• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Addition To My MacBook Air

    • Written by from TRAVELERS REST

    I currently have the 11" MacBook Air as my main computer because I travel a lot and needed the portability. However it became very irritating at times when at home and having a screen so small it would strain my eyes at times. This was the perfect addition for me to use at home and it makes it so much easier to use my computer. I thought about just getting an iMac but then I would have stuff stored on 2 different computers when I need everything on one.

    Hooking up to dock is a cinch as I just plus the cord into my MacBook Air and I'm ready to go. The only downside I could find is the fact that I have to open the MBA for a few seconds to turn it on since there is no power button on the display. Also, I think the price is really high for what you get. In addition I had to purchase the keyboard and the trackpad to make it a full at home computer. Those are the only 2 negatives I have found.

    Other than that it amazing. Tons of screen real estate and the screen is amazing. I would recommend this to anyone with a MacBook Air that needs a bigger screen.

    51 of 60 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The best!

    • Written by from GREENSBORO

    This is the best Apple device I bought, has absolutely everything, space, excellent resolution, graphics, integrated sound, TB minihub, power supply, connectivity and easy installation. I have two MBP 17 and 13, and the two machines are connected perfectly.
    I highly recommend.

    18 of 32 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great product

    • Written by from Toronto

    I have a Macbook Pro 13" and really needed either a bigger screen, and the 27"display was the perfect choice. It's just to plug it in and the mac recognized it fast with no questions asked. When I'm on the go I take the mac and when I'm in the office it's just to plug , close the lid (have a magic mouse and a wireless keyboard) and I have a desktop with a big screen, good sound system e printer, external HDD and etc. already wired in. The best of both worlds.

    54 of 69 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Perfect companion for the new Mac Mini!

    • Written by from La Canada Flintridge

    I love this display and have had no issues! I do wish they would come out with a model with less glare though! I have it hooked up to my new Mac Mini and love the extra USB ports. firewire, ethernet and Magsafe connection for my MacBook Pro!

    27 of 41 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Dual display bugs and poor design choices mar an otherwise amazing product

    • Written by from Fort Wayne


    • This display provides real dual display functionality for laptops for the first time in Apple history. This has allowed me to ditch my Mac Pro and consolidate to a single machine. I cannot say how amazing that has been.
    • The Thunderbolt ports do not appear to be a bottleneck for connected devices. I have seen no slowdowns from chaining the displays.
    • The screen has fairly accurate color representation, an even backlight and good brightness variation for different environments.


    • A dual display setup is very buggy. Dual display support under Lion is abysmal, but I have tried to not reflect that in my judgement of this product. When reconnecting the laptop, the displays often "forget" arrangement, desktop backgrounds and which one is the primary. This is a major annoyance and actually makes me not want to disconnect the laptop because I'll have to spend 2 min resetting things when I get back. It doesn't "just work" and it needs to be fixed quickly.
    • It's not just glossy, it's practically a mirror finish. I have used several 30" displays from other vendors and while the matte finish wasn't as attractive while off, they worked a lot better while on. Any amount of sunlight causes severe issues with reflections. You must be very careful where you place the displays. I understand the aesthetic, but not at the expense of usability. I would very much like to see a matte option.

    I personally wouldn't buy these displays if they weren't the only ones that allowed for chaining. That being said, they do (generally) perform as promised.

    Fixing reconnection bugs would bump my review to a solid 4 stars. A matte option would make it 5 (and cause me to upgrade).

    260 of 291 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful Display

    • Written by from Middletown

    Recently purchased the Thunderbolt display with a new Macbook Air. What a fabulous combination!! Everything worked perfectly right out of the box. A great example of Apple product development. I do a lot of photo work and the large screen/resolution is wonderful!!

