• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    So when's the updated version coming?

    • Written by from Gilbert

    I bought this display when it first came out (few years ago?). All in all it not a bad monitor, but I don't think I'd buy one today.
    The best thing about the monitor is the quality of the display. I use this monitor for my MacBook Air, turning my air into my desktop computer. It works well for that.
    The downsides to this monitor are the lack of inputs/outputs namely USB 3.0 and the sound quality.
    The monitor advertises a 2.1 sound output. Well I think they skimped on the .1 portion. There's almost no bass, so listening to music is a little disappointing.
    As I said in the beginning, I wouldn't buy one today because the next one will hopefully be right around the corner with updated tech and features. And I'm assuming it will come in at around the same price as the current model.

    4 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Absolutely Stunning!

    • Written by from Los Gatos

    I had my new MacBook Pro 15 inch for a week and for the office I decided to improve my productivity with adding this absolutely incredible Apple Thunderbolt Display. It is fantastic in all ways; resolution, color crispness, integration with my MacBook Pro, iOSX, quality of controls (there isn't any), packaging, the Apple store experience, everything. Just plug in the power cord, another cord to the laptop and voila! It works superbly.

    After working with Microsoft Windows and related software and hardware since Windows 2.11, I just realized that I was a self punisher for my entire career. I will never take my fingers off this awesome Apple product and I am an even bigger devoted fan.

    7 of 11 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.

    13 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    USB 2 ports, not USB 3??? Come on Apple, it's 2014.

    • Written by from Auburn

    This is a beautiful display but as a dock why in the world does it not support USB 3? It is only USB 2. As a dock this cripples my external drive speeds and renders its primary dock feature useless.

    17 of 21 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.

    21 of 29 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    The main reason turning me away

    • Written by from Markham

    As a monitor only, why is this thing thicker (or at least the edges) than the 27-inch iMac??

    When I look at them at the Apple store and can't help keep comparing the two, the iMac actually look more like a "monitor" and this product look more like the computer.

    20 of 31 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    No Problems

    • Written by from Thousand Oaks

    I run a Retina MacBook Pro (15") and this display. I swing and day trade and need to add another screen. Lucky for me, the Pro will run 2 of these displays with ease. The screen is great! Yes, it's reflective... But hasn't been an issue. I have been running this setup for about 10 months. Editing music, video and photographs. I start with uncompressed video and audio files and this set up performs beyond expectations. For day trading? No problem - I just need three screens to be efficient. I will be either ordering it online or at my local Apple Store. It's always great to take in some local color and meet creative and technical people in store.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Owning a Thunderbolt Display is beyond words

    • Written by from Novi

    I usually do not write reviews of products unless it is significant. And the Thunderbolt Display is a joy to own. I purchased this six months ago, and with both the Mac Mini and Macbook Pro 2012 it is phenomenal. Although most people would object to wasting money and purchasing a $ 1000 display, well that is your opinion. Not mine. So let us agree to disagree.

    I use this strictly for photography, file management, photoshop editing, and video clipping. It is beyond words.

    I give four stars only because I dislike the three ports with USB 2.0 speed. The Thunderbolt port is fast, extremely fast. The pixels are clean and bright, a crispness to the images that I have rendered that I did not see before on a PC (Non Apple Display) the color now pops, it actually is quite sharp and the dark detail is amazing. The glare from the screen is not noticeable

    The Apple Thunderbolt Display is an incredible and beautiful display monitor. Its lightning fast thunderbolt port connection is an added bonus. I recommend it if you have the money

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Short Life for an expensive display

    • Written by from Oakland

    My display lasted exactly 2 years and 1 month. The display went black last week. The electronics worked fine and the display was still detected by the mac and all the display ports were working. For the sake of it, I brought it to a local authorized repair center to confirm whether it was the display itself or the electronics (Apple would not test it unless covered by Apple Care or unless you agree to pay for the display replacement - ~$860 repair...). They confirmed it was the display. It could be the backlight lamp that is burned out but we lamp is built-in the display and cannot be replaced (bad design?). Better buy a new display than fixing it considering the cost of the repair.

    Bottom line: make sure you buy 3-year apple care on this display if you want to protect your investment for 3 years. And be ready to accept the possibility that it will not last more than 3 years. As another option, there is a Dell Monitor with the same resolution and a better display (faster and a lot lot more colors), which is actually cheaper, but without a thunderbold connection and ports.

    I went through many (non Apple) monitors in my life and the shortest life span I had experienced is 5 years of constant use, until this one from Apple. Bad job Apple on this one (only one Star).

