• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent

    • Written by from Burnaby

    I replaced a 30" Cinema Display with the Thunderbolt Display I miss the slightly larger screen.

    Other than size I really like the monitor for it's quality and features such as the iSight camera and the multiple ports including ethernet on the back of the monitor. The colour output is excellent and I found it calibrated easily.

    16 of 17 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Worst. Monitor. Ever.

    • Written by from San Francisco

    The Thunderbolt Display looks gorgeous, but don't let the looks deceive you this: this monitor is actually a steaming pile of garbage. I've gone through three in less than a month. The first was shipped with a giant crack in the glass panel. The next two have constantly flickered when plugged into my 13" MacBook Pro, and sometimes shut off completely until I plug them back in. Save yourself some time and money and just buy a cheaper display from another manufacturer.

    I don't know what's going on with Apple, but I've been a Mac user for 20 years, and I've noticed a significant decline in the quality of their hardware over the past five years or so.

    84 of 112 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    They just work

    • Written by from barrington

    Just purchased a second TBD. The look on the salesman's face when I said "I want a Thunderbolt Display" was pretty funny. Transaction took about 12 minutes. He said it was the easiest sale he has had in a while.
    Take it out of the box, plug it in, hook up the MBA and it just works. I generally use it for photography work. Resolution is astounding. I just became a better photographer.

    37 of 43 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    It's so beautiful!

    • Written by from Berkeley

    ...but this product joins the trunk full of apple products I'm accumulating that needed repair barely 1 month out of warranty. In any case, the cable assembly that splits into a TB connector and power supply is defective. A few weeks ago the display went dim. Then the monitor went semi-comatose: Speakers worked but not the screen. So I tried using a separate tb cable to the open port on the back. That brought the screen back to life. So now I have to wait 3 days for an appointment at the local 'genius' bar (sounds so silly to say that, doesn't it?) and then a likely $150 repair bill.

    50 of 66 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Blacked Out within 1 Hour with NEW 2013 iMAC

    • Written by from Mission viejo

    Plugged in the 27" Thunderbolt Monitor. Got a very Dimm screen, Searched everywhere to find out how to adjust the brightness. BECAUSE THE DISPLAY PREFERENCE DOES NOT APPEAR ON THE THUNDERBOLT DISPLAY!! So i shut down and tried to setup my powerbook with the new display... It NEVER turned back on AGAIN. Will be returning this 1st thing in the morning. May try swapping for the Cinema Display as thats what i thought i was buying to begin with!!! Maybe it will work.. Just Want to Add that Apple Products are NOT as nearly as stable or solid as they once where before selling out to the INTEL chips. My G4 laptop still works without ever crashing in 9 years. However my 2011 iMac completely Died out after 2 years of use and NOW this Thunderbolt box is absolutely USELESS... A huge Disappointment..

    52 of 73 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    2 of these failed on me

    • Written by from LONGWOOD

    I've had two of these monitors completely fail on me now. One was a bad LCD panel ($962 to fix) and 6 weeks past the warranty period. Thanks good ness for extended warranties with the credit card company I purchased it with. The second just failed today. A loud pop and the screen is dead. Not the computer as I have another monitor and tested the computer.

    Apple's quality control has gone down so much over the last year or so. Sure it si great while it works, but 2 monitors in 2 years is a pretty lousy track record.

    Avoid it!

    45 of 52 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Do not purchase

    • Written by from EAST ROCKAWAY

    This display looks nice and when it works, it is good. Problem is that it doesn't work very well. Constantly flashes and turns off requiring it to be unplugged from the MacBook and plugged back in. USB ports do not have enough power for much of anything and the Ethernet adapter on mine does not work. Wish I could return...
    Out of all the Apple products I own, or have owned, this is the only one I am completely disappointed by.

    52 of 70 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Should I be worried?

    • Written by from Tauranga

    Just took delivery of my new display, purchased from a store here in New Zealand. Perhaps a minor issue, but my son bought one a couple of months back (different store, same city) and the picture within the display featured on the box is quite different - both "Milky Way" images but one is markedly different from the other.

    That apart, one annoyance is that, using it as I do with my MacBook Pro, any time the monitor goes into sleep mode I have to unplug the monitor from the MB and re-connect. I use bluetooth keyboard and mouse and neither is able to shake the display from its slumber. Any way to overcome this?

    24 of 33 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Almost Perfect

    • Written by from Sumter

    Comparing this to a typical display is like comparing a car to a building. Two completely different things. Yes, this is a display, but it's more than that. I tried several display options for my 15" MacBook Retina and all of them had horrible color and were unusable for design work no matter how much tweaking I did to the colors or how much calibration I did. They just weren't there. Looking at the Thunderbolt display is no different than looking at my MacBook Pro. Except it's huge. The colors are spot-on and text and graphics are crisp and clean. In my opinion, it's a LITTLE too pricey for what it is, but you do get excellent quality, a large, bright display that matches perfectly and a one-all solution for external hard drives, etc. One cord and a power cable and you're good to go.

    Pros:
    • One-cord simplicity with integrated charging keeps me from having to mess with a bunch of cords and from having to keep up with my power cord
    • Perfectly matched display with my MacBook Pro
    • Plenty of inputs
    • Excellent build quality (fit and finish is absolutely superb)

    Cons:
    • A little pricey, but a good long-term investment
    • No USB 3.0 support
    • No audio out means that you have to run a speaker cable to your computer or use the integrated speakers in the display, which leave a bit to be desired

    40 of 44 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    use it all day, every day

    • Written by from Tucson

    I'm a scientific programmer working in the field of astronomy. I program all day long and the Thunderbolt display is absolutely wonderful. It is wide, crisp, and has exceptional contrast. It syncs perfectly whenever I remove and reattach to my MacBook Pro, never any hassles. I also have an older Cinema display for my home system. It is good also, but it has lower contrast and runs quite a lot warmer than the Thunderbolt. Three cheers for Apple on this one.

