• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Truly Amazing

    I had to admit, like most of you probably are, I was a little hesitant about even thinking about spending $1,000 on a monitor. Seeing it finally in stores though, I decided to make the leap, and while I felt guilty at first, I'm so glad I did. This thing is amazing! Not only is the display the best I have ever seen, having one cord access to additional ports, a decent sound system, and a better webcam, is extremely efficient for anyone trying to pull off the laptop/desktop workspace. I currently own an 11" 2011 MBA, performance is still fantastic even with the display plugged in. Previous clam shell mode issues must have been fixed, I use it daily with no problems. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a display to accompany there Apple laptop. You will not regret dropping the cash on this gorgeous piece of techonology.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing

    Definitely deserves 5 stars. I think the average rating on this product is being weighed down by people giving it 1 star because they didn't bother reading the product description, or even the title. This is a thunderbolt display, meaning you must have a thunderbolt connection. I don't understand the confusion, but this has been getting many 1 star reviews for that reason.

    Besides that, this display is amazing. It is crisp, sharp, and very bright. Games and videos just look great. And the screen real-estate allows you to multitask very easily as well. I'll never be able to go back to anything smaller. Surprisingly, the speakers give off amazing sound. There are 2 speakers, and a one inch subwoofer inside that are great for casual listening.

    Overall, this display is incomparable with any other. If you look for any other monitor with thunderbolt connection, similar speakers, or similar pixel count, you'll find that $999 is a great deal. Definitely worth the money. I highly recommend you go to an apple store and try it out if you have any doubts about purchasing.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome!

    I just brought this Thunderbolt monitor home to pair it up to the MBA and the setup is just awesome. The docking features are great where I can hook all my accessories to while keeping a really clean desktop. It is so clean, I am actually using it on my kitchen bar since that is where I spend most of my time.

    It is well worth the price since if you look at comparable spec monitors, they cost just as much or even more than this unit. Samsung will be bringing a 27" with similar specs out in 2012 but it will be $200 more. Totally happy with this purchase and I am a converted former Sony fan.

    17 of 19 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing!

    I work with computers all day and I often come up with plenty of work to do on my computer. This extra display does everything it is suppose to and more. I use it with my MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and iMac. The display is clean, crisp, and clear. As a dual display option with the iMac you get more screen and work space, what more could you ask for? It allows you to work with presentations, spreadsheets, documents, movie and music software in full screen mode and still have more space to work on something else. With the a stand, keyboard, and mouse, it makes your MacBook Air and MacBook Pro come to life with a huge screen and ease to work with multiple documents on one display. Totally worth every penny, another amazing Apple product.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful Display

    Recently purchased the Thunderbolt display with a new Macbook Air. What a fabulous combination!! Everything worked perfectly right out of the box. A great example of Apple product development. I do a lot of photo work and the large screen/resolution is wonderful!!

    35 of 55 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    GLOSS is horrible

    Cool monitor....but if you actually have to work on it it is brutal on your eyes. The gloss is terrible if you work in a room with any light whatsoever. It's like staring in a mirror.

    I don't understand why they didn't make this a matte finish.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Gutting time waster

    After years of boasting I never had a problem with a piece of apple hardware I find problems with not one but two pieces of kit. I have the latest 27" iMac and the last MacBook Air. Both with thunderbolt ports and both great bits of kit. I thought I'd treat myself to a Thunderbolt Display, despite the price... I picked one up in Bristol this lunchtime, got it home, hooked it up and then nothing. Tried it with both pieces of kit, osx and windows. Tried both the built in thunderbolt cable and a separate one thinking it might be the cable. Still nothing. Took it back and got a replacement, got that home and hey presto another duffer. Managed to get it going in osx but on rebooting the iMac it was completely dead. The only way to get it to work was to pull the thunderbolt cable and plug it back in. Same for the MacBook Air. Tried it in windows / bootcamp on the iMac and nothing I tried would get it to work. Updated windows, updated bootcamp drivers (osx was already updated), rebooted, disconnected and reconnected etc. and still nothing. Got a refund but wasted 150 miles of driving, nearly £20 in bridge tolls and most of my Saturday. The only good thing was the staff at the store. Shape up apple and build us a new thunderbolt display, a thin one like the iMac. One that works with windows please!

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Returned because of unbearable glare and lack of height adjustment

    I really wanted to love this display. I appreciated that it had a power connector for my new MacBook Pro, the colors were rich, and type super crisp. However, at the end of every day, I had a splitting headache. When I switched to my other monitor to get some files off my old machine, I realized the Thunderbolt's glare was to blame for my headaches. Also, at 5'4", I'm on the shorter side. I have to work to adjust my desk to fit me ergonomically. Because the display lacks any height adjustment, it was too high for my natural gaze. I wasn't about to replace my desk and chair to accommodate this monitor. So, due to its unbearable glare and its lack of height adjustment, I returned the Thunderbolt to Apple for a refund. I don't recommend the product.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful, unreliable display. Wish I hadn't bought it.

    The visual quality of this display is amazing. It gives me an incredible amount of joy to use it... when it works. The frustration of dealing with it makes me wish I had just spent the money on a non-Apple HDMI or DVI display.

