• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful, expensive, imperfect

    • Written by from Charlotte

    The display is beautiful. Crisp colors, great resolution, simple and elegant.

    It's pricey. By the numbers, not great value for money.

    The most frustrating thing about this display is that frequently it fails to recognize the (Apple) usb keyboard plugged into it and to pass through keystrokes to my (Apple) laptop on thunderbolt. For this kind of money, integration across the product line should be smooth and painless.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Average

    • Written by

    Product is fine.

    2 of 17 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good monitor, but needs a little work

    • Written by from Spanish Fork

    I think that this is a good monitor. I have not had the reflection issues that other people have had, though my monitor is in a darker space, as I'm a professional film editor. Perhaps with a lot of light you would have more issues. It's hard to read the other reviews without a bit of a filter, as I know most Apple customers are a bit a n a l beyond what is normally acceptable for analility. I don't think it deserves one star. I think that's a bit extreme.

    Having said that, there is an issue with disconnecting my Mac Book Pro from the monitor. Sometimes, not all the time, I will get a funny blue screen of death and have to reboot my computer on the laptop side. Not cool if you had an unsaved document and are just disconnecting to go to a meeting and then have to reboot and changes to a particular document.

    Also, it would be nice to be able to connect speakers to the monitor. And to have more than one thunderbolt port. And c'mon, there really needs to be a USB 3.0. As a film editor, I have drives coming from all over the place that are mostly NOT Thunderbolt. Most are USB or Firewire 800 (which the monitor does have). But a Thunderbolt external drive is 400-500 bucks, so most filmmaker opt for USB 3.0. Sometimes I'll need to plug 3-4 drives in at a time and just can't make it work.

    12 of 13 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    WOW

    • Written by from Niagara Falls

    Stunning

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    So when's the updated version coming?

    • Written by from Gilbert

    I bought this display when it first came out (few years ago?). All in all it not a bad monitor, but I don't think I'd buy one today.
    The best thing about the monitor is the quality of the display. I use this monitor for my MacBook Air, turning my air into my desktop computer. It works well for that.
    The downsides to this monitor are the lack of inputs/outputs namely USB 3.0 and the sound quality.
    The monitor advertises a 2.1 sound output. Well I think they skimped on the .1 portion. There's almost no bass, so listening to music is a little disappointing.
    As I said in the beginning, I wouldn't buy one today because the next one will hopefully be right around the corner with updated tech and features. And I'm assuming it will come in at around the same price as the current model.

    4 of 6 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Gorgeous, but fatal flaw

    • Written by from Madison

    Beautiful size, color, and clarity. I've only seen limited issues with ethernet (generally I keep my wifi turned off while using ethernet, and if it hangs [rare] I unplug and replug it and it works). I like using it as my dock, which is why I got it.

    Major issue is the glare. I'm in an office with two walls being windows - very little direct sunlight - but the glare sends me home with a headache every single night. I've tried all sorts of rearranging of where I sit and where the monitor is WRT the windows. I've even tried ordering the $100 anti-glare screen from the apple store. It cuts the glare a little, but not enough, and introduces several other issues.

    This would be great in a room with no other light other than the screen itself. Unfortunately, it doesn't even rate next to a cheap Dell monitor with a built in matte screen.

    26 of 28 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good, but limited.

    • Written by from Gilching

    It's unbelievable..the TBD could have been perfect with just minor changes. But it's crippled by it's biggest pain: it has no HDMI input (or any other Video input for that matter), which renders it useless for anything but new Macs.
    Minor flaws:The sceen color doesn't match my 2012 15" MBP Retina, no power button, the 'old' magsafe.

    Other than that: awesome and though trough (charging, TB Hub, etc.)

    But WHY didn't you just add a simple digital video input..I don't get it.

    17 of 22 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    sound issue with premiere 11

    • Written by from MOUNT GAMBIER WEST

    I am generally happy with the thunderbolt - but I have a problem - when using Adobe premiere elements 11 I have no sound - this is really annoying - all other software, internet etc has sound when required except for the one I need the most. I wanted to edit small clips for my project - not much use on the thunderbolt when you cant hear what you are editing!!! Happy to hear any solutions.

    3 of 5 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    The 27" Thunderbolt Display should come with a pair of glasses

    • Written by from Riverside

    This is my first Mac after a lifetime of PC. I'm getting the hang of it, but that's not the point of this review.

