• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works well, nice design

    • Written by from Steinbach

    I've read some of the more negative reviews of this product and felt I had to chime in. I use this monitor with my 17" MBP, often with the laptop in clamshell; I have had no problems recovering from sleep mode with all my devices waking with the laptop. I have a FW800 drive plugged in all the time for data syncs, and often have at least one USB2 drive plugged in as well. Everything wakes up when the laptop does.

    I have to agree with the complaints about Lion's full screen multiple monitor support. Going full screen on one monitor while still seeing anything on the second is just not possible. It would be a nice tweak if Apple added this mode's support.

    27 of 35 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Worth the price

    • Written by from Seoul

    Like the previous 27" Cinema Display (non-Thunderbolt version), the image quality is superb. Especially in terms of expressing color, this blows Dell or Samsung monitors we have by great margin.

    As for the Thunderbolt connectivity, I haven't had any problem yet when connecting it to a MacBook Pro. It takes a little longer than optimal to turn on when connecting to a running laptop though.

    Another drawback is that it works only with a few recent models of Macs, so please check if yours is compatible before buying.

    23 of 27 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    It's awesome!

    • Written by from Hialeah

    I have two. The quality is outstanding I have them since the first day it came out and so far I'm happy. I can't believe it's has not given my no problem while working of a 15inch mac book pro. I love when things works!

    21 of 24 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great for macbook air

    • Written by from Mount Pleasant

    If you have a new macbook air and don't do a lot of heavy graphics, this combination is incredible. Finally I have a laptop not much bigger than an iPad that's blows away my old desktop, without sacrificing anything. Yes it's a little pricy, but it's 1440p and an unbeatable combination. I just wish it had a headphone jack...

    53 of 88 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Some good, but mostly bad, poor value for the money

    • Written by from Stratford

    First, the positives:

    The display is gorgeous. The colors are sharp and crisp and the contrast is nice. So long as you position the display in an area where you won't get glare or reflections, you'll love the way it looks.

    Now the bad:

    I dock my Macbook Air with this display and it routinely gives me trouble waking from "sleep" mode. I've tried absolutely everything to troubleshoot this issue and nothing seems to work. The display is simply not reliable when it comes to waking when it's supposed to. Sometimes I just get a blank grey screen. Sometimes I get my background image, but without my dock or icons, sometimes nothing happens at all. At least once every two or three days, I have to restart my Mac to get the display to recognize it. At least once every other day I have to unplug the thunderbolt cable from my Mac and then plug it back in to get it to wake up. My trackpad doesn't always wake the display when it's supposed to either. It's maddening.

    For a $900 screen, things like this should be addressed and fixed by Apple, either through firmware updates or software updates for the Macbook Air itself. I really don't know what the solution is, but frankly, I'm not happy. This is one of the only Apple products I've ever owned that gives me this sort of trouble, and it just so happens to be one of the more expensive ones as well.

    My advice, stay away until they figure these buggy problems out. This product is simply not worth the money given the amount of trouble it causes me.

    22 of 27 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    BEST DISPLAY & HUB FOR MACBOOK PRO!

    • Written by from Rio de Janeiro

    This display is absolutely stunning in beauty. I absolutely love it. I can connect my just outdated macbook air 13" and my new macbook pro 15". Yea, add a bluetooth key board to that and a magic mouse and your are set to go. If you are looking for the ultimate setup this is the way to go. This pretty much is the ultimate setup if you get the new 500gb retina macbook pro 15" and a 1tb seagate thunderbolt ssd. 5 Stars!!! Highly recommend.

    24 of 31 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing

    • Written by from Westminster

    This truly is the ultimate docking station for your MacBook Pro. Screen looks spectacular and built in MagSafe adapter is brilliant!

    30 of 43 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Makes the Ultimate Workstation for an MBP

    • Written by from san Jose

    I am a video editor and love this display with my MBP not only because it gives me a huge, immersive workspace, but that's just the beginning. It's also a very convenient dock for my ubiquitous external drives and makes disconnecting the laptop and heading out much easier.

    It creates a more ergonomic workstation for me and reduces desktop clutter. This allows me the enjoy and combine the best elements of a desktop computer with the convenience of the laptop.

    I highly recommend adding the bluetooth keyboard, Magic Mouse, Magic Trackpad and a Twelve South BookArc Desktop Stand to create the ultimate, state of the art video editing workstation with MBP portability.

    I have not had it long, but the performance and resolution are excellent and you really haven't surfed the web or watched web videos until you've surfed with this setup (on Lion especially, with the Safari zooming enhancements). Load a page, hit a few CMD+'s and your jaw will drop.

    Intense.

    40 of 63 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Size Matters.....

    • Written by from McKinney

    I have this monster connected to my 2011 MacBook 11 inch Air i7 at the office. When I travel I enjoy the freedom of the Macbook Air 11inch, but when in the office, I can connect this with the one cable, have everything connected to the back of the Display, as my Cat6, USB's, Bluetooth Keyboard, Mouse/Trackpad, power, and etc. Then connect it to the Macbook Air and now have a screen that I can enjoy and work from at the office as a full 27inch desktop. This is a must have at the office, so I have another one at home.

