• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Crystal clear

    • Written by from Somerville

    Works perfectly. Only gripe is I kind of wish it had an audio output. I assumed it did but I was wrong. After I get used to this may pick up another for dual TB displays. Still on the fence about if I need another one though.

    Would I buy again.. you betcha.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Worth it - Simpy great! But...

    • Written by from Valencia

    In short, these displays are best on the market by far (that I have seen), in this price range. The price is actually very close to other high end monitors that do not have all the functionality these do. I own a Apple 27" Mini Display Port (aka MDP - the older model), and TWO of these 27" Thunderbolt (I do Maya and Video editing).

    The Good
    Everything. Sharpness, runs cool, design, color reproduction, I don't get people that could complain about this display. Also, I have a 17" 2.33ghz (quad core) laptop and daisy chain these TB monitors. It works perfectly with the laptop display AND the two displays running different desktops. The older MDP model won't daisy chain until you put it at the end of any other TB device. (Which I don't currently own). This is not a fault of Apple, it is a limitation of MDP. I have firewire plugged into display 1 and I also have a scanner (firewire) plugged into display 2. It all works flawless. I don't need to have the firewire drives in display 1 on for the scanner to work. Very elegant and seamless. I also do use the ethernet and USBs on display 1, and firewire and USB on display 2, which are all flawless. Interestingly, the ethernet on display 2 could also be used, but I don't.

    The Bad
    The 27" MDP (old) display I bought a year ago was flawless. The first 27" TB I purchased had the well known flaw where the fan stays on (when you unplug or sleep your computer). This IS a bug. I returned it to Best Buy, got another one, opened it and tested it (no noise), and it has worked flawlessly ever since. The second one I purchased a few weeks later was also perfect. Just beware, and return it if you encounter this issue. Also, every time I put it to sleep (and disconnect the computer), the displays get swapped, and I can't change them. I have to reboot to put display 1 back in the center, and display 2 to the right.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Hermosa Beach

    I really was hesitant to make this purchase. How much of a difference could it really make I thought to myself? Having had it for six weeks now I am still in awe.

    First, I underestimated how much value there was to being able to work on applications side by side, spreadsheets next contracts, artwork next to powerpoint. Very very helpful.

    Second, having the ports in the back of the monitor is a real treat. Plug in my iPad, iPhone and a Thunderbolt back up drive and all is good in the world. Creates a great work environment.

    Finally, it is just incredibly good looking on the desktop. Brilliant display from the front and almost as amazing from the back.

    There are lots of things apple I like and then the shine wears off. So far this is one of my favorite products yet.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Not for everyone

    • Written by from Waterford

    I currently have a 27" iMac and a 17" MacBook Pro I just purchased the 27" Thunderbolt Display and have it situated right>left on my desk with the 27" and use my laptop to travel and work remote. The display was not exactly what I thought it would be. The biggest disappointment that needs to be fixed immediately is the lack of being able to use full screen apps without the other (secondary) screen going blank. With that being said it is pretty amazing having 54" of desktop in front of you. You can really get a lot of work done, not to mention the amazing appeal it gives your workstation. I am able to run excel permanently on the secondary screen (biz costing) as well as my icalendar (biz scheduling) While working off of the dock and all other applications on the primary screen. For that use alone the money is worth it. Now only if it was a touch screen as well. My employees love it and it saves a lot of time. FIX THE FULL SCREEN APP PROBLEM. I honestly almost returned it when I bought it I could not believe the instant disappointment something so simple and obvious got missed as the first thing I tried to do was watch a movie while I worked lol.... This was a major mistake and my loyalty to apple may change if they are to out there to realize the importance and release a update very soon. If you have one of these I know that you know exactly what I am talking about. With that being said apples concepts in the past never really focused on the full screen application. It is 2013 I have 27" x 2 = 54" of screen I want to be able to USE IT ALL.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good product but mixed feelings

    • Written by from San Antonio

    Make sure you have a Mac book pro that was purchased after Mar 2011 or this product will not work.

    Beautiful display
    Large 27"
    Matches other apple gear
    Similar to a docking station

    Sub par speakers
    $1000 - you could buy an iMac for a few more hundred
    Same thickness and weight as an iMac without the technology

    Haven't decided if I am going to keep it, but it works great!

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Hornell

    First off the size of the display cannot even be disc ribbed in any words, much bigger in person. I think its a decent display, high resolution and nice and glossy. One thing I think apple could have improved on was making this a high resolution anti-glare...

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding Monitor

    • Written by from Pacifica

    I refrained from writing a review on this monitor until I used it for more than a year so I could provide true and useful data.

    Appearance: Like all Apple products, esthetics and appearance are high on the list of importance. The brushed aluminum provides a clean design and the connectors being hidden on rear move the unsightly cables from view.

    Performance: The sharpness of the monitor is unmatched and provides crisp video, graphics and type. the sharpness provides the ability to open numerous applications side by side in smaller panels with no distortion or fuzzy edges like some many other monitors have when resizing panels to be less than full screen.

    Expansion: The additional USB, firewire, ethernet and thunderbolt ports provide the ultimate docking station for my MacBook Pro. The ability to leave your keyboard, time machine backup and ethernet cable connected provides a simple and clean use case.

    Sound: The built-in speakers and amplifier provide superior sound and allowed me to clean extraneous equipment from my desk.

    HD Video Camera: The built-in camera provides outstanding video for conferencing and the convenience of not having to install an HD camera on my desk.

    Sort of Dislike:
    No power button: However, if I put this on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being most important, no power button is 1. Simply putting my MacBook to sleep shuts the monitor down. So I'm not even sure if you could count this as an issue but I needed to write something.

