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Apple27" Thunderbolt Display
 
4.6

(based on 154 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (120)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great picture quality (122)
  • Easy to set up (115)
  • Vivid colors (112)
  • Adjustable (35)
  • Lightweight (21)

Cons

  • Poor adjustability (8)

Best Uses

  • Hooked to A laptop (78)
  • Multimedia (58)
  • Home computer (56)
  • Gaming (17)
  • Office (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Quality oriented (123), Budget shopper (10), Tech savvy (4)
    • Primary use:
    • Business (71), Personal (65)
    • Computer Platform:
    • Mac (140)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent display, but not perfect

I purchased this last week, and I must say I'm quite impressed. I am replacing a 2011 21.5" iMac with a combination of the 27" Thunderbolt display and my 2012...Read complete review

I purchased this last week, and I must say I'm quite impressed. I am replacing a 2011 21.5" iMac with a combination of the 27" Thunderbolt display and my 2012 15" Retina display Macbook Pro. I can't quite give it a 5 star rating because of 2 reasons -- I knocked off 1/2 star for lack of USB 3.0 support, and the 1/2 a star for the glossy screen.

Yes, it's a little glossy, but no glossier than my 2011 iMac which it replaced. The glare is not really a major problem for me -- BUT, it does knock off about half of a star because of it. Sometime soon, hopefully, when the supply of the 27" iMac displays meets the demand, Apple will most likely upgrade the Thunderbolt display with a display similar to that of the new iMac which is claimed to reduce glare by up to 75%. If the glossy display is a problem for you, I would not recommend that you purchase this display and wait for an updated model.

No USB 3.0 support isn't really a big deal for me, because if I don't really transfer large amounts of data through USB anymore. That's what thunderbolt is for. But, If the display did have USB 3.0 support, it would be a really great feature.

The other thing people complain about with this display is lack of a power switch. As for me, I actually LOVE that it does not have a power switch. The thing I hated about my iMac the most is that I had to reach behind the unit to power it on. With this, I simply leave it plugged in. When I want to use the display, I connect the mag-safe cable and thunderbolt cable to my retina Macbook, and it automatically turns on.

The mag-safe connector on the TB display is the old Mag-safe 1.0 style connector. However, Apple was nice enough to provide the magsafe 2.0 adapter. So, I can use this display with both my 2011 Macbook Air and my 2012 Retina Macbook Pro.

Also worth noting is that the mag-safe and thunderbolt cable connectors extend from a single non-removeable cable on the back of the display. The cable splits in 2 about 12" from the end of the cable. This is a nice feature, because it keeps the cabling neat, but still allows me to connect the power and thunderbolt cables to my 2011 Macbook Air, which has the Mag-safe Cable Port and Thunderbolt ports on opposite sides of the computer.

Keep in mind that when connecting a Mac with lower resolution (like my 11" Macbook Air, the resolution of the display will only match the resolution of the laptop. So, you only get to take advantage of the 2560 * 1440 display if you are connecting a computer capable of displaying 2560 * 1440.

As far as daisy chaining thunderbolt devices, I have successfully daisy chained 4 Thunderbolt devices, (all I have) from the computer, and was able to access All of the devices at the same time. This is my setup:

Retina Macbook -- TB Display -- Drobo Mini -- Drobo 5D -- Seagate GoFlex 3.5" Thunderbolt adapter with 2 TB Hard Drive -- Seagate 2.5" GoFlex Thunderbolt adapter with 128 GB SSD.

The interesting thing I found about this setup is that the last device in the chain was not running from an AC adapter like the others. It was running from the power coming through the thunderbolt cable.

As with most external displays in OS X, the display can be used as a second screen and it's arrangement can be to the left, right, top or bottom of the display depending on the user's personal setup; or it can be used as a mirrored display. The display operates both with the laptop open or closed. The computer can be put to sleep and woken up while in the laptop is in the closed position. The computer can be powered off by while the computer is closed, but can only be powered on by opening the laptop and pressing the power button. When used as a second screen, keep in mind that 10.7 and 10.8 cause the second screen to go blank as soon as the first screen opens in full screen mode. This is a flaw in the operating system, not the display.

All in all, An excellent display. Yes, it's expensive, and no, it's not perfect, but the bottom line is I feel it's money well spent.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Nice but buggy

The monitor is very nice, but many people are having problems with these displays. Mine worked for about a month but usb ports were very slow. Also a few times I had connectivity...Read complete review

The monitor is very nice, but many people are having problems with these displays. Mine worked for about a month but usb ports were very slow. Also a few times I had connectivity issues that require a computer reboot. However most of the time the monitor worked well with the computer. But then a few days ago it stopped working. Now is completely dead. Perhaps I just got a defective item. My advice is to research the other people's experience (apple support site is good for that) before buying.

