack of USB 3.0 (which to be honest I don't even have anything USB 3.0 yet!) and having to use the MagSafe to MagSafe2 adapter. Other than that it is beautiful. Not sure why so many bad reviews about multi-monitor support are still floating around the top, but Mavericks and Yosemite offer great support.

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  • 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!

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Truly stunning

    • Written by from Pittsburgh

    I just bought this today and I am in love! I bought it to use with my mac mini and MacBook Air! The display is simply gorgeous. I keep in a shady part of my room so the glare does not effect me! When i use to with the mini i get an amazing full-on desktop! I started using aperture and Xcode on it and it is truly stunning! When I use with my Air i love it as a second screen. It has been working! Despite the reviews I would highly recommend it!

    9 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    from a web designer's perspective, 5 stars. Clear, crisp and beautiful

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    I look at images and text all day. I need there to be clarity looking at code and the TBD is beautiful. Lacking nothing, I find it perfect for my needs. Images are crisp, text is perfect. I have not found the problems others are talking about.

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