    34 of 54 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A Great Investment

    • Written by from Beecher

    I purchased this display a couple of days ago. I was looking for a smaller version and came to find out that Apple only makes the 27", so I purchased it. I was pleasantly surprised when I got home and set it up. I have it connected to my Mac Mini Server and also connect it to my Mac Book Air. The resolution and color are amazing. The functionality of Thunderbolt is amazing. I have my GB Ethernet connected to the monitor, along with my USB cables for the iPhone, etc., and it all gets delivered to the connected computer via the one Thunderbolt cable. I had a little buyers remorse when I got this display home, but after setting it up, I am more than happy I purchased it.

    50 of 66 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Northville

    This display had no thought put into it. They took existing monitors and added Thunderbolt. So I get it home, and after realizing I still need a new bluetooth keyboard and trackpad and a way to keep the 2011 Air on with the lid closed I am losing faith. You end up with a cluttered mess of wires and equipment. Your better off just getting an iMac. At least you have a disc drive, keyboard and mouse without all the hassle. With top notch 27" monitors selling for under $300.00 you're kidding yourself with this thing at a grand! Had the thing shipped with keyboard, mouse and maybe made a nice array of ports on the BASE for convenience I would have kept it. Also, I can see myself in the screen in almost every lighting scenario. I feel the Mid 2011 Air may well be the last innovative product we see as the rest of the world gangs up and blows by this company. There's still time to go buy Google guys, before they rework all those Motorola set top boxes in everyones homes for Google TV stealing Steve's "Cracked TV code"! He just lost the phone war even with record iPhone 4S sales Google has a 47% market share - and growing - Sorry for the rant, it seems to fit this display, to little to late!! Very disappointed! Stop suing and start innovating again! $1,000 for a 27" monitor with USB 2.0 ports OMG

    118 of 358 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    No hesitation 5 stars! Music Producer Review

    • Written by from Camarillo

    I want to sure my setup and thoughts.
    I work in music production and needed a setup that would suit my mobil rig.

    I do not really understand what some people do not like about this screen...

    It is important to separate the two major players here.
    Software/firmware and hardware.


    Apparently people are having problems connecting several screens etc etc.
    Jerky thunderbolt performance etc etc.

    This is all fine, but it does not warrant a lower star rating in my eyes.
    They do their best to eliminate software issues through beta testing etc but it is NEVER before major releases that people come along with all sorts of ways of use and find all sorts of bug that will have to be addressed.
    As the issues of software can be anywhere in the chain (Lion, thunderbolt firmware, iMac, Macbook etc) I think the right thing to review is the..


    Beautiful, big, crisp, instant, you can't really misunderstand it as it has NO buttons..which is almost weird. It just works..
    Im actually proud to have this screen on my desk. When people come over they actually say "wow..thats nice!" Im proud of it.

    I must say that I was very nervous weather my setup was going to work the way I hoped.
    For weeks, I had been think about ways to minimize and turn my rig into something I could easily pack up for sessions in LA.
    I sold my HD2, Mac Pro, Control24..EVERYTHING as it was mostly collecting dust as my mobile rig was getting more work.

    So I invisioned a thunderbolt setup.
    MacBook Pro w thunderbolt
    Pegasus RAID (thunderbolt)
    and the 27" Screen (again, thunderbolt.)

    For compatibility reasons I use Snow Leopard for my music and need to boot from my Thunderbolt RAID.
    I have LION on my internal MacBook Pro drive as I want to be uptodate when I do my personal computing.

    Here is my setup:

    Thunderbolt Screen is connected to

    1) a Digidesign 003 Rack (FW800)
    2) a USB hub with iLoks
    3) a AXIOM USB MIDI controller
    4) the Apple Keyoboard
    5) Ethernet for fastest connection while plugged in.
    6) Daisy chained thunderbolt to my Pegasus RAID Drive with my music software/samples etc. (I can happily report around 500MB/s. More than enough for what Im doing. (option click on startup and boot SL from the RAID)

    Now. Instead of having tons of cables running to my macbook or compromising speeds which I did in the past..
    All is connected via ONE thunderbolt cable that runs to my MacBook Pro.
    Its all VERY simple and with all the iLoks, software, powdered USBs etc..One would think that something should go wrong..


