• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Good quality but blur fonts

    • Written by from Patra

    Having a Macbook pro retina 13'' 2015 model, yesterday i bought a 27'' thunderbolt display for my office. I am an eshop administrator man, so full of time i am working with safari browser. It's an amazing monitor, excellent quality construction, amazing colours but i have problem with the fonts. The fonts are blur so i am disappointed with this monitor. I try to find information about it on the internet but i found that many people have the same problem with blur fonts. I paid 1000 euros and i would be happy with this Apple product but suddenly i am not. If i could solve this problem i will be very happy with overall performance, but the truth is that my windows PC is looking far away better with the fonts performance.

    12 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    do not buy this display

    • Written by from Princeton

    I've had this display for 1.5 years. I planned on using with my Macbook Pro and mac mini

    Let me tell you how awful it's been:
    -when it goes to sleep it doesn't wake up. to reset it i have to unplug the power supply and wait 15 minutes to overnight...the time varies.
    -if you use any usb device (superdrive, iPhone iPad chargers) it causes the display to go to black and again requires a reset.
    -I cannot use it at all with my laptop. simply connecting the thunderbolt and power cables to the display does not enable it to turn on. I have not figured out a way around this issue.
    -The only way i can get it to work now is by doing a fresh restart each morning on my mac mini, and turning off sleep and screensavers. I shut down the computer every time I use it and that seems to help.

    -Unfortunately I didn't purchase applecare for the unit. I have thought about calling up applecare anyway because my computer is under applecare.
    -No update from apple has fixed this issue.

    53 of 57 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Noisy noisy noisy...

    • Written by from Berlin

    The worst Apple product I've ever bought!
    If you plug the thunderbolt cable in a Macbook or anything else the display's loudspeakers start giving a horrible static noise. It's not that loud, but it's definitely hearable if you've placed the display in a calm room.
    Do you doubt? Just google "Thunderbolt Display Noise Speakers"...
    That's not a technical failure of the display I bought, it's one of the characteristics of this product. But Apple won't tell you before you haven't bought it!

    33 of 38 people found this useful

  • 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.

    37 of 42 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    What do you want out of a monitor???

    • Written by from Las Vegas

    I've read through a bunch of reviews for this monitor and let me first point out the common complaints. One, it's too glossy. Two, USB ports aren't 3.0. Three, thunderbolt connection to my laptop doesn't work the way I want. And forth, I can't adjust the screen the way I want. My review is: I'm using this with a Mac Mini and I've had none of those issues. Works great!. If you want something else don't buy this and buy someone else's monitor with mini Displayport.

    21 of 24 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • 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.

    49 of 61 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Stunning Display

    • Written by from Cornelius

    I have had my Thunderbolt Display for several months now, and I am still blown away by it. I thought that I may be disappointed by the fact that it wasn't a "retina" display. However, that couldn't be farther from the truth. I think that the picture is beautiful, couldn't ask for a better display in my opinion. I use it with both my MacBook Pro and Mac mini. Its wonderful for multitasking. Mine is on 24/7 and I have not had a single issue with it.

    21 of 22 people found this useful

  • 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.

    8 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!

    25 of 34 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Display.

    • Written by from Seattle

    I use this for gaming and high-end design - interactive and print work. It's flawless. I'm not sure why its received so many negative reviews... my experience with two separate units has been excellent. I purchased one for studio use after using my macbook pro with another.

    Easy connect. Beautiful screen. Simple.

    13 of 14 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.

    20 of 21 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    King of Glare

    • Written by from New York

    I was assigned a thunderbolt display at work. I was so excited. But the minute I started using it, I realized a huge problem with it, kind of a deal breaker: it reflects almost everything. I am a programmer, and I like to program with a dark background in my editor. Now with this horrible reflection, I cannot see my staff clearly. All I can see is the shadow of whatever behind me. It is a good tool to tell whether your boss is coming behind you, but not a good display monitor, at least for programming.

    32 of 43 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The Truth About This Display...

    • Written by from Fremont

    I have to own something for at least 1 year before I'll do a review of it. I've owned an Apple product of some sort since 1985. I currently have 8 Apple products working in my home at the present time. I am a 47 year old male who owns a marketing firm in Seattle.

    I point out the above to give perspective. A lot of times when I read a review I like to know a little about the person's situation because, really...who are they? Why should I listen to them?
    With that said I need to point out quickly that I read all the negative reviews (all 88 at this writing) and it seems a bit curious to me that most of them share the same personality. In other words, it doesn't seem to me they are all that truthful. It's amazing to me that a product can have 1000's of people really like it but a few don't? Usually it's the person, not the product, when it comes down to brass tacks.

    I own 7 of the Thunderbolt Displays and have yet to have any issues with any of them. All my employees use various MacBooks to fire any number of them up and mine in my office has a Mac Mini attached to it. Made my purchases in December of 2013 and have been very happy with the final product. Beautiful all the way 'round.
    Now I will say my only wish is for there to be at least one USB port located on the bottom or side. Yes, I understand, Apple likes a smooth well-defined look about their products and I appreciate that. However, I use it to charge a lot of items and it'd just be more convenient.

    Overall, I dig the product.

    54 of 60 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    28 months, still going strong

    • Written by from Costa Mesa

    I bought mine in October 2012. 2.5 years later, it looks and acts new. The one-star reviews seem to be mostly from 2011.

    Obviously not the cheapest monitor you could buy! But bright, beautiful, solid and reliable.

    21 of 23 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.

    18 of 25 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.

    13 of 15 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A Good Choice

    • Written by from Chester Springs

    I bought this display to pair with my 27" iMac (late 2013). I am very happy with my choice. Colors, resolution, etc. match perfectly. I have not found the gloss to be an issue --this display has the same surface finish as the iMac, to my eye. The overall unit is ~1" shorter than the iMac display-- a book solved that, though I'll look for a more eye-pleasing longer-term solution.

    8 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    USB 2.0 Ports

    • Written by from New York

    Come on Apple can't you upgrade this product to the current USB 3.0 standard. What's the point of using this display as a thunderbolt dock if the built in USB ports don't take advantage of the newer faster USB standard. This is a very expensive piece of kit and it needs an upgrade.

    54 of 63 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best Purchase Ever!

    • Written by from Steubenville

    Pros: I use the Thunderbolt display with my MacBook Air. Having power, usb peripherals and ethernet always plugged in is great. When I come into the office, I don't even open my MacBook Air (As long as it is asleep. If it's shut down, I do have to open it). I simply slide it under my display, attach power and the Thunderbolt connector, hit the spacebar on my external keyboard and everything works. The screen is fantastic and easy on the eyes. The built in speakers and camera are great and work seamlessly with my internet applications (I teach online and residential classes at a university).

    Cons: On rare occasions, maybe 2 or 3 times after a year of daily use, my display has lost connection with my usb peripherals, but a simple restart fixes the problem. If you have light behind you (like a lamp/window) glare can be an issue, but it has not bothered me.

    Wishes: SD slot, more USB, USB 3.0, for it to do my work : )

    Best purchase ever!

    17 of 18 people found this useful