• 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.

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  • 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.

    10 of 14 people found this useful

  • 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.

    44 of 53 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.

    18 of 19 people found this useful

  • 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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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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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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