• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Display.

    • Written by from Seattle

    I use this for gaming and high-end design - interactive and print work. It's flawless. I'm not sure why its received so many negative reviews... my experience with two separate units has been excellent. I purchased one for studio use after using my macbook pro with another.

    Easy connect. Beautiful screen. Simple.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful display, temperamental USB hub.

    • Written by from Brookline

    The promise of this display is that one can plug two cords between thunderbolt-equipped Macs like my MacBook Pro Retina Late 2013 to provide not only power and display, but USB, FireWire, Ethernet, a camera, speakers, and a microphone. The main problem with this display lies in the well-evidenced-by-thousands fact that the USB hub will shut off unexpectedly during use. The usual symptom is that one's mouse/keyboard attached to the display becomes unpowered, i.e. unresponsive, which can happen during sleep, display sleep, or even during operation. Worse is when one's external drives become detached during one of these episodes, interrupting any access by the system, as evidenced by "disk not ejected properly" messages.
    These symptoms persist through firmware updates, OS updates, restarts, PM resets, and port switches, although they are not easily replicable, but are so random that they did not, unfortunately, lead me to understanding them well enough to take my monitor in during the AppleCare period.
    When everything works right, it's amazing to have firewire drives backing up through time machine, a keyboard, a mouse, iPhone dock, a camera, decent speakers playing music, all connected via one cable, but its the most common cause of crashes or more minor interruptions on my computer by far—Almost daily. Buyer beware—Read about it.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    King of Glare

    • Written by from New York

    I was assigned a thunderbolt display at work. I was so excited. But the minute I started using it, I realized a huge problem with it, kind of a deal breaker: it reflects almost everything. I am a programmer, and I like to program with a dark background in my editor. Now with this horrible reflection, I cannot see my staff clearly. All I can see is the shadow of whatever behind me. It is a good tool to tell whether your boss is coming behind you, but not a good display monitor, at least for programming.

    8 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The Truth About This Display...

    • Written by from Fremont

    I have to own something for at least 1 year before I'll do a review of it. I've owned an Apple product of some sort since 1985. I currently have 8 Apple products working in my home at the present time. I am a 47 year old male who owns a marketing firm in Seattle.

    I point out the above to give perspective. A lot of times when I read a review I like to know a little about the person's situation because, really...who are they? Why should I listen to them?
    With that said I need to point out quickly that I read all the negative reviews (all 88 at this writing) and it seems a bit curious to me that most of them share the same personality. In other words, it doesn't seem to me they are all that truthful. It's amazing to me that a product can have 1000's of people really like it but a few don't? Usually it's the person, not the product, when it comes down to brass tacks.

    I own 7 of the Thunderbolt Displays and have yet to have any issues with any of them. All my employees use various MacBooks to fire any number of them up and mine in my office has a Mac Mini attached to it. Made my purchases in December of 2013 and have been very happy with the final product. Beautiful all the way 'round.
    Now I will say my only wish is for there to be at least one USB port located on the bottom or side. Yes, I understand, Apple likes a smooth well-defined look about their products and I appreciate that. However, I use it to charge a lot of items and it'd just be more convenient.

    Overall, I dig the product.

    18 of 21 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    28 months, still going strong

    • Written by from Costa Mesa

    I bought mine in October 2012. 2.5 years later, it looks and acts new. The one-star reviews seem to be mostly from 2011.

    Obviously not the cheapest monitor you could buy! But bright, beautiful, solid and reliable.

    11 of 12 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Outdated And Glitchy

    • Written by from Portland

    When I initially got this monitor in 2011, it was everything advertised, when connecting my macbook, it was totally reliable. Then with each update Apple put out, it started to develop more and more glitches. By the time Mavericks came out, the monitor would regularly crash my Macbook.

    After claiming Applecare 5 times, Apple provided me with a replacement. I thought it would fix a lot of the issues, especially since I upgraded to a 2014 Macbook Pro. Unfortunately, many of the same problems exist, my computer still crashes sometimes when I connect it in the morning, I get screen blackouts when connecting, The wireless mouse gets glitchy and erratic depending on which port I have it connected to, USB ports will randomly stop working, and sound will randomly jump to the internal Macbook speakers.

