• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Decent Display

    The display is decent, has a nice crisp image and good color quality. Makes a wonderful "docking station" for an Air. From a hardware perspective, seems to work ok with my new 27" iMac.

    The glossy screen is extremely unfortunate; in nearly all lighting conditions, with anything other than a white background, I can clearly see my reflection in the display. The lack of a power button and height adjustment -- other than reams of paper under it -- is also disappointing. At a minimum, the VESA adapter should be included. It is silly that the height does not directly align with a 17" iMac's screen, results in a rather annoying offset between the two.

    The biggest problem, however, is Lion's current (10.7.2) compatibility with dual displays. You will seriously feel like there are no developers at Apple using 10.7 with dual displays. You'll get to enjoy such basic problems as:
    - an occasional missing mouse cursor when moving between displays (don't worry it comes back when you click somewhere).
    - Extremely poor interoperability with Mission Control (one example: can't drag windows to spaces on other displays).
    - blank 'secondary' displays with apps in full screen mode.
    - occasional corrupted windows / menu bar when moving finder windows between displays.
    - issues setting desktop backgrounds, if you also use spaces.
    - a host of other issues that feel basic and obvious.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Dual display bugs and poor design choices mar an otherwise amazing product


    • This display provides real dual display functionality for laptops for the first time in Apple history. This has allowed me to ditch my Mac Pro and consolidate to a single machine. I cannot say how amazing that has been.
    • The Thunderbolt ports do not appear to be a bottleneck for connected devices. I have seen no slowdowns from chaining the displays.
    • The screen has fairly accurate color representation, an even backlight and good brightness variation for different environments.


    • A dual display setup is very buggy. Dual display support under Lion is abysmal, but I have tried to not reflect that in my judgement of this product. When reconnecting the laptop, the displays often "forget" arrangement, desktop backgrounds and which one is the primary. This is a major annoyance and actually makes me not want to disconnect the laptop because I'll have to spend 2 min resetting things when I get back. It doesn't "just work" and it needs to be fixed quickly.
    • It's not just glossy, it's practically a mirror finish. I have used several 30" displays from other vendors and while the matte finish wasn't as attractive while off, they worked a lot better while on. Any amount of sunlight causes severe issues with reflections. You must be very careful where you place the displays. I understand the aesthetic, but not at the expense of usability. I would very much like to see a matte option.

    I personally wouldn't buy these displays if they weren't the only ones that allowed for chaining. That being said, they do (generally) perform as promised.

    Fixing reconnection bugs would bump my review to a solid 4 stars. A matte option would make it 5 (and cause me to upgrade).

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    It would be perfekt if...

    I've had my display soon for a week, and I am quite content with it. It is quality all through. There is however one problem. My display won't wake up with my MBP. The display stays in sleep mode.

    I was in contact with apple support regarding this and got the answer that it is a known bug. The work-around is that i have to pull out the thunderbolt cord from the MBP and put it in again. Then the screen wakes up again. That is HIGHLY annoying. Until apple fixes that issue I will have to keep on doing that.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Mixed review

    It's difficult to decide how many stars to give because some things about the monitor are impressive, while there are also some very annoying glitches.

    If you use the monitor with a laptop, the system becomes very temperamental if you put the laptop to sleep and wake it up. I've had the following issues after waking up the computer:
    -the screens blink and never recover; forced to reboot
    -lose ethernet connection and can't get it back unless you reboot.

    Also, you have to remember that closing the laptop puts everything to sleep. To continue working you have to wake the system back up.

    The Thunderbolt port is also very delicate. If the wire gets wiggled, I lose the connection to the monitor and anything docked to the monitor. So any external hard drives are disconnected and you will get "please eject disk before disconnecting errors". This can cause major headaches if you're in the process of video editing.

    Despite these glitches, I find the image quality to be impressive and the docking ability to be convenient. It's very easy to configure your screens, choosing the main screen and secondary screen, etc. I hope the sensitive port doesn't prove to be a problem. The other issues will probably get worked out with firmware.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice display, but plenty of firmware issues to resolve.

    I'm using this display with a 2nd generation MBA. The big problem is using a wired USB keyboard and mouse. Even with the recent firmware updated, the keyboard does not function properly; often missing the first key pressed or other special characters. When I plugged the keyboard directly into my MBA, the problems went away. The USB (wireless) mouse also did not work properly - I had to plug its receiver into the keyboard's extra USB slot, where it worked when the keyboard itself was plugged directly into the MBA.

    Otherwise, the display is beautiful and quiet. I agree with others that the audio is not that great; but, if you want serious audio, output it to a serious audio system.

