• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    REALLY BAD PRODUCT!!! Better getting some other screen!!!

    • Written by from Princeton

    I cannot understand how come apple cannot get their laptops to work properly with their OWN screen!!!
    Sometimes the macbook pro with retina display doesn't recognize the thunderbolt display, in other cases, it doesn't identify USB plugged-in devices.
    It is absolutely horrible to work with!!!

    24 of 24 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from SAN FRANCISCO

    Very impressed with the quality of the screen. HD editing and playback are both excellent. Monitor really shines when playing games as well.

    30 of 36 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Loved it until it died after just 1 year.

    • Written by from Mill Valley

    Monitor is solid, color is great. But I cannot recommend anyone spend this much money--significantly more than monitors of similar size and features from competitor brands-- when it has not lasted 13 months and now needs a new logic board (which incidentally costs almost as much as a new competitor monitor would).

    If you are considering this item, please read the customer forums carefully and don't just rely on these reviews. Seems like this is a common problem people have with with this monitor.

    23 of 23 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Missed again

    • Written by from Tucson

    Apple makes great products. However, if you want a display that can be properly calibrated for either photography or video Apple is not a good choice. They are sexy, glossy and gorgeous to look at – but they are ill suited to serious work and this display is yet another example of Apple missing the mark for pro users. Get an IPS panel up to the task of professional work with 10bit color space, full hardware level calibration, anti-glare coatings and the flexibility to work in both D55 and D65 color spaces. Apple could get this right but they are playing to the mass market. Fair enough. Just don't sell it like it's a professional tool because it's not.

    24 of 26 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Vancouver

    I feel I have to write this review and encourage people to consider getting this monitor. Yesterday I almost went a different way after reading all of the negative review. They were even recent reviews. After seeing it work just fine at the Apple Store I was still skeptical. It makes me wonder about the intention of the negative reviewers. The only one I agree with is the light bleed around the edges but come on - it needs to be in a dark room with a black screen. It works great. MBPro on, off, sleeping, awake, when I plug it in it always triggers the screen to start up. It's BEAUTIFUL!. I can just disconnect with all of the screens in full screen on the display and what happens????? They are magically all in full screen on my MBPro. The dock is not always on the display when my MBPro is open but big deal, it's on the MBPro. Don't hesitate. Buy it if you need an external monitor. It was made to work seamlessly with your Mac product.

    26 of 30 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Pacific Pines

    Only used this for the past few weeks with a mac mini Keeps on turning off unexpectledly all the time. Energy saver settings turned off and still does it. I have used macs since 2002. I guess you should buy apple care with this product.

    26 of 30 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Severe processing drain

    • Written by from Brooklyn

    I use this monitor in tandem with a late 2011 MacBook Pro and my digital audio workstation (Cubase). When I get 15/20 minutes into a session I start hearing the jarring sound of digital grinding as my processor becomes overwhelmed. At that point I unplug the monitor and go back to the Macbook Pro monitor and then I have plenty of headroom for processing and audio sounds normal again. I have tested with Geekbench and a few other programs and this phenomena is clear as day with between a 30/40% decrease in processing with the thunderbolt dispay after 15 minutes. Genius bar was unable to help--suggested it might be a power problem but a power conditioner didn't solve the issue. It seems like thunderbolt cable gets jammed up after a period of time. Now I have a 1k monitor that I can only use for 15 minutes before unplugging.

    25 of 28 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Nashville

    This screen intermittently freezes when using a computer that has Maverick. Apple still has not fixed this problem. Great screen. Expensive. Apple needs to fix the Maverick problem.

    24 of 26 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

    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

  • 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Love it! Simple to use!

    • Written by from Northport

    I currently own a Macbook Air 11" and it's great to know that with one simple cable I can make it my office computer with a large screen for multiple windows. I like all apple products but for me this is a must have accessory.

    38 of 54 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works like a charm!

