• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Ultimate docking station for my Macbook Air

    • Written by from candiac

    Likes:
    - great size, was a bit concerned it would be too large compared to my previous Apple Cinema 20" display, but I quickly appreciated the extra space
    - Clean simple design
    - No fan, no noise - sometimes get fan noise from my MBA when using video chat 9heavy processing i guess)
    - Love the Docking simplicity - I plug 2 FW 800 drives, keyboard, Ethernet (Thunderbolt HD prices are crazy, even by this monitors standards...)
    - no concerns about reflection, I'm in sunny office by a window, no issues with reflection at all
    - Built in FaceTime camera is great - was tired of looking sideways at my laptop during video calls
    - Colors bright and even
    Dislike:
    - undocking - no clear documentation on how to undock when you have multiple drives attached. Found an applescript called "undock" to eject all drives prior to undocking
    - Apple needs to improve communication on how to "undock", sleep computer first ? eject disks, etc...
    - Smell - yes smell, for first few days, like some past macbook pros i've owned, this monitor has a "smell" for few days from the 'electronics" heating up, not too techie, but there's obviously some sort of coating etc. that emits a annoying smell, it eventually goes away, but reminded me of my past macbook pros
    - no USB 3, this is a bit ridiculous, again, considering the price of thunderbolt external HDs
    - would like to have audio out to plug speakers

    Summary:
    would i buy again and recommend - yes.
    hope this was helpful to shoppers

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Shame: no audio line out socket

    • Written by from GREENWITH

    The display has speakers and obviously a D/A converter to drive them. That works fine. But what they failed to do was spend an extra few dollars on a line-out.

    So now it's either a USB audio interface or plugging into my laptop. Bit of an oversight, Apple!

    93 of 118 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

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Needs a less glossy screen and a few more features to be work $1,000

    • Written by from Glen Allen

    My brother works for Apple, so I am a long time Apple fan, with that said I have a few issues with this monitor. First off, I love the monitor and am glad I bought it! I am docking my 13" MBP to it and I absolutely love the setup! I wish the screen was less glossy, it is noticeable. I also with it had it's own audio in/out and it's own dedicated power button. I like to power my Macbook Pro off when I am not home but in order to turn it back on I have to take it out of the stand I bought for it, open up the clamshell and actually turn it on. If it had these features it would be well worth $1,000, without it's worth about $800. Sorry Apple, just being honest. :(

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  • 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

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Laptop into Desktop

    • Written by from Star

    As a working photographer I want portability and a large screen. The marriage of my MBP to a Thunderbolt display has been perfect. I take the laptop on the road, do my stuff, then come home plug it in and it's like having a 27 iMac to sort and edit.

    The key to making it work is getting a wireless keyboard and mouse. This allows for the laptop to remain shut while still running, thus dock, desktop, and full screen apps work on nice, high res display.

    Bonus -I keep my iPhone dock plugged in to the Thunder and it charges even when the laptop is not plugged in. I also use a Firewire external drive and that works great too.

    48 of 57 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Almost Perfect

    • Written by from Sumter

    Comparing this to a typical display is like comparing a car to a building. Two completely different things. Yes, this is a display, but it's more than that. I tried several display options for my 15" MacBook Retina and all of them had horrible color and were unusable for design work no matter how much tweaking I did to the colors or how much calibration I did. They just weren't there. Looking at the Thunderbolt display is no different than looking at my MacBook Pro. Except it's huge. The colors are spot-on and text and graphics are crisp and clean. In my opinion, it's a LITTLE too pricey for what it is, but you do get excellent quality, a large, bright display that matches perfectly and a one-all solution for external hard drives, etc. One cord and a power cable and you're good to go.

    Pros:
    • One-cord simplicity with integrated charging keeps me from having to mess with a bunch of cords and from having to keep up with my power cord
    • Perfectly matched display with my MacBook Pro
    • Plenty of inputs
    • Excellent build quality (fit and finish is absolutely superb)

    Cons:
    • A little pricey, but a good long-term investment
    • No USB 3.0 support
    • No audio out means that you have to run a speaker cable to your computer or use the integrated speakers in the display, which leave a bit to be desired

    40 of 44 people found this useful

  • 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.

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  • 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

  • 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

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Not for everyone

    • Written by from Waterford

    I currently have a 27" iMac and a 17" MacBook Pro I just purchased the 27" Thunderbolt Display and have it situated right>left on my desk with the 27" and use my laptop to travel and work remote. The display was not exactly what I thought it would be. The biggest disappointment that needs to be fixed immediately is the lack of being able to use full screen apps without the other (secondary) screen going blank. With that being said it is pretty amazing having 54" of desktop in front of you. You can really get a lot of work done, not to mention the amazing appeal it gives your workstation. I am able to run excel permanently on the secondary screen (biz costing) as well as my icalendar (biz scheduling) While working off of the dock and all other applications on the primary screen. For that use alone the money is worth it. Now only if it was a touch screen as well. My employees love it and it saves a lot of time. FIX THE FULL SCREEN APP PROBLEM. I honestly almost returned it when I bought it I could not believe the instant disappointment something so simple and obvious got missed as the first thing I tried to do was watch a movie while I worked lol.... This was a major mistake and my loyalty to apple may change if they are to out there to realize the importance and release a update very soon. If you have one of these I know that you know exactly what I am talking about. With that being said apples concepts in the past never really focused on the full screen application. It is 2013 I have 27" x 2 = 54" of screen I want to be able to USE IT ALL.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good product but mixed feelings

    • Written by from San Antonio

    Make sure you have a Mac book pro that was purchased after Mar 2011 or this product will not work.