    Hopefully, they will release another firmware update to resolve the keyboard and mouse issues.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Major design flaw

    The 27" Thunderbolt is one inch shorter than the iMac 27", so the displays don't line up correctly. How on earth does an aesthetically sophisticated company like Apple allow this to happen?

    I hope they get someone to make a one-inch platform that I can put under the Thunderbolt in order to line them up. I refuse to clutter my desk by putting a book under the monitor.

    Also, Lion doesn't appear to allow me to use the speakers from both monitors in stereo fashion. Basically, I have to get the sound out of one or the other -- which doesn't line up with the visuals. I'll have to purchase external speakers in order for this to make any sense.

    These are simple things that Apple could have easily thought through, and can easily fix.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Low USB bus power

    I've had this for a few weeks now. Mostly it rocks; somehow my macbook pro seems faster when it's connected.

    Something I noticed recently has me scratching my head. I got a wired keyboard to attach to it and the ports on the side of the keyboard are not powered. Very lame. At first I thought, hey it's my notebook, of course Apple didn't design it to power a desk full of accessories. Then I remembered that the USB controller is in the display completely independent of the laptop and Apple has engineered in not enough power for the wired keyboard to act as a USB hub. I'd expect some problems with 1.0, but leaving out enough bus power is rude.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice hardware, Software need serious work.

    Good stuff first:
    • The display quality is terrific.
    • Only need two cables going into my laptop now (thunderbolt & power).
    • No more external power brick for the display (compared to Apple's older displays).
    • Built-in mag-safe connector means I can keep my laptop's charger in its bag.
    • I think the speakers sound pretty good.

    Bad stuff:
    With my laptop lid closed, it's impossible to wake the computer from sleep with a wired keyboard, without doing a hard restart. Which means, if I want to use this display and not lose all my work, I can't put the computer to sleep, ever. This should be fixable with a software/firmware update.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good display but this is not a docking station

    The quality of the picture is excellent in a dark room, but the screen is too glossy to be used near a window. I wished I could have used this display as a docking station but unfortunately, the Ethernet connexion only works if you boot your laptop with the display connected. It does not work if you just wake up the computer and then plug the display.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Peripherals have difficulty connecting

    We have 8 MacBook Airs connected to a total of 16 of these monitors (2 monitors each). It's safe to say that when each display has the same exact issue repetitively, it's not an isolated issue, it's a design flaw. Averaging 50% of the time, when we connect a MacBook Air to a display via a thunderbolt cable, the wired keyboard (and anything connected to its USB ports) won't turn on. Disconnecting and reconnecting the thunderbolt cables many times sometimes works. Restarting the computers sometimes works. Disconnecting and reconnecting the keyboard's USB cable to different USB ports sometimes works. Unplugging and plugging the display's power sometimes works. The point is, we always somehow get it to work, but the issue is persistent without a consistent way of solving it.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great piece of equipment, has a few issues

    I purchased this to extend the desktop of my 13" MBP (a great little laptop incidentally). The monitor detects automatically and I get the brilliant display, which matches up with my MBP's display wonderfully in terms of color and temp. But, the audio which is supposed to automatically pipe into the monitors speakers almost never actually does. I have to reboot with the monitor attached for it to recognize. I've also noticed that the external hard drives that I have attached to the firewire 800 port don't mount either.

    I'll agree with the issue of integration with Lion's full screen mode. You throw iPhoto or any other app into full screen and depending on the program, sometimes it goes into full screen in my laptop, sometimes in the monitor. You'd think that it would automatically go into full screen into the display that the app window is in but it doesn't. Then to top it off the other monitor goes gray with the pattern of the sign in screen. So rather than being able to work full screen on one screen and being able to have say your mail and browser apps open in the 2nd, you basically end up with just one screen. A big screen but just one screen. This is very much a software and not a hardware issue as the screen itself is beautiful and does what it should do, which is display my information.

    I don't have an iMac but I did notice the issue with the height of the monitor. Why would they make the 27" display a couple of inches shorter than the current 27" iMac? That makes no sense at all. Unless it's a harbinger of the 27" refresh it's a pretty glaring oversight. If the refresh is the same size as the current display then I guess that'll explain it. As it stands there is a company that sells a pretty nifty shelf that gets the 2 within mm of one another and provides a shelf to store your keyboard and an integrated usb hub. An option for those considering the purchase to match up with their iMacs.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Sharp display, but unacceptable glare/reflection.

    First let me say it really is a beautiful display, the thing is very sharp and colors are noticeably more rich than other LCDs. However, there's just way too much glare even in a moderately lit office environment to use it comfortably for long periods of time. After just a couple of hours of looking at it, my eyes get sore and I have headaches by the end of the day.

    I tried a 3M privacy/anti-glare filter, which quickly eliminated the eye strain and headaches, but it makes the display look absolutely horrible, worse than some bargain bin LCD. The screen is just too big for a filter; while looking at the center of the screen, several inches of the edges are blurred without moving my head.

