• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Warning! No USB 3.0 on this, best for dark rooms too.

    This is a great monitor and has the joy of powering your macbook, and a load of port replication on the back. However the USB ports are only USB 2.0, inexplicable in this day and age.

    Also, the glossy screen really only suits darkened rooms, if you work in a lit office with it as I often do fatigue will quickly set in.

    My advice? You'd be better off with a third party thunderbolt expansion box and a matte finish grade 1 from the likes of Samsung.

    16 of 17 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Under-powered USB

    These seem to have a design flaw with USB powering - devices stop working or fail to work - measured with USB meter and it's just underpowered. Not what you expect when paying £900 for a screen.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    No anti glare

    The display is very glossy with high colour saturation and can tiring on the eyes if you look at it for more than 2 hours.
    If you are professional user and need the display for work this is no good for you as you will need an anti glare screen not currently offered by Apple.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Died after 2.5 years of almost no usage.

    Bought this in spring 2012 and initially used it rather happily for a while, but then mostly started doing my computing on my laptop on the move and left this display on little to no use. Now, inexplicably, it just went black and won't wake up. (Won't even charge any device plugged in.) I very much regret this purchase and apparently have hard time recommending Apple displays to anyone.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Display, But Not As Bright As a Mac Display, Could Be Better

    I love my Thunderbolt Display, but have some complaints.

    The good:
    It's simple to connect and charge from my MacBook Pro. The speakers, ethernet connection, USB connection and firewire all work great.

    The bad:
    It doesn't get nearly as bright as my iMac or MacBook Pro, and can be difficult to use during the day. Only 3 USB ports (could have 4). No audio/headphone port out (only internal speakers).

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    I have two - and absolutely love them

    I have a pair of these plugged into a MacBook Pro 15" Retina.

    Although they can both plug into the laptop separately (the MBP has two Thunderbold 2 ports), I actually daisy chain them. This means that when I get home from work, I only need connect the combined single Thunderbolt/MagSafe cable to my laptop, and everything's good. The ethernet, USB devices, etc, all stay plugged into the monitors. This makes them, in effect, a docking station.

    However, only four stars rather than five as they need updating. Feel free to drop the FireWire, Apple. But the USB really really should be USB3 by now. Oh, and they do get a bit warm.

    The actual LCD itself is lovely. I suspect I won't replace these until retina displays of this size become practical and affordable, which could well be a few years away.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing bit of quality hardware

    I bought this (admittedly expensive) display to use with my 15" MacBook Pro and was not disappointed. Absolutely everything is hooked up to the display; Ethernet, USB extended keyboard etc, leaving the Macbook with just a single connector plugged into it: Thunderbolt. The display shows perfect uniformity in colour and brightness across the whole width and height, plus there is the benefit of the built-in speakers and iSight camera - very useful touches along with the ambient light sensor. And of course the build quality is superb. Worth splashing out for.

    Reviewers who gave a 1-star rating either had a (very rare) dud - eligible for immediate swap - or they didn't do their homework before. Who buys anything like this without a good test-drive?!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    This is a fabulous display / dock. I now have 4 at home and I have 2 more in my office. They are gorgeous to look at, fantastic to use, easy to connect to our Macbook Pro Retinas and Macbook Airs. Don't buy an inferior product. Some people are having problems with older Macbook Pros, easy solution, buy a new one!

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Pricey, but great!

    I looked at a whole raft of other screens for my mac, because the price made me cringe quite frankly! However, as good as many of the other screens are, for nearly half the price, they just don't look the part. Call me shallow, but the appearance of the whole matters to me, and this display looks awesome. I use it in a work environment and the impression it gives matters and has already started many conversations since having it - something with intangible benefits.

    In terms of the performance, I actually received a dud first off. It was replaced next day for me and all was fine second time around! The display is gorgeous, and mine is used in a fairly bright environment without glare issues. If sunlight was shining straight onto it though, I think you'd have problems. It runs quite warm, because it actually houses some processors within the case, but nothing untoward. The bank of ports on the back have come in handy too!

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Display

    I've been pondering buying the Thunderbolt Display for six months, each time I have gone to buy it my girlfriend stopped me...until this weekend! Stating the obvious, it is expensive. I am working on my photographs on a regular basis and I have got tired to trying to do it on a 13" screen all the time. Having a 27" is an obvious difference. I am really happy with the resolution and clarity, everything works straight out of the box and as expected with Apple it's a doddle to use. I am now looking at upgrading my PC to have thunderbolt connectivity to use one monitor for both systems.

    I know it doesn't have USB 3.0, this would be a big benefit, but overall it's not the end of the world, I've not used the Gigabit ethernet yet as I'm using wireless N anyway and it is more than fast enough, but I am confident that it works. Also people have commented that the speakers aren't great...I think they are very good, certainly a vast improvement over my MacBook Pro.

