• 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.

    13 of 14 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Favorite Display, EVER!!!!

    • Written by from BOISE

    I've only had this display for a week so it may be a bit premature but it has been working flawlessly. With the Thunderbolt interface, I get easy access to a desktop environment and the display quality is incredible!

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I love it!

    • Written by from Aurora

    I'm glad I didn't read any of these reviews before I bought my monitor. I think it would have scared me away. I have mine hooked up to my 13" MBP and I love it! I've not had a problem at all. Now I very rarely "undock" my MBP, I basically just leave everything hooked up. I was debating on this monitor or a new 27" iMac and since my MBP just sits in a drawer for months at a time, I decided to do the monitor and start using my MBP. So no problem here.

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Heartbroken

    • Written by from Harsens island

    I've dreamed of owning my own Mac desktop for years, and finally received a brand new mac mini with Thunderbolt display for christmas. I've only been using it for four days and already my TBD has flickered to the point of being unusable at times, hasn't woken up from sleep mode, and twice has just turned itself off. When it is working it is a gorgeous display, but I am heartbroken that my first brand new mac is flawed in such a major way (the mini, btw, works wonderfully). I already downloaded the update to "fix" the flickering, but it did nothing. I will be calling Apple to see what they say, I will see if I can return it and get an iMac instead. I really don't want to exchange it for another TBD, since it sounds like an extremely common issue. Wish I had seen these reviews before. $2000 is a heck of a lot of money for something that doesn't work correctly.

    43 of 51 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Only works when the moon is full

    • Written by from Los Alamos

    I struggled with the sound problem - hopefully someday there will be a complete fix, seems to work better since I updated to Mountain Lion.

    The most irritating thing is some days I can dock my laptop and it will switch just fine. Other days it seems like there is nothing I can do to get the keyboard and mouse attached to the display USB ports (not even wired ones) to work.

    There's nothing worse than sitting down to do a bit of work on this big beautiful display and spend all my time fiddling with docking my MacBook Air. It would really help if Apple would provide some trouble shooting tips on this problem. I try powering off, putting the MacBook Air to sleep; disconnecting and reconnecting the mouse, keyboard, MacBook Air and power in various sequences. Sometimes some combination works. Other times, like now, I sit here in front of the big black display typing on my MacBook. It's really sad.

    34 of 37 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    TBD Random Crashes / MBP Retina

    • Written by from Greenwood

    If you intend to use this as designed, with a brand new mb pro retina with 16gb of ram. You will indeed have issues. That seems to be the pattern on the Internet of people with this display and issues.

    It could also be an osx 10.8.2 thing.

    Either way. Right now this display will blackout at least once every 2-3 hours.

    11 years of owning and running macs for work, first unsolvable issue I've ran into with the hardware.

    50 of 53 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Screen flickers, have to unplug constantly

    • Written by from Morton Grove

    I don't know if I have a defective unit or what, but my display flickers constantly to the point where it is unusable, I have to unplug it and power back up and hope that the TBD is in a good mood. If I get lucky and it doesn't flicker, the thing works beautifully. It has great picture and sound, it looks nice, and it has powered usb ports for all my iOS devices. I am going to try and return it after 6 months, hope they can resolve my issue.

    45 of 51 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    awesome

    • Written by from Miami beach

    awesome

    8 of 28 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Was Nervous

    • Written by from Baton Rouge

    I was nervous about this purchase based on some of the reviews I read here but once I got the unit home and hooked it up to a Mac Mini I am very pleased. In my opinion one of the ways Apple really stands out from other PC manufacturers is their displays... this monitor does not disappoint in that capacity and is an excellent companion to a Mac Mini and as a bonus adds three more usb and one firewire ports. Very well thought out!

    12 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I must have gotten a good one

    • Written by from Washington

    Mine is connected to a 17in mid-2011 MacBook Pro. I've owned mine for 4 months. The display is crystal clear and the audio is good. If I wanted better audio I could add a pair of external B&W's, but I don't see a need. I boot to windows 7 with the laptop lid open. Windows 7 look great. I play Need For Speed Hot Pursuit in Windows 7 and the speakers are fine

    I have my Ethernet and USB devices connected to the Thunderbolt Display. This is really slick because when I need to disconnect my laptop, I only have to remove the Thunderbolt and power cable,

    For me me this is very clever product that lives up to what Apple said it would do.

    10 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works well

    • Written by from Canton

    I was a little worried about purchasing this with so many conflicting reviews. I purchased a TB display for work to use with my MBP retina and the 27" Cinema for my MacPro at home as a second monitor. Both have been performing great. Yes the cords could be longer but other than that they work great so far.

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointed

    • Written by from Sewell

    There are only three resolution setting. The text is either too small at the highest resolution setting, or fuzzy at the second highest resolution!

    28 of 59 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great for Photo Processing

    • Written by from Carmel

    I am an advanced amateur photographer, and am VERY happy at the beautiful graphics and the amount of room I have when processing shots in Photoshop. I have had no problem with the fact that the screen is glossy, I simply adjust the screen and it's fine. Definitely worth the bucks!

