• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding Monitor

    • Written by from Pacifica

    I refrained from writing a review on this monitor until I used it for more than a year so I could provide true and useful data.

    Likes:
    Appearance: Like all Apple products, esthetics and appearance are high on the list of importance. The brushed aluminum provides a clean design and the connectors being hidden on rear move the unsightly cables from view.

    Performance: The sharpness of the monitor is unmatched and provides crisp video, graphics and type. the sharpness provides the ability to open numerous applications side by side in smaller panels with no distortion or fuzzy edges like some many other monitors have when resizing panels to be less than full screen.

    Expansion: The additional USB, firewire, ethernet and thunderbolt ports provide the ultimate docking station for my MacBook Pro. The ability to leave your keyboard, time machine backup and ethernet cable connected provides a simple and clean use case.

    Sound: The built-in speakers and amplifier provide superior sound and allowed me to clean extraneous equipment from my desk.

    HD Video Camera: The built-in camera provides outstanding video for conferencing and the convenience of not having to install an HD camera on my desk.

    Sort of Dislike:
    No power button: However, if I put this on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being most important, no power button is 1. Simply putting my MacBook to sleep shuts the monitor down. So I'm not even sure if you could count this as an issue but I needed to write something.

    I have since added two more Thunderbolt monitors, one for my office and one for astronomy workstation and all provide outstanding performance.

    ps: I have been an Apple/Mac user since 1983.

    30 of 33 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Gorgeous, but fatal flaw

    • Written by from Madison

    Beautiful size, color, and clarity. I've only seen limited issues with ethernet (generally I keep my wifi turned off while using ethernet, and if it hangs [rare] I unplug and replug it and it works). I like using it as my dock, which is why I got it.

    Major issue is the glare. I'm in an office with two walls being windows - very little direct sunlight - but the glare sends me home with a headache every single night. I've tried all sorts of rearranging of where I sit and where the monitor is WRT the windows. I've even tried ordering the $100 anti-glare screen from the apple store. It cuts the glare a little, but not enough, and introduces several other issues.

    This would be great in a room with no other light other than the screen itself. Unfortunately, it doesn't even rate next to a cheap Dell monitor with a built in matte screen.

    26 of 28 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Glad I took the leap, so far SO GOOD

    • Written by from Seattle

    I was nervous after reading all the mixed reviews. Yesterday I bought a MacBook Pro (13" Retina) and Thunderbolt display at the Apple store. So far I'm glad I did.

    My experience with the TBD has been *near* flawless. There was one hiccup on the bootcamp side (TBD not recognized). A reboot (with the display connected) fixed that problem.

    Some have complained about sound quality. All I can say is that if you want really good sound, you need real speakers. I find the sound to be good enough for the likes of watching YouTube etc.

    The image quality and aesthetic of the display itself are both gorgeous. I was really worried about glare and eye strain. So far not an issue, though I haven't spent a full day with it yet.

    16 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent and without any kind of problems during las 12 months

    • Written by from Novi

    About a year ago I switched from a windows based computer to my first Mac. Decided to get a MacMini, a full size apple keyboard and this beautiful Thunderbolt display. So far no problems what so ever. If I had to buy a second display, it would certainly be a Thunderbolt too.

    18 of 20 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Display

    • Written by from Nashville

    Use it every time I'm at my desk with a Retina MacBook Pro and I love it.

    8 of 10 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good, but limited.

    • Written by from Gilching

    It's unbelievable..the TBD could have been perfect with just minor changes. But it's crippled by it's biggest pain: it has no HDMI input (or any other Video input for that matter), which renders it useless for anything but new Macs.
    Minor flaws:The sceen color doesn't match my 2012 15" MBP Retina, no power button, the 'old' magsafe.

    Other than that: awesome and though trough (charging, TB Hub, etc.)

    But WHY didn't you just add a simple digital video input..I don't get it.

    17 of 22 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointed

    • Written by from Matthews

    I purchased this unit at the Fort Jackson Exchange in May 2013. Until recently the display worked as it should for a purchase price of $989.00. Within the last 1/2 month or so, the display all of the sudden starts flickering here and there, then the display would also go completely black and back on again. As an experiment, I attached an Samsung PX2330 with an HDMI plugged into a third party adapter and there were no problems what so ever. When attempting to install the recommended firmware, the install would cease as it was already on the unit. I'm running a early rMBP 15' in base configuration (which as replaced under warranty 3/2013). The unit was taken to a nearby Apple store on 8/31/2013. The logic board, power supply and cable was replaced. That was picked up on 9/04/2013 and last night after returning from a business trip, the set up was put back together again and the same symptoms occurred at boot. It's sad for a display that costs this much to have so many problems, look elsewhere. I have another appointment 9/08/2013 with the Genius Bar, only time will tell.