    16 of 18 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked for one week

    • Written by from Abbotsford

    Now blacking out constantly. Each time, I must unplug the display and plug it back in to get a picture back.

    43 of 53 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Not for everyone

    • Written by from Waterford

    I currently have a 27" iMac and a 17" MacBook Pro I just purchased the 27" Thunderbolt Display and have it situated right>left on my desk with the 27" and use my laptop to travel and work remote. The display was not exactly what I thought it would be. The biggest disappointment that needs to be fixed immediately is the lack of being able to use full screen apps without the other (secondary) screen going blank. With that being said it is pretty amazing having 54" of desktop in front of you. You can really get a lot of work done, not to mention the amazing appeal it gives your workstation. I am able to run excel permanently on the secondary screen (biz costing) as well as my icalendar (biz scheduling) While working off of the dock and all other applications on the primary screen. For that use alone the money is worth it. Now only if it was a touch screen as well. My employees love it and it saves a lot of time. FIX THE FULL SCREEN APP PROBLEM. I honestly almost returned it when I bought it I could not believe the instant disappointment something so simple and obvious got missed as the first thing I tried to do was watch a movie while I worked lol.... This was a major mistake and my loyalty to apple may change if they are to out there to realize the importance and release a update very soon. If you have one of these I know that you know exactly what I am talking about. With that being said apples concepts in the past never really focused on the full screen application. It is 2013 I have 27" x 2 = 54" of screen I want to be able to USE IT ALL.

    34 of 38 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    need improvement

    • Written by from 香港

    1. USB 3.0
    2. Magsafe 2
    3. built-in more powerful display card; so that all MacBook can maintain light-weight and long battery life; yet become a real desktop when using as a desktop.

    21 of 28 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great screen that will drive you crazy

    • Written by from Palo Alto

    It's a beautiful screen to look at. High resolution, high contrast, good built-in audio and ports (no USB3 though), thunderbolt connection to macs so it just works, no headaches here.

    You will get headaches from the mirror finish. It's effectively unusable in anything but a dark room. It's possible to force brightness way up to drown out the reflections, but this is akin to staring directly into a bright light - seriously not good for you.

    It's a gorgeous looking device, but it's going back to Apple store tomorrow. Not willing to gamble with my eyesight.

    37 of 54 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Wow!

    • Written by from pine bluff

    I have had my MB Air since Thunderbolt was introduced but did not need to purchase a Thunderbolt monitor. I have an old first generation HD Display monitor that I use with my 1st generation Mini and have been toying with the idea of replacing my Mini with a new model but found out that my HD Display won't work with the new Thunderbolt optioned Mini. Needless to say I was bummed but then I considered purchasing a new 27" Thunderbolt monitor instead of a new Mini. I'm glad I did. The connectivity is great. I did not purchase a BT keyboard instead bought a USB full size keyboard and a Magic Mouse which is also great. That left me two more ports on the back of the monitor for my two printers, one a Brother MFC color laser the other a Dymo twin label printer to print labels and stamps. There are two more USB's on each end of the USB keyboard that I used for USB drives and/or a card reader. I'm glad to see there is still Firewire connectivity for my old Canon video camera and my older Vuescan Flatbed scanner. The monitor turns on when I plug my MB into the Thunderbolt and comes alive when I close the lid. Right now I cannot say anything bad about this great monitor.

    18 of 22 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Gorgeous!

    • Written by from Fort Worth

    The Thunderbolt display is absolutely gorgeous. Everyone that comes into my office comments on the crispness and clarity of the display. The additional USB 2, Firewire 800, and Thunderbolt ports greatly reduces the clutter of cables and hubs that used to litter the desktop space around my computer. The only downside I can think of is now my wife is going to want one for her MacMini.

    15 of 19 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Why oh why does this not match the current iMac

    • Written by from La Sauvetat 32500

    Really apple.. How can you expect us pros to buy something that has a completely different reflectivity to the current iMac screen.. It beggars belief frankly. I am saddened that apple seems to be leaving it's pro customers behind - still no Pro refresh! And now, when I was on the point of buying a new top of the line iMac fully specced, there is no pro screen with the same specs!!! What IS going on here!

    105 of 149 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.

    109 of 124 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing display

    • Written by from CRESTWOOD

    I can't understand why anyone would vote less than five stars. I've had the monitor for a year and a half and have had no issues. Plus the display quality is out of this world, and it does what it's supposed to do. I have my macbook air connected to it and it works flawlessly. I especially like the convenience of connecting and disconnecting my mac and everything just works.

    27 of 39 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice, but expensive, glossy and terrible connectivity.

    • Written by from Amsterdam

    Just got this display in a new company, one for the office, one for home. After a few days have some thoughts...

    Working on it is awesome, colors are bright, everything is sharp, etc. Unless it's exposed to the daylight :( It's sooo glossy. I've heard there's a new model coming better in that respect, but this one is GLOSSY! This makes working on it really hard at times.

    Another thing is connectivity. Can't connect my older MacBook Pro, just because it doesn't have a Thunderbolt display? No HDMI, so can't connect my Apple TV? No AirPlay? I mean, for a $999 device, it's crazy - only one form of input?

    Additional ports are quite handy, but somehow, whenever my Retina MacBook goes to sleep (in clamshell mode), the keyboard stops responding. Have to reconnect the cable in the back - somewhat annoying, but can't be 100% sure if it's the display or something else.

    Wish Apple tried harder - this could be awesome.

    48 of 51 people found this useful