• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Careful what you hear

    I abandoned a Samsung 23" as too difficult to set up with my MacBook. Had I turned off mirroring and dragged the menu bar over to the monitor, i might have got more than a giant distorted view of the laptop screen.

    As it was the Apple guys made it easy to make a decision by showing me how on the MacBook Pro, but better still in store pointed out that I had Thunderbolt on the MacBook Pro which I didn't realise. I can't sing its praises high enough. Not only is the screen excellent res at 2560 x 1140 setting but my basic 13" MacBook now has loads of screen estate to play with - exactly what I wanted.

    With Bluetooth Mouse and Keyboard, I can have my MacBook shut and treat it like a desktop machine. Meanwhile, the Thunderbolt connection means just one (included) magsafe power connector and one Thunderbolt connector. In the back of the display, I've hooked up an old Firewire 400 drive using an adapter cable, and ethernet network printer, a cable to recharge the iPhone and I may get around to some other stuff. All this runs seamlessly through the one Thunderbolt connection. Genius. Using a modest about of cable trunking the wiring is invisible. Oh yes and the Thunderbolt runs the audio output through the displays speakers as well.

    So what used to run miles of cable and use the national grid now sits unobtrusively around one desk which I can reclaim for paperwork whenever I want it. The display even works nicely with Parallels. Stupidly expensive but the concept of a single hub adds glory to what is already a very sharp monitor. Those concerned about the gloss screen: Don't use it outside, then.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great display but minor niggles

    Used with 13" MacBook Air the image quality is great. Only niggles are the MBA gets hot and fan noisy when watching streamed media and the Thunderbolt cable and power cable routing could be improved by fitting a 90 degree connector to the Thundebolt cable (as per MagSafe connector) . As it stand the cable tends to put a sideways strain on the MBA socket. Apart from that all is good but it should be perfect at this price and the inclusion of a 90 degree thunderbolt adaptor would make it perfect with all Apple devices.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    I have it connected to an 11 inch Macbook Air and all I can say is that the display is stunning. Surprisingly it has given me more room on my desk as the MacBook Air is in a cradle now and the display has such a small front to back footprint. When I got it home I did think it may be too big but it is just spot on. Also it gives me additional powered USB ports for a backup device and an external disk. Bluetooth keyboard and trackpad connected with no problem at all. Pricey yes but when you know it will work perhaps the premium is worth it. I hope so. Also I see this as a way to keep an excellent display and will only need to upgrade the laptop as and when - just hope the Thunderbolt connection remains standard.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    First disappointing Apple product

    Purchased the Display with a Mac Mini in preference to the new iMac.
    Hook up was easy with only one lead and the display looks very nice but...
    There is a visible non uniformity to the brightness.Brighter at the centre of the picture and in the bottom corners.
    There is a constant electronic hum.
    Most annoying though is the very obvious audio hiss.Any sound played is accompanied by this hissing which then ceases ten seconds after the audio finishes.
    These are fairly minor niggles and may not bother others as much as me, but knowing that these issues affect every display and Apple not doing much about it (according to the apple forums etc) makes me a little jaded with the brand now.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic, until it broke...

    This is a brilliant display, and was the perfect partner to my MacBook Pro for 18 months, until it suddenly broke and proved uneconomical to repair. Shame. I can't justify the cost to buy another, so have since opted to purchase a Samsung monitor. It may not look as good, but it does a job and is £500 cheaper. The Apple display is superb, but it is very expensive.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't daisy chain withMDP cinema screen

    You may have the impression that if you buy this display, you can use your old cinema display with its mini display port (MDP) as a second monitor, as long as it is the last in the chain. You can't! For some extraordinary reason, and as admitted by Apple themselves, although the cinema MDP plugs into the Thunderbolt port on the back of your new display, there is no pass through and it doesn't work. How on earth could Apple allow such a basic lack of functionality to happen?

    There is a work around involving an expensive Seagate disk drive adapter, which suggests that other companies know more about how to configure Thunderbolt than Apple does.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    Having bought a 27" IMac (Aug 2011), it was always my intention to expand & get a Thunderbolt display as well. I primarily use this set up for music production (Logic Pro). With applications such as these, I find screen real estate a necessity.

    Personally I love the glossy screen. I can understand why some don't, but you really have to take into consideration the environment you're going to place one of these devices into. If your environment has a lot of light reflections, your asking for trouble. It's important to do your research carefully.

    Pricewise, sure it's quite a hike. But I was always dead set on getting one & improving my working environment. One of my top reasons as well was for the Thunderbolt technology. In a music studio, there are so many peripherals that 'hang' off the back of these things. A lesson I know very well ;) The data bandwidth is absolutely crucial for this. As an early adopter in this case, you do pay a premium for this. & as a combined investment of £3k, I believe I am future proofing my working space & aesthetically speaking, it doesn't hurt to have something sexy to look at while you're working/creating ;)

    All in all, I can't recommend this product highly enough. It's not for everyone, but please do your research. Personally it's not everyday I spend this kind of money. But if & when you, you owe to yourself to make absolutely sure it's the right thing for you. Just as if you were buying a car or purchasing a house.

    Consequently, I'm a very happy customer :D

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Top Display (but why oh why no DVI?)

    Cannot fault Apple's flagship display in terms of image quality and rock solid construction. Am running a 2011 Mac Mini into it via thunderbolt. The colours, saturation and response are second to none.

    Apple have packed in fantastic connectivity options, but dropping some of those rear facing usb's in favour of a DVI port would surely have been a smart move? Aside from PC connectivity it would also have facilitated iPhone and iPad hook up via Apple's own DVI adapter.

    Worth the money? For connoisseur image quality yes, but that lack of DVI is something to consider in terms of your other tech.

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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...

    71 of 99 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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  • 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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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Stellar Product

    I bought the Thunderbolt Display to work at home with my rMBP.

    The item was delivered next day, excellently packaged and arrived in perfect condition. I was amazed at just how gorgeous the thing is before I even switched it on.

    Hooking it up was a cinch and I have made full use of the available ports. I have my Airport Extreme Base station connected to the Ethernet. A 2 TB HDD connected by Firewire, Thunderbolt to my rMBP and USB to my iPhone dock and Lightening cables for my iPad Mini and iPad Retina.

    The result is an elegant and efficient workspace that is both functional and un-cluttered.

    The display looks fantastic when connected to the laptop and I really could not be happier.

    Sure, i could have paid less but for functionality, aesthetic and simplicity, I am glad that I went with another Apple product.

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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


    Fantastic Display/Docking Station. Use it with a MacBook Air so have limited ports. I have Firewire, thunderbolt and usb hard drives permanently attached. A superdrive, external microphone and speakers. Together with external keyboard and trackpad I cannot really fault it, just plug in the Air and I have a desktop.

    Only criticisms if I had to find some could be the old USB2 ports and not USB3 plus a little remote control would have been nice for when your further away watching a film on it.

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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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  • 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.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Really Grate Display

    Use it with my 13" MacBook Pro , works really well , suburb graphics, really good for watching videos or editing photos because of the large display, also have my MacBook Pro by the side of it to use as a second monitor so i can do 2 or 3 things at once, only thing i had trouble with was when i first got it i couldn't get it to work, so i phoned apple support after about 20 mins on the phone we realised i had to do an system update on my macbook to update the thunderbolt software other than that no problems at all, would recommend it to anyone even if it is a little on the expensive side , but you get what you pay for ! !

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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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  • 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.

    14 of 15 people found this useful