• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent screen, everything else mediocre

    First the good: Screen resolution and colors are excellent. No degradation in the four years I've owned mine. Now the bad: The speakers are ordinary, when they work (see below). Pretty disappointing for a $1000 monitor. The power connector was outdated within about a year of this monitor's release, yet if your computer is not plugged in to the monitor's power connector, the screen will not come up (i.e. plugging your MacBook Pro into the wall with its own power cable and then connecting the Thunderbolt cable to your computer will not get anything to come up on your Thunderbolt Display). Lastly, I have had a series of software problems with this monitor in the four years I've owned it. For the last few months, every time my computer goes to sleep with the monitor plugged in, when I wake it the monitor does not come back on. Instead, I have to open my computer, unplug the monitor, replug it, wait 30 seconds for the mirroring to start, and then close my laptop to get the monitor to work again. It's become such a normal part of my routine that I barely even notice it any more. But again, this would be acceptable in the pretty good $400 monitor you got for $150 on Black Friday a few years ago. I don't think it's acceptable on a $1,000 monitor by Apple or anyone else. Also, this and other glitches seem to be the product of just plain old bad code writing. What's up? Lastly, as mentioned above, the monitor's speakers, which used to come on when connected to my computer, don't even show up in the system preferences "sound" choices any more. So I have to listen through my MacBook Air speakers with the laptop closed--very quiet, as you can imagine.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars


    Just one month after the guarantee expired, I noticed humidity stains behind the screen. It's beyond me why after all these years, it's still expensive and thicker than the full-featured iMacs.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic, Convenient But Aging

    I use this display with both my Mac mini and my Late 2011 MBP. The image quality is fantastic along with the convenience of only plugging in the Thunderbolt and MagSafe (on my MBP) and subsequently being connected to the web via hardwire and all of your USB accessories like a keyboard and Hard drive. There is a Thunderbolt port on the back as well so you can daisy chain two monitors together or still use your Thunderbolt accessories. The few things that slightly bother me are that while the resolution and quality are impressive I am surprised that they haven't moved to retina displays yet (not really a bother as I prefer speed and the display quality is still fantastic) and that it doesn't have USB 3.0 or a DVD drive (which I'm sure they could squeeze in). Finally the speakers are more than sufficient for the average user and it would be nice if you could easily replace the Thunderbolt/MagSafe cable that is instead permanently fixed to the display.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    4 years later - still a great display!!

    I was an early adopter of the Thunderbolt display; purchased in 2011 along with a CTO Macbook Pro with hi-res matte screen. I travel often for my job and it is a perfect laptop-as-desktop solution when I am in my home office. It functions great as a dock for wired ethernet and my other firewire/USB devices so that I don't have to continually swap a bunch of cables. When calibrated properly (I used xRite i1) the color match is spot on with my laptop display, so that I can use it dual screen or clamshell. My only complaint would be that, although the built in speakers are adequate, it doesn't have audio in/out. After 4 years with absolutely no problems I can safely say that it is one of my favorite Apple purchases. Considering even the best alternatives at the same resolution still utilize only mini displayport (no dock, no speakers), are less bright, and cost just as much if not more, there really is no competition. I've noticed quite a few negative reviews here, which makes sense because unhappy people are more motivated to write a review, but I wanted to add my own positive thoughts to the mix. Surely Apple is cooking up an upgraded 4K Thunderbolt 2 display for the next generation, and hopefully they will add audio to the hub! I'll buy one for sure.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    I have been through 3 of these monitors under warranty. Issues with black screen of death on a number of occasions. Audio via logic board has died on 3 different monitors...

    This is sad because I love apple :(

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    I own 8 Apple products. I love every one of them except for my Thunderbolt Display. These displays are beautiful and compact, work flawlessly with your Apple computers, but they WILL stop working for no reason in a few years. Give it time, but eventually, they will stop working, and nothing the Genius Bar can do will fix it. I have yet to find/hear of a solution for this displays issues. If you want to spend $1,000 on a monitor, plan on spending it again in a few years because it won't work anymore.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Why has this not been updated?!

