• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    As a stand alone monitor I'm pleased

    • Written by from Turlock

    It works great with my 2012 Mac mini. I love it

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    27", Thunderbolt BU speed, added USBs

    • Written by from Burnsville

    I disposed 3 PCs and replaced them with one Mac Book Air. Because of the ability to have 3 monitors and ample storage on the 1 TB SSD in the Mac Book, I no longer have to network in the office or over a VPN to my remote office. My center monitor is the Thunderbolt. With this arrangement I am able to connect 3 printers, 2 external Thunderbolt drives, a scanner and a postal scale. I am completely satisfied with the Thunderbolt and my next purchase will be another one for my other office. I just unplug the Mac Book, take it to the other location and plug it in. The multiple ports on the Thunderbolt Display make this very do-able.

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Glossy, must crank up brightness and connectors are odd

    • Written by from Vail

    Many have reviewed that this monitor has a gloss problem, I do too. Definition is certainly good but after hours of spread sheets I find my self looking at those who are passing behind me through the reflection on my screen.

    The other very odd and awkward is the cable that goes into the thunderbolt and power! The energy is accommodated to be laterally placed, the thunderbolt wants to face directly. Why wouldn't both come frontally or both laterally. They could have power cord at least 50% of the other so it can really create a swift loop.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Why no USB 3.0?

    • Written by from Albuquerque

    I bought the 27 in Thunderbolt display to pair with my 27 in iMac (2011). It's a fine monitor and I have managed to work around some of the quirks such as making a spacer to lift it the amount needed to match my iMac ... I must ask why was this necessary but I digress.

    My principle complaint is the lack of USB 3.0 ports. Since my iMac was the last version with USB 2.0 I am feeling the lack of connectivity with external devices like my DROBO S.

    10 of 13 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Owning a Thunderbolt Display is beyond words

    • Written by from Novi

    I usually do not write reviews of products unless it is significant. And the Thunderbolt Display is a joy to own. I purchased this six months ago, and with both the Mac Mini and Macbook Pro 2012 it is phenomenal. Although most people would object to wasting money and purchasing a $ 1000 display, well that is your opinion. Not mine. So let us agree to disagree.

    I use this strictly for photography, file management, photoshop editing, and video clipping. It is beyond words.

    I give four stars only because I dislike the three ports with USB 2.0 speed. The Thunderbolt port is fast, extremely fast. The pixels are clean and bright, a crispness to the images that I have rendered that I did not see before on a PC (Non Apple Display) the color now pops, it actually is quite sharp and the dark detail is amazing. The glare from the screen is not noticeable

    The Apple Thunderbolt Display is an incredible and beautiful display monitor. Its lightning fast thunderbolt port connection is an added bonus. I recommend it if you have the money

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding job Apple!!

    • Written by from Springboro

    I have been using my TBD for over a year and thought it was time to review. AMAZING!! I have used displays from EVERY manufacture ranging from all sizes to high end and low end. This display is far superior to any other display I have ever used. I dock it to my MacBook Pro everyday. I have also used it with a client provided HP laptop. Quality of display is amazing regardless of the unit it is connected to. I have not experienced any of the problems as mentioned in prior reviews. If you want two displays to sit sided by side and match up perfectly, buy TWO Thunderbolt displays. Don't buy two different monitors and expect them to match up. Enjoy!

    10 of 13 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Thunderbolt Display - Top Notch

    • Written by from Baech

    I read some of the earlier reviews and can only confirm the positives already noted. The only issue I have is my inability to daisy-chain to another non-TB display. I am unable to link my other display (Sony) through and configure it with my laptop so that I can run three screens (MBPro, TB display and non-TB display). In fact I like the display so much I am buying another one.

    Overall very satisfied - 5 stars.

    14 of 21 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Simply amazing...

    • Written by from Minneapolis

    This display is incredible! I purchased it to add to my MacBook Pro and it has incredibly rich color, awesome resolution, and powerful sound. The thunderbolt ethernet and USB capabilities are also a major plus and keep my desk clean and organized. The only drawback is the lack of a headphone port on the display but otherwise this is a premium Apple product and definitely worth the money!

    12 of 17 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful Display - Docking Station

    • Written by from Chicago

    Absolutely beautiful display and works great as a docking station. I use mine with a new MBP 17 inch and I absolutely love it.

    29 of 51 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    LEMON: Avoid

    • Written by from Nova Scotia

    I just wanted to share my Thunderbolt story.

    Here is a brief timeline as I'm loosing the will to live at this point.:

    Purchased monitor then after a year (just outside warranty) the monitor decided to not wake up.

    Took it to Apple store where they replaced the Magsafe/Thunderbolt cable. ($350)

    A few months after that it started doing the same thing again.

    Took it back to the Apple store where they replaced the main controller...didn't fix the issue.

    Was informed it would need the main panel replacing at an eye watering ($1200 plus tax)

    Instructed by Apple to take it to another store for a 2nd opinion.

    Same result, was instructed by the store to call Apple Care as they agreed it was 'a bit of a lemon'.

    Apple Care essentially said they could offer a discount on the repair but it would still be just under a $1000.

    So after at least 6 (out of the way) visits to two different stores and countless phone calls, I'm left with investing over $2500 into a monitor which, I'm not willing to do.

    Cost of monitor + repair + repair = $TOO MUCH


    The reason I paid out the money for an expensive monitor was that I wanted something reliable and durable. Neither of these things was achieved and to 'rub salt into the wound' I was politely told by Apple it was just tough luck.


    I have invested heavily in the Apple ecosystem and feel very let down. I'm contemplating shifting my money elsewhere.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    I own 2 Thunderbolt Displays and running them on my 2012 Macbook Air.

