• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    So Disappointed

    • Written by from Bronx

    I've had problems with the Thunderbolt Display, since the first time i connected it to my mac-mimi. The image just goes out and I can't turn it back on. I tried unplugging the power cord and then back on and it worked but only with constant flickers as if is about to turn off again. If it goes to sleep mode I can never turn it back on. I have to connect my tv to my my Mac so I can save what I was working on and then restart my computer in order to get the screen to work and even that, doesn't always work. I'm a photographer and while retouching images this can be very frustrating. VERY VERY disappointed. It's a thousand dollar display. I should not have this problems...

    94 of 112 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Looks great when it works. Terrible with Bootcamp.

    • Written by from Mandeville

    The monitor is awful with Bootcamp. I've never not had random quirky problems with it. My Cinema Display was way better in terms of working correctly in windows. There is no way to disconnect/connect it while the computer is on. For some reason, the USB ports on it will randomly stop working and require a reboot to fix. Brightness controls on the keyboard don't do anything. For $1000, I would expect it to work better. Not a driver issue either.

    95 of 120 people found this useful

  • 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!

    94 of 119 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Wonderful display flawed by waking from sleep issues.

    • Written by from Albany

    The display is hooked up to a 2012 MBP. Despite the fantastic image quality, reasonable sound, and great FaceTime camera, the display consistently has trouble waking from sleep when using the USB or ethernet ports on the back. Therefore, I resort to a direct plugin of my ethernet and peripheral into the MBP. For now I await a firmware update, but this usability issue could have been fixed during product development.

    76 of 85 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    No hesitation 5 stars! Music Producer Review

    • Written by from Camarillo

    I want to sure my setup and thoughts.
    I work in music production and needed a setup that would suit my mobil rig.

    I do not really understand what some people do not like about this screen...

    It is important to separate the two major players here.
    Software/firmware and hardware.


    Apparently people are having problems connecting several screens etc etc.
    Jerky thunderbolt performance etc etc.

    This is all fine, but it does not warrant a lower star rating in my eyes.
    They do their best to eliminate software issues through beta testing etc but it is NEVER before major releases that people come along with all sorts of ways of use and find all sorts of bug that will have to be addressed.
    As the issues of software can be anywhere in the chain (Lion, thunderbolt firmware, iMac, Macbook etc) I think the right thing to review is the..


    Beautiful, big, crisp, instant, you can't really misunderstand it as it has NO buttons..which is almost weird. It just works..
    Im actually proud to have this screen on my desk. When people come over they actually say "wow..thats nice!" Im proud of it.

    I must say that I was very nervous weather my setup was going to work the way I hoped.
    For weeks, I had been think about ways to minimize and turn my rig into something I could easily pack up for sessions in LA.
    I sold my HD2, Mac Pro, Control24..EVERYTHING as it was mostly collecting dust as my mobile rig was getting more work.

    So I invisioned a thunderbolt setup.
    MacBook Pro w thunderbolt
    Pegasus RAID (thunderbolt)
    and the 27" Screen (again, thunderbolt.)

    For compatibility reasons I use Snow Leopard for my music and need to boot from my Thunderbolt RAID.
    I have LION on my internal MacBook Pro drive as I want to be uptodate when I do my personal computing.

    Here is my setup:

    Thunderbolt Screen is connected to

    1) a Digidesign 003 Rack (FW800)
    2) a USB hub with iLoks
    3) a AXIOM USB MIDI controller
    4) the Apple Keyoboard
    5) Ethernet for fastest connection while plugged in.
    6) Daisy chained thunderbolt to my Pegasus RAID Drive with my music software/samples etc. (I can happily report around 500MB/s. More than enough for what Im doing. (option click on startup and boot SL from the RAID)

    Now. Instead of having tons of cables running to my macbook or compromising speeds which I did in the past..
    All is connected via ONE thunderbolt cable that runs to my MacBook Pro.
    Its all VERY simple and with all the iLoks, software, powdered USBs etc..One would think that something should go wrong..


    I couldn't be more happy with this setup!

    The screen does EXACTLY what it promises to do. In my eyes it is so worth the 949 I spent on it!

    I can recommend this for anyone..

    Sorry for a very long review but I wanted to let everyone know how I use it and that it is spectacular!

    Thank you for simplifying my life!