    I couldn't be more happy with this setup!

    The screen does EXACTLY what it promises to do. In my eyes it is so worth the 949 I spent on it!

    I can recommend this for anyone..

    Sorry for a very long review but I wanted to let everyone know how I use it and that it is spectacular!

    Thank you for simplifying my life!

    81 of 108 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful Display - Docking Station

    • Written by from Chicago

    Absolutely beautiful display and works great as a docking station. I use mine with a new MBP 17 inch and I absolutely love it.

    29 of 51 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful picture, poor Thunderbolt port features

    • Written by

    The picture quality is spectacular, even though it is glossy. The unit itself is beautifully designed. The main issues are when connected to my MBP 13" (Mid 2011). The Apple USB keyboard (connected to TBD) is often not recognized or does not register all the key inputs. It seems random which keys are recognized. Second, the MBP will not wake from sleep when connected to the TBD (have to force restart). For a $1000 display, it's advertised features should be better. Hopefully a firmware/software fix is in the works.

    179 of 209 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Won't work with non-thunderbolt display

    • Written by from Port Moody

    I would've given this display a 5 start if it wasn't for this problem. I have an 24 inch samsung LCD that uses DVI, it works when I hook it up direct with my 2011 MBP via a mini display port to DVI adaptor, but if I plug it into the thunderbolt port on the back of the new thunderbolt display, the monitor won't be recognized. I thought it would work fine since it is the same thunderbolt port, but for some reason it doesn't.

    So, if you want to buy this monitor and also wants to use your old non-thunderbolt monitor, be ware of this problem. I hope they come up with some kind of update or adaptor soon.

    Other than that, the display itself is great, the picture quality is superb, and the glossy screen doesn't bug me that much even in the bright room. Audio is also decent, good enough for day to day use.

    66 of 93 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Low USB bus power

    • Written by from White Plains

    I've had this for a few weeks now. Mostly it rocks; somehow my macbook pro seems faster when it's connected.

    Something I noticed recently has me scratching my head. I got a wired keyboard to attach to it and the ports on the side of the keyboard are not powered. Very lame. At first I thought, hey it's my notebook, of course Apple didn't design it to power a desk full of accessories. Then I remembered that the USB controller is in the display completely independent of the laptop and Apple has engineered in not enough power for the wired keyboard to act as a USB hub. I'd expect some problems with 1.0, but leaving out enough bus power is rude.

    104 of 124 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Mixed review

    • Written by from Montreal

    It's difficult to decide how many stars to give because some things about the monitor are impressive, while there are also some very annoying glitches.

    If you use the monitor with a laptop, the system becomes very temperamental if you put the laptop to sleep and wake it up. I've had the following issues after waking up the computer:
    -the screens blink and never recover; forced to reboot
    -lose ethernet connection and can't get it back unless you reboot.

    Also, you have to remember that closing the laptop puts everything to sleep. To continue working you have to wake the system back up.

    The Thunderbolt port is also very delicate. If the wire gets wiggled, I lose the connection to the monitor and anything docked to the monitor. So any external hard drives are disconnected and you will get "please eject disk before disconnecting errors". This can cause major headaches if you're in the process of video editing.

    Despite these glitches, I find the image quality to be impressive and the docking ability to be convenient. It's very easy to configure your screens, choosing the main screen and secondary screen, etc. I hope the sensitive port doesn't prove to be a problem. The other issues will probably get worked out with firmware.

    133 of 145 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Decent Display

    • Written by from W. Lafayette

    The display is decent, has a nice crisp image and good color quality. Makes a wonderful "docking station" for an Air. From a hardware perspective, seems to work ok with my new 27" iMac.

