• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic!

    • Written by from Vancouver

    I feel I have to write this review and encourage people to consider getting this monitor. Yesterday I almost went a different way after reading all of the negative review. They were even recent reviews. After seeing it work just fine at the Apple Store I was still skeptical. It makes me wonder about the intention of the negative reviewers. The only one I agree with is the light bleed around the edges but come on - it needs to be in a dark room with a black screen. It works great. MBPro on, off, sleeping, awake, when I plug it in it always triggers the screen to start up. It's BEAUTIFUL!. I can just disconnect with all of the screens in full screen on the display and what happens????? They are magically all in full screen on my MBPro. The dock is not always on the display when my MBPro is open but big deal, it's on the MBPro. Don't hesitate. Buy it if you need an external monitor. It was made to work seamlessly with your Mac product.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Do not buy this screen

    • Written by from Lendelede

    I bought this screen two weeks ago, sinds then i had nothing but problems. There is a large amount of backlight bleeding. But that is not the worst part.
    The screen simply doesn't work. it turns black when i'm editing it won't wake when my mac pro wakes. And now it won't turn on at all. I've retuned my first fault one and got a new one frome the retailer. But its all the same problems.
    Apple is just very poor built quality. I've recently purchased a new mac pro as well and its all problems whit that to.

    I used to be a big fan of apple, but they lost me. I'm never buying your overpriced things ever again.

    7 of 18 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Some good, but mostly bad, poor value for the money

    • Written by from Stratford

    First, the positives:

    The display is gorgeous. The colors are sharp and crisp and the contrast is nice. So long as you position the display in an area where you won't get glare or reflections, you'll love the way it looks.

    Now the bad:

    I dock my Macbook Air with this display and it routinely gives me trouble waking from "sleep" mode. I've tried absolutely everything to troubleshoot this issue and nothing seems to work. The display is simply not reliable when it comes to waking when it's supposed to. Sometimes I just get a blank grey screen. Sometimes I get my background image, but without my dock or icons, sometimes nothing happens at all. At least once every two or three days, I have to restart my Mac to get the display to recognize it. At least once every other day I have to unplug the thunderbolt cable from my Mac and then plug it back in to get it to wake up. My trackpad doesn't always wake the display when it's supposed to either. It's maddening.

    For a $900 screen, things like this should be addressed and fixed by Apple, either through firmware updates or software updates for the Macbook Air itself. I really don't know what the solution is, but frankly, I'm not happy. This is one of the only Apple products I've ever owned that gives me this sort of trouble, and it just so happens to be one of the more expensive ones as well.

    My advice, stay away until they figure these buggy problems out. This product is simply not worth the money given the amount of trouble it causes me.

    15 of 15 people found this useful

  • 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.

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    No matte option. Glare unbareable.

    • Written by from Denver

    The matte screen protectors don't help. They make the monitor look blurry because there is a thick layer of glass in front of the screen. Matte films need to be part of the design.

    9 of 11 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    GLOSS is horrible

    • Written by from Toronto

    Cool monitor....but if you actually have to work on it it is brutal on your eyes. The gloss is terrible if you work in a room with any light whatsoever. It's like staring in a mirror.

    I don't understand why they didn't make this a matte finish.

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Superb product

    • Written by

    I've just receive my Apple Thunderbolt Display (27-inch). Plugged it in, turned it on, and voilà -- perfect in every sense of the word. Exactly what I've expected from Apple. I read some of those bad reviews, and I totally disagree with any of them. Either the previous OS were not ready for this display (I've OS 10.9.3), or some people just need to vent ...

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Bought This today!! So awesome! But..

    • Written by from East Peoria

    So, I bought a MacBook Pro 3/1/2013, non retina, and it's been so great for me! I am a college student studying design, and the 15in screen just wasn't cutting it. So, I have been debating and researching monitors. It came come to the TB or Dell Ultrasharp U2713H. I was going to go the Dell route because it was cheaper, but I went to the store and 3 people told me to stick with Apple and it would be a great investment in the long run. So, I bought the TB display today and can't get away from it! It's so awesome! You can run dual monitors with your laptop, or close the lid and use the TB Display only. I thought he glossy would bother me, since my MBP is anti-glare, but it's ok in my environment, so it was not a deal breaker. I was worried about the USB ports being 2.0, but I have had my Waacom tablet plugged in all day using it and it's been completely fine and fast. I have not plugged anything else into it though. The only thing I had a problem with, was when I logged onto this site to read a couple reviews before I posted this, the screen went black and started flickering and was distorted and then went completely black. So, i opened my laptop and it stayed black. Then I just unplugged the TB cable from my laptop and the laptop came back on, so I replugged the TB cable, and not it works just fine. Not sure what that was all about but hopefully it doesn't do it too much. I've only had it for a day, so we will see what happens in the future.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The Monitor of the Gods

    • Written by from Athens

    'Tis devices like these that show how mortal we really are. These displays art majestic, shiny and high definition. Listen not, to the haters of this magical device. Wether thy goal be games or videos, work, or fun, this is thy salvation. Apple bestows it upon the for the small price of one thousand gold. Purchase this device, or else thou art a plebeian.

