• 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.

    13 of 15 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Almost good

    • Written by from FENTON

    I've owned one of these for almost 18 months.
    Hate the glossy screen. Really hard to see true blacks and grays with it. I have to move everything over to an older 23" LCD to really see them.
    Monitor color isn't quite true, a bit Red for starters.
    Thunderbolt hub died after only 18 months, and best I can tell from other web sources, this is not uncommon. It is the weakest link by far in the Apple workflow.
    Not much thunderbolt support or choices. When monitor dies you don't have many options. I can't find a thunderbolt hub with 3 thunderbolt ports (1 for computer, 1 for monitor without a TB daisy chain port, and 1 for storage) which is what I need now to keep up and running.
    No USB 3 support in the hub.
    This monitor was a nice first stab at it, but I can't recommend this honestly to a friend. Look elsewhere, or wait and hope the Apple designers will implement a more satisfactory solution. This monitor and thunderbolt support has been lacking too much for too long.

    23 of 25 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding Monitor

    • Written by from Pacifica

    I refrained from writing a review on this monitor until I used it for more than a year so I could provide true and useful data.

    Likes:
    Appearance: Like all Apple products, esthetics and appearance are high on the list of importance. The brushed aluminum provides a clean design and the connectors being hidden on rear move the unsightly cables from view.

    Performance: The sharpness of the monitor is unmatched and provides crisp video, graphics and type. the sharpness provides the ability to open numerous applications side by side in smaller panels with no distortion or fuzzy edges like some many other monitors have when resizing panels to be less than full screen.

    Expansion: The additional USB, firewire, ethernet and thunderbolt ports provide the ultimate docking station for my MacBook Pro. The ability to leave your keyboard, time machine backup and ethernet cable connected provides a simple and clean use case.

    Sound: The built-in speakers and amplifier provide superior sound and allowed me to clean extraneous equipment from my desk.

    HD Video Camera: The built-in camera provides outstanding video for conferencing and the convenience of not having to install an HD camera on my desk.

    Sort of Dislike:
    No power button: However, if I put this on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being most important, no power button is 1. Simply putting my MacBook to sleep shuts the monitor down. So I'm not even sure if you could count this as an issue but I needed to write something.

    I have since added two more Thunderbolt monitors, one for my office and one for astronomy workstation and all provide outstanding performance.

    ps: I have been an Apple/Mac user since 1983.

    29 of 32 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Gorgeous, but fatal flaw

    • Written by from Madison

    Beautiful size, color, and clarity. I've only seen limited issues with ethernet (generally I keep my wifi turned off while using ethernet, and if it hangs [rare] I unplug and replug it and it works). I like using it as my dock, which is why I got it.

    Major issue is the glare. I'm in an office with two walls being windows - very little direct sunlight - but the glare sends me home with a headache every single night. I've tried all sorts of rearranging of where I sit and where the monitor is WRT the windows. I've even tried ordering the $100 anti-glare screen from the apple store. It cuts the glare a little, but not enough, and introduces several other issues.

    This would be great in a room with no other light other than the screen itself. Unfortunately, it doesn't even rate next to a cheap Dell monitor with a built in matte screen.

    26 of 28 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Glad I took the leap, so far SO GOOD

    • Written by from Seattle

    I was nervous after reading all the mixed reviews. Yesterday I bought a MacBook Pro (13" Retina) and Thunderbolt display at the Apple store. So far I'm glad I did.

    My experience with the TBD has been *near* flawless. There was one hiccup on the bootcamp side (TBD not recognized). A reboot (with the display connected) fixed that problem.

    Some have complained about sound quality. All I can say is that if you want really good sound, you need real speakers. I find the sound to be good enough for the likes of watching YouTube etc.

    The image quality and aesthetic of the display itself are both gorgeous. I was really worried about glare and eye strain. So far not an issue, though I haven't spent a full day with it yet.

    16 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent and without any kind of problems during las 12 months

    • Written by from Novi

    About a year ago I switched from a windows based computer to my first Mac. Decided to get a MacMini, a full size apple keyboard and this beautiful Thunderbolt display. So far no problems what so ever. If I had to buy a second display, it would certainly be a Thunderbolt too.

    17 of 19 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Display

    • Written by from Nashville

    Use it every time I'm at my desk with a Retina MacBook Pro and I love it.

    8 of 10 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.

    17 of 22 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointed

    • Written by from Matthews

    I purchased this unit at the Fort Jackson Exchange in May 2013. Until recently the display worked as it should for a purchase price of $989.00. Within the last 1/2 month or so, the display all of the sudden starts flickering here and there, then the display would also go completely black and back on again. As an experiment, I attached an Samsung PX2330 with an HDMI plugged into a third party adapter and there were no problems what so ever. When attempting to install the recommended firmware, the install would cease as it was already on the unit. I'm running a early rMBP 15' in base configuration (which as replaced under warranty 3/2013). The unit was taken to a nearby Apple store on 8/31/2013. The logic board, power supply and cable was replaced. That was picked up on 9/04/2013 and last night after returning from a business trip, the set up was put back together again and the same symptoms occurred at boot. It's sad for a display that costs this much to have so many problems, look elsewhere. I have another appointment 9/08/2013 with the Genius Bar, only time will tell.