    The glossy screen is extremely unfortunate; in nearly all lighting conditions, with anything other than a white background, I can clearly see my reflection in the display. The lack of a power button and height adjustment -- other than reams of paper under it -- is also disappointing. At a minimum, the VESA adapter should be included. It is silly that the height does not directly align with a 17" iMac's screen, results in a rather annoying offset between the two.

    The biggest problem, however, is Lion's current (10.7.2) compatibility with dual displays. You will seriously feel like there are no developers at Apple using 10.7 with dual displays. You'll get to enjoy such basic problems as:
    - an occasional missing mouse cursor when moving between displays (don't worry it comes back when you click somewhere).
    - Extremely poor interoperability with Mission Control (one example: can't drag windows to spaces on other displays).
    - blank 'secondary' displays with apps in full screen mode.
    - occasional corrupted windows / menu bar when moving finder windows between displays.
    - issues setting desktop backgrounds, if you also use spaces.
    - a host of other issues that feel basic and obvious.

    302 of 334 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice display, but plenty of firmware issues to resolve.

    • Written by from Charlotte

    I'm using this display with a 2nd generation MBA. The big problem is using a wired USB keyboard and mouse. Even with the recent firmware updated, the keyboard does not function properly; often missing the first key pressed or other special characters. When I plugged the keyboard directly into my MBA, the problems went away. The USB (wireless) mouse also did not work properly - I had to plug its receiver into the keyboard's extra USB slot, where it worked when the keyboard itself was plugged directly into the MBA.

    Otherwise, the display is beautiful and quiet. I agree with others that the audio is not that great; but, if you want serious audio, output it to a serious audio system.

    Hopefully, they will release another firmware update to resolve the keyboard and mouse issues.

    104 of 116 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Unstable and extremely Disappointing

    • Written by from London

    I bought this monitor at great expense for my Mac Book Pro.
    Out of the box it does not seem to plug in and work- like I was sold it would. In fact it is as though this device was never tested with other Apple products. It fails to open after the computer goes to sleep. Huge compatibility issues, badly tested waste of money.- And, when you do get it working, for that brief period of time, the image quality I would say is average to disappointing- I see blurring when scrolling. I wish I could give this thing no stars- As that is what it clearly deserves. Apple don't seem to test their devices with any care anymore.

    272 of 339 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Charlotte

    I have to say, when I first opened up the display and got it set up with a MBP, I was a little worried. The display just kinda wasn't what we'd hoped for. But when I set it up to mirror displays, I was blown away. the resolution is amazing! It looks really crisp and neat. I like the new ports as well.

    31 of 70 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Makes the Ultimate Workstation for an MBP

    • Written by from san Jose

    I am a video editor and love this display with my MBP not only because it gives me a huge, immersive workspace, but that's just the beginning. It's also a very convenient dock for my ubiquitous external drives and makes disconnecting the laptop and heading out much easier.

    It creates a more ergonomic workstation for me and reduces desktop clutter. This allows me the enjoy and combine the best elements of a desktop computer with the convenience of the laptop.

    I highly recommend adding the bluetooth keyboard, Magic Mouse, Magic Trackpad and a Twelve South BookArc Desktop Stand to create the ultimate, state of the art video editing workstation with MBP portability.

    I have not had it long, but the performance and resolution are excellent and you really haven't surfed the web or watched web videos until you've surfed with this setup (on Lion especially, with the Safari zooming enhancements). Load a page, hit a few CMD+'s and your jaw will drop.


    40 of 63 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Everything's Great Except...

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    I'm used to the 27" Cinema Display so the resolution, form factor, etc of the Thunderbolt Display wasn't anything new. As expected, the display is great. So much real estate. The only downside is the audio output level & quality. Not so great. And since there's no direct audio output, you're stuck using the aforementioned built in audio or plugging in a cable into the MBP, MB or MBA that you're using. Kinda defeats the purpose of Thunderbolt.

    83 of 106 people found this useful