    36 of 37 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Thunderbolt Display Awesome

    • Written by from Long Beach

    I couldn't be any happier. I have a 15" Retina Macbook Pro with the highest specs. Pairing it with the display is just works seamlessly. The laptop charges while connected to the display and the sound is fairly good too compared to the laptop speakers. It's the best $1K I've spent in a long time.

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful, unreliable display. Wish I hadn't bought it.

    • Written by from Santa Cruz

    The visual quality of this display is amazing. It gives me an incredible amount of joy to use it... when it works. The frustration of dealing with it makes me wish I had just spent the money on a non-Apple HDMI or DVI display.

    My first display burnt out after a year (right before the built in warranty expired). Apple replaced the tube with a new one... that had a dead pixel in it, and trapped dust—right in the middle of the screen. The Apple store graciously replaced it with a brand new packaged display, but the new display still has the same unreliable connectivity issues with my MacBook in terms of the display dropping USB connectivity and overall connectivity to the laptop (e.g., not waking from sleep).

    15 of 16 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    REALLY BAD PRODUCT!!! Better getting some other screen!!!

    • Written by from Princeton

    I cannot understand how come apple cannot get their laptops to work properly with their OWN screen!!!
    Sometimes the macbook pro with retina display doesn't recognize the thunderbolt display, in other cases, it doesn't identify USB plugged-in devices.
    It is absolutely horrible to work with!!!

    22 of 22 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Exactly what I wanted

    • Written by from Boynton Beach

    This display is magnificent in all aspects. It works perfectly with my MacBook Air. Easy to connect/Setup, great sound quality and perfect picture.

    10 of 12 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Thunderbolt uneven in performance

    • Written by from Wynnewood

    I was excited to get my Thunderbolt display and have it work seamlessly with my MacBook Pro, which it did for the first few months. Now it is temperamental and sometimes goes on, sometimes not. Sometimes the USB ports work, sometimes not. I called AppleCare and they suggested that I just bring it back to the store and perhaps get a new one. I did notice that the Thunderbolt cable gets warm when the screen goes out. And I have to plug it in several times before the display goes on. Oddly, the Thunderbolt display does NOT work with Apple TV -something they couldn't explain to me at my local Apple store. When it works, I am happy with it for the most part. Perhaps I just got a lemon and need to return it.

    12 of 15 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Quality Display

    • Written by from Orlando

    Over the past two years, I have purchased two of these (one for work, one for home). The TBD is a perfect complement for the MacBook Pro, and adds a considerable amount of working area. Being able to just unplug two cables (power and thunderbolt) and move from one working area to another is a welcome convince. The IPS display used in the TBD also makes it very easy to stare into the screen for hours on end without eye strain or fatigue.

    Cons: With the introduction of Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks, Mac OS X is no longer able to span application windows across multiple monitors. This was a SIGNIFICANT disappointment for me, and affected my day to day work flow. This however is not a limitation of the display, but rather the new Mac OS. Hope this functionality is restored in a future release.

    16 of 16 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    DOES NOT WORK WITH MAVERICK!!!!!!

    • Written by from Nashville

    This screen intermittently freezes when using a computer that has Maverick. Apple still has not fixed this problem. Great screen. Expensive. Apple needs to fix the Maverick problem.

    24 of 26 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Unfortunately unreliable

    • Written by from Portland

    I have purchased two of these displays and to date have had to return both of them for repair. Since then they have been plagued with connection issues in the form of non-responsiveness to the point of having to hard reset the display to achieve connectivity. I had hoped that these displays would make for a great dual display setup, which when they work is great. The unreliability however is truly unforgivable considering that it is only apple hardware that these displays run with.

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not what I thought it was going to be

    • Written by from Cortez

    I bought this large, expensive display because I do a lot of computer work, my eyes are not as good as they used to be and I'm constantly on the internet doing research. I'm terribly disappointed with this display. Everything gets automatically compressed on this display - web pages, Numbers, Pages, Text Edit - everything! The compression on some programs and websites is so bad I can't even display them on the Thunderbolt because they're impossible to see.

    I've tried going into Settings to change the display settings and you can't. You only get the settings that Apple gives you. Terrible, terrible set up for $1,000.

    And, oh yes. Don't call Apple and talk with a sales associate before you buy. They'll tell you that this screen is just what you need for displaying large print. Not true.

    So, if you need a good display for reading, just stick with the Macbook with Retina Display. Nothing else is needed.

    11 of 20 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Seriously needs an update

    • Written by from Dana Point

    Very nice and handy monitor but for the price it should be more up to date. It should be thinner and have USB 3 and Thunderbolt 2.

    23 of 26 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.

    14 of 16 people found this useful