    Apple seriously needs to upgrade this outdated technology. At this point it is way, way past its prime.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Weak and overpriced

    • Written by from NORTHWOOD

    It's Apple, so it looks great out of the box but unfortunately that's where it stops.
    There is a constant hissing noise over the speakers due to some kind of interference (which Apple knows about, because they've even coded in a suppressor to turn off all audio when not in use for more than 30seconds). This is impossible to get rid of, even when using alternative sound output. It is widely documented throughout mac forums.
    There is substantial backlight bleeding and uneven tone.
    After a month or so, a partial line of pink pixels has appeared.
    USB ports work intermittently.
    Sure there's a fair amount of desktop space and it's a crisp, lovely image but exactly the same result with fewer problems could be had for half the price elsewhere. The fact that there are built-in problems Apple have failed to properly address in its entire production life is a sad show of the times we're living in. Bitterly disappointed.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A Good Choice

    • Written by from Chester Springs

    I bought this display to pair with my 27" iMac (late 2013). I am very happy with my choice. Colors, resolution, etc. match perfectly. I have not found the gloss to be an issue --this display has the same surface finish as the iMac, to my eye. The overall unit is ~1" shorter than the iMac display-- a book solved that, though I'll look for a more eye-pleasing longer-term solution.

    2 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    USB 2.0 Ports

    • Written by from New York

    Come on Apple can't you upgrade this product to the current USB 3.0 standard. What's the point of using this display as a thunderbolt dock if the built in USB ports don't take advantage of the newer faster USB standard. This is a very expensive piece of kit and it needs an upgrade.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best Purchase Ever!

    • Written by from Steubenville

    Pros: I use the Thunderbolt display with my MacBook Air. Having power, usb peripherals and ethernet always plugged in is great. When I come into the office, I don't even open my MacBook Air (As long as it is asleep. If it's shut down, I do have to open it). I simply slide it under my display, attach power and the Thunderbolt connector, hit the spacebar on my external keyboard and everything works. The screen is fantastic and easy on the eyes. The built in speakers and camera are great and work seamlessly with my internet applications (I teach online and residential classes at a university).

    Cons: On rare occasions, maybe 2 or 3 times after a year of daily use, my display has lost connection with my usb peripherals, but a simple restart fixes the problem. If you have light behind you (like a lamp/window) glare can be an issue, but it has not bothered me.

    Wishes: SD slot, more USB, USB 3.0, for it to do my work : )

    Best purchase ever!

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    beautiful, incomplete

    • Written by from Evanston

    The 27" display + bluetooth keyboard and trackpad, with (closed) laptop as its brains, is a great set-up to keep your back, neck, shoulders, arms and wrists where they should be while working and to keep the flexibility of the laptop. The color is beautiful. The fact that you can charge your computer through the display and pass through various connections (USB, ethernet) is really elegant. However, in fact, the ethernet must run through the display's thunderbolt port with an adapter to be live on the laptop. The monitor tilts up and down, but it does not rotate from side to side, and the neck cannot be raised or lowered; its height is fixed. More importantly, the screen has the effect that whatever file or window is not placed precisely in the center of the desktop feels like it is not facing you.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    I love it except for one pain in the neck design flaw

    • Written by from Boston

    First off, this is a beautiful monitor with a gorgeous display. I'm an artist who works digitally to make fine art prints, and I use a Mac Air to connect to a larger display both in my studio and in my home. I splurged on this 27-inch Thunderbolt display for my studio, and for home I got a 23 inch Dell monitor. There is no question the Apple has a superior display. It's also a great looking design. But there is one design flaw with this monitor, and that is that the height can not be adjusted up or down. You can tilt it, but you can't change the height. For someone like me who wears progressive lenses (as MANY people do, so please take note Apple designers!) and has to look through the lower part of my lenses, it forces me to tilt my head back into an unnatural position to read the screen. I am not short, and even with my chair cranked as high as it goes, and a pillow under me, the screen is still just a few inches too high to sit naturally and see through the lower part of my lenses. For many things, I use Control+ to make everything bigger, but when working in Photoshop which I primarily do, the toolbar can not be made larger. It's a struggle and (literally) a pain in the neck. The Dell monitor I bought has a sliding up/down feature, and it is a god-send for this single reason. Other than the lack of up/down positioning, which would be a huge consideration for me in the future, I love the Apple monitor.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Are glitchy connections really what Apple wants?