    Also I've had problems with the Ethernet over Thunderbolt to my MBP that others have reported in forums. I connect/disconnect my laptop several times a day for meetings and eventually the MBP doesn't see Ethernet link anymore unless I reboot (some device enumeration issue?).

    I really want to like this display. I understand the color and sharpness may be a function of the glass, but there needs to be a better medium. What's the point of a great display if you can't look at it?

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    great but...

    great product overall, but come on apple! A 4K monitor is a MUST in 2015! please make one!

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    It's mostly good...

    The display is amazing! Graphics are unbelievable crisp, the colors are awesome!

    The glare issue is pretty bad... you really need to be strategic where you place it to avoid reflection... also it can be pretty intense sitting too close to it all day... need a good 2' deep desk to really be at a comfortable distance.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice, but expensive, glossy and terrible connectivity.

    Just got this display in a new company, one for the office, one for home. After a few days have some thoughts...

    Working on it is awesome, colors are bright, everything is sharp, etc. Unless it's exposed to the daylight :( It's sooo glossy. I've heard there's a new model coming better in that respect, but this one is GLOSSY! This makes working on it really hard at times.

    Another thing is connectivity. Can't connect my older MacBook Pro, just because it doesn't have a Thunderbolt display? No HDMI, so can't connect my Apple TV? No AirPlay? I mean, for a $999 device, it's crazy - only one form of input?

    Additional ports are quite handy, but somehow, whenever my Retina MacBook goes to sleep (in clamshell mode), the keyboard stops responding. Have to reconnect the cable in the back - somewhat annoying, but can't be 100% sure if it's the display or something else.

    Wish Apple tried harder - this could be awesome.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Love the display, but issues with USB and ethernet

    Great display, love it. The reason I decided on this display was the ease of connecting all my devices at my desk to the back. I.e. like a docking station concept. However....
    When the display goes to sleep (while I sleep), I loose USB and ethernet when it wakes up. There are many users with this problem, so some patience might be required if you plan to use the ports on the back! I am going to call Apple Support, etc...

    So, 5 starts for style and quality of the display, and 1 start for stability of the connected devices. I'll rate this in the middle.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice idea, but somewhat lacking in execution.

    This is the first Apple product I'm not willing to give a five star rating, as Apple's subcontractor seems to have some serious quality control issues.

    The good part: The display looks stunning and matches all my other Apple gear, as well as acting as a docking station. Being able to connect my 2011 MacBook Pro with just two cables, hooking everything else up to the display, is great.

    The bad part is quality of the screen itself, though. I'm now on my third! Apple Store replaced the first one during the remorse period, due to a hot pixel. The replacement was worse however, having a couple of dead pixels, what appeared to be some sort of dust or debris within the panel, as well as poor backlighting in general, and particularly poor and non-uniform backlighting along the lower edge of the screen. The current one has a funny smell, that I'm hoping will go away, and what seems to be some smudges or fingerprints within the panel or behind the front glass at the lower part of the display. However, as it is only visible against a solid background, and the panel has no pixel errors and the backlighting is much better, I will keep it. I am sure Apple Store would exchange it if I complained though, they've been very understanding and helpful so far, it's just such a hassle and I'm afraid I might get an inferior one instead.

    The Verdict: If you get a perfect sample, this is a great product, but be prepared not to. Apple Store's customer service has been great, though.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Won't work with non-thunderbolt display

    I would've given this display a 5 start if it wasn't for this problem. I have an 24 inch samsung LCD that uses DVI, it works when I hook it up direct with my 2011 MBP via a mini display port to DVI adaptor, but if I plug it into the thunderbolt port on the back of the new thunderbolt display, the monitor won't be recognized. I thought it would work fine since it is the same thunderbolt port, but for some reason it doesn't.

    So, if you want to buy this monitor and also wants to use your old non-thunderbolt monitor, be ware of this problem. I hope they come up with some kind of update or adaptor soon.

    Other than that, the display itself is great, the picture quality is superb, and the glossy screen doesn't bug me that much even in the bright room. Audio is also decent, good enough for day to day use.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Missed again

    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.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Standby Issues and Fatal Crash

    After about a month the display crashed and would not wake from standby or turn on after a reboot. Prior to the crash, I experienced USB and network issues similar to those mentioned in a previous post and wonder whether I got a lemon or there is a more serious problem with the display. An Apple Genius could not get the monitor to reboot and suggested that it might be a faulty logic board or power supply issue. I purchased a new display along with an extended warranty from the Apple store and returned the broken one to Amazon, which said the display was back ordered for another 6 weeks. Its a nice display but it shouldn't crash after a month.

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