• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great display but cannot recommend

    • Written by from Delaware

    One item before I say why I don't recommend this display -

    1) Visually, this is a great display and was a perfect companion to my MacBook Pro.

    The problem is the noise! I purchased the display in 2011. Fifteen to sixteen months later it begins to make a noise that literally drives me up the wall. Best description as print is "Tszzzzzzzz". Research shows it's caused by the LED driver / power supply. Noise increases as brightness is increased. Even at an unusable low brightness, I still cannot stand the constant background noise coming from the display. Seems to be emanating from the lower right quadrant of the display.

    I gather this problem is a hit or miss proposition - some don't generate the noise, some people aren't bothered by the noise, or, like me, some cannot abide the noise. I've heard of some people getting their displayed swapped out at the Apple store but I'm 18 months after purchase...

    102 of 116 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    If you get one that works, its great.

    • Written by from pelham

    Two weeks ago i purchased a TBD from the apple store in soho, and immediately put it to work with my 2011 mbp. The ethernet connection and USB ports have intermittent connectivity when plugged in, and where I never or very rarely have experienced kernel panics before, they are now a regular event when plugged into the display. I expect more from apple products, especially a $1k display.

    112 of 134 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Wish I Could Return it

    • Written by from Sparta

    Worst monitor I've ever used for photo editing. The stories you read about the monitor hurting users' eyes are true. I bought a 27" iMac and would return it tomorrow if I could. On top of the monitor's usability problems, with the new iMac, there is no video in. Apparently, Apple wants to sell you everything you view on the iMac. Do not buy this monitor.

    115 of 180 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Looks great when it works. Terrible with Bootcamp.

    • Written by from Mandeville

    The monitor is awful with Bootcamp. I've never not had random quirky problems with it. My Cinema Display was way better in terms of working correctly in windows. There is no way to disconnect/connect it while the computer is on. For some reason, the USB ports on it will randomly stop working and require a reboot to fix. Brightness controls on the keyboard don't do anything. For $1000, I would expect it to work better. Not a driver issue either.

    95 of 120 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    MUST BUY

    • Written by from Pueblo

    This is the best Apple product that I have invested in. Its completely worth 1000! The display, size, resolution and quality is just amazing and to die for! If you want a desktop display for your laptop this is it. Apple did an amazing job making this aluminum body display screen!

    56 of 81 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Dont Bother, only gave it one star because i couldn't select 0 stars

    • Written by from Bedford

    This is a great monitor, potentially, but has turned into the most expensive dust gathering object yet for Mac os X, as Apple seem to be able to miss, by a country mile, the point of a second monitor on one of its products. As for the most part it is useless under Mac os X with the new style full screen apps that, when in full screen mode, blank out the second screen, rendering it useless for additional apps you might want open at the same time. Think i will go back to windows.

    110 of 193 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Useless w/o Thunderbolt computer or laptop...

    • Written by from Buffalo

    Customers with Macs that only support Mini DisplayPort output, such as the Mac Pro and MacBook, as well as previous generations of MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Mac mini, and iMac can not use this as their display. I currently own an older MacBook Pro and would love to buy this display to use now, but in ANTICIPATION of eventually getting a Thunderbolt-capable laptop or Mac. I can't do that. Does Apple want me to buy the Cinema display now and the Thunderbolt display next year? Not happening.

    67 of 151 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Crystal clear

    • Written by from Somerville

    Works perfectly. Only gripe is I kind of wish it had an audio output. I assumed it did but I was wrong. After I get used to this may pick up another for dual TB displays. Still on the fence about if I need another one though.

    Would I buy again.. you betcha.

    50 of 69 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Amateur Hour...

    • Written by from Nashville

    No fixes. STILL no matte option. Nobody listening... pathetic...

    89 of 170 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    It would be perfekt if...

    • Written by from Nacka

    I've had my display soon for a week, and I am quite content with it. It is quality all through. There is however one problem. My display won't wake up with my MBP. The display stays in sleep mode.

    I was in contact with apple support regarding this and got the answer that it is a known bug. The work-around is that i have to pull out the thunderbolt cord from the MBP and put it in again. Then the screen wakes up again. That is HIGHLY annoying. Until apple fixes that issue I will have to keep on doing that.

    212 of 243 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    So many problems.