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5.0

Awesome Monitor! Beautiful IQ, Great Size!

By Wesley

from Kansas City, MO

Verified Buyer

Comments about Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display:

Image quality is great. Using it with a 12 core Mac Pro. Love it!

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3.0

sit down and try the height before you buy

By shao

from MN

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Set Up
  • Sharp Image
  • Vivid Colors

Cons

  • Poor Adjustability

Best Uses

  • Hooked To A Laptop

Comments about Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display:

have one problem :can not adjust height ,find myself looking up and stain the neck . has to move screen much further away ,which have not get used to yet

  • Primary use:
  • Personal
  • Computer Platform:
  • Mac

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5.0

Using with iMac

By Tom in Pa

from Pennsylvania

Verified Buyer

Comments about Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display:

I am using this with my iMac for a two screen photography application. The only issue is the screen heights don't match...no biggie.

Color is a bit off from the iMac.

  • Computer Platform:
  • Mac

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5.0

Worth the wait

By TimG

from Laguna Beach

Comments about Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display:

I had to wait a week because I ordered this during a holiday. I am thrilled with my monitor. And even though I'm not Jewish I respect you for closing and possibly losing business because of your beliefs. Thank you

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5.0

Fast delivery quality products

By Pops

from Los angeles

Comments about Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display:

Can't go wrong with b and h or Apple. Win win!

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5.0

Great Addition to my Wife's New Mac Pro Portable

By SGC

from NYC

About Me Quality Oriented

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Set Up
  • Lightweight
  • Sharp Image
  • Vivid Colors

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Graphics
    • Hooked To A Laptop
    • Multimedia

    Comments about Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display:

    Well, my first Apple Computer. My wife and I retired and we got now into photography (Photoshop.Lightroom, etc...). We are both taking B&H free photography classes that are absolutely fantastic and we also joined a photo club (Park West Photo Club) to improve our photo skills. We are both engineers and all our lives have been using Windows. In fact I used to manage q critical network of about 100 PCs, all Windows. However, I realised that in the art world, everybody is using Apple, so I finally surrendered to Apple. I like it. It is optimized for graphics. My wife used a Dell monitor that was excellent. However, we decided to buy the Thunderbolt 27". We're not sorry. It was $ but it's worth the money. The Dell was very good, but this monitor is better for photography - crisper picture, better contrast, faster and ... hey, it looks cool. So, what I really like:- excellent picture- fast- it gives you extra ports (3 USBs and an ETHERNET port (I hardwired the computer to the router and it's smoking now)). I connected all the USB devices to the monitor (external hard drive, etc..) and the only things connected to the computer are the power and the monitor - great)What I don't like:- it's expensive (hey, it's Apple)- you can't move it right/left, only up/downoverall ---- great monitor.

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
    • Computer Platform:
    • Mac

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    3.0

    Good screen. But has a noticeable buzzing sound.

    By Mac

    from Atlanta, GA

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Sharp Image

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display:

        Good screen. However it has a noticeable buzzing sound. The buzzing sound is similar to the buzzing sound of a fluorescent light bulb. A recording microphone can pick up the buzzing sound if the microphone is pointing to side/back of screen or near the screen. The noise is most obvious at a 30 degree angel at back. The noise is also irritating to the ears.

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        5.0

        Stunning sharpness

        By WSmith

        from Fayetteville, NC

        About Me Quality Oriented

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up
        • Sharp Image
        • Vivid Colors

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display:

            What a great display - the resolution is second to none.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
            • Computer Platform:
            • Mac

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            5.0

            Awesome Display!

            By Baillie

            from Albuquerque, NM

            About Me Quality Oriented

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Set Up
            • Sharp Image
            • Vivid Colors

            Cons

            • none

            Best Uses

            • Home Computer
            • Hooked To A Laptop
            • Multimedia

            Comments about Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display:

            The screen size is just right for most applications and the clarity of the icons and colors are amazing. I was hesitate to pay this amount for a computer display but after using it now for about a month I couldn't live without it.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
            • Computer Platform:
            • Mac

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            5.0

            Great screen and resolution. Easy setup

            By ramo

            from Corte Madera, CA

            About Me Quality Oriented

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Set Up
            • Sharp Image
            • Vivid Colors

            Cons

            • none

            Best Uses

            • Home Computer
            • Hooked To A Laptop

            Comments about Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display:

            Easy connection to the MBP 13" Retina. The MagSafe to MagSafe2 Adapter is in the packaging, so make sure you don't throw that away like I almost did.