    96 of 125 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Thunderbolt Prevents WiFi Use

    • Written by from Montreal

    I bought the Thunderbolt display directly from the Apple Store to have a large monitor at the cottage where I bring my Macbook Air. Unfortunately, the internet speed through the wifi is reduced to almost zero when the Macbook Air is connected to the Thunderbolt display. Reading comments on the internet (I should have done that before), I see that the problem is known since a long time. Why did the “expert” at the Apple store not warn me about this problem? “Sir, do not buy this product if you intend to use internet with your Macbook”. In fact, why does Apple continue to sell this product without having a big warning sign in the store and on the web site? Why should the client waste time? This shows a complete lack of respect for customers.

    77 of 88 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Why oh why does this not match the current iMac

    • Written by from La Sauvetat 32500

    Really apple.. How can you expect us pros to buy something that has a completely different reflectivity to the current iMac screen.. It beggars belief frankly. I am saddened that apple seems to be leaving it's pro customers behind - still no Pro refresh! And now, when I was on the point of buying a new top of the line iMac fully specced, there is no pro screen with the same specs!!! What IS going on here!

    106 of 150 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Nothing but problems

    • Written by from Santa Clara

    Quite angry at the moment. The display itself looks amazing when it actually works. So far the slue of problems I have encountered in just a few months of having this monitor (connected to a MBP): Ethernet port doesn't work (shows up as Bluetooth PAN), external MAC keyboard doesn't work, external MAC mouse works except for the buttons, connecting/disconnecting the Thunderbolt cable will cause both displays to show solid light blue, sometimes the laptop keyboard and trackpad will not function at all, boot time is at least twice as long with the Thunderbolt cable connected.

    74 of 86 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Missed Opportunity

    • Written by from London

    This is a quality monitor for sure but I cannot get along with the glossy screen. I video edit using Avid Media Composer and have switched back to a cheaper non-glossy screen just to avoid the annoying reflections and eyestrain. Having a glossy screen on my late 2011 Macbook Pro is one thing but when I need to edit for long hours with a larger screen I find the gloss on the TB Display offensive considering what these monitors cost. Apple need to be aware that the sort of people who are most likely to purchase these expensive monitors wont be casual computer users logging in to FaceTwitter or whatever. Even avid HD movie watchers have plenty of antiglare LCD/Plasma TV choices that they can hook up to a Mac for similar cost.

    72 of 82 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice Display - Terribly Thought out Integration

    • Written by from Coppell

    All the specifications and aesthetics are there in the Thunderbolt display. Unfortunately, there seems to be a pretty good disconnect when it comes to reliability when using the display as a primary dock point for your MacBook Pro or MacBook Air.

    In the first few days of use this was a sweet set up being able to unplug the MPB and come back and plug in to see network connections automatically restore. Now however whether it is unplugged or left attached the network connection disappears forcing a re-boot. No matter the settings, sleep/no-sleep, the connection drifts away within a few hours without warning. Best bet is to read up before purchasing this current generation of Thunderbolt display.

    67 of 72 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Everything's Great Except...

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    I'm used to the 27" Cinema Display so the resolution, form factor, etc of the Thunderbolt Display wasn't anything new. As expected, the display is great. So much real estate. The only downside is the audio output level & quality. Not so great. And since there's no direct audio output, you're stuck using the aforementioned built in audio or plugging in a cable into the MBP, MB or MBA that you're using. Kinda defeats the purpose of Thunderbolt.

    84 of 107 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Great product ruined by glossy screen

    • Written by from Philadelphia

    Pros: all but glossy screen.
    Cons: glossy screen. I want a display; not a mirror!

    SOLUTION: just offer a matte option; even if more expensive.

    75 of 90 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Worst. Monitor. Ever.

    • Written by from San Francisco

    The Thunderbolt Display looks gorgeous, but don't let the looks deceive you this: this monitor is actually a steaming pile of garbage. I've gone through three in less than a month. The first was shipped with a giant crack in the glass panel. The next two have constantly flickered when plugged into my 13" MacBook Pro, and sometimes shut off completely until I plug them back in. Save yourself some time and money and just buy a cheaper display from another manufacturer.

    I don't know what's going on with Apple, but I've been a Mac user for 20 years, and I've noticed a significant decline in the quality of their hardware over the past five years or so.

