• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works better than I expected

    • Written by from Durham

    The display works seamlessly with my new MacBook Pro. I was confused when using it at the start, but then I closed the computer and it worked just as a 27 inch iMac would.
    It's sweet!

    10 of 14 people found this useful

  • 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.

    29 of 32 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Thunderbolt Display 2013 edition doesnt come up to par with 2013 Retina Mac

    • Written by from Auckland

    Apple did such a great job on the antiglare of the Macbook Pro 13" that the new 27" Apple Thunderbolt Display glare is really hard to work with. I work in video production and visual fx and am quite frustrated at the glare, im in a really dark room. Definitely wait until the new one comes out or source an anitglare monitor.

    13 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    27" Thunderbolt display 2013

    • Written by from Camarillo

    I have read many negative comments regarding this display. In my case, I purchased this monitor two months ago for use on my MacMini. Its works great! I do appreciate the screen, particularly after I previously had a LG monitor. It is big enough to "split" the screen between two apps or documents via word & PowerPoint. I have two Seagate desktopThunderbolt drives attached between the Mac & the Monitor and that works as advertised. I also use the display app to attach a Ipad2 to the mini as well. I keep my Itunes on that screen while keeping the 27" free for use on what I am working on. I use the USB port on the back to power the Ipad2. I do not use the speakers as I found them to be too "tinny" for my taste. Rather, I have a great speaker setup with I attach directly to the Mini, instead. The added power cord I use to charge up my MacBookPro. If I get another 27" display, I will use the Thunderbolt connector for that purpose. (We shall see what Maverick looks like in the fall). Finally, ethernet, and all other connections I connect directly to the Mini. I don't know what people are trying to do that makes this monitor seem so bad, but I have no problems with it. Yes, it is pricey, but after viewing LG, Dell, and other monitors over the years, I like what I see. If you have glare issues with this monitor, you will have glare issues with any other monitor out there. The issue is not the monitor but your surroundings. That is not Apple's fault. July 21, 2013, Camarillo, CA., USA.

    11 of 11 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    sound issue with premiere 11

    • Written by from MOUNT GAMBIER WEST

    I am generally happy with the thunderbolt - but I have a problem - when using Adobe premiere elements 11 I have no sound - this is really annoying - all other software, internet etc has sound when required except for the one I need the most. I wanted to edit small clips for my project - not much use on the thunderbolt when you cant hear what you are editing!!! Happy to hear any solutions.

    4 of 6 people found this useful

  • 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.

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Dream Setup Denied By Faulty Product

    • Written by from Garland

    I always loved the iMac and recently had to convert over to MBP due to my travel schedule. When working out of my office, I wanted that larger screen I had become accustom to and so I went out and bought a 27" Thunderbolt monitor.

    With one connected, it worked great and I had no issues. I then decided to get a second 27" Thunderbolt monitor and that's where the trouble started.

    I am getting constant screen flickering and intermittent use of my USB ports. I went through the process with tech support to no avail. I have flipped them around and switched cables so I know its the daisy chain aspect that is causing the issue.

    It's very disappointing when you buy a premium product and it doesn't work as advertised. Oh well, back to the store to return it.

    36 of 38 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    The 27" Thunderbolt Display should come with a pair of glasses

    • Written by from Riverside

    This is my first Mac after a lifetime of PC. I'm getting the hang of it, but that's not the point of this review.

    I decided to buy a Mac and bought the best one I could. As a PC user, I've ALWAYS heard that Macs are more expensive because they come with everything, so I was a little surprised to learn it didn't even come with a basic word processor. REALLY?? Two grand later and I have to buy a friggin' Word Processor???

    This display is beautiful. What isn't so beautiful is that fact that the resolution of the display minimizes the font size to about .2. Almost microscopic, but not quite. How did the guys that make the "best computers in the world" miss the fact that you can't SEE a word on this???

    I'm generously giving this 3 stars, but I've only had it two days.

    2 of 22 people found this useful

  • 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.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    not only looks good, but sounds good, too

    • Written by from Austin

    I have had this now for 9 months, and it works flawlessly. It is glossy, which has its advantages, because the blacks are nice and black. It may not be as accurate as my old 30 inch cinema display, which I inherited to my daughter, in terms of the colors (they seem slightly over saturated), but that could be because I am used to the old 30 inch, which is very neutral. But I really love this monitor, it has given me none of the problems, which some of the negative reviewers mentioned, the port multiplication works flawlessly - I just unplug one cable, and take my laptop. Five stars, just because the sound is really awesome - very clear, better than the expensive Klipsch speakers that I had. I disconnected them because the sound that comes out of the back of the monitor is just incredible. It is very natural and transparent, even though it is monaural (?). I wish there was a way to connect a separate bass speaker to give it a little more bottom end, but as it is, the music I listen to (mostly classical) sounds just right.

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 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.

