• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Wonderful Monitor, But Finicky About Connectivity/Power

    • Written by from San Francisco

    I used a 27" Thunderbolt Display for 2 years starting in April 2012. I loved the color reproduction, the USB and Firewire ports, built-in speakers and EyeSight camera, and the relatively high resolution (not retina, but much higher than industry standard of 1920x1080). The monitor has a few quirks that took some getting used to. First of all, the ports are only USB 2.0, so not really appropriate for high speed storage. Second, the monitor would occasionally not connect to my MacBook, I found the best solution was to connect the monitor before waking the MacBook. Lastly, the monitor was occasionally dimming and returning to full brightness, or going full black and then turning back on. This turned out to be an issue of insufficient power supply caused by plugging into a power strip with multiple computers and displays attached. Once I got a second power strip with fewer devices plugged into it, these problems stopped once and for all.

    Two other minor complaints are that the resolution is high enough that system fonts look small on this monitor, I wish Apple provided scalable fonts in OS X, and the lack of a matte screen option. I eventually switched to an HP ZR2740w monitor, which provides the same size and resolution, with similar color reproduction and viewing angle, but has a matte finish. It requires an extra cable for the USB ports, and doesn't have speakers or a camera, but is actually easier on the eyes and better for photography editing due to the matte anti-glare screen.

    18 of 19 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice display - bad sound

    • Written by from New York

    Colors are vibrant and love the screen size. The display speakers have limited bass, almost not there. Will keep my external speakers. Easy hookup. Overpriced.

    17 of 17 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    BEST DISPLAY & HUB FOR MACBOOK PRO!

    • Written by from Rio de Janeiro

    This display is absolutely stunning in beauty. I absolutely love it. I can connect my just outdated macbook air 13" and my new macbook pro 15". Yea, add a bluetooth key board to that and a magic mouse and your are set to go. If you are looking for the ultimate setup this is the way to go. This pretty much is the ultimate setup if you get the new 500gb retina macbook pro 15" and a 1tb seagate thunderbolt ssd. 5 Stars!!! Highly recommend.

    24 of 31 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing

    • Written by from Westminster

    This truly is the ultimate docking station for your MacBook Pro. Screen looks spectacular and built in MagSafe adapter is brilliant!

    30 of 43 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Makes the Ultimate Workstation for an MBP

    • Written by from san Jose

    I am a video editor and love this display with my MBP not only because it gives me a huge, immersive workspace, but that's just the beginning. It's also a very convenient dock for my ubiquitous external drives and makes disconnecting the laptop and heading out much easier.

    It creates a more ergonomic workstation for me and reduces desktop clutter. This allows me the enjoy and combine the best elements of a desktop computer with the convenience of the laptop.

    I highly recommend adding the bluetooth keyboard, Magic Mouse, Magic Trackpad and a Twelve South BookArc Desktop Stand to create the ultimate, state of the art video editing workstation with MBP portability.

    I have not had it long, but the performance and resolution are excellent and you really haven't surfed the web or watched web videos until you've surfed with this setup (on Lion especially, with the Safari zooming enhancements). Load a page, hit a few CMD+'s and your jaw will drop.

    Intense.

    40 of 63 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Size Matters.....

    • Written by from McKinney

    I have this monster connected to my 2011 MacBook 11 inch Air i7 at the office. When I travel I enjoy the freedom of the Macbook Air 11inch, but when in the office, I can connect this with the one cable, have everything connected to the back of the Display, as my Cat6, USB's, Bluetooth Keyboard, Mouse/Trackpad, power, and etc. Then connect it to the Macbook Air and now have a screen that I can enjoy and work from at the office as a full 27inch desktop. This is a must have at the office, so I have another one at home.

    61 of 105 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    TERRIBLE!

    • Written by from Short Hills

    The power supply has failed TWICE already on this screen and now the LCD itself has also gone bad. I took it ti the ishop to be repaired for the second time and naturally now it is out of warranty so they wanted almost $2000 to repair a screen that I can buy new for $999!! Totally ridiculous and unreliable.

    27 of 38 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful display, temperamental USB hub.

    • Written by from Brookline

    The promise of this display is that one can plug two cords between thunderbolt-equipped Macs like my MacBook Pro Retina Late 2013 to provide not only power and display, but USB, FireWire, Ethernet, a camera, speakers, and a microphone. The main problem with this display lies in the well-evidenced-by-thousands fact that the USB hub will shut off unexpectedly during use. The usual symptom is that one's mouse/keyboard attached to the display becomes unpowered, i.e. unresponsive, which can happen during sleep, display sleep, or even during operation. Worse is when one's external drives become detached during one of these episodes, interrupting any access by the system, as evidenced by "disk not ejected properly" messages.
    These symptoms persist through firmware updates, OS updates, restarts, PM resets, and port switches, although they are not easily replicable, but are so random that they did not, unfortunately, lead me to understanding them well enough to take my monitor in during the AppleCare period.
    When everything works right, it's amazing to have firewire drives backing up through time machine, a keyboard, a mouse, iPhone dock, a camera, decent speakers playing music, all connected via one cable, but its the most common cause of crashes or more minor interruptions on my computer by far—Almost daily. Buyer beware—Read about it.

    16 of 16 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Quality Display

    • Written by from Orlando

    Over the past two years, I have purchased two of these (one for work, one for home). The TBD is a perfect complement for the MacBook Pro, and adds a considerable amount of working area. Being able to just unplug two cables (power and thunderbolt) and move from one working area to another is a welcome convince. The IPS display used in the TBD also makes it very easy to stare into the screen for hours on end without eye strain or fatigue.