    43 of 48 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Wow

    • Written by from Kent

    I can only speak to the performance of the setup I'm working with, but I have a mid-2012 MacBook Pro running OS X 10.8 hooked up to this display and I have no complaints. The extra screen space this display offers is priceless and everything looks fantastic with no noticeable dips in performance running games or video on the display.

    This display will only be nicer when Mavericks comes out and I can use OS X's full-screen windows on the display and my MacBook Pro. Also, USB 3.0 would be nice, but I got wall outlets and power adapters in the meanwhile. ;-)

    10 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Thunderbolt Prevents WiFi Use

    • Written by from Montreal

    I bought the Thunderbolt display directly from the Apple Store to have a large monitor at the cottage where I bring my Macbook Air. Unfortunately, the internet speed through the wifi is reduced to almost zero when the Macbook Air is connected to the Thunderbolt display. Reading comments on the internet (I should have done that before), I see that the problem is known since a long time. Why did the “expert” at the Apple store not warn me about this problem? “Sir, do not buy this product if you intend to use internet with your Macbook”. In fact, why does Apple continue to sell this product without having a big warning sign in the store and on the web site? Why should the client waste time? This shows a complete lack of respect for customers.

    72 of 83 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Thunderbolt LLB with MacBook Air

    • Written by from Loudon

    I love this combo. I had read some poor reviews with the first model Thunderbolt LLA, but the LLB works great. I will sell my older iMac and just run off one super portable computer. I was a bit worried that my "slower" GHZ Air would run the big display: no problem at all. For a while I had noticed that the 2.8 GHZ iMac was, in fact, slower at most everything perhaps due to hard disk access or whatever. The Air with the Thunderbolt wakes up almost immediately. I get no more slow downs and Safari crashes. Plus, the system is now on my wireless connect almost immediately. The older iMac always took a minute or so. I transferred my menu bar to the big screen. When I want a lot of screen space, I move the mouse seamlessly between screens. When I need less, I just close the cover of the MacBook Air and everything goes to the Thunderbolt. Great work, Apple.

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works better than I expected

    • Written by from Durham

    The display works seamlessly with my new MacBook Pro. I was confused when using it at the start, but then I closed the computer and it worked just as a 27 inch iMac would.
    It's sweet!

    7 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    13 months later ...

    • Written by from Brambleton

    After just 13 months, the display has a strange warped defect in the upper right.

    The audio output from the display's speakers consistently shuts off & I end switching to my Mac Book Pro's speakers.

    The Thunderbolt connectivity really isn't significantly faster than USB or Firewire.

    For those reasons and the cost, this display really isn't worth it. Aesthetically it looks great but in retrospect; I wish I had shopped around for a less expensive solution.

    27 of 30 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

    27" Thunderbolt display 2013

    • Written by from Camarillo

    I have read many negative comments regarding this display. In my case, I purchased this monitor two months ago for use on my MacMini. Its works great! I do appreciate the screen, particularly after I previously had a LG monitor. It is big enough to "split" the screen between two apps or documents via word & PowerPoint. I have two Seagate desktopThunderbolt drives attached between the Mac & the Monitor and that works as advertised. I also use the display app to attach a Ipad2 to the mini as well. I keep my Itunes on that screen while keeping the 27" free for use on what I am working on. I use the USB port on the back to power the Ipad2. I do not use the speakers as I found them to be too "tinny" for my taste. Rather, I have a great speaker setup with I attach directly to the Mini, instead. The added power cord I use to charge up my MacBookPro. If I get another 27" display, I will use the Thunderbolt connector for that purpose. (We shall see what Maverick looks like in the fall). Finally, ethernet, and all other connections I connect directly to the Mini. I don't know what people are trying to do that makes this monitor seem so bad, but I have no problems with it. Yes, it is pricey, but after viewing LG, Dell, and other monitors over the years, I like what I see. If you have glare issues with this monitor, you will have glare issues with any other monitor out there. The issue is not the monitor but your surroundings. That is not Apple's fault. July 21, 2013, Camarillo, CA., USA.

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    sound issue with premiere 11

    • Written by from MOUNT GAMBIER WEST

    I am generally happy with the thunderbolt - but I have a problem - when using Adobe premiere elements 11 I have no sound - this is really annoying - all other software, internet etc has sound when required except for the one I need the most. I wanted to edit small clips for my project - not much use on the thunderbolt when you cant hear what you are editing!!! Happy to hear any solutions.

    3 of 5 people found this useful