• 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.

    16 of 20 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.

    95 of 113 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.

    150 of 169 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!

    25 of 60 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 131 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 88 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.

    147 of 197 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice idea, but somewhat lacking in execution.

    • Written by from Oslo

    This is the first Apple product I'm not willing to give a five star rating, as Apple's subcontractor seems to have some serious quality control issues.

    The good part: The display looks stunning and matches all my other Apple gear, as well as acting as a docking station. Being able to connect my 2011 MacBook Pro with just two cables, hooking everything else up to the display, is great.

    The bad part is quality of the screen itself, though. I'm now on my third! Apple Store replaced the first one during the remorse period, due to a hot pixel. The replacement was worse however, having a couple of dead pixels, what appeared to be some sort of dust or debris within the panel, as well as poor backlighting in general, and particularly poor and non-uniform backlighting along the lower edge of the screen. The current one has a funny smell, that I'm hoping will go away, and what seems to be some smudges or fingerprints within the panel or behind the front glass at the lower part of the display. However, as it is only visible against a solid background, and the panel has no pixel errors and the backlighting is much better, I will keep it. I am sure Apple Store would exchange it if I complained though, they've been very understanding and helpful so far, it's just such a hassle and I'm afraid I might get an inferior one instead.

    The Verdict: If you get a perfect sample, this is a great product, but be prepared not to. Apple Store's customer service has been great, though.

    46 of 50 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Thunderbolt displays not made for the iMac

    • Written by from Lakewood

    I bought a 27" iMac together with a 27" Thunderbolt display and am very disappointed at what I would consider bad design decisions on the part of Apple.

    1) The 27" display is about one inch shorter than the iMac, so I had to find a book to put under the display to get things to line up.

    2) You can either use the speakers from the iMac, or from the Display, but not both at the same time. Why do we have this limitation?

    3) If you maximize a window on the desktop, the window will move to the iMac screen (if it's not already there) and a default background will show on the 27" Display, making it useless for this feature.

    I would appreciate if you would inform potential buyers of these limitations. It is obvious that your design team did not intend to have iMac owners pair their machines up with these displays. Very disappointing...

    117 of 135 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing

    • Written by from Austin

    Definitely deserves 5 stars. I think the average rating on this product is being weighed down by people giving it 1 star because they didn't bother reading the product description, or even the title. This is a thunderbolt display, meaning you must have a thunderbolt connection. I don't understand the confusion, but this has been getting many 1 star reviews for that reason.

    Besides that, this display is amazing. It is crisp, sharp, and very bright. Games and videos just look great. And the screen real-estate allows you to multitask very easily as well. I'll never be able to go back to anything smaller. Surprisingly, the speakers give off amazing sound. There are 2 speakers, and a one inch subwoofer inside that are great for casual listening.

    Overall, this display is incomparable with any other. If you look for any other monitor with thunderbolt connection, similar speakers, or similar pixel count, you'll find that $999 is a great deal. Definitely worth the money. I highly recommend you go to an apple store and try it out if you have any doubts about purchasing.

    27 of 40 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Worth the price

    • Written by from Seoul

    Like the previous 27" Cinema Display (non-Thunderbolt version), the image quality is superb. Especially in terms of expressing color, this blows Dell or Samsung monitors we have by great margin.

    As for the Thunderbolt connectivity, I haven't had any problem yet when connecting it to a MacBook Pro. It takes a little longer than optimal to turn on when connecting to a running laptop though.

    Another drawback is that it works only with a few recent models of Macs, so please check if yours is compatible before buying.

    23 of 27 people found this useful