    Pros
    Beautiful display
    Large 27"
    Matches other apple gear
    Similar to a docking station

    Cons
    Sub par speakers
    $1000 - you could buy an iMac for a few more hundred
    Same thickness and weight as an iMac without the technology

    Haven't decided if I am going to keep it, but it works great!

    36 of 42 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome

    • Written by from Hornell

    First off the size of the display cannot even be disc ribbed in any words, much bigger in person. I think its a decent display, high resolution and nice and glossy. One thing I think apple could have improved on was making this a high resolution anti-glare...

    33 of 36 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great, especially when it's not sunny

    • Written by from ROTTERDAM

    This is the best screen I've had. It's expensive for what it is though, the sound is poor and you'll hear some soft noise when the speakers are activated. The USB hub and ethernet port are fantastic and work great.

    One thing I can't understand: there has been no effort whatsoever to make this screen less glossy. This means you'll have a hard time using it when it's sunny. So this screen is perfect if you like working with the curtains closed, but if you like to work in a sunny office you'll probably want a different screen.

    You can set it to full brightness to see everything, but your eyes will get tired because of the reflection and the bright light. I never had headaches when using the computer, but it started after I bought this screen. I guess Apple doesn't mind. There have been petitions and a lot of requests for offering a matte version, but no action whatsoever.

    I'd think it's worth 600 -700 euros, but not 1000 because of the flaws. I'll replace it as soon as I can get a Thunderbolt screen that's matte.

    It has perfect viewing angles and that makes it perfect to show things to clients (again, when it's not sunny).

    33 of 41 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    DOES NOT WORK WITH MAVERICK!!!!!!

    • Written by from Nashville

    This screen intermittently freezes when using a computer that has Maverick. Apple still has not fixed this problem. Great screen. Expensive. Apple needs to fix the Maverick problem.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works well, nice design

    • Written by from Steinbach

    I've read some of the more negative reviews of this product and felt I had to chime in. I use this monitor with my 17" MBP, often with the laptop in clamshell; I have had no problems recovering from sleep mode with all my devices waking with the laptop. I have a FW800 drive plugged in all the time for data syncs, and often have at least one USB2 drive plugged in as well. Everything wakes up when the laptop does.

    I have to agree with the complaints about Lion's full screen multiple monitor support. Going full screen on one monitor while still seeing anything on the second is just not possible. It would be a nice tweak if Apple added this mode's support.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Wonderful Monitor, But Finicky About Connectivity/Power

    • Written by from San Francisco

    I used a 27" Thunderbolt Display for 2 years starting in April 2012. I loved the color reproduction, the USB and Firewire ports, built-in speakers and EyeSight camera, and the relatively high resolution (not retina, but much higher than industry standard of 1920x1080). The monitor has a few quirks that took some getting used to. First of all, the ports are only USB 2.0, so not really appropriate for high speed storage. Second, the monitor would occasionally not connect to my MacBook, I found the best solution was to connect the monitor before waking the MacBook. Lastly, the monitor was occasionally dimming and returning to full brightness, or going full black and then turning back on. This turned out to be an issue of insufficient power supply caused by plugging into a power strip with multiple computers and displays attached. Once I got a second power strip with fewer devices plugged into it, these problems stopped once and for all.

    Two other minor complaints are that the resolution is high enough that system fonts look small on this monitor, I wish Apple provided scalable fonts in OS X, and the lack of a matte screen option. I eventually switched to an HP ZR2740w monitor, which provides the same size and resolution, with similar color reproduction and viewing angle, but has a matte finish. It requires an extra cable for the USB ports, and doesn't have speakers or a camera, but is actually easier on the eyes and better for photography editing due to the matte anti-glare screen.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice display - bad sound

    • Written by from New York

    Colors are vibrant and love the screen size. The display speakers have limited bass, almost not there. Will keep my external speakers. Easy hookup. Overpriced.

    17 of 17 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

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Should I be worried?

    • Written by from Tauranga

    Just took delivery of my new display, purchased from a store here in New Zealand. Perhaps a minor issue, but my son bought one a couple of months back (different store, same city) and the picture within the display featured on the box is quite different - both "Milky Way" images but one is markedly different from the other.

    That apart, one annoyance is that, using it as I do with my MacBook Pro, any time the monitor goes into sleep mode I have to unplug the monitor from the MB and re-connect. I use bluetooth keyboard and mouse and neither is able to shake the display from its slumber. Any way to overcome this?

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