    I have since added two more Thunderbolt monitors, one for my office and one for astronomy workstation and all provide outstanding performance.

    ps: I have been an Apple/Mac user since 1983.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work well with my Macbook air

    • Written by from 香港

    It doesn't work well with my macbook air. Detail can search the key word "Thunderbolt display" from the Apple Offical Forum.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Brilliant, and truly more than just a display.

    • Written by from Milwaukee

    Four months of daily usage, this product compliments my mac mini perfectly. The resolution easily surpasses most all of the competition. It is pricey, but the built in ethernet, thunderbolt, firewire, and 3 usb easily makes up for it. I use the display ethernet with the mini ethernet to link aggregate the data signal from my airport extreme base station. Overall, very satisfied with this product.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from SASKATOON

    I'm on my second display after I received a lemon the first time around that started going black within the first month. The new display is still full of problems. The speakers and video do not link up to my Mac Pro and more recently it does not wake up from sleep unless I unplug the display. It is a nightmare, particularly considering the premium price. After 2 years I'm thinking of trying to give it to a computer lab on campus and replacing it with a cheaper 24in screen (as I don't have the budget to buy a second high end screen in such a short period of time). Trying punching "Thunderbolt Display worst" into a search engine and you'll see that I'm not the only one with major problems.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Some good, but mostly bad, poor value for the money

    • Written by from Stratford

    First, the positives:

    The display is gorgeous. The colors are sharp and crisp and the contrast is nice. So long as you position the display in an area where you won't get glare or reflections, you'll love the way it looks.

    Now the bad:

    I dock my Macbook Air with this display and it routinely gives me trouble waking from "sleep" mode. I've tried absolutely everything to troubleshoot this issue and nothing seems to work. The display is simply not reliable when it comes to waking when it's supposed to. Sometimes I just get a blank grey screen. Sometimes I get my background image, but without my dock or icons, sometimes nothing happens at all. At least once every two or three days, I have to restart my Mac to get the display to recognize it. At least once every other day I have to unplug the thunderbolt cable from my Mac and then plug it back in to get it to wake up. My trackpad doesn't always wake the display when it's supposed to either. It's maddening.

    For a $900 screen, things like this should be addressed and fixed by Apple, either through firmware updates or software updates for the Macbook Air itself. I really don't know what the solution is, but frankly, I'm not happy. This is one of the only Apple products I've ever owned that gives me this sort of trouble, and it just so happens to be one of the more expensive ones as well.

    My advice, stay away until they figure these buggy problems out. This product is simply not worth the money given the amount of trouble it causes me.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Dont Bother, only gave it one star because i couldn't select 0 stars

    • Written by from Bedford

    This is a great monitor, potentially, but has turned into the most expensive dust gathering object yet for Mac os X, as Apple seem to be able to miss, by a country mile, the point of a second monitor on one of its products. As for the most part it is useless under Mac os X with the new style full screen apps that, when in full screen mode, blank out the second screen, rendering it useless for additional apps you might want open at the same time. Think i will go back to windows.

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  • 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.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    13 months later ...

    • Written by from Brambleton

    After just 13 months, the display has a strange warped defect in the upper right.

    The audio output from the display's speakers consistently shuts off & I end switching to my Mac Book Pro's speakers.

    The Thunderbolt connectivity really isn't significantly faster than USB or Firewire.

    For those reasons and the cost, this display really isn't worth it. Aesthetically it looks great but in retrospect; I wish I had shopped around for a less expensive solution.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I LOVE my Thunderbolt Display

    • Written by from Limestone

    After having my TBD for about 8 months now, I still absolutely LOVE my display. I have my TBD connected to my late 2011 MBP and they work great together. I was just reading over all the other reviews and was quite surprised to see so many complaints and problems with their TBD's. I actually bought my TBD refurbished (great money saver) and didn't notice any scratches or anything, great condition. I love the resolution on this display, watching movies and tv shows from itunes is amazing.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    The most painful monitors I have ever used.

    • Written by from Livingston

    I don't know why people rave about the Thunderbolt displays. They are so shiny and reflective as to be virtually unusable in a room with any ambient light. Just plain awful.

    30 of 35 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Worst ever product from apple!

    • Written by from Danville

    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!

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  • 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.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great, especially when it's not sunny

    • Written by from ROTTERDAM

    This is the best screen I've had. It's expensive for what it is though, the sound is poor and you'll hear some soft noise when the speakers are activated. The USB hub and ethernet port are fantastic and work great.

    One thing I can't understand: there has been no effort whatsoever to make this screen less glossy. This means you'll have a hard time using it when it's sunny. So this screen is perfect if you like working with the curtains closed, but if you like to work in a sunny office you'll probably want a different screen.

    You can set it to full brightness to see everything, but your eyes will get tired because of the reflection and the bright light. I never had headaches when using the computer, but it started after I bought this screen. I guess Apple doesn't mind. There have been petitions and a lot of requests for offering a matte version, but no action whatsoever.

    I'd think it's worth 600 -700 euros, but not 1000 because of the flaws. I'll replace it as soon as I can get a Thunderbolt screen that's matte.

    It has perfect viewing angles and that makes it perfect to show things to clients (again, when it's not sunny).

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Bought it, lasted 2 days, then it went dark

    • Written by from Agnita

    I was very excited when I bought it, even if it's overpriced 1000 EUR it's a lot of money for a monitor...either way I've used it for 2 days then it won't turn on...I have another old monitor (that means that my lightning port works since I am using it for this monitor as I type) I've tried a normal laptop (hdmi-lightning adaptor) still nothing...the usb keyboard plug into the monitor doesn't work (I've thought that the brightness button is going wild...or I dunn' no)

    Anyway...picture this, paying lots of money, lasting 2 days now I have to send it back...couldn't find a solution to make it work...I've google through forums tried everything nothing work :(

    I'd say never buy this display!

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