• 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).

    94 of 110 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    WORST PURCHASE EVER

    • Written by from Lawrence

    USB ports on the back of the Thunderbolt display usually do not work. I have a brand new 2012 macbook pro that I am trying to use with it but I can't get the connected devices that I leave on my desk at work to operate when I connect the display to my macbook pro. I have an apple usb keyboard and a usb flash drive and neither will work routinely. Apple support doesn't have a solution. Actually, the automated system doesn't even understand the item "thunderbolt display." It just says "I don't understand."

    I recommend a simple google search on "thunderbolt display usb issues" before you throw away $1000.00

    Apple can't fix this issue and they will not give me a refund.

    I've wasted my money and my time trying to use this display the way it should work.

    My workaround as is: every morning I have to come into my office, attach the thunderbolt cable to my macbook, open my macbook to wake it up, shut it down, restart holding down the command+option+p+r to reset the pram, then wait for it to start up fully, close the lid, and then and only then can I use the keyboard or any usb peripherals.

    NOT COOL.

    198 of 229 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.

    100 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?

    84 of 93 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Missed Opportunity

    • Written by from London

    This is a quality monitor for sure but I cannot get along with the glossy screen. I video edit using Avid Media Composer and have switched back to a cheaper non-glossy screen just to avoid the annoying reflections and eyestrain. Having a glossy screen on my late 2011 Macbook Pro is one thing but when I need to edit for long hours with a larger screen I find the gloss on the TB Display offensive considering what these monitors cost. Apple need to be aware that the sort of people who are most likely to purchase these expensive monitors wont be casual computer users logging in to FaceTwitter or whatever. Even avid HD movie watchers have plenty of antiglare LCD/Plasma TV choices that they can hook up to a Mac for similar cost.

    68 of 78 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice Display - Terribly Thought out Integration

    • Written by from Coppell

    All the specifications and aesthetics are there in the Thunderbolt display. Unfortunately, there seems to be a pretty good disconnect when it comes to reliability when using the display as a primary dock point for your MacBook Pro or MacBook Air.

    In the first few days of use this was a sweet set up being able to unplug the MPB and come back and plug in to see network connections automatically restore. Now however whether it is unplugged or left attached the network connection disappears forcing a re-boot. No matter the settings, sleep/no-sleep, the connection drifts away within a few hours without warning. Best bet is to read up before purchasing this current generation of Thunderbolt display.

    62 of 67 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.

    91 of 98 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.

    95 of 113 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Guaranteed frustrations on a daily basis.

    • Written by from Denver

    The Thunderbolt display will not play nicely with my MacBook Air (2011 model). Go read online forums, and you'll see that it consistently malfunctions with most Apple laptops: Clamshell mode doesn't work, the display doesn't wake up, half your windows are off-screen, etc.

    Apple is fully aware of the issue, keeps promising fixes, but the fixes never work. It's been months, and I still can't use the display normally. Applecare just makes me reset my laptop, but that only fixes the problem once.

    Unless you want to have to restart your computer every time it goes to sleep, or every time you plug it in, don't buy this display.

    148 of 167 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Is Apple Joking?

    • Written by from Houston

    I had nothing but problems with this display for two days. I ended up returning it. The screen flickered in and out, and it wouldn't switch properly when resuming from sleep mode. The USB and network ports also wouldn't work. I have a brand new MacBook Pro 17" and it has worked fine with other monitors. For $1,000, you'd think apple would test this before they released it. What a joke.

    74 of 101 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.

    147 of 197 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    MacPro not compatible with Thunderbolt Display

    • Written by from jamaica

    Despite appearances, a Thunderbolt Display (TBD) will not work with a Mini DisplayPort. The cable fits in the port, but the monitor does not turn on. From all I've read, no MacPro will work with these displays (yet), and I'm currently looking at a black TBD attached to a macpro5,1 as a data point that confirms that statement.