    4* only because it doesn't have USB 3.0. An HDMI port would be appreciated so that it was more versatile too.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Thunderbolt Display Connectivity Problems

    Bought my first display for my Daughter's MacBook Pro and thought it was stunning. Bought a second one this week for another Daughter's MacBook Pro and it wouldn't work! The Mag Safe power lead couples, but no Video, just a blank screen. There is nothing written up on the sales details and looked extensively on the Q&A's but nothing obvious. Found out later that it does not work with our MacBook Pro Mid 2010 as it has a Mini Display Port out only. Apple should state this clearly in their sales details on the product page as it was really upsetting to have to send it back to Apple. Even more annoying is that it does not have any HDMI Inputs either? Maybe I could have used a Mini Display to HDMI? I can't believe that when all Displays around at the moment have multiple HDMI's? Why is the Q&A on the product page not annotated with this obviously required important information? There should also be more info on the subtle differences about Thunderbolt connector v. Mini Display connector - they look the same but are not!

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Display... but

    after 18 months of use it has started to flicker, then go dark then bright again. It's as if there is a little gremlin inside playing with the brightness dial!

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    USB 3.0 PLEASE

    A great and beautiful piece of kit but it's about time it was upgraded to USB 3.0 ports. Even my new MacBook Air has them as does my iMac.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Brilliant and versatile!

    I bought one of these to be the primary monitor for a Mac Pro, a second monitor for an iMac and for occasional use with a rMBP. It has more than repaid what I forked out for it in terms of ease of use: just unplug from one thunderbolt port and plug it into another. No setting up and no messing. I haven't had any issues with brightness or sound quality either. Yes, it is only USB 2.0 and Thunderbolt, not Thunderbolt 2, but it still does what I want it to do until such time as an upgraded version appears in due course.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not fully comparable with all Macbook Pros it would seem.

    Bought a second Thunderbolt display for my Macbook Pro late 2011. Now have an issue where only the first screen wakens following sleep mode. The only way to bring back the second screen is by disconnecting and reconnecting the thunderbolt port connection.

    Support were able to tell me within seconds of describing the problem, that the late 2011 model of macbook pro only supports one screen and were able to provide a link to the relevant support page. Very disappointed that this information/link was not made available in the Apple store on the Thunderbolt page prior to purchase. The text there is very misleading, indicating that the Thunderbolt works with all Macbook Pro models. This is only partly true, and is clearly dependant on the number of thunderbolt displays already attached.

    Apple have offered a full refund however, the whole situation could have been avoided. I feel that my time has been wasted needlessly here. A link to all relevant information should be added on the product page.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    i use this display along side my 15" macbook pro with retina. All i can say is WOW. if your thinking of buying one...do it. ok its a bit expensive but so is anything apple branded and you pay for quality which you definitely get with this thunderbolt. Amazing display, decent 2:1 speaker underneath and brilliant camera for Skype. Just perfect.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    Initially bowled over by this admittedly gorgeous display to finally being completely disappointed by having bought what is essentially a giant vanity mirror. As you duck and dive to find the best position to view the display, your back and eyes will scream in agony and beg you for something better.

    Save yourself.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Monitor and Dock

    I bought this shortly after discovering its ability to connect to the Thunderbolt port on my Mac and I have not been disappointed. Even though I would say it's a little on the pricy side, I was not sorry about my purchase.

    The hardware quality of the screen feels solid and acts as the perfect dock compliment, only requiring me to plug one Thunderbolt plug in after coming back from using my laptop away, to access all my desktop accessories which are connected into the back of the monitor. The integrated webcam is a lovely touch, and the image quality is superb - sharp, crisp and colourful. The MagSafe power adaptor is also a lovely touch, meaning I no longer require a separate power adaptor.

    My main gripe is the the lack of USB 3 connectors in the back as they are all USB 2. It would also be nice if there were audio out adaptors (the screen has inbuilt speakers, but no audio out ports). But these are minor, and I would still recommend this product.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Thunderbolt display vs iMac

    I was stuck deciding between the 27 inch Thunderbolt display (for use with a 2011 Macbook Pro) or a brand new iMac, and what made it more difficult was knowing that Apple could be about to release an updated Thunderbolt display. I use a new iMac in work, which makes the Macbook's screen feel very cramped (despite being the now-discontinued 17 inch model).

    In the end, I went with the Thunderbolt display. I get the display size of an iMac with the occasional portability of the Macbook Pro, without the Macbook Pro becoming more or less redundant (even though the iMac has target display mode, no doubt the iMac would put the MBP to retirement). There is no performance slow down in general use, and games take a surprisingly small performance hit compared to playing solely on the Macbook Pro. The Macbook Pro's screen becomes a secondary monitor too.

    The USB ports and connections on the Thunderbolt display help keep the desk tidier - there is less cabling running around the desk which would otherwise route to the Macbook, and the display size forces you to keep the display towards the back of the desk.

    Note that the small envelope that comes in the box also has the Magsafe converter for newer devices.

    Though a small feature, the display's ability to power the Macbook makes it noticeably convenient when taking the Macbook on the road - everything else is already in the bag.

    I haven't noticed any display problems which others have been reporting - no differences in brightness across the screen, etc.

    In short, iMac's supreme display quality and size, but for less than a grand - providing you already have a Mac with a Thunderbolt connector.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Why does it have an old fashioned Magsafe connector?

    Why does my brand new Thunderbolt display have the old Magsafe connector?

    Not very impressive - shame, the screen is fantastic, but for £800+ I expect better.

    Apple - this is why you shouldn't mess around with power connectors - you make things incompatible and your customers mark you down...

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