• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works as Advertised

    • Written by from Morgantown

    I use this display in conjunction with an MBPro from 2011 (i7 CPU, SSD). Thus far it has performed according to expectations. The ethernet and USB integration is fine. It's incredibly convenient to take my MBPro out of its case, make two connections, turn it on, and be up and running. I'm not a Mac "fan-boy." I use Windows and Linix machines as well. I've only had it a couple days but it simply works and that's often the best thing about Apple products.

    118 of 135 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Dropped the ball big time.

    • Written by from Novato

    Q. I would like to connect my 27inch non thunderbolt iMac to an external 27inch display?
    A. You have to buy the non thunderbolt 27inch monitor.

    Q. I'd also quite often like to plug my Thunderbolt Air into the 27inch display?
    A. You have to buy the thunderbolt 27 inch monitor.

    Q. I have two expensive computers that are not older than two years and I have to buy an individual 27inch display for each one?
    A. Yes.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Thunderbolt displays not made for the iMac

    • Written by from Lakewood

    I bought a 27" iMac together with a 27" Thunderbolt display and am very disappointed at what I would consider bad design decisions on the part of Apple.

    1) The 27" display is about one inch shorter than the iMac, so I had to find a book to put under the display to get things to line up.

    2) You can either use the speakers from the iMac, or from the Display, but not both at the same time. Why do we have this limitation?

    3) If you maximize a window on the desktop, the window will move to the iMac screen (if it's not already there) and a default background will show on the 27" Display, making it useless for this feature.

    I would appreciate if you would inform potential buyers of these limitations. It is obvious that your design team did not intend to have iMac owners pair their machines up with these displays. Very disappointing...

    117 of 137 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Awful Connectivity with USB and AWFUL Audio.

    • Written by from Cincinnati

    I've had this display since September. I wanted to wait to write my review so I had some "time" with this display.

    I bought this display to go with my Mid 2012 13 inch MacBook Pro for work purposes. I do a lot of freelance post-processing work for photo studios, and I needed something that would amplify the graphics from the laptop, had lots of USB ports, could potentially use it as a dual display with my laptop, etc. Sounded great in theory.

    It couldn't be more of a pain. I originally had the audio problems and USB power connectivity issues with my wacom tablet, keyboard, and mouse, etc. and spent hours on the phone with apple support who were great, nice, polite, etc. But their only fix was for installing updates, and that doesn't really FIX the problem unless you unplug EVERYTHING, turn the computer off, plug everything back in and turn it on in safe mode or something to allow the power to re-circulate or something. Basically the apple support member admitted there was an issue or faultiness with how the power in the Thunderbolt circulates, hence why it cannot power USB devices properly and shorts out on audio.

    The fix only worked for a short while. I eventually gave up. My time isn't just MY time, it's my clients time, and I DO NOT HAVE TIME to do EVERY TIME this happens!! It fixes the problem for like, an hour. I eventually figured a way around it by just not plugging ANYTHING into the TB's USB ports, and plugging them all into my MBPro, what I had room for anyways. Well, now that hardly works EITHER. I am fed up that it is now January of 2013, and they STILL have not offered a fix for this.

    In short, for a professional, do not WASTE your $1000, put it to an EIZO monitor or something.

    108 of 123 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Ready to give up!

    • Written by from MONROE TOWNSHIP

    After using my Thunderbolt Display for 5 months with my 2.0 i7 MBP, I can safely say that the monitor itself is awesome but plagued with some very strange problems that does not go away even with the latest firmware updates.

    9 out of 10 times, thunderbolt display does not wake up after sleeping for more than a few hours. The thunderbolt cable on the MBP needs to be unplugged then plugged back in to make it work.

    2 out of 10 times, ethernet does not work after wake or after the cable has been unplugged then plugged in to wake it up. The power cable needs to be unplugged from the socket and put back in to get it working.

