• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Wow!

    I have had my MB Air since Thunderbolt was introduced but did not need to purchase a Thunderbolt monitor. I have an old first generation HD Display monitor that I use with my 1st generation Mini and have been toying with the idea of replacing my Mini with a new model but found out that my HD Display won't work with the new Thunderbolt optioned Mini. Needless to say I was bummed but then I considered purchasing a new 27" Thunderbolt monitor instead of a new Mini. I'm glad I did. The connectivity is great. I did not purchase a BT keyboard instead bought a USB full size keyboard and a Magic Mouse which is also great. That left me two more ports on the back of the monitor for my two printers, one a Brother MFC color laser the other a Dymo twin label printer to print labels and stamps. There are two more USB's on each end of the USB keyboard that I used for USB drives and/or a card reader. I'm glad to see there is still Firewire connectivity for my old Canon video camera and my older Vuescan Flatbed scanner. The monitor turns on when I plug my MB into the Thunderbolt and comes alive when I close the lid. Right now I cannot say anything bad about this great monitor.

    19 of 23 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Absolutely Gorgeous Display (Note: Bootcamp Users)

    MacBook Pro 10,1 15" Retina, 4-core i7/ 2.7GHz, 16GB
    Mac OS X 10.8.2, Win 8 Pro VM and Win 7 Ult native with Bootcamp.
    (Because of work I have to dance with the devil.)

    TBD exhibited completely flawless Mac OS operation. Absolutely beautiful display. Interface connection a breeze - excellent design - good riddance DVI !

    Only display issue was with Bootcamp. No joy on the TBD at first. Bootcamp-Win7 process for loading drivers failed to copy over / load thunderbolt driver to Win 7 OS. Win 7 (audibly) acknowledged connection and disconnection of Thunderbolt cable and recognized the display's USB ports in the Windows Devices and Printers Control Panel but display was blank and not recognized in Window's Display Control Panel. Had to load NIVIDIA drivers manually in Win7. Much thanks to Mac tech support. It took, after several tries with tech support, a Mac certified technician to help me figure this out. All's well that ends well and I don't necessarily expect Apple to be solely responsible for all things Windows related and vice versa. (I hope this helps anyone who may have had the same issue in Bootcamp.)

    Now everything is perfect. Still giving it 4.5 stars because nothing can touch it that I've seen and it is so very worth any trouble I had with respect to Windows. I recommend no active light sources in a reflective path behind the viewer in order to fully appreciate this excellent display without reflections.

    Like to see USB 3.0 ports and an HDMI input option on back.

    BTW, the MacBook Pro is a very fine machine as well...running any OS. It has a nice display also, so I'm told.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent display, buying 2 more.

    I have had the 27" Thunderbolt display for over 6 months now at home and use it daily with a MacBook Pro Retina 15", Mac Mini Server, and also previously used it with a MacBook Pro 15" (Late 2011). The quality, sharpness and color rendition of the display are beyond words and as a display it's hands down the best I've used, including over 5 different displays in the 24" range from other manufacturers. I do software engineering and Photoshop work all day for a living. We are buying two more for our business this week if that tells you anything.

    It's true that the thunderbolt adapter has problems with docked USB devices from time to time, and sometimes the graphics don't switch over smoothly, but that's happened with every monitor/docking station combination I've ever used. If you like matte monitors then this one might not be for you, but personally I like the contrast and color rendition of a glossy screen monitor a lot more. If you're judging the monitor by the quality of the speaker interface or docking features, you're doing it a disservice because as a monitor, which is it's prime reason for being, it is outstanding. Highly recommended.

    16 of 17 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    TBD, Another Excellent Apple Product!!!

    Display works great turning my 15" late 2011 MBP into a wonderful desktop workstation.

    I have had the display for about a month now and love it. I have not experienced any of the issues that I have seen discussed in other reviews, such as the USB ports not working correctly or issues waking up my MBP. I did however experience the screen blacking out a few times within a two day period where the screen turned off an on in a split second sequence which was mentioned by several users as an issue on another Mac forum, but after doing some further investigating, I found my Thunderbolt cable was a bit loose and this seemed to fix the issue which has not occurred again.

    I use an Apple wired keyboard, which is left plugged into one of the USB ports on the back of the display along with a wireless Trackpad and simply hit the space bar to wake the MBP up when it is in sleep mode and connected via Thunderbolt.

    I usually use the display with my MBP in clamshell mode in a Bookarc, and love the graphics of the TBD. I have also used the TBD with my MacBook Pro open as a second screen and think the design is fantastic and simple to adjust depending on the physical location of each screen.

    Another great product!!! Two thumbs up!!!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    excellent display

    I bought this at an apple shop in the UK. What immediately struck me was the build quality. This display will obviously last a very long time. It works very well with my Macbook pro 15 inch .

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  • 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.

    28 of 41 people found this useful

  • 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

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Thunderbolt Display and Retina Macbook Pro

    Picked up the Thunderbolt Display for my photo editing work. Very pleased with the resolution, especially since I'm used to the Retina quality on my late 2013 Macbook Pro. Simple, elegant, Apple ease of use since the display provides power for the Macbook and a dock for peripherals. I plugged in the display attached the power and Thunderbolt connection to my laptop and was up and running. I paired an Apple Keyboard and Trackpad via bluetooth to complete my new workstation. At $999 it's pricey and has the USB 2.0 ports rather than 3.0 and is the reason it's not a 5 star rating. The speakers are not super loud but are clear and the display sleeps and wakes on command. Very happy with the purchase. I did buy Applecare as some of the reviews were concerning.

    17 of 20 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.

    16 of 18 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    No matte option. Glare unbareable.

    The matte screen protectors don't help. They make the monitor look blurry because there is a thick layer of glass in front of the screen. Matte films need to be part of the design.

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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).

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

    15 of 16 people found this useful

  • 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.

    28 of 42 people found this useful

  • 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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