    61 of 105 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    If you like flushing your money down the drain, buy this faulty product!

    • Written by from San Francisco

    Apple will never admit it because there is too much money to be made, but this product obviously suffers from some serious design flaws. There is no excuse for a power supply AND logic board failure for a product that is only 1.5 years old! When it worked, the quality of the display was great, but dealing with Apple and their repair service price gouging has left me permanently soured (and I”ve been a customer for 20 years). There are comparable non-Apple monitors out there for a lot less money. And you will find better customer service at your local DMV.

    21 of 26 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

  • 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.

    18 of 20 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Eventually Bought two for my 15" MBP

    • Written by from Saint Louis

    I run a 2,2 GHz i7 MacBook Pro with 16 GB of RAM. I has issues with my earlier "LED Cinema Display" (that is, the non-Thunderbolt stye) that caused problems after upgrading my laptop - the display would blank out every hour or two. I gave the display to a colleague of mine as part of an in-house troubleshooting process. We could not replicate the problem on his laptop (non-Thunderbolt vintage), but in the meantime, he fell in love with the display. I subsequently bought the Thunderbolt LED display at my local Apple Store with the understanding "if problems continue, return it." Well, the problems went away, and a month laster, I bought a second Thunderbolt display, and daisy chained it off of the first. What a workspace! Beautiful color accuracy, fast, and plug and play. And my colleague loves my old LED Cinema Display on his MacBook Pro.

    I did discover that when daisy chaining, you must use an external Thunderbolt cable (you can not use the dongle cable that would normally plug in to your laptop).

    This is a fantastic setup! Not cheap, but works great. All of my external connectivity is through one cable!

    17 of 18 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    AWesome

    • Written by from Provo

    Its obviously an amazing display. IT's huge, very sharp image quality. Expensive but you'll love it

    27 of 38 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I dig it!

    • Written by from Carlsbad

    At first I wanted to use this as second larger display for my macbook air, but it's got such a high resolution that I just use it as my sole display, and I use Better Touch Tool to get AeroSnap-like ability. Then with spaces, I can use separate virtual desktops with two apps side by side, or four windows in quadrants. No glare issues for me, it's bright enough that the glare is not a problem. I'm using wireless and not the integrated ethernet interface, so I'm not getting intermittent issues which others are reporting.

    Looks great, works great, but not cheap. Hey Mr taxman, I'm writing this bad boy off!

    If your work puts you behind a monitor all day, I say treat yourself and go for it.

    27 of 38 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A Beautiful Beast

    • Written by from Rex

    Yes, to answer the first question; It's BIG! You get a lot of gorgeous territory to play with once this creature is hooked up. And "hooking it up" could not have been easier. I already keep my 2010 15" MacBook Pro in sleep mode when not in use, so attaching it was simply a matter of attaching the power cord and Thunderbolt cable, and it picked it right up. You have to go into preferences and set you microphone, speakers and network cable which takes about 1 minute tops. I would suggest to all who are going to use this as a desktop replacement and not use the laptop screen you may want to get a Henge Dock to keep your laptop out of the way. Mine sits in the corner of the desk in it's Henge Dock, and when I want to take it elsewhere I simply pull it out of the cradle. Could not be simpler. This display is absolutely beautiful, and Apple thought of everything in port replication. Absolutely worth the expense if you plan to use your MacBook as a desktop replacement. To the people who complained about no power switch my answer would be that most people don't turn their computers off anymore. It's just as cheap to put them in sleep mode, uses no more power, quicker to start and much less wear on the computer.

    27 of 38 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Display

    • Written by from Irvine

    I've been using my new Thunderbolt display for just over a month. This display is amazing. I use it with my MacBook Air at the office and I simply connect the Thunderbolt display and I am connected to the network via gigabit ethernet. I also have access to my external kit - Firewire 800 HD, USB printer, etc. Little to no effort when connecting, it just works, very well. I highly recommend this display. In fact, I just ordered another one for the house. You can't go wrong with the 27" Thunderbolt display.

    21 of 26 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Severe processing drain

    • Written by from Brooklyn

    I use this monitor in tandem with a late 2011 MacBook Pro and my digital audio workstation (Cubase). When I get 15/20 minutes into a session I start hearing the jarring sound of digital grinding as my processor becomes overwhelmed. At that point I unplug the monitor and go back to the Macbook Pro monitor and then I have plenty of headroom for processing and audio sounds normal again. I have tested with Geekbench and a few other programs and this phenomena is clear as day with between a 30/40% decrease in processing with the thunderbolt dispay after 15 minutes. Genius bar was unable to help--suggested it might be a power problem but a power conditioner didn't solve the issue. It seems like thunderbolt cable gets jammed up after a period of time. Now I have a 1k monitor that I can only use for 15 minutes before unplugging.

    18 of 21 people found this useful