    My first display burnt out after a year (right before the built in warranty expired). Apple replaced the tube with a new one... that had a dead pixel in it, and trapped dust—right in the middle of the screen. The Apple store graciously replaced it with a brand new packaged display, but the new display still has the same unreliable connectivity issues with my MacBook in terms of the display dropping USB connectivity and overall connectivity to the laptop (e.g., not waking from sleep).

    15 of 16 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Stunning, simple, brilliant

    I just bought this to support a great desktop experience paired with my MacBook Pro 15" Retina. It's a perfect product; trivial to set up, great performance, and stunning clarity. Microphone, camera, speakers are all hidden but high-quality.

    Not to be missed. I bought this instead of a buying a Mac Mini to pair with my old PC screen as a desktop replacement. The combination of the MacBook Pro and the Thunderbolt Display is significantly better than a Mini + Display.

    16 of 18 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Glad I took the leap, so far SO GOOD

    I was nervous after reading all the mixed reviews. Yesterday I bought a MacBook Pro (13" Retina) and Thunderbolt display at the Apple store. So far I'm glad I did.

    My experience with the TBD has been *near* flawless. There was one hiccup on the bootcamp side (TBD not recognized). A reboot (with the display connected) fixed that problem.

    Some have complained about sound quality. All I can say is that if you want really good sound, you need real speakers. I find the sound to be good enough for the likes of watching YouTube etc.

    The image quality and aesthetic of the display itself are both gorgeous. I was really worried about glare and eye strain. So far not an issue, though I haven't spent a full day with it yet.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing display

    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.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best in Class

    I own a recording studio and I purchased this for my mac book pro at home. I am extremely satisfied with my purchase. Only downside is that it needs a power button and I need a Thunderbolt port on my mac pro in the control room a the studio. Thunderbolt is the future , great product. Thank you apple.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Flawless and an Excellent Addition to any existing Mac!

    I recently updated my Mac setup at home,

    after using a 3.06Ghz dual core with a Samsung B2200 display, thought i'd had a great setup, but after making the change to a 2.07GHz Quad Core with 16GB of RAM i though i'd update my second display too, this display is beautiful, the colour matching to the iMac is fantastic for a start, but i have never witnessed such seamless integration using a second display, the viewing angle is off the hook, and you only notice a change in quality if you're not looking at the screen at all!

    I use High end programs such as After Effects and Final Cut Pro endlessly and now i have this amazing quality second display i am sprawling every piece of my programs across both screens as i never loose referencing quality with this display.

    also, with thunderbolt connections and daisy chaining possibilities, this is a future-proof piece of kit!

    10 million stars, quite the financial pinch, but well worth it!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    simple elegant design beautiful display

    This display reduces clutter by having Ethernet, usb and Firewire coalescing in the back of the display and delivered through one cable to the computer. No need for a power plug.

    18 of 22 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Display

    This is one the best best displays I have ever had the pleasure of viewing. Most displays that I use with my MBP don't have the same resolution or brightness as my MBP but this Thunderbolt Display is refreshing to say the least. This display is definitely worth the investment.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good but not great

    Apple always delivers high quality looking products and I am a huge fan (even as a "PC Guy"). But I have to say this is probably the first product that didn't live up to expectations.

    The overall look is great, very crisp and slick. The resolution is as predicted but the glossy screen makes it slightly uneasy on the eyes. I also own a cheap 1080p 24" ACER (I think I paid 200$) for my PC and the quality is definitely better (although the look is horrible lol).

    Resolution Quality: 8/10 (I prefer a more flat crisp image but if you don't mind glossy it would be closer to a 9.5/10 for you)
    Look: 10/10 very nice looking monitor - expecially compared to what is out there
    Price: 4/10 (If it's in the budget, it looks good, works well but is for sure way overpriced)

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Perfect companion for the new Mac Mini!

    I love this display and have had no issues! I do wish they would come out with a model with less glare though! I have it hooked up to my new Mac Mini and love the extra USB ports. firewire, ethernet and Magsafe connection for my MacBook Pro!

    28 of 42 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Turns your laptop into a desktop

    What was never mentioned to me before at the Apple store was that I could use this monitor without opening my laptop. The base of the monitor also operates as a heat sink when the laptop is tucked away under the monitor and on top of the stand. This organization helps to clear my desk. I wish I had known about this indispensable design feature before. I also very much appreciate the perfect integration of the monitor with my macbook pro without any need for adjustments. My work involves intensive graphics and the resolution is perfect with the necessary detail that I require.

    18 of 23 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Weak and overpriced

    It's Apple, so it looks great out of the box but unfortunately that's where it stops.
    There is a constant hissing noise over the speakers due to some kind of interference (which Apple knows about, because they've even coded in a suppressor to turn off all audio when not in use for more than 30seconds). This is impossible to get rid of, even when using alternative sound output. It is widely documented throughout mac forums.
    There is substantial backlight bleeding and uneven tone.
    After a month or so, a partial line of pink pixels has appeared.
    USB ports work intermittently.
    Sure there's a fair amount of desktop space and it's a crisp, lovely image but exactly the same result with fewer problems could be had for half the price elsewhere. The fact that there are built-in problems Apple have failed to properly address in its entire production life is a sad show of the times we're living in. Bitterly disappointed.

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