    • Written by from Peoria

    Great looking display, lots of bundled ports so it can be used as a hub without extra boxes cluttering up your desk. The display connector has an attached power connector for a Macbook and Apple seems to really be pushing the display as an everything-in-one dock for when the Macbook is at home. Why is it though that the audio connection doesn't always work and requires you to power off your computer or reconnect the thunderbolt cable? Correct me if I'm wrong, but Apple is supposed to be a purveyor or premium products. Shouldn't I be able to avoid having to jiggle the cable after spending $1000 on a high-end monitor vs buying a $150 display? if you are willing to tolerate this petty annoyance (and the fact that the screen is several years old now but is priced in the range of a 4k display) it is a pretty great display.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic

    • Written by from Littleton

    I use two of these at work, chained together and connected to a MBP. Never had any problems or complaints. Using OS X 10.8.5 btw. The colors are good and the display is bright. No problems with connecting/disconnecting any of the ports, although I never use the Firewire port so who knows. The glass front is AWESOME. So smooth and easy to clean, and it lets me use dry erase markers directly on the screen which is extremely useful.

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome display!

    • Written by from Bobruisk

    I love my Thunderbolt display, the display image quality is a very professional, the colors are natural. I'm buyed this gorgeous display 1 year ago, and I love this display. Even with brightness zero I can watch my videos and they looks fantastic. Only one mistake is that Apple not applied oleophobic layer on this display.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    As a stand alone monitor I'm pleased

    • Written by from Turlock

    It works great with my 2012 Mac mini. I love it

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent monitor, great performance and reliability

    • Written by from Southlake

    Along with many other happy users, I have had the pleasure of using this display (well, three of them) for six months. I am impressed with the resolution, connectivity to peripherals and the ability for the monitors to easily support multiple machines. Although two of my displays are usually connected to a late 2013 MacPro, one doubles as a third monitor or as a monitor for a MacBookPro or MacBook Air. I cannot say enough good things...monitors handle all the viewing duty and maintain great connectivity to many external T-Bolt drives.

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Worst ever product from apple!

    • Written by from Danville

    The ATD 27" is the worst apple product I have owned ever! Very limited connectivity options, no backward compatibility, and it simply is unpredictable when it works. Wont wake up from sleep, display goes blank. Does not play nice with Yosemite! I can go on and on and on. I have dumped it for now and have switched to competing brand and that thing works!

    25 of 33 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Fonts too small for office work with text

    • Written by from Washington

    I decided to splurge and get myself an Apple 27” Thunderbolt display and, oh man, are my eyes hurting. The fonts are so small it is giving me a headache as I type this. The 27 inch screen size and 2560x1440 resolution are simply not suited for office tasks with text. I mean, I can zoom in, but results vary depending on application. Then when I am on the go, I have to zoom back out everywhere. It doesn't really work.

    Now for the monitor itself. Gorgeous thing, sleek, functional, great sound, incredible, want to love it, but it's giving me headache.

    Other thoughts.... after significant research I am discovering that the optimal dot pitch for office work is 0.276 mm. This is the same as 24" @ 1920x1200 and 32" @ 2560x1440. I haven't used the iMac 5K displays, but I am curious about the scaling on those.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Absolutely beautiful

    • Written by from Lubbock

    I bought one of these for use with our Mac Mini at home after using one at work for about two months. It was absolutely the right choice and fits perfectly into our setup at home. To make the screen height, position and angle adjustable I also bought the Ergotron MX Desk Mount LCD Arm and the Apple VESA adapter plate needed to mount it in place of the simple angled stand. We reused the stand along with a twelve south BackPack plate shelf attachment to remount the Mini out of sight behind the monitor, standing up on its side.

    Overall we are delighted (my whole family) with the setup and making way more use of the Mini than we had with its previous Cinema Display monitor, which looks small and pale by comparison even though it was a very nice choice for its time (two generations before the current Mini)!

    6 of 7 people found this useful