• 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.

    15 of 21 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Love it!


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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.

    18 of 21 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Turns your laptop into a desktop

    What was never mentioned to me before at the Apple store was that I could use this monitor without opening my laptop. The base of the monitor also operates as a heat sink when the laptop is tucked away under the monitor and on top of the stand. This organization helps to clear my desk. I wish I had known about this indispensable design feature before. I also very much appreciate the perfect integration of the monitor with my macbook pro without any need for adjustments. My work involves intensive graphics and the resolution is perfect with the necessary detail that I require.

    18 of 26 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Really High Quality Display

    I am very happy with the display - it looks great on my desk, has plenty of expansion ports, camera is great, built-in speaker and microphone are of decent quality, and it works seamlessly with macbook pro and mac pro without any issues.

    15 of 20 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful Monitor

    I have had two of the thunderbolt monitors working flawlessly with my home and my office iMacs. We have several others in the office and they have all worked without a glitch. Perhaps there are more problems with the laptops, I have only used it with the iMac, but the display gives a gorgeous image and it looks perfect next to the iMac.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Product

    I have been using the Thunderbolt Display for about 6 months now. It has been a great docking station/monitor for my MacBook Pro (Retina, 13-inch, Late 2013). The display has operated perfectly - I have not had any problems that some of the other reviews mentioned. I connect my MBP via the included power cord/thunderbolt cable and operate my MBP while it clamshell mode. The display has outstanding resolution and everything looks great on it. I use it for work and having so much landscape to use via the size of the display, I can easily have multiple windows/apps open at the same time and be able to see them all at the same time. Great product.

    10 of 15 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)

    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!

    13 of 16 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    What do you want out of a monitor???

    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.

    24 of 29 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Stunning Display

    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.

    22 of 25 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Display.

    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 15 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The Truth About This Display...

    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.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    28 months, still going strong

    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.

    23 of 25 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A Good Choice

    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.

    9 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best Purchase Ever!

    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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    I use two of these at work, chained together and connected to a MBP. Never had any problems or complaints. Using OS X 10.8.5 btw. The colors are good and the display is bright. No problems with connecting/disconnecting any of the ports, although I never use the Firewire port so who knows. The glass front is AWESOME. So smooth and easy to clean, and it lets me use dry erase markers directly on the screen which is extremely useful.

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome display!

    I love my Thunderbolt display, the display image quality is a very professional, the colors are natural. I'm buyed this gorgeous display 1 year ago, and I love this display. Even with brightness zero I can watch my videos and they looks fantastic. Only one mistake is that Apple not applied oleophobic layer on this display.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    As a stand alone monitor I'm pleased

    It works great with my 2012 Mac mini. I love it

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent monitor, great performance and reliability

    Along with many other happy users, I have had the pleasure of using this display (well, three of them) for six months. I am impressed with the resolution, connectivity to peripherals and the ability for the monitors to easily support multiple machines. Although two of my displays are usually connected to a late 2013 MacPro, one doubles as a third monitor or as a monitor for a MacBookPro or MacBook Air. I cannot say enough good things...monitors handle all the viewing duty and maintain great connectivity to many external T-Bolt drives.

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Absolutely beautiful

    I bought one of these for use with our Mac Mini at home after using one at work for about two months. It was absolutely the right choice and fits perfectly into our setup at home. To make the screen height, position and angle adjustable I also bought the Ergotron MX Desk Mount LCD Arm and the Apple VESA adapter plate needed to mount it in place of the simple angled stand. We reused the stand along with a twelve south BackPack plate shelf attachment to remount the Mini out of sight behind the monitor, standing up on its side.

    Overall we are delighted (my whole family) with the setup and making way more use of the Mini than we had with its previous Cinema Display monitor, which looks small and pale by comparison even though it was a very nice choice for its time (two generations before the current Mini)!

    11 of 12 people found this useful