    • Written by from Westerlo

    I am very pleased with my purchase of the Apple Thunderbolt Display.
    I'm a very big fan of its 27-inch size and really like the docking possibilities.
    The extra ethernet port, usb ports, firewire port and thunderbolt port are very useful and I use them al the time.

    34 of 46 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Should have purchased 6 months ago

    • Written by from Fort Atkinson

    I have a Late-2013 Macbook Pro Retina, purchased in 11/2013. This was my first mac after being a dedicated PC builder and user. iOS was my gateway drug into the mac world. I had purchased my macbook pro as a desktop replacement. Although I had planned to use existing monitors as 'dock" on my desktop, the image quality was striking in moving between the native retina display and my older twin 22" LCDs.

    After much deliberation and hesitation (mainly because of the cost $$$) I finally purchased the Thunderbolt display last weekend. I wish I would have done it right away. It does everything I had hoped and more. I have never had a more beautiful monitor. It turns my powerful laptop into a powerful desktop.

    If you have a Macbook as a primary device and find yourself wanting more screen real estate, you will NOT regret this purchase. It will make you more productive. You won't want to leave your desk. It's just that beautiful. The sound is also IMPRESSIVE.

    If I seem like I'm gushing, I'm gushing. This is really that good of a buy.

    Also, do not underestimate the utility of the built-in ports.

    26 of 31 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Almost good

    • Written by from FENTON

    I've owned one of these for almost 18 months.
    Hate the glossy screen. Really hard to see true blacks and grays with it. I have to move everything over to an older 23" LCD to really see them.
    Monitor color isn't quite true, a bit Red for starters.
    Thunderbolt hub died after only 18 months, and best I can tell from other web sources, this is not uncommon. It is the weakest link by far in the Apple workflow.
    Not much thunderbolt support or choices. When monitor dies you don't have many options. I can't find a thunderbolt hub with 3 thunderbolt ports (1 for computer, 1 for monitor without a TB daisy chain port, and 1 for storage) which is what I need now to keep up and running.
    No USB 3 support in the hub.
    This monitor was a nice first stab at it, but I can't recommend this honestly to a friend. Look elsewhere, or wait and hope the Apple designers will implement a more satisfactory solution. This monitor and thunderbolt support has been lacking too much for too long.

    23 of 25 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Noisy noisy noisy...

    • Written by from Berlin

    The worst Apple product I've ever bought!
    If you plug the thunderbolt cable in a Macbook or anything else the display's loudspeakers start giving a horrible static noise. It's not that loud, but it's definitely hearable if you've placed the display in a calm room.
    Do you doubt? Just google "Thunderbolt Display Noise Speakers"...
    That's not a technical failure of the display I bought, it's one of the characteristics of this product. But Apple won't tell you before you haven't bought it!

    25 of 30 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Stunning Display

    • Written by from Cornelius

    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.

    21 of 22 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great monitor

    • Written by from Gainesville

    Using the Thunderbolt display for an 11" MacBook Air. Wasn't sure whether to take the plunge or wait for a possible refresh. Decided to go ahead and buy. Not disappointed. Only drawbacks in my view are lack of USB 3.0 (which to be honest I don't even have anything USB 3.0 yet!) and having to use the MagSafe to MagSafe2 adapter. Other than that it is beautiful. Not sure why so many bad reviews about multi-monitor support are still floating around the top, but Mavericks and Yosemite offer great support.

    21 of 22 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    If you like flushing your money down the drain, buy this faulty product!

    • Written by from San Francisco

    Apple will never admit it because there is too much money to be made, but this product obviously suffers from some serious design flaws. There is no excuse for a power supply AND logic board failure for a product that is only 1.5 years old! When it worked, the quality of the display was great, but dealing with Apple and their repair service price gouging has left me permanently soured (and I”ve been a customer for 20 years). There are comparable non-Apple monitors out there for a lot less money. And you will find better customer service at your local DMV.

    25 of 30 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Seriously needs an update

    • Written by from Dana Point

    Very nice and handy monitor but for the price it should be more up to date. It should be thinner and have USB 3 and Thunderbolt 2.

    23 of 26 people found this useful