• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Display

    • Written by from Irvine

    I've been using my new Thunderbolt display for just over a month. This display is amazing. I use it with my MacBook Air at the office and I simply connect the Thunderbolt display and I am connected to the network via gigabit ethernet. I also have access to my external kit - Firewire 800 HD, USB printer, etc. Little to no effort when connecting, it just works, very well. I highly recommend this display. In fact, I just ordered another one for the house. You can't go wrong with the 27" Thunderbolt display.

    21 of 26 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great picture, terrible sound

    • Written by from San Francisco

    Bought for my 2011 11" MacBook Air as a replacement for an old 21" Cinema Display. It's perfect for the job: with just the Thunderbolt and MagSafe connectors plugged in, I have my whole desktop set up. A *lot* less wiring than my old display, and a relief to not have an external PSU again.

    I'd planned to get rid of my (bottom-end) Bose speakers since the display has built-in sound but I'm now having second thoughts: it sounds *terrible*. Tinny and hollow; well below Apple quality. The in-store unit I tried was much the same too, so I don't think I have a bad unit. Not sure what to do now: the Thunderbolt display takes up so much desk space that I don't have room for speakers, and even if I did, there's no audio out on the display itself so it'd be a third cable to have to worry about each time I dock and undock.

    39 of 43 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome!

    • Written by from Calgary

    I just brought this Thunderbolt monitor home to pair it up to the MBA and the setup is just awesome. The docking features are great where I can hook all my accessories to while keeping a really clean desktop. It is so clean, I am actually using it on my kitchen bar since that is where I spend most of my time.

    It is well worth the price since if you look at comparable spec monitors, they cost just as much or even more than this unit. Samsung will be bringing a 27" with similar specs out in 2012 but it will be $200 more. Totally happy with this purchase and I am a converted former Sony fan.

    16 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Colors are vivid

    • Written by from Novato

    Great monitor. I use in tandem with my laptop to get two screens. Pretty cool. Connects via USB and has 3 more addition USB plug-ins.

    15 of 19 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic Product

    • Written by from Falls Church

    The Thunderbolt Display is an absolutely amazing product, though the price is hardly stomach-able. The USB ports on the back, plus the Ethernet, are great. No more cable-shuffle when you need to get going. The built in MagSafe charger is certainly helpful as well. It lives up well well to its description of "The Ultimate Docking Station". What's missing? An audio jack for headphones, or better yet optical out and enough for 5.1 sound.

    20 of 25 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Gigantor

    • Written by from PORT SAINT LUCIE

    Its freaking massive.
    I mean its bigger than my 1st apartment.
    Love it. Love it. Love it.
    I can't go back to another monitor.
    I can't.
    I won't.

    20 of 29 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good but not great

    • Written by from Oakville

    Apple always delivers high quality looking products and I am a huge fan (even as a "PC Guy"). But I have to say this is probably the first product that didn't live up to expectations.

    The overall look is great, very crisp and slick. The resolution is as predicted but the glossy screen makes it slightly uneasy on the eyes. I also own a cheap 1080p 24" ACER (I think I paid 200$) for my PC and the quality is definitely better (although the look is horrible lol).

    Resolution Quality: 8/10 (I prefer a more flat crisp image but if you don't mind glossy it would be closer to a 9.5/10 for you)
    Look: 10/10 very nice looking monitor - expecially compared to what is out there
    Price: 4/10 (If it's in the budget, it looks good, works well but is for sure way overpriced)

    20 of 26 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Monitor

    • Written by from Lafayette

    Was hesitant at first since the puppy is not cheap. Definitely the best monitor I have ever owned. Have more power now with my MacBook PRO, Parallels and WIN7 (when I need it) in less space!

    14 of 20 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Well... apple is for pro-vip-people

    • Written by from Belo Horizonte

    I think that TDB display sounds great, amazing images, high definition and the incredible feature that mix ethernet, video, USB/firewire traffic on a single dual channel port. It`s a incredible technology associated with a wonderful image on screen. Proportions... and things like that... you have the multiple desktops on Lion. And it is reasonable that if you want something FULL screen it should take every pixel of the screen... not be cut over various screens, and in full screen you do not want to see anything but a specific app... Great job Apple. Keep the god work.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Take the plunge. You will be happy you did.

