• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Heartbroken

    I've dreamed of owning my own Mac desktop for years, and finally received a brand new mac mini with Thunderbolt display for christmas. I've only been using it for four days and already my TBD has flickered to the point of being unusable at times, hasn't woken up from sleep mode, and twice has just turned itself off. When it is working it is a gorgeous display, but I am heartbroken that my first brand new mac is flawed in such a major way (the mini, btw, works wonderfully). I already downloaded the update to "fix" the flickering, but it did nothing. I will be calling Apple to see what they say, I will see if I can return it and get an iMac instead. I really don't want to exchange it for another TBD, since it sounds like an extremely common issue. Wish I had seen these reviews before. $2000 is a heck of a lot of money for something that doesn't work correctly.

    43 of 51 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    TBD Random Crashes / MBP Retina

    If you intend to use this as designed, with a brand new mb pro retina with 16gb of ram. You will indeed have issues. That seems to be the pattern on the Internet of people with this display and issues.

    It could also be an osx 10.8.2 thing.

    Either way. Right now this display will blackout at least once every 2-3 hours.

    11 years of owning and running macs for work, first unsolvable issue I've ran into with the hardware.

    53 of 57 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Screen flickers, have to unplug constantly

    I don't know if I have a defective unit or what, but my display flickers constantly to the point where it is unusable, I have to unplug it and power back up and hope that the TBD is in a good mood. If I get lucky and it doesn't flicker, the thing works beautifully. It has great picture and sound, it looks nice, and it has powered usb ports for all my iOS devices. I am going to try and return it after 6 months, hope they can resolve my issue.

    46 of 52 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointed

    There are only three resolution setting. The text is either too small at the highest resolution setting, or fuzzy at the second highest resolution!

    30 of 61 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Wish it was designed to work with laptops

    I wanted to hook my laptop to this.

    If this is what you want to do as well, i would advise against buying this product.

    I bought and returned this monitor and a MacBook Air the same day I bought them. The two could not have worked more horribly together.
    - the cable is not long enough and is really rigid so it's extremely awkward to setup because you have to have everything plugged in, then you have to open the laptop to turn on the power. but you can't open the laptop fully since the cord length keeps it under the monitor. This is like wresting a badger from its hole.
    - once you turn on the laptop and can close the lid, it slips nicely under the monitor EXCEPT for the metal on metal scraping, fingers on a chalkboard sound when the two aluminum surfaces slide against each other even the slightest bit
    - the UI went completely wacky with the entire interface askew and the menu bar completely missing the apple in the upper left-hand corner
    - Thousands of dollars and the Apple folks wanted me to keep it a bit longer and wait for a bug fix for the UI -- too bad it's not just software but hardware design issues that plague this product.

    I'm assuming if you don't hook and unhook this to a laptop frequently, it's perfectly fine by this point.

    33 of 63 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Thunderbolt Disappointment

    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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    DO NOT BUY!!!!!!!!!!

    After time my display started making horrible static noise! This is a very common problem that lots of people experience, you can even read about that in these reviews. HORRIBLE!

    381 of 471 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    $1000 boat anchor

    Worked well for a year, then had major audio problems (static, quite loud). Finally, it was powered off to try and fix the audio and then the display went black. Not working at all now. VERY disappointed in Apple, there doesn't seem to be any quality control any more for their products. I will never buy another Apple monitor again.

    345 of 405 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    If you get one that works, its great.

    Two weeks ago i purchased a TBD from the apple store in soho, and immediately put it to work with my 2011 mbp. The ethernet connection and USB ports have intermittent connectivity when plugged in, and where I never or very rarely have experienced kernel panics before, they are now a regular event when plugged into the display. I expect more from apple products, especially a $1k display.

    113 of 135 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Wish I Could Return it

    Worst monitor I've ever used for photo editing. The stories you read about the monitor hurting users' eyes are true. I bought a 27" iMac and would return it tomorrow if I could. On top of the monitor's usability problems, with the new iMac, there is no video in. Apparently, Apple wants to sell you everything you view on the iMac. Do not buy this monitor.

    116 of 181 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Dont Bother, only gave it one star because i couldn't select 0 stars

    This is a great monitor, potentially, but has turned into the most expensive dust gathering object yet for Mac os X, as Apple seem to be able to miss, by a country mile, the point of a second monitor on one of its products. As for the most part it is useless under Mac os X with the new style full screen apps that, when in full screen mode, blank out the second screen, rendering it useless for additional apps you might want open at the same time. Think i will go back to windows.

    110 of 193 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Useless w/o Thunderbolt computer or laptop...

    Customers with Macs that only support Mini DisplayPort output, such as the Mac Pro and MacBook, as well as previous generations of MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Mac mini, and iMac can not use this as their display. I currently own an older MacBook Pro and would love to buy this display to use now, but in ANTICIPATION of eventually getting a Thunderbolt-capable laptop or Mac. I can't do that. Does Apple want me to buy the Cinema display now and the Thunderbolt display next year? Not happening.

    68 of 152 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Amateur Hour...

    No fixes. STILL no matte option. Nobody listening... pathetic...

    89 of 170 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Standby Issues

    I'm having similar issues as other users have reported. I bought this display and a new macbook pro retina. Everything was working fine for a couple of weeks and then I started having issues with the USB ports and network not working after coming out of standby.

    I also think there should have been a audio line out on this display. I am very disappointed with this monitor.

    222 of 256 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Bad buy.

    Amazing how crisp it is and enjoy the thunderbolt options. Great to watch a movie on I bet. HOWEVER, as an Art Director/Designer this was probably the worst display I've ever worked on. It's like looking at a mirror, reflects EVERYTHING and then some. Bad eye strain after one week so I bought a screen defuser - so basically defeats the point of spending $$$ for a sharp display.

    201 of 237 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Dead after one week

    I'm really unhappy with this purchase. My monitor died this morning after only one week. It's now at the Apple Store being repaired. Not really the way you want a $1000 monitor purchase to go. Very unsatisfied customer.

    89 of 126 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't buy it if using with a Macbook Pro

    I bought this monitor a week ago, worked great for 2 days. After your laptop goes to sleep, the monitor doesn't wake up. You have to shut down, restart, reset and sometimes start on safe mode to go back to normal.

    I looked online, TONES OF PEOPLE ARE HAVING THE SAME PROBLEM.

    Apple is not doing anything to fix it.

    Save you money and time.

    458 of 524 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Nothing but problems

    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

    Great display, poor ethernet integration

    As a display, this monitor is magnificent. Great colors, clarity, viewing angles, etc.

    Where it fails miserably is in the ethernet integration. This display is supposed to act like a docking station where you can plug your usb and ethernet into the display, then your laptop uses the ethernet and usb interfaces in the display when the thunderbolt cable is plugged into the laptop.

    Unfortunately once you disconnect from the display, when you return and plug the thunderbolt cable back in, you may find that the ethernet port is no longer available. The only way to restore functionality is to reboot your laptop.

    You can read a very long thread discussing this problem on the apple forums. You will see this isn't just an isolated problem. Unfortunately this site doesn't allow me to publish the URL, so just google for: thunderbolt ethernet not available

    I keep hoping every OS X Lion update will fix this but after at least 6 months, the problem still persists.

    290 of 339 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work well with my Macbook air

    It doesn't work well with my macbook air. Detail can search the key word "Thunderbolt display" from the Apple Offical Forum.

    65 of 101 people found this useful