• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Looks good, but has design flaws

    • Written by from Toronto

    Don't hope to use this monitor as a 'docking station' for your thunderbolt-equipped MBA or MBP; there's no microphone, headphone, or SD-card reader built in. A pity - could have made a fantastic home-base for the mobile crowd. Seems silly, to have lowered the bar, all for the sake of shaving a few dollars off the bottom line.

    29 of 57 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great with 2 monitors and laptop display

    • Written by from Mesa

    I hooked up two of these to my 2011 MacBook pro 15" i7 and WOW - they look great and both run in full resolution while still letting my laptop display function as a third monitor. Having read some forums online before purchasing I did not expect the laptop display to still function - and was very pleasantly surprised when it did. They are crystal clear, and really work well at a slight angle the way I prefer them (no perceptible color or brightness shift).

    I wish they had additional inputs (e.g. HDMI and/or DVI) and a power switch - but other than that they are working out great!

    23 of 27 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    So far so good

    • Written by from CHRISTIANSBURG

    I bought this to streamline my desk; sold the iMac and use my MacBook pro as my main computer. So far I've had no problems with the sleep stuff others have been reporting. My firewire hard drive works fine as well as any USB peripherals I have hooked up the the TBD. I've had it set up for one day so maybe it takes some time for this stuff to happen. I'll update my review after a few weeks of use.

    12 of 16 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Flawless and an Excellent Addition to any existing Mac!

    • Written by from Cleator Moor

    I recently updated my Mac setup at home,

    after using a 3.06Ghz dual core with a Samsung B2200 display, thought i'd had a great setup, but after making the change to a 2.07GHz Quad Core with 16GB of RAM i though i'd update my second display too, this display is beautiful, the colour matching to the iMac is fantastic for a start, but i have never witnessed such seamless integration using a second display, the viewing angle is off the hook, and you only notice a change in quality if you're not looking at the screen at all!

    I use High end programs such as After Effects and Final Cut Pro endlessly and now i have this amazing quality second display i am sprawling every piece of my programs across both screens as i never loose referencing quality with this display.

    also, with thunderbolt connections and daisy chaining possibilities, this is a future-proof piece of kit!

    10 million stars, quite the financial pinch, but well worth it!

    15 of 17 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Incredible. You won't regret it

    • Written by from Kirkland

    I felt kind of guilty spending so much on this monitor, but now that I've had it a week or so I'm so glad I did! Just an amazing monitor. I never want to leave my desk now!

    24 of 29 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    simple elegant design beautiful display

    • Written by from Palo Alto

    This display reduces clutter by having Ethernet, usb and Firewire coalescing in the back of the display and delivered through one cable to the computer. No need for a power plug.

    17 of 21 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works well, nice design

    • Written by from Steinbach

    I've read some of the more negative reviews of this product and felt I had to chime in. I use this monitor with my 17" MBP, often with the laptop in clamshell; I have had no problems recovering from sleep mode with all my devices waking with the laptop. I have a FW800 drive plugged in all the time for data syncs, and often have at least one USB2 drive plugged in as well. Everything wakes up when the laptop does.

    I have to agree with the complaints about Lion's full screen multiple monitor support. Going full screen on one monitor while still seeing anything on the second is just not possible. It would be a nice tweak if Apple added this mode's support.

    27 of 35 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    It's awesome!

    • Written by from Hialeah

    I have two. The quality is outstanding I have them since the first day it came out and so far I'm happy. I can't believe it's has not given my no problem while working of a 15inch mac book pro. I love when things works!

    21 of 24 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Non-functional as docking solution

    • Written by from Champaign

    The quality of this monitor is amazing. It gets high remarks here.

    But, it's useless as a docking monitor. I have a TB Macbook Air, and I wanted to take advantage of the docking features of the monitor. As other folks have mentioned in the review and numerous other apple discussion threads, this monitor fails as a docking monitor.

    1) When in clamshell mode, it's impossible to wake up the computer from sleep mode without restarting the computer. Given how many times a day I go from meetings to my desk, restating my computer every time is impractical.

    2) Even when you get the monitor to work with the laptop, devices connected to the USB port & ethernet port will not working without a reboot.

    I'm fed up with this monitor. Clearly, the docking solution via thunderbolt is flawed in this monitor. Save yourself some frustration and get the LED Cinema display instead. The Thunderbolt display is the worst device I've ever bought from Apple. Doesn't work as advertised. It is clearly not ready for prime time.