    I'm still hoping that this issue gets resolved via a firmware update, but in the meantime, I will probably be going back to my U2711.

    101 of 111 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice display, but plenty of firmware issues to resolve.

    • Written by from Charlotte

    I'm using this display with a 2nd generation MBA. The big problem is using a wired USB keyboard and mouse. Even with the recent firmware updated, the keyboard does not function properly; often missing the first key pressed or other special characters. When I plugged the keyboard directly into my MBA, the problems went away. The USB (wireless) mouse also did not work properly - I had to plug its receiver into the keyboard's extra USB slot, where it worked when the keyboard itself was plugged directly into the MBA.

    Otherwise, the display is beautiful and quiet. I agree with others that the audio is not that great; but, if you want serious audio, output it to a serious audio system.

    Hopefully, they will release another firmware update to resolve the keyboard and mouse issues.

    102 of 114 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    The good old days of APPLE!

    • Written by from Omaha

    Man, I remember the good old days of APPLE, before the era of PODS & ITUNES,: Apple was company that really tried to get peoples attention with new features and new hardware.

    Now, we get the same repackaged product with questionable improvements!
    DO we have a new 30" apple display, NO!
    DO we have a new 23" apple display, NO!
    DO we have a new 27" apple MATTE display, STILL NO!!!

    THUNDERBOLT? yeah everyone at my computer lab in school is just buzzing how about how wonderful THUNDERBOLT is...NOT ! ! !

    I work in a school lab where they have the new 27" thunderbolt display and guess what, it has all the same faults that the orignal 27" display that came out a few years ago.

    APPLE HAS BECOME COMPLACENT IN BEING MEDIOCRE, THIS NEW DISPLAY IS HARDCORE PROOF OF THAT!

    210 of 330 people found this useful

  • 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.

    110 of 132 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Major design flaw

    • Written by from New York

    The 27" Thunderbolt is one inch shorter than the iMac 27", so the displays don't line up correctly. How on earth does an aesthetically sophisticated company like Apple allow this to happen?

    I hope they get someone to make a one-inch platform that I can put under the Thunderbolt in order to line them up. I refuse to clutter my desk by putting a book under the monitor.

    Also, Lion doesn't appear to allow me to use the speakers from both monitors in stereo fashion. Basically, I have to get the sound out of one or the other -- which doesn't line up with the visuals. I'll have to purchase external speakers in order for this to make any sense.

    These are simple things that Apple could have easily thought through, and can easily fix.

    109 of 132 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not a docking station

    • Written by from St. Paul

    Don't waste your money. The thunderbolt cable give you nice access to USB. But you have to reboot every time you want to use the Ethernet and Firewire built into the display. Save the hassle.

    92 of 100 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not work as advertised

    • Written by from Montreal

    This monitor has absolutely stunning visuals. As a monitor, its unreal.

    However, the thunderbolt 'docking' element of it is just plain broken. If you connect the monitor while the computer is asleep, Audio NEVER works and Ethernet is hit and miss.

    Its clearly a firmware issue. So if you want a stunning monitor... save money and get the DELL one. If Apple fixes this issue, then this monitor is like the missing link you've been waiting for. It functions as a docking station as well as a stunning display.

    89 of 96 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Low USB bus power

    • Written by from White Plains

    I've had this for a few weeks now. Mostly it rocks; somehow my macbook pro seems faster when it's connected.

    Something I noticed recently has me scratching my head. I got a wired keyboard to attach to it and the ports on the side of the keyboard are not powered. Very lame. At first I thought, hey it's my notebook, of course Apple didn't design it to power a desk full of accessories. Then I remembered that the USB controller is in the display completely independent of the laptop and Apple has engineered in not enough power for the wired keyboard to act as a USB hub. I'd expect some problems with 1.0, but leaving out enough bus power is rude.