    • Written by from Quezon

    I really like the product so much so that I bought another even if I don't know if my MBA 2012 can run two displays.
    It's quite disappointing that this 2015 Apple is backing up USB-C that might pose a problem for Thunderbolt tech... they might drop the technology in the next few years rendering TBDs un useable. Even now that I am looking for a compatible windows PC laptop to use for work that will work with my TBDs i'm having a problem finding one because no one is really adopting the Thunderbolt tech.

    BTW for those who are going to buy a 2nd hand TBD stay clear of the 2011 version because the cable firmware for that TBD edition is not updated which will make the display go blank from time to time but luckily I found a way to get over this problem. Just buy a Thunderbolt Cable from Apple and use that instead of the built-in one.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great experience - no issues

    • Written by from Bainbridge Island

    I have a MB 15 Retina and it was plug and go from the beginning. This may highlight Apple backward compatibility issues.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    GREAT!!!!!!

    • Written by from martinsville

    I am a teacher and this product has totally changed my classroom I purchased three of these and my students LOVE THIS it dual screens is amazing. My students are Kindergarten and they use a lot of ABC mouse and Math in Focus and both need great grfics and this product is wonderful with it. I also purchased 4 mac Book Pros and my classes love both product and my school is going Mac Pro. My school is going to buy them for everyone and they are going to be in all of our 16 computer labs!!! I encuage All people to buy Mac Products.

    8 of 10 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Bought This today!! So awesome! But..

    • Written by from East Peoria

    So, I bought a MacBook Pro 3/1/2013, non retina, and it's been so great for me! I am a college student studying design, and the 15in screen just wasn't cutting it. So, I have been debating and researching monitors. It came come to the TB or Dell Ultrasharp U2713H. I was going to go the Dell route because it was cheaper, but I went to the store and 3 people told me to stick with Apple and it would be a great investment in the long run. So, I bought the TB display today and can't get away from it! It's so awesome! You can run dual monitors with your laptop, or close the lid and use the TB Display only. I thought he glossy would bother me, since my MBP is anti-glare, but it's ok in my environment, so it was not a deal breaker. I was worried about the USB ports being 2.0, but I have had my Waacom tablet plugged in all day using it and it's been completely fine and fast. I have not plugged anything else into it though. The only thing I had a problem with, was when I logged onto this site to read a couple reviews before I posted this, the screen went black and started flickering and was distorted and then went completely black. So, i opened my laptop and it stayed black. Then I just unplugged the TB cable from my laptop and the laptop came back on, so I replugged the TB cable, and not it works just fine. Not sure what that was all about but hopefully it doesn't do it too much. I've only had it for a day, so we will see what happens in the future.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Monitor

    • Written by from White Lake

    I've purchased this monitor for my 2013 Mac Pro 6-core after almost 4 years of extreme satisfaction with a Mid-2010 iMac 21.5". I considered other brands of 2560x1440 monitors but being able to SEE one out in the wild (brick & mortar) seems to be impossible these days, i.e. online only! The other brands' monitors in stores were just lousy even for standard monitors. The leading online retailer is great at handling returns IF it came from THEM but I just wasn't up for the gamble considering how picky I am, so being able to see THIS one in the Apple Store helped seal it for me.

    Having the 3 USB ports behind the screen same as on the iMac is definitely a plus, even if 2.0 they can be used for charging iPhones, etc. although the TB port may be better utilized as USB 3.0 with 6 TB on the MP. The speakers sound better than most LCD/LED HD TVs.. not tinny if using the iTunes equalizer, and no vibration. The bottom edge of the monitor sits about 1" higher than the iMac screen when resting on the 12 South Hi-Rise but the foot sticks out about .25" further than the iMac. Sure the TBD reflects a decent amount but maybe the photog "professionals" should try working in the DARK like we used to in the days of FILM! Working with a single CFL light placed behind the monitor I see little reflection on my beautifully crisp Thunderbolt Display. Another great Apple product, hope Apple comes out with a 4K monitor!

    10 of 14 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Absolutely Stunning!

    • Written by from Los Gatos

    I had my new MacBook Pro 15 inch for a week and for the office I decided to improve my productivity with adding this absolutely incredible Apple Thunderbolt Display. It is fantastic in all ways; resolution, color crispness, integration with my MacBook Pro, iOSX, quality of controls (there isn't any), packaging, the Apple store experience, everything. Just plug in the power cord, another cord to the laptop and voila! It works superbly.

    After working with Microsoft Windows and related software and hardware since Windows 2.11, I just realized that I was a self punisher for my entire career. I will never take my fingers off this awesome Apple product and I am an even bigger devoted fan.

    10 of 14 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Display

    • Written by from Nashville

    Use it every time I'm at my desk with a Retina MacBook Pro and I love it.

    8 of 10 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Extremely pleased

    • Written by from Denver

    I use mine as the monitor for a Mac Mini. I really couldn't be much more pleased with it. I did have some issues once or twice with it not waking up (as many reviews have mentioned), but that issue was fixed with an OS X update. It's been at least 9 months since I last had the issue.

    This is a beautiful piece of equipment. It is glossy. If there is a window behind you, you're going to have issues seeing the screen. It is extraordinarily bright in a dark room. I fixed that issue by installing f.lux on my Mac. It changes the tint of the display noticeably at night, but makes it easier on the eyes. It was a little off-putting at first, but I don't even notice it anymore.

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Lindo pero malo

    • Written by from ciudad autonoma de buenos aires

    The ATD 27" is the worst apple product I have owned ever! Very limited connectivity options, no backward compatibility, and it simply is unpredictable when it works. Wont wake up from sleep, display goes blank. Does not play nice with Yosemite! I can go on and on and on. I have dumped it for now and have switched to competing brand and that thing works!

    13 of 21 people found this useful