    96 of 114 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Thunderbolt Display - Top Notch

    • Written by from Baech

    I read some of the earlier reviews and can only confirm the positives already noted. The only issue I have is my inability to daisy-chain to another non-TB display. I am unable to link my other display (Sony) through and configure it with my laptop so that I can run three screens (MBPro, TB display and non-TB display). In fact I like the display so much I am buying another one.

    Overall very satisfied - 5 stars.

    13 of 20 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Guaranteed frustrations on a daily basis.

    • Written by from Denver

    The Thunderbolt display will not play nicely with my MacBook Air (2011 model). Go read online forums, and you'll see that it consistently malfunctions with most Apple laptops: Clamshell mode doesn't work, the display doesn't wake up, half your windows are off-screen, etc.

    Apple is fully aware of the issue, keeps promising fixes, but the fixes never work. It's been months, and I still can't use the display normally. Applecare just makes me reset my laptop, but that only fixes the problem once.

    Unless you want to have to restart your computer every time it goes to sleep, or every time you plug it in, don't buy this display.

    154 of 175 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Thunderbolt display and MacBook Air perfect desktop solution

    • Written by from VANCOUVER

    Everyone in my office is jealous. This monitor is spectacular. To those who gave this display poor ratings, I suggest you go back to work in your flat panel factory and leave the rest of us - the happy Apple users - alone!

    26 of 61 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good display but this is not a docking station

    • Written by from Quebec

    The quality of the picture is excellent in a dark room, but the screen is too glossy to be used near a window. I wished I could have used this display as a docking station but unfortunately, the Ethernet connexion only works if you boot your laptop with the display connected. It does not work if you just wake up the computer and then plug the display.

    61 of 67 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    27" Thunderbolt Display WOW!

    • Written by from Copley

    This is a terrific product. I have been using it with my 13" MacBook Air for the past several months with no major problems.

    I do think the OSX Lion software still needs a little work. I am convinced Apple will continue to support this product fully for the forseeable future.

    21 of 31 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome

    • Written by from Hornell

    First off the size of the display cannot even be disc ribbed in any words, much bigger in person. I think its a decent display, high resolution and nice and glossy. One thing I think apple could have improved on was making this a high resolution anti-glare...

    33 of 36 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Major design flaw

    • Written by from New York

    The 27" Thunderbolt is one inch shorter than the iMac 27", so the displays don't line up correctly. How on earth does an aesthetically sophisticated company like Apple allow this to happen?

    I hope they get someone to make a one-inch platform that I can put under the Thunderbolt in order to line them up. I refuse to clutter my desk by putting a book under the monitor.

    Also, Lion doesn't appear to allow me to use the speakers from both monitors in stereo fashion. Basically, I have to get the sound out of one or the other -- which doesn't line up with the visuals. I'll have to purchase external speakers in order for this to make any sense.

    These are simple things that Apple could have easily thought through, and can easily fix.

    109 of 132 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great investment

    • Written by from Amsterdam

    I love everything about this screen. Upgraded from a 23 inch screen and the difference is incredible. Like a huge hot bath. Contrast and sharpness are better than expected and the Thunderbolt cable is very cool too...

    26 of 42 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Is Apple Joking?

    • Written by from Houston

    I had nothing but problems with this display for two days. I ended up returning it. The screen flickered in and out, and it wouldn't switch properly when resuming from sleep mode. The USB and network ports also wouldn't work. I have a brand new MacBook Pro 17" and it has worked fine with other monitors. For $1,000, you'd think apple would test this before they released it. What a joke.

    74 of 101 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice hardware, Software need serious work.

    • Written by from Portland

    Good stuff first:
    • The display quality is terrific.
    • Only need two cables going into my laptop now (thunderbolt & power).
    • No more external power brick for the display (compared to Apple's older displays).
    • Built-in mag-safe connector means I can keep my laptop's charger in its bag.
    • I think the speakers sound pretty good.

    Bad stuff:
    With my laptop lid closed, it's impossible to wake the computer from sleep with a wired keyboard, without doing a hard restart. Which means, if I want to use this display and not lose all my work, I can't put the computer to sleep, ever. This should be fixable with a software/firmware update.

    82 of 89 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Dropped the ball big time.

    • Written by from Novato

    Q. I would like to connect my 27inch non thunderbolt iMac to an external 27inch display?
    A. You have to buy the non thunderbolt 27inch monitor.

    Q. I'd also quite often like to plug my Thunderbolt Air into the 27inch display?
    A. You have to buy the thunderbolt 27 inch monitor.

    Q. I have two expensive computers that are not older than two years and I have to buy an individual 27inch display for each one?
    A. Yes.

    149 of 200 people found this useful