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    3 strikes you're out

    • Written by from Reisterstown

    Don't waste your money on the 27 inch Thunderbolt display, buy the 27 inch standard display. Why? The Thunderbolt display doesn't work very long. Display #1 (serial #C02KH3EGF2GC) failed within 24 hours. Problem: display went to sleep and never woke up. Returned to Apple store. Display #2 (serial # C02KH4DJF2GC) worked for 3 weeks and failed! Problem: display went to sleep and only would wake up if you unplugged the thunderbolt cable and plugged it back in. And then you couldn't adjust brightness or have any functioning display ports. Display #3 (serial #C02KF2W5F2GC) is currently working for an hour. If it fails, I am going back to the old standard 27 inch display. I have one working in another room perfectly for 3 years now. I am not the only one this has happened to. Read other posts. At first I thought I was just unlucky and got a lemon. I know better now. Apple has issues with this display.

    43 of 51 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Birkenhead

    The reason I bought this display was for Photography and Web Design. I wanted a High end display with an IPS Panel.

    The Panel inside the thunderbolt display is Awful. The main problem is its over Excessive Backlight Bleed. not just around the corners but the whole panel itself. This especially in low light conditions makes blacks look light grey and is Impossible to work with. I am now using a £200 Display that is so much better as blacks look black.

    Apple replaced the first panel and the second had the same problem i then went to the apple store and the Display in the store had the same problem but wasn't as noticeable in light conditions. Its not until you get the display home in lower light conditions you notice the issue. Lookup Thunderbolt Display Backlight Bleed on the internet to understand more about this issue...

    This has got to be the worst purchase i have made in many years and has put me off ever buying an Apple product again..

    41 of 48 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great display marred by horrible thunderbolt connection

    • Written by from Oakland

    The rumors are true. Thunderbolt is not ready for professional use.

    We have 4 of them and once they're on and fully connected, they're fine. But disconnect from them or sleep and it's a great mystery what will work when you come back.

    When I bring my laptop into work, I set aside 10-30 minutes for start-up shuffle - figuring out which arrangement will allow me to use two monitors and a USB3 hub w/ my MBP. My displays always forget their arrangement. USB is prone to fail or not recognize the keyboard and/or mouse. Often one display works but not the other, thereby requiring 3 or 4 restarts to finally kick both in. Once we even had a display that simply refused to start for a full day - but then worked fine the next.

    Apple's current hardware is really advanced, but prone to amateurish quality control.

    23 of 24 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    love it!

    • Written by from Ashland

    the display is awesome and I especially love the ease of connectivity for all my peripherals, ethernet, etc, to my MacBook Pro being consolidated to the thunderbolt port and power port. so much easier now to disconnect and go and more aesthetically pleasing to have the wires all going in the back of the display rather than using all the laptop ports. great design.

    14 of 15 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    No regrets. I am enjoying the Display.

    • Written by from phoenix

    Initially, the negative reviews posted gave me pause before I purchased Thunderbolt.
    Spoke to the Apple sales people several times about the posted complaints plus
    they assured me about the return policy.

    Purchased the monitor and it performs great. The color is amazing. I use it everyday.
    I have so much more real estate to work with.

    Fantastic job Apple.

    25 of 28 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Horrible - Forced to "ONLY" use new mac

    • Written by from EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP

    The targeted display mode was removed in this monitor forcing me to purchase a second desk for my room to run my other devices. Total waste of space that this feature was removed. The display is nice and bright but for the first 7 months of ownership it stayed on the floor unplugged gathering dust. Only this week have I pulled it out to start using it on a cheap fold up table I got from BJs.

    25 of 105 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great match for Mac Mini

    • Written by from West Bloomfield

    Purchased to match my 2012 Mac Mini. Works great but need to get use to the smaller font with this high resolution monitor. Also, the ethernet port on the display was labeled incorrectly when hooked up to my router. Had to delete and rename to "display ethernet port" and all is now correct. I like having the hub on the back of the monitor to hook up my firewire 800 Time Machnine hard drive and another USB hub.

    25 of 28 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    USB 3.0?

    • Written by from Manhattan Beach

    For this much money I don't see why it still uses USB 2.0 from 2001.

    63 of 74 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    less than 60 days two die

    • Written by from Westerville

    I too have had a thunderbolt 27″ fail, in fact two of them. The first one was less than 60 days old. Smack dab in the middle it had subpixels fail with a line running vertically and horizontally and everything below the horizontal line was flickering really bad. Made an appointment with the gunnies bar and ended up with an exchange for a band new unit. I felt really good about how well they handled it. However, in less than one week the second monitor from the exchange died! This time no video, however, the display sound, ethernet, and other ports still worked. Again, made an appointment with genius bar. This time they didn’t even remove the monitor form the box to look at it. They just took my word and brought back another brand new monitor. I’m now on my second day on the third monitor and continuously have my fingers crossed. Yes, apple support was excellent and kodos to my local genus bar, but the reality is I’d just would like a monitor that works!

    50 of 56 people found this useful