• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Glad I took the leap, so far SO GOOD

    • Written by from Seattle

    I was nervous after reading all the mixed reviews. Yesterday I bought a MacBook Pro (13" Retina) and Thunderbolt display at the Apple store. So far I'm glad I did.

    My experience with the TBD has been *near* flawless. There was one hiccup on the bootcamp side (TBD not recognized). A reboot (with the display connected) fixed that problem.

    Some have complained about sound quality. All I can say is that if you want really good sound, you need real speakers. I find the sound to be good enough for the likes of watching YouTube etc.

    The image quality and aesthetic of the display itself are both gorgeous. I was really worried about glare and eye strain. So far not an issue, though I haven't spent a full day with it yet.

    16 of 18 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.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple Thunderbolt Display vs The Competition

    • Written by from Clifton

    At the time I'm writing down this comparison, the mainstream contender Dell Ultrasharp U2713HM is a close match for potential buyers. I have compared both displays in almost every possible way there is, but finally concluded the following:

    1. If you are after value, its 27" ATD. Why? A Dell costs you about $700 compared to ATD $1000. The dell does not have a built in web-cam, quality mic and decent speakers apart from the Thunderbolt connectivity etc. Yes you could hook up those but the cables and more cables. And dont forget that automatic brightness sensor that adjusts itself.

    2. Yes, the glare is a problem but have we forgotten the good old days we used to be happily computing with a 17" CTR infront of us? Actually, the edge to edge glass with aluminum housing gives a premium feel and look. The Dell on the other hand does not, even for $700 (which is still a considerable sum).

    3. As for accuracy, well, it bet your doubts will be readily cleared once you see both side by side. I believe the ATD still beats Dell U2713HM in value, performance and aesthetics.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Upgrade from 24" display

    • Written by from Brooklyn

    I have a 24" display and was on the fence about upgrading. It was totally worth it, the display is bright, super crisp, seems way bigger, cable clean up is great. I havent had any problems so far. The only gripe I could possibly have is the speaker int he display take over my laptop and they aren't that loud. I use external speakers anyway.

    Looking forward to the dual screen updates in the mavericks update.

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  • 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.

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  • 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?

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Almost Perfect

    • Written by from Sumter

    Comparing this to a typical display is like comparing a car to a building. Two completely different things. Yes, this is a display, but it's more than that. I tried several display options for my 15" MacBook Retina and all of them had horrible color and were unusable for design work no matter how much tweaking I did to the colors or how much calibration I did. They just weren't there. Looking at the Thunderbolt display is no different than looking at my MacBook Pro. Except it's huge. The colors are spot-on and text and graphics are crisp and clean. In my opinion, it's a LITTLE too pricey for what it is, but you do get excellent quality, a large, bright display that matches perfectly and a one-all solution for external hard drives, etc. One cord and a power cable and you're good to go.

    Pros:
    • One-cord simplicity with integrated charging keeps me from having to mess with a bunch of cords and from having to keep up with my power cord
    • Perfectly matched display with my MacBook Pro
    • Plenty of inputs
    • Excellent build quality (fit and finish is absolutely superb)

    Cons:
    • A little pricey, but a good long-term investment
    • No USB 3.0 support
    • No audio out means that you have to run a speaker cable to your computer or use the integrated speakers in the display, which leave a bit to be desired

    41 of 45 people found this useful

  • 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

    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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    only two minor problems

    • Written by from Seneca

    The Thunderbolt display mostly works great, and is a really excellent monitor. I have experienced none of the sleep/wakeup problems that others have noted. Two minor problems depending on environment: 1) The reflectivity of the screen is essentially the same as that of an iPad, so if there is a light source behind the user it may not be possible to adjust the screen to eliminate annoying glare from reflection; 2) Despite the instructions to adjust the screen height correctly, there is no height adjustment on the display. The only way to adjust the relative heights of screen and user is to adjust the height of the desk surface or the height of the user, neither of which may be possible/reasonable. Neck strain from looking up at the display can result.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Laptop into Desktop

    • Written by from Star

    As a working photographer I want portability and a large screen. The marriage of my MBP to a Thunderbolt display has been perfect. I take the laptop on the road, do my stuff, then come home plug it in and it's like having a 27 iMac to sort and edit.

    The key to making it work is getting a wireless keyboard and mouse. This allows for the laptop to remain shut while still running, thus dock, desktop, and full screen apps work on nice, high res display.

    Bonus -I keep my iPhone dock plugged in to the Thunder and it charges even when the laptop is not plugged in. I also use a Firewire external drive and that works great too.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Shame: no audio line out socket

    • Written by from GREENWITH

    The display has speakers and obviously a D/A converter to drive them. That works fine. But what they failed to do was spend an extra few dollars on a line-out.

    So now it's either a USB audio interface or plugging into my laptop. Bit of an oversight, Apple!

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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.

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

    Cons
    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

    Needs a less glossy screen and a few more features to be work $1,000

    • Written by from Glen Allen

    My brother works for Apple, so I am a long time Apple fan, with that said I have a few issues with this monitor. First off, I love the monitor and am glad I bought it! I am docking my 13" MBP to it and I absolutely love the setup! I wish the screen was less glossy, it is noticeable. I also with it had it's own audio in/out and it's own dedicated power button. I like to power my Macbook Pro off when I am not home but in order to turn it back on I have to take it out of the stand I bought for it, open up the clamshell and actually turn it on. If it had these features it would be well worth $1,000, without it's worth about $800. Sorry Apple, just being honest. :(

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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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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works well, nice design

    • Written by from Steinbach

    I've read some of the more negative reviews of this product and felt I had to chime in. I use this monitor with my 17" MBP, often with the laptop in clamshell; I have had no problems recovering from sleep mode with all my devices waking with the laptop. I have a FW800 drive plugged in all the time for data syncs, and often have at least one USB2 drive plugged in as well. Everything wakes up when the laptop does.

    I have to agree with the complaints about Lion's full screen multiple monitor support. Going full screen on one monitor while still seeing anything on the second is just not possible. It would be a nice tweak if Apple added this mode's support.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome

    • 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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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good but not great

    • Written by from Oakville

    Apple always delivers high quality looking products and I am a huge fan (even as a "PC Guy"). But I have to say this is probably the first product that didn't live up to expectations.

    The overall look is great, very crisp and slick. The resolution is as predicted but the glossy screen makes it slightly uneasy on the eyes. I also own a cheap 1080p 24" ACER (I think I paid 200$) for my PC and the quality is definitely better (although the look is horrible lol).

    Resolution Quality: 8/10 (I prefer a more flat crisp image but if you don't mind glossy it would be closer to a 9.5/10 for you)
    Look: 10/10 very nice looking monitor - expecially compared to what is out there
    Price: 4/10 (If it's in the budget, it looks good, works well but is for sure way overpriced)

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