    101 of 121 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Expensive display that has serious issues

    • Written by from Somerville

    This display has serious issues such as the display ethernet connection working intermittently after connecting Mac Book Air (mid-2011). Hundreds reported that problem on the forums. The only solution so far is to reboot the computer after plugging it back to the display. This is extremely annoying.

    Apple tried to fix my display twice and eventually replaced it but the issue reappeared within 48h.

    You should think twice before buying this display if you own a MacBook Air (mid 2011).

    95 of 111 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Non-functional as docking solution

    • Written by from Champaign

    The quality of this monitor is amazing. It gets high remarks here.

    But, it's useless as a docking monitor. I have a TB Macbook Air, and I wanted to take advantage of the docking features of the monitor. As other folks have mentioned in the review and numerous other apple discussion threads, this monitor fails as a docking monitor.

    1) When in clamshell mode, it's impossible to wake up the computer from sleep mode without restarting the computer. Given how many times a day I go from meetings to my desk, restating my computer every time is impractical.

    2) Even when you get the monitor to work with the laptop, devices connected to the USB port & ethernet port will not working without a reboot.

    I'm fed up with this monitor. Clearly, the docking solution via thunderbolt is flawed in this monitor. Save yourself some frustration and get the LED Cinema display instead. The Thunderbolt display is the worst device I've ever bought from Apple. Doesn't work as advertised. It is clearly not ready for prime time.

    96 of 114 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    One Star Until Fixed

    • Written by from Flower Mound

    I was so excited to buy and plugin my late-2011 MBP into the display. My attraction was the thought of a single cable docking station. My bubble was bursted when i found out the built-in Ethernet connection only works if you reboot on every connection. Sad - but true. If you "undock", take your Mac to go, come back... you have to reboot to see an active adapter again. Apple created a firmware update. But no joy. Apple community blogs are filled with this issue. So i hope they hear the cry before more people spend $1k.

    93 of 110 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Impressive design...but fatally flawed

    • Written by from San Antonio

    As expected, this cinema display boasts an impressive design, with sharp, crisp colors. However, the intense glare/reflection from the glossy display makes it ideal for occasional use only. The glossy display requires a great deal of concentration, which is not sustainable for long hours of work. If this describes your working needs, look elsewhere, as the glare/reflection is problematic. While specially situating the display to avoid these issues is possible, it seems counter intuitive to do so. The display, out of the box, should be user friendly....especially visually. I am not sure why a glossy display is the only option, when there is clearly a substantial population of Apple computer owners that have a strong preference for a matte display. Why can't Apple offer the glossy display as standard, with the matte option at an additional cost? This is what Apple does with regard to its MacBook Pro offerings. So why not do it for the Cinema Display? And the IMac?

    85 of 95 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice hardware, Software need serious work.

    • Written by from Portland

    Good stuff first:
    • The display quality is terrific.
    • Only need two cables going into my laptop now (thunderbolt & power).
    • No more external power brick for the display (compared to Apple's older displays).
    • Built-in mag-safe connector means I can keep my laptop's charger in its bag.
    • I think the speakers sound pretty good.

    Bad stuff:
    With my laptop lid closed, it's impossible to wake the computer from sleep with a wired keyboard, without doing a hard restart. Which means, if I want to use this display and not lose all my work, I can't put the computer to sleep, ever. This should be fixable with a software/firmware update.

    82 of 89 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    So Disappointed

    • Written by from Bronx

    I've had problems with the Thunderbolt Display, since the first time i connected it to my mac-mimi. The image just goes out and I can't turn it back on. I tried unplugging the power cord and then back on and it worked but only with constant flickers as if is about to turn off again. If it goes to sleep mode I can never turn it back on. I have to connect my tv to my my Mac so I can save what I was working on and then restart my computer in order to get the screen to work and even that, doesn't always work. I'm a photographer and while retouching images this can be very frustrating. VERY VERY disappointed. It's a thousand dollar display. I should not have this problems...

    91 of 109 people found this useful

  • 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