• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great screen that will drive you crazy

    • Written by from Palo Alto

    It's a beautiful screen to look at. High resolution, high contrast, good built-in audio and ports (no USB3 though), thunderbolt connection to macs so it just works, no headaches here.

    You will get headaches from the mirror finish. It's effectively unusable in anything but a dark room. It's possible to force brightness way up to drown out the reflections, but this is akin to staring directly into a bright light - seriously not good for you.

    It's a gorgeous looking device, but it's going back to Apple store tomorrow. Not willing to gamble with my eyesight.

    37 of 54 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great with 2 monitors and laptop display

    • Written by from Mesa

    I hooked up two of these to my 2011 MacBook pro 15" i7 and WOW - they look great and both run in full resolution while still letting my laptop display function as a third monitor. Having read some forums online before purchasing I did not expect the laptop display to still function - and was very pleasantly surprised when it did. They are crystal clear, and really work well at a slight angle the way I prefer them (no perceptible color or brightness shift).

    I wish they had additional inputs (e.g. HDMI and/or DVI) and a power switch - but other than that they are working out great!

    24 of 28 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Incredible. You won't regret it

    • Written by from Kirkland

    I felt kind of guilty spending so much on this monitor, but now that I've had it a week or so I'm so glad I did! Just an amazing monitor. I never want to leave my desk now!

    25 of 30 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Worth the price

    • Written by from Seoul

    Like the previous 27" Cinema Display (non-Thunderbolt version), the image quality is superb. Especially in terms of expressing color, this blows Dell or Samsung monitors we have by great margin.

    As for the Thunderbolt connectivity, I haven't had any problem yet when connecting it to a MacBook Pro. It takes a little longer than optimal to turn on when connecting to a running laptop though.

    Another drawback is that it works only with a few recent models of Macs, so please check if yours is compatible before buying.

    24 of 28 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    28 months, still going strong

    • Written by from Costa Mesa

    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.

    21 of 23 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works well, nice design

    • Written by from Steinbach

    I've read some of the more negative reviews of this product and felt I had to chime in. I use this monitor with my 17" MBP, often with the laptop in clamshell; I have had no problems recovering from sleep mode with all my devices waking with the laptop. I have a FW800 drive plugged in all the time for data syncs, and often have at least one USB2 drive plugged in as well. Everything wakes up when the laptop does.

    I have to agree with the complaints about Lion's full screen multiple monitor support. Going full screen on one monitor while still seeing anything on the second is just not possible. It would be a nice tweak if Apple added this mode's support.

    27 of 35 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    It's awesome!

    • Written by from Hialeah

    I have two. The quality is outstanding I have them since the first day it came out and so far I'm happy. I can't believe it's has not given my no problem while working of a 15inch mac book pro. I love when things works!

    22 of 25 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great for macbook air

    • Written by from Mount Pleasant

    If you have a new macbook air and don't do a lot of heavy graphics, this combination is incredible. Finally I have a laptop not much bigger than an iPad that's blows away my old desktop, without sacrificing anything. Yes it's a little pricy, but it's 1440p and an unbeatable combination. I just wish it had a headphone jack...

    54 of 89 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Size Matters.....

    • Written by from McKinney

    I have this monster connected to my 2011 MacBook 11 inch Air i7 at the office. When I travel I enjoy the freedom of the Macbook Air 11inch, but when in the office, I can connect this with the one cable, have everything connected to the back of the Display, as my Cat6, USB's, Bluetooth Keyboard, Mouse/Trackpad, power, and etc. Then connect it to the Macbook Air and now have a screen that I can enjoy and work from at the office as a full 27inch desktop. This is a must have at the office, so I have another one at home.

    63 of 107 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful display, temperamental USB hub.

    • Written by from Brookline

    The promise of this display is that one can plug two cords between thunderbolt-equipped Macs like my MacBook Pro Retina Late 2013 to provide not only power and display, but USB, FireWire, Ethernet, a camera, speakers, and a microphone. The main problem with this display lies in the well-evidenced-by-thousands fact that the USB hub will shut off unexpectedly during use. The usual symptom is that one's mouse/keyboard attached to the display becomes unpowered, i.e. unresponsive, which can happen during sleep, display sleep, or even during operation. Worse is when one's external drives become detached during one of these episodes, interrupting any access by the system, as evidenced by "disk not ejected properly" messages.
    These symptoms persist through firmware updates, OS updates, restarts, PM resets, and port switches, although they are not easily replicable, but are so random that they did not, unfortunately, lead me to understanding them well enough to take my monitor in during the AppleCare period.
    When everything works right, it's amazing to have firewire drives backing up through time machine, a keyboard, a mouse, iPhone dock, a camera, decent speakers playing music, all connected via one cable, but its the most common cause of crashes or more minor interruptions on my computer by far—Almost daily. Buyer beware—Read about it.

    19 of 20 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    from a web designer's perspective, 5 stars. Clear, crisp and beautiful

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    I look at images and text all day. I need there to be clarity looking at code and the TBD is beautiful. Lacking nothing, I find it perfect for my needs. Images are crisp, text is perfect. I have not found the problems others are talking about.

