• 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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    DO NOT BUY!!!!!!!!!!

    • Written by from Gloucester

    After time my display started making horrible static noise! This is a very common problem that lots of people experience, you can even read about that in these reviews. HORRIBLE!

    319 of 393 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works as Advertised

    • Written by from Morgantown

    I use this display in conjunction with an MBPro from 2011 (i7 CPU, SSD). Thus far it has performed according to expectations. The ethernet and USB integration is fine. It's incredibly convenient to take my MBPro out of its case, make two connections, turn it on, and be up and running. I'm not a Mac "fan-boy." I use Windows and Linix machines as well. I've only had it a couple days but it simply works and that's often the best thing about Apple products.

    118 of 135 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    $1000 boat anchor

    • Written by from Warrenton

    Worked well for a year, then had major audio problems (static, quite loud). Finally, it was powered off to try and fix the audio and then the display went black. Not working at all now. VERY disappointed in Apple, there doesn't seem to be any quality control any more for their products. I will never buy another Apple monitor again.

    292 of 341 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I LOVE my Thunderbolt Display

    • Written by from Limestone

    After having my TBD for about 8 months now, I still absolutely LOVE my display. I have my TBD connected to my late 2011 MBP and they work great together. I was just reading over all the other reviews and was quite surprised to see so many complaints and problems with their TBD's. I actually bought my TBD refurbished (great money saver) and didn't notice any scratches or anything, great condition. I love the resolution on this display, watching movies and tv shows from itunes is amazing.

    31 of 37 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great display but cannot recommend

    • Written by from Delaware

    One item before I say why I don't recommend this display -

    1) Visually, this is a great display and was a perfect companion to my MacBook Pro.

    The problem is the noise! I purchased the display in 2011. Fifteen to sixteen months later it begins to make a noise that literally drives me up the wall. Best description as print is "Tszzzzzzzz". Research shows it's caused by the LED driver / power supply. Noise increases as brightness is increased. Even at an unusable low brightness, I still cannot stand the constant background noise coming from the display. Seems to be emanating from the lower right quadrant of the display.

    I gather this problem is a hit or miss proposition - some don't generate the noise, some people aren't bothered by the noise, or, like me, some cannot abide the noise. I've heard of some people getting their displayed swapped out at the Apple store but I'm 18 months after purchase...

    102 of 116 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    If you get one that works, its great.

    • Written by from pelham

    Two weeks ago i purchased a TBD from the apple store in soho, and immediately put it to work with my 2011 mbp. The ethernet connection and USB ports have intermittent connectivity when plugged in, and where I never or very rarely have experienced kernel panics before, they are now a regular event when plugged into the display. I expect more from apple products, especially a $1k display.

    110 of 132 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Wish I Could Return it

    • Written by from Sparta

    Worst monitor I've ever used for photo editing. The stories you read about the monitor hurting users' eyes are true. I bought a 27" iMac and would return it tomorrow if I could. On top of the monitor's usability problems, with the new iMac, there is no video in. Apparently, Apple wants to sell you everything you view on the iMac. Do not buy this monitor.

    113 of 178 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Looks great when it works. Terrible with Bootcamp.

    • Written by from Mandeville

    The monitor is awful with Bootcamp. I've never not had random quirky problems with it. My Cinema Display was way better in terms of working correctly in windows. There is no way to disconnect/connect it while the computer is on. For some reason, the USB ports on it will randomly stop working and require a reboot to fix. Brightness controls on the keyboard don't do anything. For $1000, I would expect it to work better. Not a driver issue either.

    92 of 117 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    MUST BUY

    • Written by from Pueblo

    This is the best Apple product that I have invested in. Its completely worth 1000! The display, size, resolution and quality is just amazing and to die for! If you want a desktop display for your laptop this is it. Apple did an amazing job making this aluminum body display screen!

    56 of 81 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Dont Bother, only gave it one star because i couldn't select 0 stars

    • Written by from Bedford

    This is a great monitor, potentially, but has turned into the most expensive dust gathering object yet for Mac os X, as Apple seem to be able to miss, by a country mile, the point of a second monitor on one of its products. As for the most part it is useless under Mac os X with the new style full screen apps that, when in full screen mode, blank out the second screen, rendering it useless for additional apps you might want open at the same time. Think i will go back to windows.

    110 of 193 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Useless w/o Thunderbolt computer or laptop...

    • Written by from Buffalo

    Customers with Macs that only support Mini DisplayPort output, such as the Mac Pro and MacBook, as well as previous generations of MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Mac mini, and iMac can not use this as their display. I currently own an older MacBook Pro and would love to buy this display to use now, but in ANTICIPATION of eventually getting a Thunderbolt-capable laptop or Mac. I can't do that. Does Apple want me to buy the Cinema display now and the Thunderbolt display next year? Not happening.

    67 of 151 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Crystal clear

    • Written by from Somerville

    Works perfectly. Only gripe is I kind of wish it had an audio output. I assumed it did but I was wrong. After I get used to this may pick up another for dual TB displays. Still on the fence about if I need another one though.

    Would I buy again.. you betcha.

    50 of 69 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Amateur Hour...

    • Written by from Nashville

    No fixes. STILL no matte option. Nobody listening... pathetic...

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    It would be perfekt if...

    • Written by from Nacka

    I've had my display soon for a week, and I am quite content with it. It is quality all through. There is however one problem. My display won't wake up with my MBP. The display stays in sleep mode.

    I was in contact with apple support regarding this and got the answer that it is a known bug. The work-around is that i have to pull out the thunderbolt cord from the MBP and put it in again. Then the screen wakes up again. That is HIGHLY annoying. Until apple fixes that issue I will have to keep on doing that.

    207 of 237 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    So many problems.

    • Written by from Montreal

    I should've read the other reviews before purchasing a brand new MacBook Pro and Thunderbolt display. Plagued with problems.

    1) Display flickers (apparently a common trait)
    2) Unplugging MBP from Thunderbolt display causes MBP to shut down.
    3) Plugging an awake or sleeping MBP into Thunderbolt display is a mess with the display needing multiple plug/unplugs to even turn on. USB, Firewire ports don't work. MBP needs hard reboot.

    The above description is not a rare occurrence but almost every time.

    . . .

    When it's all working it can be very nice but this level of disfunction is not what I expected for $3500 worth of brand new equipment. I am bitterly dissappointed.

    316 of 365 people found this useful