• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Was Nervous

    • Written by from Baton Rouge

    I was nervous about this purchase based on some of the reviews I read here but once I got the unit home and hooked it up to a Mac Mini I am very pleased. In my opinion one of the ways Apple really stands out from other PC manufacturers is their displays... this monitor does not disappoint in that capacity and is an excellent companion to a Mac Mini and as a bonus adds three more usb and one firewire ports. Very well thought out!

    13 of 14 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!

    17 of 22 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Mundelein

    Love it!! it's easy to forget in the PC world....this sort of quality would cost you minimum 1200 bucks....and that doesn't even come with TB. Love the fact it has connector for power to my macbook. And I finally understand why they only do this in high gloss. It's easy to clean :).

    31 of 50 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    27" Thunderbolt Display WOW!

    • Written by from Copley

    This is a terrific product. I have been using it with my 13" MacBook Air for the past several months with no major problems.

    I do think the OSX Lion software still needs a little work. I am convinced Apple will continue to support this product fully for the forseeable future.

    22 of 32 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Colors are vivid

    • Written by from Novato

    Great monitor. I use in tandem with my laptop to get two screens. Pretty cool. Connects via USB and has 3 more addition USB plug-ins.

    16 of 20 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from PORT SAINT LUCIE

    Its freaking massive.
    I mean its bigger than my 1st apartment.
    Love it. Love it. Love it.
    I can't go back to another monitor.
    I can't.
    I won't.

    21 of 30 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great monitor but other features far behind the times!

    • Written by from Rocklin

    This was a phenomenal addition to my desktop when originally purchased but it desperately needs updated! Although I'm still very pleased with its performance as a monitor, the connectivity features are far behind the times. It only supports USB 2.0 in an era when all of Apple's MacBooks (pro and air) are zipping along with USB 3.0.

    12 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Superb product

    • Written by

    I've just receive my Apple Thunderbolt Display (27-inch). Plugged it in, turned it on, and voilà -- perfect in every sense of the word. Exactly what I've expected from Apple. I read some of those bad reviews, and I totally disagree with any of them. Either the previous OS were not ready for this display (I've OS 10.9.3), or some people just need to vent ...

    14 of 17 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic monitor, but getting OLD

    • Written by from MISSISSAUGA

    this monitor is amazing however it is no longer the top dog in mainstream monitors. the new DELL 4K has it beat in all categories except built in web cam.

    14 of 17 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Glare, reflection, glare, reflection. Did I say glare already???

    • Written by from Brisbane

    The monitor has a highly reflective surface resulting in intolerable glare and reflection. Any other monitor I have ever used is superior to this product.

    The glare is so bad, that I find myself moving my head or the windows on the screen so they appear at a spot that has the least glare. I am using this monitor at work (if I bought it myself I would have dumped it back where it came from the first day). There is a window behind me and the glare is especially bad when it is bright outside (which happens a lot).

    This monitor is a total engineering failure.

    Pros: You can use it as a mirror (expensive but mediocre mirror). It has an apple logo on it and some people go gaga over that. (It means it was expensive and indicates your elevated status in the social hierarchy. Since I use it at work this does not help me.) Looks sleek when not in use. If you are a narcissist you may find staring at your reflection instead of doing work quite pleasing.

    33 of 55 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Kent

    I can only speak to the performance of the setup I'm working with, but I have a mid-2012 MacBook Pro running OS X 10.8 hooked up to this display and I have no complaints. The extra screen space this display offers is priceless and everything looks fantastic with no noticeable dips in performance running games or video on the display.

    This display will only be nicer when Mavericks comes out and I can use OS X's full-screen windows on the display and my MacBook Pro. Also, USB 3.0 would be nice, but I got wall outlets and power adapters in the meanwhile. ;-)

    12 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Thunderbolt LLB with MacBook Air

    • Written by from Loudon

    I love this combo. I had read some poor reviews with the first model Thunderbolt LLA, but the LLB works great. I will sell my older iMac and just run off one super portable computer. I was a bit worried that my "slower" GHZ Air would run the big display: no problem at all. For a while I had noticed that the 2.8 GHZ iMac was, in fact, slower at most everything perhaps due to hard disk access or whatever. The Air with the Thunderbolt wakes up almost immediately. I get no more slow downs and Safari crashes. Plus, the system is now on my wireless connect almost immediately. The older iMac always took a minute or so. I transferred my menu bar to the big screen. When I want a lot of screen space, I move the mouse seamlessly between screens. When I need less, I just close the cover of the MacBook Air and everything goes to the Thunderbolt. Great work, Apple.