    86 of 114 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Thunderbolt Disappointment

    • Written by from Fort worth

    The Good

    This thing looks awesome on my desk.
    The image is outstanding
    Fit and finish from a designer standpoint is comparable to none
    The sound quality is decent along with the camera

    The Bad
    Connecting it to my macbook is more than just annoying it is painful
    The sound works if you constantly change your settings
    Running your macbook in clamshell mode will cause it to run extremely hot
    You have to have the power connected to your macbook the entire time SMH
    The thunderbolt cord gets HOT!!! like omg hot
    Not to mention the screen flickers non stop for no reason

    I have a 100 dollar apple TV connected to my TV and I use Airplay. This system is way cheaper and much more reliable. Do not buy this display if you own a macbook and want bigger screen. I paid 1000 dollars for this thing and here I am 12 hrs later using my TV instead. I love apple products but the thunderbolt display is bad!!!

    71 of 84 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good display but this is not a docking station

    • Written by from Quebec

    The quality of the picture is excellent in a dark room, but the screen is too glossy to be used near a window. I wished I could have used this display as a docking station but unfortunately, the Ethernet connexion only works if you boot your laptop with the display connected. It does not work if you just wake up the computer and then plug the display.

    61 of 67 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great piece of equipment, has a few issues

    • Written by from Jacksonville

    I purchased this to extend the desktop of my 13" MBP (a great little laptop incidentally). The monitor detects automatically and I get the brilliant display, which matches up with my MBP's display wonderfully in terms of color and temp. But, the audio which is supposed to automatically pipe into the monitors speakers almost never actually does. I have to reboot with the monitor attached for it to recognize. I've also noticed that the external hard drives that I have attached to the firewire 800 port don't mount either.

    I'll agree with the issue of integration with Lion's full screen mode. You throw iPhoto or any other app into full screen and depending on the program, sometimes it goes into full screen in my laptop, sometimes in the monitor. You'd think that it would automatically go into full screen into the display that the app window is in but it doesn't. Then to top it off the other monitor goes gray with the pattern of the sign in screen. So rather than being able to work full screen on one screen and being able to have say your mail and browser apps open in the 2nd, you basically end up with just one screen. A big screen but just one screen. This is very much a software and not a hardware issue as the screen itself is beautiful and does what it should do, which is display my information.

    I don't have an iMac but I did notice the issue with the height of the monitor. Why would they make the 27" display a couple of inches shorter than the current 27" iMac? That makes no sense at all. Unless it's a harbinger of the 27" refresh it's a pretty glaring oversight. If the refresh is the same size as the current display then I guess that'll explain it. As it stands there is a company that sells a pretty nifty shelf that gets the 2 within mm of one another and provides a shelf to store your keyboard and an integrated usb hub. An option for those considering the purchase to match up with their iMacs.

    63 of 72 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not for professionals nor for watching movies.

    • Written by from Madrid

    If you work for the design/photography industry this monitor is not for you at all. That glossy end will reflect everything around you. Impossible to calibrate and generate ICC profiles properly. It is quite bad even to watch movies. Apple forgot about professionals again as usual from the last 15 years. Big shame. Honestly, you'll waste your money if you buy this monitor. Check out competitors and you will see you can get something much much better for same price.

    62 of 71 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Incredible Design and Quality

    • Written by from Woodinville

    I've used them all, and this one is number one bar none. The quality of this external display is extremely high, the thunderbolt/ethernet/USB is a huge win for demanding professionals and the reliability of these things is incredible. I'm a system administrator in a 300+ enterprise Mac environment where everyone has a MacBook Air or MacBook Pro with a Thunderbolt display, so they see quite a bit of hard use. None have ever failed. There's quite a number of 24" and 27" non-thunderbolt displays as well that are well over 1.5 years old, and none of those have ever failed either.

    67 of 81 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Peripherals have difficulty connecting

    • Written by from Tampa

    We have 8 MacBook Airs connected to a total of 16 of these monitors (2 monitors each). It's safe to say that when each display has the same exact issue repetitively, it's not an isolated issue, it's a design flaw. Averaging 50% of the time, when we connect a MacBook Air to a display via a thunderbolt cable, the wired keyboard (and anything connected to its USB ports) won't turn on. Disconnecting and reconnecting the thunderbolt cables many times sometimes works. Restarting the computers sometimes works. Disconnecting and reconnecting the keyboard's USB cable to different USB ports sometimes works. Unplugging and plugging the display's power sometimes works. The point is, we always somehow get it to work, but the issue is persistent without a consistent way of solving it.

    53 of 54 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