    • Written by from Montreal

    I should've read the other reviews before purchasing a brand new MacBook Pro and Thunderbolt display. Plagued with problems.

    1) Display flickers (apparently a common trait)
    2) Unplugging MBP from Thunderbolt display causes MBP to shut down.
    3) Plugging an awake or sleeping MBP into Thunderbolt display is a mess with the display needing multiple plug/unplugs to even turn on. USB, Firewire ports don't work. MBP needs hard reboot.

    The above description is not a rare occurrence but almost every time.

    . . .

    When it's all working it can be very nice but this level of disfunction is not what I expected for $3500 worth of brand new equipment. I am bitterly dissappointed.

    347 of 399 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Display

    • Written by from San Diego

    I am now on my third month with my display. I use it as my hub. I use it with my new MacBook Pro with the retina display. It's great!! I have a keyboard, 2 mice (mouse?), what ever, a super drive, and another powered USB hub. I will be getting a Thunderbolt external drive (DROBO) and for now that's about it. I connect and un connect my MacBook Pro several times a day. I do not have any problems with the display and everything connected works great. I can't wait for a retina 27" Thunderbolt display. That way I can give this one to my wife and get the new display for me, haha, like that will happen. Anyway I love this display and I think Apple did a great job!!

    74 of 103 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Standby Issues and Fatal Crash

    • Written by from Jersey city

    After about a month the display crashed and would not wake from standby or turn on after a reboot. Prior to the crash, I experienced USB and network issues similar to those mentioned in a previous post and wonder whether I got a lemon or there is a more serious problem with the display. An Apple Genius could not get the monitor to reboot and suggested that it might be a faulty logic board or power supply issue. I purchased a new display along with an extended warranty from the Apple store and returned the broken one to Amazon, which said the display was back ordered for another 6 weeks. Its a nice display but it shouldn't crash after a month.

    50 of 65 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Standby Issues

    • Written by from Snohomish

    I'm having similar issues as other users have reported. I bought this display and a new macbook pro retina. Everything was working fine for a couple of weeks and then I started having issues with the USB ports and network not working after coming out of standby.

    I also think there should have been a audio line out on this display. I am very disappointed with this monitor.

    207 of 240 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Bad buy.

    • Written by from Sausalito

    Amazing how crisp it is and enjoy the thunderbolt options. Great to watch a movie on I bet. HOWEVER, as an Art Director/Designer this was probably the worst display I've ever worked on. It's like looking at a mirror, reflects EVERYTHING and then some. Bad eye strain after one week so I bought a screen defuser - so basically defeats the point of spending $$$ for a sharp display.

    188 of 223 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Dead after one week

    • Written by from Atlanta

    I'm really unhappy with this purchase. My monitor died this morning after only one week. It's now at the Apple Store being repaired. Not really the way you want a $1000 monitor purchase to go. Very unsatisfied customer.

    89 of 126 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    An outstanding product

    • Written by from EL PASO

    The nicest thing about this display is that it just works. It docks with my mbp flawlessly. The design is just nice + again it works. It's not cheap but the same thing goes to the other monitors with similar specs.

    42 of 51 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    It's mostly good...

    • Written by from West Hollywood

    The display is amazing! Graphics are unbelievable crisp, the colors are awesome!

    The glare issue is pretty bad... you really need to be strategic where you place it to avoid reflection... also it can be pretty intense sitting too close to it all day... need a good 2' deep desk to really be at a comfortable distance.

    58 of 70 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Love it! Simple to use!

    • Written by from Northport

    I currently own a Macbook Air 11" and it's great to know that with one simple cable I can make it my office computer with a large screen for multiple windows. I like all apple products but for me this is a must have accessory.

    37 of 53 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    only two minor problems

    • Written by from Seneca

    The Thunderbolt display mostly works great, and is a really excellent monitor. I have experienced none of the sleep/wakeup problems that others have noted. Two minor problems depending on environment: 1) The reflectivity of the screen is essentially the same as that of an iPad, so if there is a light source behind the user it may not be possible to adjust the screen to eliminate annoying glare from reflection; 2) Despite the instructions to adjust the screen height correctly, there is no height adjustment on the display. The only way to adjust the relative heights of screen and user is to adjust the height of the desk surface or the height of the user, neither of which may be possible/reasonable. Neck strain from looking up at the display can result.

    46 of 59 people found this useful