• 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.

    21 of 26 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.

    32 of 40 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.

    10 of 13 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 ...

    14 of 24 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!

    8 of 12 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 11 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.

    9 of 12 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful Display!

    • Written by from Madison

    I absolutely love my new Thunderbolt Display (purchased 3/2/2014). Contrary to many people's beliefs, $999 is not a bad price for this level of quality. If you price out other ultra HD monitors, you'll find them in the same range or higher.

    The picture is fantastic. The 3 USB ports on the back helped me really rearrange my work space. It also saves you one spot on your power strip because your MacBook Pro can be powered directly from the Thunderbolt Display. Great set up.

    The reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5. First, the glossy display is highly reflective. For my current work space, this is not a problem but I could see it being an issue in many environments. I knew this going into the purchase so I don't mind but I think it's only fair to include in the review. Also, my MacBook Pro (late 2013 model) has had processor temperature issues since I started using this monitor. I had to "downgrade" my screen saver from the floating photos to the most basic screen saver to prevent this. That's a little annoying.

    All-in-all, I really like the display so far.

    8 of 10 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Average

    • Written by

    Product is fine.

    2 of 17 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Severe processing drain

    • Written by from Brooklyn

    I use this monitor in tandem with a late 2011 MacBook Pro and my digital audio workstation (Cubase). When I get 15/20 minutes into a session I start hearing the jarring sound of digital grinding as my processor becomes overwhelmed. At that point I unplug the monitor and go back to the Macbook Pro monitor and then I have plenty of headroom for processing and audio sounds normal again. I have tested with Geekbench and a few other programs and this phenomena is clear as day with between a 30/40% decrease in processing with the thunderbolt dispay after 15 minutes. Genius bar was unable to help--suggested it might be a power problem but a power conditioner didn't solve the issue. It seems like thunderbolt cable gets jammed up after a period of time. Now I have a 1k monitor that I can only use for 15 minutes before unplugging.

    18 of 21 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good monitor, but needs a little work

    • Written by from Spanish Fork

    I think that this is a good monitor. I have not had the reflection issues that other people have had, though my monitor is in a darker space, as I'm a professional film editor. Perhaps with a lot of light you would have more issues. It's hard to read the other reviews without a bit of a filter, as I know most Apple customers are a bit a n a l beyond what is normally acceptable for analility. I don't think it deserves one star. I think that's a bit extreme.

    Having said that, there is an issue with disconnecting my Mac Book Pro from the monitor. Sometimes, not all the time, I will get a funny blue screen of death and have to reboot my computer on the laptop side. Not cool if you had an unsaved document and are just disconnecting to go to a meeting and then have to reboot and changes to a particular document.

    Also, it would be nice to be able to connect speakers to the monitor. And to have more than one thunderbolt port. And c'mon, there really needs to be a USB 3.0. As a film editor, I have drives coming from all over the place that are mostly NOT Thunderbolt. Most are USB or Firewire 800 (which the monitor does have). But a Thunderbolt external drive is 400-500 bucks, so most filmmaker opt for USB 3.0. Sometimes I'll need to plug 3-4 drives in at a time and just can't make it work.

    12 of 13 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Glare, reflection, glare, reflection. Did I say glare already???

    • Written by from Brisbane

    The monitor has a highly reflective surface resulting in intolerable glare and reflection. Any other monitor I have ever used is superior to this product.

    The glare is so bad, that I find myself moving my head or the windows on the screen so they appear at a spot that has the least glare. I am using this monitor at work (if I bought it myself I would have dumped it back where it came from the first day). There is a window behind me and the glare is especially bad when it is bright outside (which happens a lot).

    This monitor is a total engineering failure.

    Pros: You can use it as a mirror (expensive but mediocre mirror). It has an apple logo on it and some people go gaga over that. (It means it was expensive and indicates your elevated status in the social hierarchy. Since I use it at work this does not help me.) Looks sleek when not in use. If you are a narcissist you may find staring at your reflection instead of doing work quite pleasing.

    24 of 44 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    WOW

    • Written by from Niagara Falls

    Stunning

    2 of 24 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Love it

    • Written by from Arlington Heights

    Beautiful display that is easy to look at for long periods of time. The display also charges my Macbook Pro which negates the need to use my Mac's external power supply, thus helping to reduce the clutter around my work space.