            • Primary use:
            • Business
            • Computer Platform:
            • Mac

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            5.0

            27" Thunderbolt Display is great!

            By Sam

            from Beverly Hills, FL

            About Me Quality Oriented

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Adjustable
            • Easy To Set Up
            • Lightweight
            • Sharp Image
            • Two Day Delivery
            • Vivid Colors

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Computer
              • Hooked To A Laptop

              Comments about Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display:

              Use for pleasure and some finances. It is clear and sharp. I cannot find anything I do no like about it.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Computer Platform:
              • Mac

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              5.0

              Impressive!

              By Tim

              from Milford, MA

              About Me Quality Oriented

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Set Up
              • Sharp Image
              • Vivid Colors

              Cons

              • Heavier Than Expected

              Best Uses

              • Hooked To A Laptop
              • Multimedia

              Comments about Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display:

              The Thunderbolt Display is everything you are hoping for. Big, beautiful and a treat to use. It's a bit heavier than I expected, but other than that it's worth every $.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Computer Platform:
              • Mac

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              5.0

              Great for working photos

              By Cammonball

              from Miami FL

              About Me Quality Oriented

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Set Up
              • Sharp Image
              • Vivid Colors

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Hooked To A Laptop
                • Multimedia

                Comments about Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display:

                I use for both general use but working photos with Adobe this is great

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                • Computer Platform:
                • Mac

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                5.0

                This is my 4th Thunderbolt Display. Graphics Use.

                By Pavel VK

                from Marietta, GA

                About Me Quality Oriented

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Colors
                • Cristal Clear Glass Front
                • Easy To Set Up
                • Sharp Image

                Cons

                • Usb 2

                Best Uses

                • Commercial Use
                • Hooked To A Laptop
                • Multimedia
                • Photography Retouching

                Comments about Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display:

                Now we have 4 of these displays here at my office.

                One for Photographer
                One for Graphic designer
                One for Media director
                One for Social Media manager

                I Calibrated them all with x-rait i1Profiler and you will not believe in consistency of the color they all produce.

                Twi of them used with Mac Pro (Tower & New Mac Pro). And two of them with MacBook Pro laptops.

                I wouldn't recommend anything else.

                The only Bummer is that the Display has USB 2 ports instead of USB 3 on it's back panel (old technology).

                • Primary use:
                • Business
                • Computer Platform:
                • Mac

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                5.0

                An awesome display

                By Gary

                from Tempe, AZ

                About Me Quality Oriented

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Sharp Image

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display:

                    I purchased this monitor so I can make my photo processing easier. I have a 13" Mac Book Pro and the 27" monitor works seamlessly with it. The size allows me to make many more adjustments due to the size of the screen. The resolution is fantastic.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal
                    • Computer Platform:
                    • Mac

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                    5.0

                    I would like buy this brand for ever

                    By Mercedes Rodriguez

                    from Fort Lauderdale, Florida

                    About Me Quality Oriented

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Adjustable
                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Lightweight
                    • Sharp Image
                    • Simple Settings
                    • Vivid Colors

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Multimedia

                      Comments about Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display:

                      This is a beautiful and helpfully item

                      • Primary use:
                      • Business
                      • Computer Platform:
                      • Mac

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                      5.0

                      so far, so good

                      By ED-BOB

                      from ERIE,PA

                      About Me Quality Oriented

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Sharp Image
                      • Vivid Colors

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home Computer

                        Comments about Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display:

                        used as a second monitor

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal
                        • Computer Platform:
                        • Mac

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                        5.0

                        27" Thunderbolt Display by Apple

                        By Kdawg

                        from Grove City, Ohio

                        About Me Quality Oriented

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Adjustable
                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Lightweight
                        • Sharp Image
                        • Vivid Colors

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Hooked To A Laptop
                          • Multimedia

                          Comments about Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display:

                          It's beautiful and it's a great docking station for my MacBook Pro!

                          • Primary use:
                          • Business
                          • Computer Platform:
                          • Mac

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                          1.0

                          monitor

                          By artem

                          from brooklyn

                          About Me Quality Oriented

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                            Cons

                            • Dead Pixels

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display:

                              dust behind the screen

                              • Primary use:
                              • Personal
                              • Computer Platform:
                              • Mac

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                              5.0

                              I would buy three more!!

                              By The pinguino44

                              from Morristown, NJ

                              About Me Quality Oriented

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Adjustable
                              • Easy To Set Up
                              • Sharp Image
                              • Vivid Colors

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Home Computer

                                Comments about Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display:

                                Perfect definition, works amazing with "El Capitan"!!!

                                • Primary use:
                                • Personal
                                • Computer Platform:
                                • Mac

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