    • Written by from Kalispell

    I made the jump from PC to Mac less than a year ago. After relocating across the country we decided to commit to Mac. Our home office has two 27 inch Thunderbolts, 1 Mac min, 1 Mac book, and a few odds and ends such as routers, mice, keyboards, and such.

    The monitors are exquisite. Sure they work great, they are bright, the sound is wonderful but the quality of them is outstanding. They are beautifully to look at and into all day long. Before I spent the money on them I looked over comparable sizes from other manufactures and the decision was made to go with Apple. The other monitors are flimsy and cheaply made. They may cost 2/3 less but you get what you play for.

    These are sturdy solid pieces of equipment that are well thought out by the Engineers. Yet the pieces come together as a seamless work of art. The design clearly illustrates a unity between the Engineering, Marketing, and Support teams.

    I would highly recommend them. Its clear that Apple innovates while the competitors copy and mass produces. My wife's brandnew laptop from work is just as large and bulky as they had been 10 years ago just as an example. Come on.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing additional monitor

    • Written by from Oxnard

    I was quite excited to add an additional 27" monitor to complement my 27" iMac as an options trading platform. The display is beautiful and is a perfect extension, so perfect that my wife is letting me add another one :)

    12 of 19 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Great product ruined by glossy screen

    • Written by from Philadelphia

    Pros: all but glossy screen.
    Cons: glossy screen. I want a display; not a mirror!

    SOLUTION: just offer a matte option; even if more expensive.

    72 of 87 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    No issue with ethernet port!

    • Written by from Naperville

    Just got the new Thunderbolt display and it is awesome. Screen is huge and gives you a lot of real estate to play with. I am using it as a docking station for my MBA 13". I use the m-Stand from Rain for the MBA and it gives me a lot of flexibility on my desktop. The connectivity options on the Thunderbolt display are great and I have a small USB hub connected to the back of the display. I am running Parallels desktop for Windows applications and have it configured so that I can use the MBA screen as my "Windows" desktop and then use the Thunderbolt as my "MAC" desktop. Really gives the feel of having two separate laptops.

    I tested the ethernet connectivity from the monitor and have had no issues whatsoever. "undocked", returned to "dock" and the ethernet connection is still active. I made sure my wi-fi was turned off to validate the result.

    My only "wish" is that there was a connectivity option to go from mini-displayport on my older MacBook pro - to the Thunderbolt display. I am hoping Apple or a third party will figure out a way to do this in the future.

    37 of 43 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Worth it - Simpy great! But...

    • Written by from Valencia

    In short, these displays are best on the market by far (that I have seen), in this price range. The price is actually very close to other high end monitors that do not have all the functionality these do. I own a Apple 27" Mini Display Port (aka MDP - the older model), and TWO of these 27" Thunderbolt (I do Maya and Video editing).

    The Good
    Everything. Sharpness, runs cool, design, color reproduction, I don't get people that could complain about this display. Also, I have a 17" 2.33ghz (quad core) laptop and daisy chain these TB monitors. It works perfectly with the laptop display AND the two displays running different desktops. The older MDP model won't daisy chain until you put it at the end of any other TB device. (Which I don't currently own). This is not a fault of Apple, it is a limitation of MDP. I have firewire plugged into display 1 and I also have a scanner (firewire) plugged into display 2. It all works flawless. I don't need to have the firewire drives in display 1 on for the scanner to work. Very elegant and seamless. I also do use the ethernet and USBs on display 1, and firewire and USB on display 2, which are all flawless. Interestingly, the ethernet on display 2 could also be used, but I don't.

    The Bad
    The 27" MDP (old) display I bought a year ago was flawless. The first 27" TB I purchased had the well known flaw where the fan stays on (when you unplug or sleep your computer). This IS a bug. I returned it to Best Buy, got another one, opened it and tested it (no noise), and it has worked flawlessly ever since. The second one I purchased a few weeks later was also perfect. Just beware, and return it if you encounter this issue. Also, every time I put it to sleep (and disconnect the computer), the displays get swapped, and I can't change them. I have to reboot to put display 1 back in the center, and display 2 to the right.

    39 of 48 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Wow...amazing.

    • Written by from Hermosa Beach

    I really was hesitant to make this purchase. How much of a difference could it really make I thought to myself? Having had it for six weeks now I am still in awe.

    First, I underestimated how much value there was to being able to work on applications side by side, spreadsheets next contracts, artwork next to powerpoint. Very very helpful.

