• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Display runs hot

    • Written by from VANCOUVER

    Bought the Thunderbolt display for a new MacBook Pro. Beautiful crisp colors and black colors are really black. My only complaint is that the display runs HOT. I measured 40º to 44ºC (111ºF) on the front glass of the monitor. It is hot enough to feel when sitting in front of the display, and I find it a little uncomfortable. Just to check I didn’t have a lemon I went to the local Apple store and found similar temperatures on two Thunderbolt displays they had there.

    P.S. Apple - having a rotatable portrait/landscape display feature would have been nice for the money paid for this display.

    11 of 12 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    do not buy!!!!!!!!

    • Written by from mentor

    1 ok there is higher resolution monitors out there
    2 its thick
    3 it is only 27 inches
    4 dose not work all the time\
    5 its a 1000 bucks
    6 get the app air display 2 and with any smart tv it will work better better resolution better price i love apple i really do but this monitor is garbage sry apple but i can not lie the only reason people will buy this is they are apple die hards or they are the epitome of intellectual poverty

    and, sorry about my spelling had a bad brain tumor

    21 of 63 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Horrible Monitors

    • Written by from Las Vegas

    I have two of these monitors. Purchased them along with a new MBP 15" Retina that was fully loaded. I do not understand what Apple was thinking or doing when they put these monitors on the market. And, I purchased them out of loyalty to Apple. Big mistake!

    Find another monitor, you will not regret it. Pay $1000 a piece for these and you will kick yourself for a very ling time to come. It takes a long while to get past a $2000 expense for dual monitors, when so many others are out there for less money. The CONS of these monitors are well documented from reliability to inability to customize and control the monitors to a ridiculous amount of reflection. I should have followed my intuition when I looked them over in the store and made the purchase anyway because it was, well, Apple. I was stupid, and I am taking the time to write this in hopes I can save someone the same plight.

    Look elsewhere for monitors. Apple has made excellence in this particular area a bygone emphasis. It is so very disappointing.

    18 of 26 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Gutting time waster

    • Written by from NEWPORT

    After years of boasting I never had a problem with a piece of apple hardware I find problems with not one but two pieces of kit. I have the latest 27" iMac and the last MacBook Air. Both with thunderbolt ports and both great bits of kit. I thought I'd treat myself to a Thunderbolt Display, despite the price... I picked one up in Bristol this lunchtime, got it home, hooked it up and then nothing. Tried it with both pieces of kit, osx and windows. Tried both the built in thunderbolt cable and a separate one thinking it might be the cable. Still nothing. Took it back and got a replacement, got that home and hey presto another duffer. Managed to get it going in osx but on rebooting the iMac it was completely dead. The only way to get it to work was to pull the thunderbolt cable and plug it back in. Same for the MacBook Air. Tried it in windows / bootcamp on the iMac and nothing I tried would get it to work. Updated windows, updated bootcamp drivers (osx was already updated), rebooted, disconnected and reconnected etc. and still nothing. Got a refund but wasted 150 miles of driving, nearly £20 in bridge tolls and most of my Saturday. The only good thing was the staff at the store. Shape up apple and build us a new thunderbolt display, a thin one like the iMac. One that works with windows please!

    18 of 24 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    If you like flushing your money down the drain, buy this faulty product!

    • Written by from San Francisco

    Apple will never admit it because there is too much money to be made, but this product obviously suffers from some serious design flaws. There is no excuse for a power supply AND logic board failure for a product that is only 1.5 years old! When it worked, the quality of the display was great, but dealing with Apple and their repair service price gouging has left me permanently soured (and I”ve been a customer for 20 years). There are comparable non-Apple monitors out there for a lot less money. And you will find better customer service at your local DMV.

    24 of 29 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    So when's the updated version coming?

