• 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 ...

    10 of 13 people found this useful

  • 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.

    6 of 6 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.

    13 of 27 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.

    12 of 13 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.

    19 of 23 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 :(

    33 of 38 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.

    21 of 21 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.

    31 of 33 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.

    13 of 15 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.

    29 of 30 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.

    4 of 15 people found this useful

  • 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.

    26 of 29 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.

    24 of 29 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible, Overpriced Product with Poor Connectivity

    • Written by from Edmond

    I was so excited to get my Thunderbolt display, but it's been plagued by connectivity issues from the start and then wake-up issues after upgrading to Mavericks. I use this with a 2010 15-inch MPB and all Apple accessories.

    The good:

    - Beautiful, large display with great off axis viewing
    - Serviceable built-in audio
    - Reasonable connectivity options (that fail to live up to expectations for a product this costly)

    The bad:

    - USB ports don't alway recognize external keyboard (to the point that I got fed-up and started connecting the keyboard directly to the -MPB so I would not lose connectivity and have to plug/unplug the keyboard to get it to work) - so much for the convenience of 1 Thunderbolt connector!!!

    - Ever since upgrading to Mavericks the display does not always wake up without unplug/plug of the Thunderbolt connector.

    The nit picky points:

    - For the cost, this display should have more USB ports (and ones that work)
    - After spending so much for a display, I would have liked to be able to connect this to my Windows 7 laptop as well (I know, I know, it's made by Apple for Macs)

    Given the super premium price and headaches -- especially since it does not work well with 100% Apple stuff -- I'm disappointed in my purchase and would NOT recommend this monitor. Too bad. Very disappointing.

    35 of 43 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic

    • Written by from Greenville

    This monitor is fantastic. I use it with my mid-2012 non-retina Macbook Pro 15". Because I purchased the pre-retina model this gives me 27" of high definition quality. The only time I unplug the display is to travel. I play one game in windows and use bootcamp. When I want to boot into windows, I simply go to System Preferences, then Start Up Disc, select Bootcamp, then restart into windows. To go back to OSX without unplugging the display, I just go to the right corner, select boot into OSX, then i'm back in OSX. When I'm done with using the computer, I just select sleep. The only time you need to unhook is if you turn off the machine, or to travel.
    The other advantage is I get to store the power supply and cord that came with my laptop in my bag for when I travel. If you plan to buy a non-retina, and want a high resolution screen that doubles as a docking station, this is a great choice. If you want a Mac Pro desktop, this is a great choice. If you want a second display on your iMac, this is a great choice, if you want a much larger display for your Retina Macbook Pro, again this is a great choice.
    I am glad I purchased the Thunderbolt display.

    11 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very nice at the launch date (2011) but today it is outdated

    • Written by from Dob

    It is magnificent display. Or better to say it was. It still looks great, but it is outdated. I am thinking to buy one, but I am not happy at all:

    - lack of the USB 3.0 (external HDD drives!!)
    - no RETINA resolution (so I was mentioned, you have far better display on the newest Macbook pro, what is the point of using it, besides its size? As we already found out it can not replace totally all ports on the Macbook due to the lack of the USB 3.0 ...)
    - It design is nice but also outdated ... Check it out newest iMacs ...

    16 of 28 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Monitor

    • Written by from White Lake

    I've purchased this monitor for my 2013 Mac Pro 6-core after almost 4 years of extreme satisfaction with a Mid-2010 iMac 21.5". I considered other brands of 2560x1440 monitors but being able to SEE one out in the wild (brick & mortar) seems to be impossible these days, i.e. online only! The other brands' monitors in stores were just lousy even for standard monitors. The leading online retailer is great at handling returns IF it came from THEM but I just wasn't up for the gamble considering how picky I am, so being able to see THIS one in the Apple Store helped seal it for me.

    Having the 3 USB ports behind the screen same as on the iMac is definitely a plus, even if 2.0 they can be used for charging iPhones, etc. although the TB port may be better utilized as USB 3.0 with 6 TB on the MP. The speakers sound better than most LCD/LED HD TVs.. not tinny if using the iTunes equalizer, and no vibration. The bottom edge of the monitor sits about 1" higher than the iMac screen when resting on the 12 South Hi-Rise but the foot sticks out about .25" further than the iMac. Sure the TBD reflects a decent amount but maybe the photog "professionals" should try working in the DARK like we used to in the days of FILM! Working with a single CFL light placed behind the monitor I see little reflection on my beautifully crisp Thunderbolt Display. Another great Apple product, hope Apple comes out with a 4K monitor!

    9 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Stunning!

    • Written by from Brisbane

    I bought the Apple Thunderbolt Display (27-inch) last week, these new beautiful 27 extra inches to my MacBook air i don't know how I would've worked without them now I can work twice as fast as I used to, it was so worth the $1000 i save up for

    4 of 12 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Really Nice Large Display but...

    • Written by from Murrieta

    I am really enjoying my new 27” display. However I’m disappointed about one thing. I bought the retina mac book pro and a docking station and this monitor. The one think to remember is that this screen does NOT support retina. Which begs the question of why buy the retina mac book pro if you are going to use display as your primary monitor. With the money I could have saved (not purchasing the retina mac book pro), I could have gotten another useful accessory like, time capsule, an apple tv, etc. Overall all the screen is very nice.

    10 of 13 people found this useful