    43 of 48 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Wow

    • Written by from Kent

    I can only speak to the performance of the setup I'm working with, but I have a mid-2012 MacBook Pro running OS X 10.8 hooked up to this display and I have no complaints. The extra screen space this display offers is priceless and everything looks fantastic with no noticeable dips in performance running games or video on the display.

    This display will only be nicer when Mavericks comes out and I can use OS X's full-screen windows on the display and my MacBook Pro. Also, USB 3.0 would be nice, but I got wall outlets and power adapters in the meanwhile. ;-)

    11 of 12 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Thunderbolt Prevents WiFi Use

    • Written by from Montreal

    I bought the Thunderbolt display directly from the Apple Store to have a large monitor at the cottage where I bring my Macbook Air. Unfortunately, the internet speed through the wifi is reduced to almost zero when the Macbook Air is connected to the Thunderbolt display. Reading comments on the internet (I should have done that before), I see that the problem is known since a long time. Why did the “expert” at the Apple store not warn me about this problem? “Sir, do not buy this product if you intend to use internet with your Macbook”. In fact, why does Apple continue to sell this product without having a big warning sign in the store and on the web site? Why should the client waste time? This shows a complete lack of respect for customers.

    72 of 83 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Thunderbolt LLB with MacBook Air

    • Written by from Loudon

    I love this combo. I had read some poor reviews with the first model Thunderbolt LLA, but the LLB works great. I will sell my older iMac and just run off one super portable computer. I was a bit worried that my "slower" GHZ Air would run the big display: no problem at all. For a while I had noticed that the 2.8 GHZ iMac was, in fact, slower at most everything perhaps due to hard disk access or whatever. The Air with the Thunderbolt wakes up almost immediately. I get no more slow downs and Safari crashes. Plus, the system is now on my wireless connect almost immediately. The older iMac always took a minute or so. I transferred my menu bar to the big screen. When I want a lot of screen space, I move the mouse seamlessly between screens. When I need less, I just close the cover of the MacBook Air and everything goes to the Thunderbolt. Great work, Apple.

    10 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works better than I expected

    • Written by from Durham

    The display works seamlessly with my new MacBook Pro. I was confused when using it at the start, but then I closed the computer and it worked just as a 27 inch iMac would.
    It's sweet!

    8 of 12 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    13 months later ...

    • Written by from Brambleton

    After just 13 months, the display has a strange warped defect in the upper right.

    The audio output from the display's speakers consistently shuts off & I end switching to my Mac Book Pro's speakers.

    The Thunderbolt connectivity really isn't significantly faster than USB or Firewire.

    For those reasons and the cost, this display really isn't worth it. Aesthetically it looks great but in retrospect; I wish I had shopped around for a less expensive solution.

    27 of 30 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Thunderbolt Display 2013 edition doesnt come up to par with 2013 Retina Mac

    • Written by from Auckland

    Apple did such a great job on the antiglare of the Macbook Pro 13" that the new 27" Apple Thunderbolt Display glare is really hard to work with. I work in video production and visual fx and am quite frustrated at the glare, im in a really dark room. Definitely wait until the new one comes out or source an anitglare monitor.

    13 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    27" Thunderbolt display 2013

    • Written by from Camarillo

    I have read many negative comments regarding this display. In my case, I purchased this monitor two months ago for use on my MacMini. Its works great! I do appreciate the screen, particularly after I previously had a LG monitor. It is big enough to "split" the screen between two apps or documents via word & PowerPoint. I have two Seagate desktopThunderbolt drives attached between the Mac & the Monitor and that works as advertised. I also use the display app to attach a Ipad2 to the mini as well. I keep my Itunes on that screen while keeping the 27" free for use on what I am working on. I use the USB port on the back to power the Ipad2. I do not use the speakers as I found them to be too "tinny" for my taste. Rather, I have a great speaker setup with I attach directly to the Mini, instead. The added power cord I use to charge up my MacBookPro. If I get another 27" display, I will use the Thunderbolt connector for that purpose. (We shall see what Maverick looks like in the fall). Finally, ethernet, and all other connections I connect directly to the Mini. I don't know what people are trying to do that makes this monitor seem so bad, but I have no problems with it. Yes, it is pricey, but after viewing LG, Dell, and other monitors over the years, I like what I see. If you have glare issues with this monitor, you will have glare issues with any other monitor out there. The issue is not the monitor but your surroundings. That is not Apple's fault. July 21, 2013, Camarillo, CA., USA.