    7 of 15 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful, expensive, imperfect

    • Written by from Charlotte

    The display is beautiful. Crisp colors, great resolution, simple and elegant.

    It's pricey. By the numbers, not great value for money.

    The most frustrating thing about this display is that frequently it fails to recognize the (Apple) usb keyboard plugged into it and to pass through keystrokes to my (Apple) laptop on thunderbolt. For this kind of money, integration across the product line should be smooth and painless.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    UNRELIABLE!

    • Written by from Pacific Pines

    Only used this for the past few weeks with a mac mini Keeps on turning off unexpectledly all the time. Energy saver settings turned off and still does it. I have used macs since 2002. I guess you should buy apple care with this product.

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Expensive to repair

    • Written by from yorba linda

    I loved my 27 in display but the back light went out after 2 years! Cost $700 to repair it. Such a joke that apple doesn't stand behind their product on a $1,000 display. Back to a pc display :(

    22 of 23 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Loved it until it died after just 1 year.

    • Written by from Mill Valley

    Monitor is solid, color is great. But I cannot recommend anyone spend this much money--significantly more than monitors of similar size and features from competitor brands-- when it has not lasted 13 months and now needs a new logic board (which incidentally costs almost as much as a new competitor monitor would).

    If you are considering this item, please read the customer forums carefully and don't just rely on these reviews. Seems like this is a common problem people have with with this monitor.

    19 of 19 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Just a short matter of time before it fails

    • Written by from Evansville

    Like a lot of the other 1 star reviews, my display went completely black after about 2 years of use. The repair will cost me $700 + labor.

    24 of 25 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic monitor, but getting OLD

    • Written by from MISSISSAUGA

    this monitor is amazing however it is no longer the top dog in mainstream monitors. the new DELL 4K has it beat in all categories except built in web cam.

    11 of 13 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work

    • Written by from Livermore

    I got my display and connected it to my macbook air. All the ports worked, including the power supply for the macbook air. However, the display stayed dark and wouldn't turn on. I read numerous forums that this is a common issue with the Thunderbolt display. Sending it back today and getting a larger size Dell for less money. I think 1000 for a macbook charger is too expensive. It's the first Apple product I'm completely disappointed with.

    23 of 23 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing display

    • Written by from Green Bay

    Work big!

    There is nothing like a fine interface to the day in and day out job. I cannot tell you how different that day is when I am able to plug into my Thunderbolt Display. Soon as my funds build I will have a second. Then as they build again I will have a third at work and then a fourth. My world will be dual Thunderbolts everywhere I hang my hat. Why? Because I need to feel the way I feel when I work behind them to maximize my creativity, my productivity and my sanity so that I can spare some for the mix of life that I enjoy having.

    Thank you Apple for being a company that thanks about work behind a computer not just a business environment involving a contract process. Thank you because I create and produce and stress to imagine not just push seconds and pennies. I push smiles, and sometimes I have to sit idle and think over a coffee as pandora spills a pretty image across these pretty displays.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Awful

    • Written by from Somerville

    I have a conventional Apple studio monitor at home (three cable connections to laptop), and deeply regret not buying same for work. The Thunderbolt display has a serious problem with reading USB devices, meaning that I do not have plug-and-play ability when I connect my laptop each morning. I spend 15 minutes restarting my computer until the USB ports in the display recognize the wireless mouse and other devices. I have read that this can be rectified if one adds a powered USB hub, but for a $1000 monitor with USB ports in the back, should one have to do that? No! Avoid this overpriced, overly fussy piece of equipment. The older Apple studio display works much, much better when it comes to truly allowing me to plug in my laptop and have functionality right away.

    19 of 20 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Why no USB 3.0?

    • Written by from Albuquerque

    I bought the 27 in Thunderbolt display to pair with my 27 in iMac (2011). It's a fine monitor and I have managed to work around some of the quirks such as making a spacer to lift it the amount needed to match my iMac ... I must ask why was this necessary but I digress.

    My principle complaint is the lack of USB 3.0 ports. Since my iMac was the last version with USB 2.0 I am feeling the lack of connectivity with external devices like my DROBO S.

    10 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Should have purchased 6 months ago

    • Written by from Fort Atkinson

    I have a Late-2013 Macbook Pro Retina, purchased in 11/2013. This was my first mac after being a dedicated PC builder and user. iOS was my gateway drug into the mac world. I had purchased my macbook pro as a desktop replacement. Although I had planned to use existing monitors as 'dock" on my desktop, the image quality was striking in moving between the native retina display and my older twin 22" LCDs.

    After much deliberation and hesitation (mainly because of the cost $$$) I finally purchased the Thunderbolt display last weekend. I wish I would have done it right away. It does everything I had hoped and more. I have never had a more beautiful monitor. It turns my powerful laptop into a powerful desktop.

    If you have a Macbook as a primary device and find yourself wanting more screen real estate, you will NOT regret this purchase. It will make you more productive. You won't want to leave your desk. It's just that beautiful. The sound is also IMPRESSIVE.

    If I seem like I'm gushing, I'm gushing. This is really that good of a buy.

    Also, do not underestimate the utility of the built-in ports.

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