    I decided to buy a Mac and bought the best one I could. As a PC user, I've ALWAYS heard that Macs are more expensive because they come with everything, so I was a little surprised to learn it didn't even come with a basic word processor. REALLY?? Two grand later and I have to buy a friggin' Word Processor???

    This display is beautiful. What isn't so beautiful is that fact that the resolution of the display minimizes the font size to about .2. Almost microscopic, but not quite. How did the guys that make the "best computers in the world" miss the fact that you can't SEE a word on this???

    I'm generously giving this 3 stars, but I've only had it two days.

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  • 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

  • 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.

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  • 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".

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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.

    202 of 232 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Standby Issues and Fatal Crash

    • Written by from Jersey city

    After about a month the display crashed and would not wake from standby or turn on after a reboot. Prior to the crash, I experienced USB and network issues similar to those mentioned in a previous post and wonder whether I got a lemon or there is a more serious problem with the display. An Apple Genius could not get the monitor to reboot and suggested that it might be a faulty logic board or power supply issue. I purchased a new display along with an extended warranty from the Apple store and returned the broken one to Amazon, which said the display was back ordered for another 6 weeks. Its a nice display but it shouldn't crash after a month.

    50 of 65 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    It's mostly good...

    • Written by from West Hollywood

    The display is amazing! Graphics are unbelievable crisp, the colors are awesome!

    The glare issue is pretty bad... you really need to be strategic where you place it to avoid reflection... also it can be pretty intense sitting too close to it all day... need a good 2' deep desk to really be at a comfortable distance.

    58 of 70 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Love the display, but issues with USB and ethernet

    • Written by from Hampton

    Great display, love it. The reason I decided on this display was the ease of connecting all my devices at my desk to the back. I.e. like a docking station concept. However....
    When the display goes to sleep (while I sleep), I loose USB and ethernet when it wakes up. There are many users with this problem, so some patience might be required if you plan to use the ports on the back! I am going to call Apple Support, etc...

    So, 5 starts for style and quality of the display, and 1 start for stability of the connected devices. I'll rate this in the middle.

    52 of 59 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice But Not Enough Pixels

    • Written by from Lake Oswego

    Okay, this is a great display. And okay, it has more then ample pixels for most people. But, for developers and designers creating stuff for the new 2012 iPad, using this display requires either zooming back or panning to create native art. Obviously, less than ideal and not what you're looking for when you're shopping for a mega-display. Hopefully, Apple has something new waiting in the wings, but until they release that phantom, this is their best offering for us and it fails a bit.

    40 of 53 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Sharp display, but unacceptable glare/reflection.

    • Written by from Fremont

    First let me say it really is a beautiful display, the thing is very sharp and colors are noticeably more rich than other LCDs. However, there's just way too much glare even in a moderately lit office environment to use it comfortably for long periods of time. After just a couple of hours of looking at it, my eyes get sore and I have headaches by the end of the day.

    I tried a 3M privacy/anti-glare filter, which quickly eliminated the eye strain and headaches, but it makes the display look absolutely horrible, worse than some bargain bin LCD. The screen is just too big for a filter; while looking at the center of the screen, several inches of the edges are blurred without moving my head.

    Also I've had problems with the Ethernet over Thunderbolt to my MBP that others have reported in forums. I connect/disconnect my laptop several times a day for meetings and eventually the MBP doesn't see Ethernet link anymore unless I reboot (some device enumeration issue?).

    I really want to like this display. I understand the color and sharpness may be a function of the glass, but there needs to be a better medium. What's the point of a great display if you can't look at it?

    50 of 53 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Looks good, but has design flaws

    • Written by from Toronto

    Don't hope to use this monitor as a 'docking station' for your thunderbolt-equipped MBA or MBP; there's no microphone, headphone, or SD-card reader built in. A pity - could have made a fantastic home-base for the mobile crowd. Seems silly, to have lowered the bar, all for the sake of shaving a few dollars off the bottom line.

    29 of 57 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good display but this is not a docking station

    • Written by from Quebec

    The quality of the picture is excellent in a dark room, but the screen is too glossy to be used near a window. I wished I could have used this display as a docking station but unfortunately, the Ethernet connexion only works if you boot your laptop with the display connected. It does not work if you just wake up the computer and then plug the display.

    61 of 67 people found this useful