    6 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Awful Product

    • Written by from Washington

    Was so thrilled to get as a gift from the wife to use for work with my mac book pro. Got all set up and wouldn't work, tried here mac book and it worked. So got on with tech support, find out my current mac book looks identical to hers from Christmas 2010 does not work with it. Guess they didnt put thunderbolt on this mac book till 2011. Best is when you look at your system preferences thunderbolt pops up. So you have on software but not on computer. Asked what cord do i need, turns out nothing you can do or buy. So my option now is buy another mac book, or no extra monitor. thanks apple.

    13 of 54 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Display runs hot

    • Written by from VANCOUVER

    Bought the Thunderbolt display for a new MacBook Pro. Beautiful crisp colors and black colors are really black. My only complaint is that the display runs HOT. I measured 40º to 44ºC (111ºF) on the front glass of the monitor. It is hot enough to feel when sitting in front of the display, and I find it a little uncomfortable. Just to check I didn’t have a lemon I went to the local Apple store and found similar temperatures on two Thunderbolt displays they had there.

    P.S. Apple - having a rotatable portrait/landscape display feature would have been nice for the money paid for this display.

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    do not buy!!!!!!!!

    • Written by from mentor

    1 ok there is higher resolution monitors out there
    2 its thick
    3 it is only 27 inches
    4 dose not work all the time\
    5 its a 1000 bucks
    6 get the app air display 2 and with any smart tv it will work better better resolution better price i love apple i really do but this monitor is garbage sry apple but i can not lie the only reason people will buy this is they are apple die hards or they are the epitome of intellectual poverty

    and, sorry about my spelling had a bad brain tumor

    17 of 56 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Horrible Monitors

    • Written by from Las Vegas

    I have two of these monitors. Purchased them along with a new MBP 15" Retina that was fully loaded. I do not understand what Apple was thinking or doing when they put these monitors on the market. And, I purchased them out of loyalty to Apple. Big mistake!

    Find another monitor, you will not regret it. Pay $1000 a piece for these and you will kick yourself for a very ling time to come. It takes a long while to get past a $2000 expense for dual monitors, when so many others are out there for less money. The CONS of these monitors are well documented from reliability to inability to customize and control the monitors to a ridiculous amount of reflection. I should have followed my intuition when I looked them over in the store and made the purchase anyway because it was, well, Apple. I was stupid, and I am taking the time to write this in hopes I can save someone the same plight.

    Look elsewhere for monitors. Apple has made excellence in this particular area a bygone emphasis. It is so very disappointing.

    18 of 26 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Gutting time waster

    • Written by from NEWPORT

    After years of boasting I never had a problem with a piece of apple hardware I find problems with not one but two pieces of kit. I have the latest 27" iMac and the last MacBook Air. Both with thunderbolt ports and both great bits of kit. I thought I'd treat myself to a Thunderbolt Display, despite the price... I picked one up in Bristol this lunchtime, got it home, hooked it up and then nothing. Tried it with both pieces of kit, osx and windows. Tried both the built in thunderbolt cable and a separate one thinking it might be the cable. Still nothing. Took it back and got a replacement, got that home and hey presto another duffer. Managed to get it going in osx but on rebooting the iMac it was completely dead. The only way to get it to work was to pull the thunderbolt cable and plug it back in. Same for the MacBook Air. Tried it in windows / bootcamp on the iMac and nothing I tried would get it to work. Updated windows, updated bootcamp drivers (osx was already updated), rebooted, disconnected and reconnected etc. and still nothing. Got a refund but wasted 150 miles of driving, nearly £20 in bridge tolls and most of my Saturday. The only good thing was the staff at the store. Shape up apple and build us a new thunderbolt display, a thin one like the iMac. One that works with windows please!

    16 of 21 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    If you like flushing your money down the drain, buy this faulty product!

    • Written by from San Francisco

    Apple will never admit it because there is too much money to be made, but this product obviously suffers from some serious design flaws. There is no excuse for a power supply AND logic board failure for a product that is only 1.5 years old! When it worked, the quality of the display was great, but dealing with Apple and their repair service price gouging has left me permanently soured (and I”ve been a customer for 20 years). There are comparable non-Apple monitors out there for a lot less money. And you will find better customer service at your local DMV.

    20 of 25 people found this useful