• 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.

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 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.

    3 of 7 people found this useful

  • 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!

    2 of 2 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.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful when it works--veeery annoying when it doesn't

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    I bought my TBD to serve as a quasi dock for my 13" MBP so I can plug in my USB keyboard, external hard drives, and sundry peripherals. Everything looks fantastic on the display; and not having to disconnect all the connected devices, including the ethernet cable, is a real convenience. But unfortunately, there is the flicker/blackout issue. Search for something along the lines of "Thunderbolt goes dark" and you will get a plethora of hits linking to Apple forums and other boards that others have posted about their TBD issues. Namely that, seemingly at random the screen may or may not flicker before going dark. If you are using the integrated ethernet and ports, you will disconnect and have to unplug/replug your TBD cable. I've tried several workarounds and have even gone to the Apple store to have the display serviced, but I'm still running into this issue. Forget about waking your computer up when connected to the TBD--your connected computer may wake up, but the display won't and you'll have to unplug/replug. Now, this is very annoying in and of itself, but my anger is compounded by the fact that it costs about $1K. I could have a top-of-the-line PC display for that and still have enough for a TB hub. At any rate, that's my experience with the TBD, which seems to be not exactly typical, but exactly rare, either. You've been warned.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice display; weak TB hub; sad you can't use with PCs

    • Written by from Washington

    I don't know why it didn't occur to me that I wouldn't be able to use this with my work PC. That was ultimately the issue that led me to send this back to Apple. They really need a DVI input. I just can't have a display that can't be used for telework days also.

    But another thing that bugged me was that, despite the fact that the monitor has speakers, it has no audio out ports. So if you want to use nice speakers with your MacBook, you'll still have to plug them into your laptop audio port. So much for the Thunderbolt hub keeping things clean. And unfortunately (for me, at least) the speakers in the display itself are not nearly good enough to use.

    Display itself was pretty good. The bezel was thicker than I liked. Without the hub working better, and DVI port, the price is too much.

    7 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't believe all the Haters

    • Written by from petersburg

    i finally pulled the trigger on buying a 27" thunderbolt display, and it was a great decision. i must admit that i was hesitant at first, mostly because of all the terrible reviews. I saw how great they look at the stores and i must say it might even be better. For anyone who is hung up on purchasing one because of the reviews, just buy one there awesome.

    6 of 12 people found this useful

  • 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.

    3 of 5 people found this useful

  • 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.

    11 of 13 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    A BIT OF A LET DOWN

    • Written by from Torrance

    I have had this display for over a month now and it has been a bit of a let down. First of all as beautiful as the display itself is with its aluminum casing and glass display it does not deliver as expected. It lacks ergonomic features and modern inputs. The screen is overly reflective with its "mirror" panel. The Apple display also makes a faint buzzing sound when you adjust the brightness and transmits high heat emitting from the screen if used for prolonged hours. The most disappointing problem is that it drops frame rates when watching high definition (1080) content-even after adjusting the display settings-Heck, the screen on my 2010 MacBook Pro looks a lot better than this piece of AI.

    14 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic!

    • Written by from Vancouver

    I feel I have to write this review and encourage people to consider getting this monitor. Yesterday I almost went a different way after reading all of the negative review. They were even recent reviews. After seeing it work just fine at the Apple Store I was still skeptical. It makes me wonder about the intention of the negative reviewers. The only one I agree with is the light bleed around the edges but come on - it needs to be in a dark room with a black screen. It works great. MBPro on, off, sleeping, awake, when I plug it in it always triggers the screen to start up. It's BEAUTIFUL!. I can just disconnect with all of the screens in full screen on the display and what happens????? They are magically all in full screen on my MBPro. The dock is not always on the display when my MBPro is open but big deal, it's on the MBPro. Don't hesitate. Buy it if you need an external monitor. It was made to work seamlessly with your Mac product.

    14 of 16 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Do not buy this screen

    • Written by from Lendelede

    I bought this screen two weeks ago, sinds then i had nothing but problems. There is a large amount of backlight bleeding. But that is not the worst part.
    The screen simply doesn't work. it turns black when i'm editing it won't wake when my mac pro wakes. And now it won't turn on at all. I've retuned my first fault one and got a new one frome the retailer. But its all the same problems.
    Apple is just very poor built quality. I've recently purchased a new mac pro as well and its all problems whit that to.

    I used to be a big fan of apple, but they lost me. I'm never buying your overpriced things ever again.

    19 of 54 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Some good, but mostly bad, poor value for the money

    • Written by from Stratford

    First, the positives:

    The display is gorgeous. The colors are sharp and crisp and the contrast is nice. So long as you position the display in an area where you won't get glare or reflections, you'll love the way it looks.

    Now the bad:

    I dock my Macbook Air with this display and it routinely gives me trouble waking from "sleep" mode. I've tried absolutely everything to troubleshoot this issue and nothing seems to work. The display is simply not reliable when it comes to waking when it's supposed to. Sometimes I just get a blank grey screen. Sometimes I get my background image, but without my dock or icons, sometimes nothing happens at all. At least once every two or three days, I have to restart my Mac to get the display to recognize it. At least once every other day I have to unplug the thunderbolt cable from my Mac and then plug it back in to get it to wake up. My trackpad doesn't always wake the display when it's supposed to either. It's maddening.

    For a $900 screen, things like this should be addressed and fixed by Apple, either through firmware updates or software updates for the Macbook Air itself. I really don't know what the solution is, but frankly, I'm not happy. This is one of the only Apple products I've ever owned that gives me this sort of trouble, and it just so happens to be one of the more expensive ones as well.

    My advice, stay away until they figure these buggy problems out. This product is simply not worth the money given the amount of trouble it causes me.

    24 of 29 people found this useful

  • 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.

    15 of 16 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    No matte option. Glare unbareable.

    • Written by from Denver

    The matte screen protectors don't help. They make the monitor look blurry because there is a thick layer of glass in front of the screen. Matte films need to be part of the design.

    13 of 18 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    GLOSS is horrible

    • Written by from Toronto

    Cool monitor....but if you actually have to work on it it is brutal on your eyes. The gloss is terrible if you work in a room with any light whatsoever. It's like staring in a mirror.

    I don't understand why they didn't make this a matte finish.

    13 of 17 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Superb product

    • Written by

    I've just receive my Apple Thunderbolt Display (27-inch). Plugged it in, turned it on, and voilà -- perfect in every sense of the word. Exactly what I've expected from Apple. I read some of those bad reviews, and I totally disagree with any of them. Either the previous OS were not ready for this display (I've OS 10.9.3), or some people just need to vent ...

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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.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The Monitor of the Gods

    • Written by from Athens

    'Tis devices like these that show how mortal we really are. These displays art majestic, shiny and high definition. Listen not, to the haters of this magical device. Wether thy goal be games or videos, work, or fun, this is thy salvation. Apple bestows it upon the for the small price of one thousand gold. Purchase this device, or else thou art a plebeian.

    10 of 23 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful, expensive, imperfect

    • Written by from Charlotte

    The display is beautiful. Crisp colors, great resolution, simple and elegant.

    It's pricey. By the numbers, not great value for money.

    The most frustrating thing about this display is that frequently it fails to recognize the (Apple) usb keyboard plugged into it and to pass through keystrokes to my (Apple) laptop on thunderbolt. For this kind of money, integration across the product line should be smooth and painless.

    11 of 12 people found this useful