    20 of 22 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Rio de Janeiro

    This display is absolutely stunning in beauty. I absolutely love it. I can connect my just outdated macbook air 13" and my new macbook pro 15". Yea, add a bluetooth key board to that and a magic mouse and your are set to go. If you are looking for the ultimate setup this is the way to go. This pretty much is the ultimate setup if you get the new 500gb retina macbook pro 15" and a 1tb seagate thunderbolt ssd. 5 Stars!!! Highly recommend.

    25 of 32 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Westminster

    This truly is the ultimate docking station for your MacBook Pro. Screen looks spectacular and built in MagSafe adapter is brilliant!

    31 of 44 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Makes the Ultimate Workstation for an MBP

    • Written by from san Jose

    I am a video editor and love this display with my MBP not only because it gives me a huge, immersive workspace, but that's just the beginning. It's also a very convenient dock for my ubiquitous external drives and makes disconnecting the laptop and heading out much easier.

    It creates a more ergonomic workstation for me and reduces desktop clutter. This allows me the enjoy and combine the best elements of a desktop computer with the convenience of the laptop.

    I highly recommend adding the bluetooth keyboard, Magic Mouse, Magic Trackpad and a Twelve South BookArc Desktop Stand to create the ultimate, state of the art video editing workstation with MBP portability.

    I have not had it long, but the performance and resolution are excellent and you really haven't surfed the web or watched web videos until you've surfed with this setup (on Lion especially, with the Safari zooming enhancements). Load a page, hit a few CMD+'s and your jaw will drop.


    41 of 64 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    What do you want out of a monitor???

    • Written by from Las Vegas

    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.

    20 of 23 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    King of Glare

    • Written by from New York

    I was assigned a thunderbolt display at work. I was so excited. But the minute I started using it, I realized a huge problem with it, kind of a deal breaker: it reflects almost everything. I am a programmer, and I like to program with a dark background in my editor. Now with this horrible reflection, I cannot see my staff clearly. All I can see is the shadow of whatever behind me. It is a good tool to tell whether your boss is coming behind you, but not a good display monitor, at least for programming.

    28 of 39 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Wonderful Monitor, But Finicky About Connectivity/Power

    • Written by from San Francisco

    I used a 27" Thunderbolt Display for 2 years starting in April 2012. I loved the color reproduction, the USB and Firewire ports, built-in speakers and EyeSight camera, and the relatively high resolution (not retina, but much higher than industry standard of 1920x1080). The monitor has a few quirks that took some getting used to. First of all, the ports are only USB 2.0, so not really appropriate for high speed storage. Second, the monitor would occasionally not connect to my MacBook, I found the best solution was to connect the monitor before waking the MacBook. Lastly, the monitor was occasionally dimming and returning to full brightness, or going full black and then turning back on. This turned out to be an issue of insufficient power supply caused by plugging into a power strip with multiple computers and displays attached. Once I got a second power strip with fewer devices plugged into it, these problems stopped once and for all.

    Two other minor complaints are that the resolution is high enough that system fonts look small on this monitor, I wish Apple provided scalable fonts in OS X, and the lack of a matte screen option. I eventually switched to an HP ZR2740w monitor, which provides the same size and resolution, with similar color reproduction and viewing angle, but has a matte finish. It requires an extra cable for the USB ports, and doesn't have speakers or a camera, but is actually easier on the eyes and better for photography editing due to the matte anti-glare screen.

    18 of 19 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent and without any kind of problems during las 12 months

    • Written by from Novi

    About a year ago I switched from a windows based computer to my first Mac. Decided to get a MacMini, a full size apple keyboard and this beautiful Thunderbolt display. So far no problems what so ever. If I had to buy a second display, it would certainly be a Thunderbolt too.

    19 of 21 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Eventually Bought two for my 15" MBP

    • Written by from Saint Louis

    I run a 2,2 GHz i7 MacBook Pro with 16 GB of RAM. I has issues with my earlier "LED Cinema Display" (that is, the non-Thunderbolt stye) that caused problems after upgrading my laptop - the display would blank out every hour or two. I gave the display to a colleague of mine as part of an in-house troubleshooting process. We could not replicate the problem on his laptop (non-Thunderbolt vintage), but in the meantime, he fell in love with the display. I subsequently bought the Thunderbolt LED display at my local Apple Store with the understanding "if problems continue, return it." Well, the problems went away, and a month laster, I bought a second Thunderbolt display, and daisy chained it off of the first. What a workspace! Beautiful color accuracy, fast, and plug and play. And my colleague loves my old LED Cinema Display on his MacBook Pro.

    I did discover that when daisy chaining, you must use an external Thunderbolt cable (you can not use the dongle cable that would normally plug in to your laptop).

    This is a fantastic setup! Not cheap, but works great. All of my external connectivity is through one cable!

    18 of 19 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great for Photo Processing

    • Written by from Carmel

    I am an advanced amateur photographer, and am VERY happy at the beautiful graphics and the amount of room I have when processing shots in Photoshop. I have had no problem with the fact that the screen is glossy, I simply adjust the screen and it's fine. Definitely worth the bucks!

    18 of 19 people found this useful