    • Written by from Gilbert

    I bought this display when it first came out (few years ago?). All in all it not a bad monitor, but I don't think I'd buy one today.
    The best thing about the monitor is the quality of the display. I use this monitor for my MacBook Air, turning my air into my desktop computer. It works well for that.
    The downsides to this monitor are the lack of inputs/outputs namely USB 3.0 and the sound quality.
    The monitor advertises a 2.1 sound output. Well I think they skimped on the .1 portion. There's almost no bass, so listening to music is a little disappointing.
    As I said in the beginning, I wouldn't buy one today because the next one will hopefully be right around the corner with updated tech and features. And I'm assuming it will come in at around the same price as the current model.

    6 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Absolutely Stunning!

    • Written by from Los Gatos

    I had my new MacBook Pro 15 inch for a week and for the office I decided to improve my productivity with adding this absolutely incredible Apple Thunderbolt Display. It is fantastic in all ways; resolution, color crispness, integration with my MacBook Pro, iOSX, quality of controls (there isn't any), packaging, the Apple store experience, everything. Just plug in the power cord, another cord to the laptop and voila! It works superbly.

    After working with Microsoft Windows and related software and hardware since Windows 2.11, I just realized that I was a self punisher for my entire career. I will never take my fingers off this awesome Apple product and I am an even bigger devoted fan.

    10 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    The uneven backligh.

    • Written by from MIAMI BEACH

    The uneven backlight of display. No black in the corners. Very bad after NEC. Serial C02LM1K6F2GC.

    13 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    USB 2 ports, not USB 3??? Come on Apple, it's 2014.

    • Written by from Auburn

    This is a beautiful display but as a dock why in the world does it not support USB 3? It is only USB 2. As a dock this cripples my external drive speeds and renders its primary dock feature useless.

    19 of 23 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Returned because of unbearable glare and lack of height adjustment

    • Written by from San Francisco

    I really wanted to love this display. I appreciated that it had a power connector for my new MacBook Pro, the colors were rich, and type super crisp. However, at the end of every day, I had a splitting headache. When I switched to my other monitor to get some files off my old machine, I realized the Thunderbolt's glare was to blame for my headaches. Also, at 5'4", I'm on the shorter side. I have to work to adjust my desk to fit me ergonomically. Because the display lacks any height adjustment, it was too high for my natural gaze. I wasn't about to replace my desk and chair to accommodate this monitor. So, due to its unbearable glare and its lack of height adjustment, I returned the Thunderbolt to Apple for a refund. I don't recommend the product.

    21 of 30 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    The main reason turning me away

    • Written by from Markham

    As a monitor only, why is this thing thicker (or at least the edges) than the 27-inch iMac??

    When I look at them at the Apple store and can't help keep comparing the two, the iMac actually look more like a "monitor" and this product look more like the computer.

    20 of 31 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    No Problems

    • Written by from Thousand Oaks

    I run a Retina MacBook Pro (15") and this display. I swing and day trade and need to add another screen. Lucky for me, the Pro will run 2 of these displays with ease. The screen is great! Yes, it's reflective... But hasn't been an issue. I have been running this setup for about 10 months. Editing music, video and photographs. I start with uncompressed video and audio files and this set up performs beyond expectations. For day trading? No problem - I just need three screens to be efficient. I will be either ordering it online or at my local Apple Store. It's always great to take in some local color and meet creative and technical people in store.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Owning a Thunderbolt Display is beyond words

    • Written by from Novi

    I usually do not write reviews of products unless it is significant. And the Thunderbolt Display is a joy to own. I purchased this six months ago, and with both the Mac Mini and Macbook Pro 2012 it is phenomenal. Although most people would object to wasting money and purchasing a $ 1000 display, well that is your opinion. Not mine. So let us agree to disagree.

    I use this strictly for photography, file management, photoshop editing, and video clipping. It is beyond words.