    Second, having the ports in the back of the monitor is a real treat. Plug in my iPad, iPhone and a Thunderbolt back up drive and all is good in the world. Creates a great work environment.

    Finally, it is just incredibly good looking on the desktop. Brilliant display from the front and almost as amazing from the back.

    There are lots of things apple I like and then the shine wears off. So far this is one of my favorite products yet.

    36 of 42 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Simply amazing...

    • Written by from Minneapolis

    This display is incredible! I purchased it to add to my MacBook Pro and it has incredibly rich color, awesome resolution, and powerful sound. The thunderbolt ethernet and USB capabilities are also a major plus and keep my desk clean and organized. The only drawback is the lack of a headphone port on the display but otherwise this is a premium Apple product and definitely worth the money!

    12 of 17 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    One Star Until Fixed

    • Written by from Flower Mound

    I was so excited to buy and plugin my late-2011 MBP into the display. My attraction was the thought of a single cable docking station. My bubble was bursted when i found out the built-in Ethernet connection only works if you reboot on every connection. Sad - but true. If you "undock", take your Mac to go, come back... you have to reboot to see an active adapter again. Apple created a firmware update. But no joy. Apple community blogs are filled with this issue. So i hope they hear the cry before more people spend $1k.

    96 of 113 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great piece of equipment, has a few issues

    • Written by from Jacksonville

    I purchased this to extend the desktop of my 13" MBP (a great little laptop incidentally). The monitor detects automatically and I get the brilliant display, which matches up with my MBP's display wonderfully in terms of color and temp. But, the audio which is supposed to automatically pipe into the monitors speakers almost never actually does. I have to reboot with the monitor attached for it to recognize. I've also noticed that the external hard drives that I have attached to the firewire 800 port don't mount either.

    I'll agree with the issue of integration with Lion's full screen mode. You throw iPhoto or any other app into full screen and depending on the program, sometimes it goes into full screen in my laptop, sometimes in the monitor. You'd think that it would automatically go into full screen into the display that the app window is in but it doesn't. Then to top it off the other monitor goes gray with the pattern of the sign in screen. So rather than being able to work full screen on one screen and being able to have say your mail and browser apps open in the 2nd, you basically end up with just one screen. A big screen but just one screen. This is very much a software and not a hardware issue as the screen itself is beautiful and does what it should do, which is display my information.

    I don't have an iMac but I did notice the issue with the height of the monitor. Why would they make the 27" display a couple of inches shorter than the current 27" iMac? That makes no sense at all. Unless it's a harbinger of the 27" refresh it's a pretty glaring oversight. If the refresh is the same size as the current display then I guess that'll explain it. As it stands there is a company that sells a pretty nifty shelf that gets the 2 within mm of one another and provides a shelf to store your keyboard and an integrated usb hub. An option for those considering the purchase to match up with their iMacs.

    63 of 72 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing image quality and size

    • Written by from Osasco

    I confess I was very worried after seeing some of the reviews here. Not enought power to use the wired keyboard? Sound not good enough? Wow, those were some serious issues pointed out by very angry users. But then I tested it out on the store and everything ran smoothly. The wired keyboard, sound is great (not like some home theater or anything, but hey - it's a monitor. C'mon).

    So I bought and I'm using it to work with my MBP with video and imaging, and til now it is perfect. I highly recommend it to anyone willing to see everything in crisp, sharp detail of their work. Not to mention gaming! Left 4 Dead 2 looks freaking amazing!! :P

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice display (after exchange)

    • Written by from ADA

    I like the quality picture of this display. No tinting errors noted as in other reviews. However I did have to exchange the orignially purchased display.
    The display I originally received immediately would power up its cooling fans when plugged into the power supply. The fan noise was absent while the computer was on. Within 5 seconds of powering off the Mac or placing it in sleep mode, the fans would run continuously. Only unplugging it from the power supply would it stop.
    I did the Apple Care support call. Went through the motions of "resetting the PRAM", double checking all software and firmware updates with no change. Luckily I live near an Apple Store and was able to exchange it. I had the store employee open and check it first before I left the store. No fan noise.
    The replacement display has worked as it should. There is a growing link on the Apple support communities about this issue.
    The 27 inch sreen is twice the size of my previous LCD. So it took awhile to get adjusted to it.

    41 of 48 people found this useful