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    sound issue with premiere 11

    • Written by from MOUNT GAMBIER WEST

    I am generally happy with the thunderbolt - but I have a problem - when using Adobe premiere elements 11 I have no sound - this is really annoying - all other software, internet etc has sound when required except for the one I need the most. I wanted to edit small clips for my project - not much use on the thunderbolt when you cant hear what you are editing!!! Happy to hear any solutions.

    3 of 5 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Thunderbolt Display vs The Competition

    • Written by from Clifton

    At the time I'm writing down this comparison, the mainstream contender Dell Ultrasharp U2713HM is a close match for potential buyers. I have compared both displays in almost every possible way there is, but finally concluded the following:

    1. If you are after value, its 27" ATD. Why? A Dell costs you about $700 compared to ATD $1000. The dell does not have a built in web-cam, quality mic and decent speakers apart from the Thunderbolt connectivity etc. Yes you could hook up those but the cables and more cables. And dont forget that automatic brightness sensor that adjusts itself.

    2. Yes, the glare is a problem but have we forgotten the good old days we used to be happily computing with a 17" CTR infront of us? Actually, the edge to edge glass with aluminum housing gives a premium feel and look. The Dell on the other hand does not, even for $700 (which is still a considerable sum).

    3. As for accuracy, well, it bet your doubts will be readily cleared once you see both side by side. I believe the ATD still beats Dell U2713HM in value, performance and aesthetics.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Dream Setup Denied By Faulty Product

    • Written by from Garland

    I always loved the iMac and recently had to convert over to MBP due to my travel schedule. When working out of my office, I wanted that larger screen I had become accustom to and so I went out and bought a 27" Thunderbolt monitor.

    With one connected, it worked great and I had no issues. I then decided to get a second 27" Thunderbolt monitor and that's where the trouble started.

    I am getting constant screen flickering and intermittent use of my USB ports. I went through the process with tech support to no avail. I have flipped them around and switched cables so I know its the daisy chain aspect that is causing the issue.

    It's very disappointing when you buy a premium product and it doesn't work as advertised. Oh well, back to the store to return it.

    36 of 38 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    The 27" Thunderbolt Display should come with a pair of glasses

    • Written by from Riverside

    This is my first Mac after a lifetime of PC. I'm getting the hang of it, but that's not the point of this review.

    I decided to buy a Mac and bought the best one I could. As a PC user, I've ALWAYS heard that Macs are more expensive because they come with everything, so I was a little surprised to learn it didn't even come with a basic word processor. REALLY?? Two grand later and I have to buy a friggin' Word Processor???

    This display is beautiful. What isn't so beautiful is that fact that the resolution of the display minimizes the font size to about .2. Almost microscopic, but not quite. How did the guys that make the "best computers in the world" miss the fact that you can't SEE a word on this???

    I'm generously giving this 3 stars, but I've only had it two days.

    2 of 19 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Upgrade from 24" display

    • Written by from Brooklyn

    I have a 24" display and was on the fence about upgrading. It was totally worth it, the display is bright, super crisp, seems way bigger, cable clean up is great. I havent had any problems so far. The only gripe I could possibly have is the speaker int he display take over my laptop and they aren't that loud. I use external speakers anyway.

    Looking forward to the dual screen updates in the mavericks update.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    not only looks good, but sounds good, too

    • Written by from Austin

    I have had this now for 9 months, and it works flawlessly. It is glossy, which has its advantages, because the blacks are nice and black. It may not be as accurate as my old 30 inch cinema display, which I inherited to my daughter, in terms of the colors (they seem slightly over saturated), but that could be because I am used to the old 30 inch, which is very neutral. But I really love this monitor, it has given me none of the problems, which some of the negative reviewers mentioned, the port multiplication works flawlessly - I just unplug one cable, and take my laptop. Five stars, just because the sound is really awesome - very clear, better than the expensive Klipsch speakers that I had. I disconnected them because the sound that comes out of the back of the monitor is just incredible. It is very natural and transparent, even though it is monaural (?). I wish there was a way to connect a separate bass speaker to give it a little more bottom end, but as it is, the music I listen to (mostly classical) sounds just right.

    5 of 6 people found this useful