    I give four stars only because I dislike the three ports with USB 2.0 speed. The Thunderbolt port is fast, extremely fast. The pixels are clean and bright, a crispness to the images that I have rendered that I did not see before on a PC (Non Apple Display) the color now pops, it actually is quite sharp and the dark detail is amazing. The glare from the screen is not noticeable

    The Apple Thunderbolt Display is an incredible and beautiful display monitor. Its lightning fast thunderbolt port connection is an added bonus. I recommend it if you have the money

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Short Life for an expensive display

    • Written by from Oakland

    My display lasted exactly 2 years and 1 month. The display went black last week. The electronics worked fine and the display was still detected by the mac and all the display ports were working. For the sake of it, I brought it to a local authorized repair center to confirm whether it was the display itself or the electronics (Apple would not test it unless covered by Apple Care or unless you agree to pay for the display replacement - ~$860 repair...). They confirmed it was the display. It could be the backlight lamp that is burned out but we lamp is built-in the display and cannot be replaced (bad design?). Better buy a new display than fixing it considering the cost of the repair.

    Bottom line: make sure you buy 3-year apple care on this display if you want to protect your investment for 3 years. And be ready to accept the possibility that it will not last more than 3 years. As another option, there is a Dell Monitor with the same resolution and a better display (faster and a lot lot more colors), which is actually cheaper, but without a thunderbold connection and ports.

    I went through many (non Apple) monitors in my life and the shortest life span I had experienced is 5 years of constant use, until this one from Apple. Bad job Apple on this one (only one Star).

    38 of 40 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Thunderbolt Display Awesome

    • Written by from Long Beach

    I couldn't be any happier. I have a 15" Retina Macbook Pro with the highest specs. Pairing it with the display is just works seamlessly. The laptop charges while connected to the display and the sound is fairly good too compared to the laptop speakers. It's the best $1K I've spent in a long time.

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful, unreliable display. Wish I hadn't bought it.

    • Written by from Santa Cruz

    The visual quality of this display is amazing. It gives me an incredible amount of joy to use it... when it works. The frustration of dealing with it makes me wish I had just spent the money on a non-Apple HDMI or DVI display.

    My first display burnt out after a year (right before the built in warranty expired). Apple replaced the tube with a new one... that had a dead pixel in it, and trapped dust—right in the middle of the screen. The Apple store graciously replaced it with a brand new packaged display, but the new display still has the same unreliable connectivity issues with my MacBook in terms of the display dropping USB connectivity and overall connectivity to the laptop (e.g., not waking from sleep).

    15 of 16 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    REALLY BAD PRODUCT!!! Better getting some other screen!!!

    • Written by from Princeton

    I cannot understand how come apple cannot get their laptops to work properly with their OWN screen!!!
    Sometimes the macbook pro with retina display doesn't recognize the thunderbolt display, in other cases, it doesn't identify USB plugged-in devices.
    It is absolutely horrible to work with!!!

    22 of 22 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Exactly what I wanted

    • Written by from Boynton Beach

    This display is magnificent in all aspects. It works perfectly with my MacBook Air. Easy to connect/Setup, great sound quality and perfect picture.

    10 of 12 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Thunderbolt uneven in performance

    • Written by from Wynnewood

    I was excited to get my Thunderbolt display and have it work seamlessly with my MacBook Pro, which it did for the first few months. Now it is temperamental and sometimes goes on, sometimes not. Sometimes the USB ports work, sometimes not. I called AppleCare and they suggested that I just bring it back to the store and perhaps get a new one. I did notice that the Thunderbolt cable gets warm when the screen goes out. And I have to plug it in several times before the display goes on. Oddly, the Thunderbolt display does NOT work with Apple TV -something they couldn't explain to me at my local Apple store. When it works, I am happy with it for the most part. Perhaps I just got a lemon and need to return it.

    12 of 15 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Quality Display

    • Written by from Orlando

    Over the past two years, I have purchased two of these (one for work, one for home). The TBD is a perfect complement for the MacBook Pro, and adds a considerable amount of working area. Being able to just unplug two cables (power and thunderbolt) and move from one working area to another is a welcome convince. The IPS display used in the TBD also makes it very easy to stare into the screen for hours on end without eye strain or fatigue.

    Cons: With the introduction of Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks, Mac OS X is no longer able to span application windows across multiple monitors. This was a SIGNIFICANT disappointment for me, and affected my day to day work flow. This however is not a limitation of the display, but rather the new Mac OS. Hope this functionality is restored in a future release.

    16 of 16 people found this useful