    12 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    27" Thunderbolt display 2013

    • Written by from Camarillo

    I have read many negative comments regarding this display. In my case, I purchased this monitor two months ago for use on my MacMini. Its works great! I do appreciate the screen, particularly after I previously had a LG monitor. It is big enough to "split" the screen between two apps or documents via word & PowerPoint. I have two Seagate desktopThunderbolt drives attached between the Mac & the Monitor and that works as advertised. I also use the display app to attach a Ipad2 to the mini as well. I keep my Itunes on that screen while keeping the 27" free for use on what I am working on. I use the USB port on the back to power the Ipad2. I do not use the speakers as I found them to be too "tinny" for my taste. Rather, I have a great speaker setup with I attach directly to the Mini, instead. The added power cord I use to charge up my MacBookPro. If I get another 27" display, I will use the Thunderbolt connector for that purpose. (We shall see what Maverick looks like in the fall). Finally, ethernet, and all other connections I connect directly to the Mini. I don't know what people are trying to do that makes this monitor seem so bad, but I have no problems with it. Yes, it is pricey, but after viewing LG, Dell, and other monitors over the years, I like what I see. If you have glare issues with this monitor, you will have glare issues with any other monitor out there. The issue is not the monitor but your surroundings. That is not Apple's fault. July 21, 2013, Camarillo, CA., USA.

    11 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Burleigh Heads

    I bought the display today and at first i thought it was a bit pricey, but after a couple of hours I have seen just how good it really is. I have it linked up to my mac mini and haven't had any trouble with it waking up from sleep mode, like others have reported. Also the glossy screen hasn't posed any problem yet. Overall very nice looking and performing product, well worth the large amount of cash.

    23 of 35 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great investment

    • Written by from Amsterdam

    I love everything about this screen. Upgraded from a 23 inch screen and the difference is incredible. Like a huge hot bath. Contrast and sharpness are better than expected and the Thunderbolt cable is very cool too...

    27 of 43 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Sleek, Sexy and Simply Works!

    • Written by from Lancaster

    The high price tag of this display put me off at first, but after some research, the same LG panel in this display is being sold by Dell in their UltraSharp line for $1099. I'm using this with an Early 2011 MacBook Pro and it's simply amazing. It just works beautifully every time. The clarity is amazing and makes my work day so much more enjoyable. There's just nothing I can think of to complain about with regards to this display.

    26 of 41 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Thunderbolt Display and Retina Macbook Pro

    • Written by from Minneapolis

    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.

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    VERY satisfied with this product as an add on for my MacBook Air (mid-2013)

    • Written by from University Place

    I've been running a MacBook Air (mid-2013) with 1.7 Gb i7 processor, 8 GB RAM, HD Graphics 5000, and OS-X Yosemite 10.10.3. I added a Magic Mouse and a full-sized USB keyboard to allow some additional numeric and editing entry ability. I needed a bigger screen for 20+ column spreadsheet management.

    Set up was BETTER than "plug-and-play" ... plug in the monitor, connect MBA to MagSafe cable and Thunderbolt cable, awaken the MBA and presto! - TBolt display is connected. Shut the laptop clamshell and the TBolt display is suddenly primary and brilliant. The display responds to all the Sys Pref settings (delay before shutting down, sizing, etc.) without issues. When the display goes to sleep, a single tap on the mouse or spacebar key immediately brings the display back to full brightness. My display has very even and natural color distribution, and I have scanned suspiciously but not found any failed pixels. I have not yet begun to do photo editing, and I haven't played with the various color balance options, but I'm not concerned right now because everything else is working exactly as I had hoped for (for this set up). If you have a similar set up and current software, I believe this display could offer significant size and resolution benefits. And the best part is ... I can take all this information on the road with a truly lightweight and powerful laptop when I leave home!

    12 of 14 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Outdated And Glitchy

    • Written by from Portland

    When I initially got this monitor in 2011, it was everything advertised, when connecting my macbook, it was totally reliable. Then with each update Apple put out, it started to develop more and more glitches. By the time Mavericks came out, the monitor would regularly crash my Macbook.

    After claiming Applecare 5 times, Apple provided me with a replacement. I thought it would fix a lot of the issues, especially since I upgraded to a 2014 Macbook Pro. Unfortunately, many of the same problems exist, my computer still crashes sometimes when I connect it in the morning, I get screen blackouts when connecting, The wireless mouse gets glitchy and erratic depending on which port I have it connected to, USB ports will randomly stop working, and sound will randomly jump to the internal Macbook speakers.

    Apple seriously needs to upgrade this outdated technology. At this point it is way, way past its prime.

    17 of 24 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Weak and overpriced

    • Written by from NORTHWOOD

    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.

    12 of 14 people found this useful