    The tech on the display is not up to date. If you get the display and put it next to a new imac you will notice that it is half the quality and twice the size! very disappointing apple

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Product works Great

    The product works as advertised and Thunderbolt is always a great way to add peripherals and transfer data. The best thing is that the ports behind the monitor continue to work even when computer is asleep or turned off. I have the settings set for power nap, so anyone experiencing problems, might try turning that feature on on your Mac.

    My only complaint is that the monitor should have USB 3.0 ports. I don't understand why they would add USB 2.0.

    10 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Black screen of death

    I too have experienced the black screen of death just months outside of the warrantee. After reading all the horror stories of expense involved in trying to repair the problem (internal thunderbolt cable seems a common thread) I'm coughing up another $1K today. Just when I thought I was getting ahead...

    30 of 31 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Love it!


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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful monitor, several weaknesses.

    Image quality and housing aesthetics are fine. However, really hard to recommend, due to the weakness of the cable assembly. The thunderbolt cable is a captive part, permanently incorporated into the monitor, and is subject to failure over the course of time. I have also found the integrated usb and peripherals to be unreliable, and prone to disconnect, or not connect at all.

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    USB ports stop working on sleep

    Shocking that Apple is selling this monitor, and at a premium price, when it has such a fundamental flaw. Right now, if you put it to sleep, the ports stop working. Keyboard becomes unresponsive. Drive ejects improperly. Many, many examples available online of this happening. Knowing what I know now, I would have bought a monitor from a competitor. Totally unacceptable!!

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Known connectivity issue RUINS user experience

    This is an expensive piece of equipment, and I expect it to work properly. Unfortunately, it does not, and after scouring internet message boards, I've discovered that many people experience the same persistent issue with connectivity that I face on a weekly basis. The problem is that when my computer goes to sleep, the connection between the iMac and the Thunderbolt display is regularly lost. It can be re-engaged by unplugging the cable and plugging it back in, but frankly that is very annoying to do several times a week. Apple should be embarrassed about this, and offer a free recall to fix the problem. All of the hardware I'm using, including cables, was purchased from the Apple Store.

    46 of 49 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    great but...

    great product overall, but come on apple! A 4K monitor is a MUST in 2015! please make one!

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple price but definitely not Apple quality

    In order to put this review in prospective, you need to know that I have been a loyal Apple customer for many years. The quality of their products are second to none. But in the case of the Thunderbolt Display, Apple has clearly lowered its quality standard.

    Despite some hesitations after reading some recurrent reviews on reliability issues, I have purchased the Thunderbolt Display in April 2015.
    In August, I had the 661-6048 power supply replaced due to a constant and annoying buzzing noise it was making. Now, I have to bring it again to repair because it won't turn on: it's powered but the screen remains desperately black.

    Yes it's beautiful but that's pretty much it. Apple price but definitely not Apple quality.
    I am not recommending this product.

    80 of 86 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good Overall

    Brilliant display quality and no issues with any part of it - all works very well for most situations. However, if you are using a Mac Mini, the graphics (Intel HD 4000) aren't suitable for high-end gaming, due to the Mini having no graphics card of its own.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Simply beautiful

    I've had mine about a year, and I think it's fantastic. Beautiful, beautiful image. No flickering, no sign of bad cables. I use it with a laptop. Menu size just fine. Takes a little getting used to all that real estate at the edges, but i'm glad it's there. And, at this point, Apple should be selling a 4K (or 5K) version.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Tiny fonts on menus.. no Hi-DPI mode

    For some reason, Apple is under the impression that users should be about 6 inches away from this monitor.. the menus are rendered smaller than on my Dell 20" monitor, which makes them impossible to see from a reasonable distance. There is no Hi-DPI mode on this monitor, which is what even Microsoft has on their terrible operating system.

    If you value your eyes (and sanity.. and money).. do not buy this monitor under any circumstances. I am a devout Apple fan, but I am not sure what Apple was thinking with this one. Right now, I am running this monitor in 1/2 resolution, just to be able to see.. which makes things super-blurry. A total waste of my money.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    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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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    LEMON: Avoid

    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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