    38 of 80 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    DisplayPort monitor compatibility blocked last minute

    • Written by from Herriman

    I bought a 27" thunderbolt display thinking I could daisy-chain it to my current monitor (DELL U2711 w displayport). In fact I even took my monitor and laptop into the Apple Store to test it myself before making my purchase. It worked great, I placed my order. Now today I get my monitor and the daisy chaining doesn't work. I call Apple only to find out the daisy chaining of a displayport monitor used to be supported but no longer is. What a joke! First time ever I've purchased an Apple product that was different than the one I tried in the store. I'm extremely disappointed, and would like to know if displayport compatibility is going to be restored someday.

    148 of 174 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Great product ruined by glossy screen

    • Written by from Philadelphia

    Pros: all but glossy screen.
    Cons: glossy screen. I want a display; not a mirror!

    SOLUTION: just offer a matte option; even if more expensive.

    71 of 86 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.

    92 of 108 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Why?

    • Written by from Northville

    This display had no thought put into it. They took existing monitors and added Thunderbolt. So I get it home, and after realizing I still need a new bluetooth keyboard and trackpad and a way to keep the 2011 Air on with the lid closed I am losing faith. You end up with a cluttered mess of wires and equipment. Your better off just getting an iMac. At least you have a disc drive, keyboard and mouse without all the hassle. With top notch 27" monitors selling for under $300.00 you're kidding yourself with this thing at a grand! Had the thing shipped with keyboard, mouse and maybe made a nice array of ports on the BASE for convenience I would have kept it. Also, I can see myself in the screen in almost every lighting scenario. I feel the Mid 2011 Air may well be the last innovative product we see as the rest of the world gangs up and blows by this company. There's still time to go buy Google guys, before they rework all those Motorola set top boxes in everyones homes for Google TV stealing Steve's "Cracked TV code"! He just lost the phone war even with record iPhone 4S sales Google has a 47% market share - and growing - Sorry for the rant, it seems to fit this display, to little to late!! Very disappointed! Stop suing and start innovating again! $1,000 for a 27" monitor with USB 2.0 ports OMG

    118 of 358 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Unstable and extremely Disappointing

    • Written by from London

    I bought this monitor at great expense for my Mac Book Pro.
    Out of the box it does not seem to plug in and work- like I was sold it would. In fact it is as though this device was never tested with other Apple products. It fails to open after the computer goes to sleep. Huge compatibility issues, badly tested waste of money.- And, when you do get it working, for that brief period of time, the image quality I would say is average to disappointing- I see blurring when scrolling. I wish I could give this thing no stars- As that is what it clearly deserves. Apple don't seem to test their devices with any care anymore.

    255 of 316 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    HORRIBLE FOR IMAC, MULTIPLE DISPLAYS AND LION

    • Written by from sacramento

    I was so excited to get my 27 inch iMac, and thunderbolt display(TBD)...until i opened them up and set them side by side.... and went huh?

    The TBD is shorter than the 27 iMac so the screens do not line up. that is a bad design flaw. if you had the laptop or the 21 inch iMac this wouldn't even matter so I'm lost for why they didn't make them match. did they hire someone from micro$oft to design this?

    Second design flaw for the TBD is actually LION the os... does not work well with multiple displays like snow leopard does! when you use the new FULLSCREEN mode in lion apps it actually dims out the TBD(or any other screens for that matter) and displays a linen style backdrop which make the $1,000 monitor a very nice paper weight. I would hope this would be addressed in a LION update ASAP.

    The third and very irritating design flaw is the lack of a POWER BUTTON. so now your pretty much forced to look at the linen style backdrop because you can't turn off the monitor. its like a reminder how much you paid to look at NOTHING.

    I have been a mac user and customer for over 13 years and have owned/used almost every product apple has made and let me say that I have not been this disappointed from apple ever with both the TBD and LION.

    4614 of 6673 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!

    209 of 328 people found this useful