• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Wish they offered a non-glare option

    • Written by from Mill Valley

    I recently purchased a Thunderbolt Display to use with my Mini when my ten year old Cinema Display started refusing to wake up after sleep. The new display works fine and certainly simplifies the mess of connections. But as a photographer I wonder why they do not offer a non-glare option, I would think that would be a popular option among the graphics crowd. The polished glass is okay, but definitely not as good for photography as my old matte Cinema display. I am fortunate my work space does not have lights in back of me to reflect off the screen. I suppose the one advantage of the polished screen is with the screen dark I can use it as a shaving mirror. With a matte screen I would have given it five stars.

    15 of 17 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Returned because of unbearable glare and lack of height adjustment

    • Written by from San Francisco

    I really wanted to love this display. I appreciated that it had a power connector for my new MacBook Pro, the colors were rich, and type super crisp. However, at the end of every day, I had a splitting headache. When I switched to my other monitor to get some files off my old machine, I realized the Thunderbolt's glare was to blame for my headaches. Also, at 5'4", I'm on the shorter side. I have to work to adjust my desk to fit me ergonomically. Because the display lacks any height adjustment, it was too high for my natural gaze. I wasn't about to replace my desk and chair to accommodate this monitor. So, due to its unbearable glare and its lack of height adjustment, I returned the Thunderbolt to Apple for a refund. I don't recommend the product.

    22 of 31 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Stunning, simple, brilliant

    • Written by from San Anselmo

    I just bought this to support a great desktop experience paired with my MacBook Pro 15" Retina. It's a perfect product; trivial to set up, great performance, and stunning clarity. Microphone, camera, speakers are all hidden but high-quality.

    Not to be missed. I bought this instead of a buying a Mac Mini to pair with my old PC screen as a desktop replacement. The combination of the MacBook Pro and the Thunderbolt Display is significantly better than a Mini + Display.

    15 of 17 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good, but limited.

    • Written by from Gilching

    It's unbelievable..the TBD could have been perfect with just minor changes. But it's crippled by it's biggest pain: it has no HDMI input (or any other Video input for that matter), which renders it useless for anything but new Macs.
    Minor flaws:The sceen color doesn't match my 2012 15" MBP Retina, no power button, the 'old' magsafe.

    Other than that: awesome and though trough (charging, TB Hub, etc.)

    But WHY didn't you just add a simple digital video input..I don't get it.

    18 of 23 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Thunderbolt Display 2013 edition doesnt come up to par with 2013 Retina Mac

    • Written by from Auckland

    Apple did such a great job on the antiglare of the Macbook Pro 13" that the new 27" Apple Thunderbolt Display glare is really hard to work with. I work in video production and visual fx and am quite frustrated at the glare, im in a really dark room. Definitely wait until the new one comes out or source an anitglare monitor.

    13 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing display

    • Written by from Fish Creek

    My Thunderbolt display has worked flawlessly. I decided to purchase a refurb and save $170. I have had no issues with the display. Maybe buying a refurb is the answer. Not only will you save some cash but if the display had issues and was returned, it's been fixed and tested possibly more then a new one off the line. I have it hooked up to my late 2011 MBP and I couldn't be happier with it.

    14 of 15 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best in Class

    • Written by from Lake View

    I own a recording studio and I purchased this for my mac book pro at home. I am extremely satisfied with my purchase. Only downside is that it needs a power button and I need a Thunderbolt port on my mac pro in the control room a the studio. Thunderbolt is the future , great product. Thank you apple.

    27 of 41 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Flawless and an Excellent Addition to any existing Mac!

    • Written by from Cleator Moor

    I recently updated my Mac setup at home,

    after using a 3.06Ghz dual core with a Samsung B2200 display, thought i'd had a great setup, but after making the change to a 2.07GHz Quad Core with 16GB of RAM i though i'd update my second display too, this display is beautiful, the colour matching to the iMac is fantastic for a start, but i have never witnessed such seamless integration using a second display, the viewing angle is off the hook, and you only notice a change in quality if you're not looking at the screen at all!

    I use High end programs such as After Effects and Final Cut Pro endlessly and now i have this amazing quality second display i am sprawling every piece of my programs across both screens as i never loose referencing quality with this display.

    also, with thunderbolt connections and daisy chaining possibilities, this is a future-proof piece of kit!

    10 million stars, quite the financial pinch, but well worth it!

    15 of 17 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    simple elegant design beautiful display

    • Written by from Palo Alto

    This display reduces clutter by having Ethernet, usb and Firewire coalescing in the back of the display and delivered through one cable to the computer. No need for a power plug.

    17 of 21 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Display

    • Written by from Springfield

    This is one the best best displays I have ever had the pleasure of viewing. Most displays that I use with my MBP don't have the same resolution or brightness as my MBP but this Thunderbolt Display is refreshing to say the least. This display is definitely worth the investment.

    18 of 23 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Perfect companion for the new Mac Mini!

    • Written by from La Canada Flintridge

    I love this display and have had no issues! I do wish they would come out with a model with less glare though! I have it hooked up to my new Mac Mini and love the extra USB ports. firewire, ethernet and Magsafe connection for my MacBook Pro!

    27 of 41 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.

    16 of 20 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.

    13 of 14 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 ...

    24 of 36 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.

    13 of 14 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!

    18 of 24 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    The uneven backligh.

    • Written by from MIAMI BEACH

    The uneven backlight of display. No black in the corners. Very bad after NEC. Serial C02LM1K6F2GC.

    14 of 16 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    love it!

    • Written by from Ashland

    the display is awesome and I especially love the ease of connectivity for all my peripherals, ethernet, etc, to my MacBook Pro being consolidated to the thunderbolt port and power port. so much easier now to disconnect and go and more aesthetically pleasing to have the wires all going in the back of the display rather than using all the laptop ports. great design.

    13 of 14 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best Purchase Ever!

    • Written by from Steubenville

    Pros: I use the Thunderbolt display with my MacBook Air. Having power, usb peripherals and ethernet always plugged in is great. When I come into the office, I don't even open my MacBook Air (As long as it is asleep. If it's shut down, I do have to open it). I simply slide it under my display, attach power and the Thunderbolt connector, hit the spacebar on my external keyboard and everything works. The screen is fantastic and easy on the eyes. The built in speakers and camera are great and work seamlessly with my internet applications (I teach online and residential classes at a university).

    Cons: On rare occasions, maybe 2 or 3 times after a year of daily use, my display has lost connection with my usb peripherals, but a simple restart fixes the problem. If you have light behind you (like a lamp/window) glare can be an issue, but it has not bothered me.

    Wishes: SD slot, more USB, USB 3.0, for it to do my work : )

    Best purchase ever!

    12 of 13 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.

    16 of 21 people found this useful