    17 of 18 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice display - bad sound

    • Written by from New York

    Colors are vibrant and love the screen size. The display speakers have limited bass, almost not there. Will keep my external speakers. Easy hookup. Overpriced.

    17 of 17 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Display with limited Ports

    • Written by from Atlanta

    There's only three USB ports on this "ultimate docking station".

    9 of 17 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Wish it was designed to work with laptops

    • Written by from Portland

    I wanted to hook my laptop to this.

    If this is what you want to do as well, i would advise against buying this product.

    I bought and returned this monitor and a MacBook Air the same day I bought them. The two could not have worked more horribly together.
    - the cable is not long enough and is really rigid so it's extremely awkward to setup because you have to have everything plugged in, then you have to open the laptop to turn on the power. but you can't open the laptop fully since the cord length keeps it under the monitor. This is like wresting a badger from its hole.
    - once you turn on the laptop and can close the lid, it slips nicely under the monitor EXCEPT for the metal on metal scraping, fingers on a chalkboard sound when the two aluminum surfaces slide against each other even the slightest bit
    - the UI went completely wacky with the entire interface askew and the menu bar completely missing the apple in the upper left-hand corner
    - Thousands of dollars and the Apple folks wanted me to keep it a bit longer and wait for a bug fix for the UI -- too bad it's not just software but hardware design issues that plague this product.

    I'm assuming if you don't hook and unhook this to a laptop frequently, it's perfectly fine by this point.

    33 of 63 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Turns a MacBook into a great workstation - Like a giant iPad

    • Written by from Chesapeake

    I was on the fence about spending so much on a Thunderbolt display, but after using it for about 4 months now, I am very pleased with it. The display is like having a giant iPad display on your desk (the good and the bad). As a software developer, I enjoy all the real estate. I'm a big user of gestures so I added a wireless Apple trackpad and keyboard providing a consistent feel to working directly on the MacBook. The display is sharp and the picture quality is very good. Like an iPad, the screen being clear glass, picks up a lot of glare and reflections, so I had to eliminate any light sources from behind my desk.

    Overall, I have gotten use to some of the issues with working with the display combined with the laptop display and moving back and forth between multiple desktops and full screen applications, etc. I generally close the laptop because navigation between multiple desktops is awkward when the laptop display is in play. After adjusting desktop settings, the position of the dock, etc, I have gotten use to working on the Thunderbolt and it has increased my productivity.

    There are plenty of USB connections on the back that are very handy to connect iOS docks, and other devices. I like having the MacBook Pro pick up the network via Thunderbolt via a direct Ethernet connection. The sound quality good.

    I absolutely love the display and hope it keeps working. I also hope that Apple will continue to refine how the operating system interfaces and interacts with the display. The display is attractive and very functional. I think of it was a luxury product. There are other displays out there that will offer the same real estate and screen quality at a lower price point, but this Thunderbolt is more than a display and is just beautiful.

    10 of 13 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Thunderbolt Disappointment

    • Written by from Fort worth

    The Good

    This thing looks awesome on my desk.
    The image is outstanding
    Fit and finish from a designer standpoint is comparable to none
    The sound quality is decent along with the camera

    The Bad
    Connecting it to my macbook is more than just annoying it is painful
    The sound works if you constantly change your settings
    Running your macbook in clamshell mode will cause it to run extremely hot
    You have to have the power connected to your macbook the entire time SMH
    The thunderbolt cord gets HOT!!! like omg hot
    Not to mention the screen flickers non stop for no reason

    I have a 100 dollar apple TV connected to my TV and I use Airplay. This system is way cheaper and much more reliable. Do not buy this display if you own a macbook and want bigger screen. I paid 1000 dollars for this thing and here I am 12 hrs later using my TV instead. I love apple products but the thunderbolt display is bad!!!

    68 of 81 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Monitor Rocks

    • Written by from Chicago

    I've purchased 3 of these babies, and quite likely about to purchase a fourth. By far one of my favorite monitors to have ever used. Looks beautiful with zero to minimal configuration, and works fantastic. It took me about 3 weeks to realize the first one also had built in sound, but once I did the sound they pump out is great for such a small package. If you have a grand (or 4 in my case) to purchase a monitor for your MBP, or any other mac offering thunderbolt, do it... It does seem like a lot, but the 27 inches of glory this provides, plus the very well performing sound makes them very much worth it.

    The only thing I could possibly think would make this monitor BETTER, would be if those 27inches were a Retina Display, I seem to run out of room quite often... but then again I run about 30 programs with 400 windows open at a time (maybe somewhat exaggerated on the amount of windows). Which makes the 15 inch retina next to it a fantastic tool to have at your side.

    11 of 23 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best Monitor Period!

    • Written by from HIlo

    Apple proves itself again to be the absolute best around. Just played bought and played Angry Birds "Star Wars" from the app store on my new mac mini and apple monitor with my son....and it was awesome!

    By day I own and operate a web and graphic design firm and we have only bought iMacs up until now. This mac mini and monitor is for my home office and I couldn't be happier with this combo.

    Highly recommend this combo...at least until the new 27" iMacs come out in December!

    16 of 21 people found this useful