    Cons: With the introduction of Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks, Mac OS X is no longer able to span application windows across multiple monitors. This was a SIGNIFICANT disappointment for me, and affected my day to day work flow. This however is not a limitation of the display, but rather the new Mac OS. Hope this functionality is restored in a future release.

    16 of 16 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent and without any kind of problems during las 12 months

    • Written by from Novi

    About a year ago I switched from a windows based computer to my first Mac. Decided to get a MacMini, a full size apple keyboard and this beautiful Thunderbolt display. So far no problems what so ever. If I had to buy a second display, it would certainly be a Thunderbolt too.

    18 of 20 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Eventually Bought two for my 15" MBP

    • Written by from Saint Louis

    I run a 2,2 GHz i7 MacBook Pro with 16 GB of RAM. I has issues with my earlier "LED Cinema Display" (that is, the non-Thunderbolt stye) that caused problems after upgrading my laptop - the display would blank out every hour or two. I gave the display to a colleague of mine as part of an in-house troubleshooting process. We could not replicate the problem on his laptop (non-Thunderbolt vintage), but in the meantime, he fell in love with the display. I subsequently bought the Thunderbolt LED display at my local Apple Store with the understanding "if problems continue, return it." Well, the problems went away, and a month laster, I bought a second Thunderbolt display, and daisy chained it off of the first. What a workspace! Beautiful color accuracy, fast, and plug and play. And my colleague loves my old LED Cinema Display on his MacBook Pro.

    I did discover that when daisy chaining, you must use an external Thunderbolt cable (you can not use the dongle cable that would normally plug in to your laptop).

    This is a fantastic setup! Not cheap, but works great. All of my external connectivity is through one cable!

    17 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great for Photo Processing

    • Written by from Carmel

    I am an advanced amateur photographer, and am VERY happy at the beautiful graphics and the amount of room I have when processing shots in Photoshop. I have had no problem with the fact that the screen is glossy, I simply adjust the screen and it's fine. Definitely worth the bucks!

    17 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    AWesome

    • Written by from Provo

    Its obviously an amazing display. IT's huge, very sharp image quality. Expensive but you'll love it

    27 of 38 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I dig it!

    • Written by from Carlsbad

    At first I wanted to use this as second larger display for my macbook air, but it's got such a high resolution that I just use it as my sole display, and I use Better Touch Tool to get AeroSnap-like ability. Then with spaces, I can use separate virtual desktops with two apps side by side, or four windows in quadrants. No glare issues for me, it's bright enough that the glare is not a problem. I'm using wireless and not the integrated ethernet interface, so I'm not getting intermittent issues which others are reporting.

    Looks great, works great, but not cheap. Hey Mr taxman, I'm writing this bad boy off!

    If your work puts you behind a monitor all day, I say treat yourself and go for it.

    27 of 38 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A Beautiful Beast

    • Written by from Rex

    Yes, to answer the first question; It's BIG! You get a lot of gorgeous territory to play with once this creature is hooked up. And "hooking it up" could not have been easier. I already keep my 2010 15" MacBook Pro in sleep mode when not in use, so attaching it was simply a matter of attaching the power cord and Thunderbolt cable, and it picked it right up. You have to go into preferences and set you microphone, speakers and network cable which takes about 1 minute tops. I would suggest to all who are going to use this as a desktop replacement and not use the laptop screen you may want to get a Henge Dock to keep your laptop out of the way. Mine sits in the corner of the desk in it's Henge Dock, and when I want to take it elsewhere I simply pull it out of the cradle. Could not be simpler. This display is absolutely beautiful, and Apple thought of everything in port replication. Absolutely worth the expense if you plan to use your MacBook as a desktop replacement. To the people who complained about no power switch my answer would be that most people don't turn their computers off anymore. It's just as cheap to put them in sleep mode, uses no more power, quicker to start and much less wear on the computer.

    27 of 38 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Display

    • Written by from Irvine

    I've been using my new Thunderbolt display for just over a month. This display is amazing. I use it with my MacBook Air at the office and I simply connect the Thunderbolt display and I am connected to the network via gigabit ethernet. I also have access to my external kit - Firewire 800 HD, USB printer, etc. Little to no effort when connecting, it just works, very well. I highly recommend this display. In fact, I just ordered another one for the house. You can't go wrong with the 27" Thunderbolt display.

    21 of 26 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    USB 2 ports, not USB 3??? Come on Apple, it's 2014.

    • Written by from Auburn

    This is a beautiful display but as a dock why in the world does it not support USB 3? It is only USB 2. As a dock this cripples my external drive speeds and renders its primary dock feature useless.

    19 of 23 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent

    • Written by from Burnaby

    I replaced a 30" Cinema Display with the Thunderbolt Display I miss the slightly larger screen.

    Other than size I really like the monitor for it's quality and features such as the iSight camera and the multiple ports including ethernet on the back of the monitor. The colour output is excellent and I found it calibrated easily.

    16 of 17 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Should I be worried?

    • Written by from Tauranga

    Just took delivery of my new display, purchased from a store here in New Zealand. Perhaps a minor issue, but my son bought one a couple of months back (different store, same city) and the picture within the display featured on the box is quite different - both "Milky Way" images but one is markedly different from the other.

    That apart, one annoyance is that, using it as I do with my MacBook Pro, any time the monitor goes into sleep mode I have to unplug the monitor from the MB and re-connect. I use bluetooth keyboard and mouse and neither is able to shake the display from its slumber. Any way to overcome this?

    24 of 33 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing display

    • Written by from CRESTWOOD

    I can't understand why anyone would vote less than five stars. I've had the monitor for a year and a half and have had no issues. Plus the display quality is out of this world, and it does what it's supposed to do. I have my macbook air connected to it and it works flawlessly. I especially like the convenience of connecting and disconnecting my mac and everything just works.

    27 of 39 people found this useful