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Apple27" Thunderbolt Display
 
4.6

(based on 96 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (76)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Great picture quality (78)
  • Easy to set up (73)
  • Vivid colors (72)
  • Adjustable (21)
  • Lightweight (11)

Cons

  • Poor adjustability (6)

Best Uses

  • Hooked to A laptop (55)
  • Multimedia (38)
  • Home computer (37)
  • Gaming (14)
  • Office (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Quality oriented (78), Budget shopper (8), Tech savvy (4)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (46), Business (41)
    • Computer Platform:
    • Mac (89)

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

Excellent Monitor

By Uncle Donald

from St. Joseph

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:

    Using with Macbook Pro for desktop operation. Had to get adapter to be able to use Magsafe power connector to connect to Macbook.

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

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    5.0

    Amazing display!

    By alkolpanim

    from los angeles, CA

    About Me Quality Oriented

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Set Up
    • Sharp Image
    • Vivid Colors

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Gaming
      • Home Computer
      • Hooked To A Laptop
      • Multimedia

      Comments about Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display:

      My Thunderbolt Display is absolutely amazing! I couldn't do my work without one.

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

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      4.0

      Superb monitor for medical images

      By Tiffany

      from Morgantown, WV

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Sharp Image
      • Vivid Colors

      Cons

      • No height adjustment

      Best Uses

        Comments about Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display:

        The monitor is being used to display high resolution microscope slides and medical images. The clarity and color definition are superb and provide great improvement in a demanding application over a standard monitor. The built-in USB, Firewire, and ethernet connections are very helpful when connecting to a laptop rather than hooking/unhooking all of these. The additional pixels over a 24 inch are very helpful when you can't attach two monitors.

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        • Business
        • Computer Platform:
        • Mac

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        4.0

        REVIEW_NUMBER_FIELD

        By Ben

        from Texas

        About Me Quality Oriented

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Sharp Image
        • Stylish Hardware
        • Vivid Colors

        Cons

        • Cost

        Best Uses

        • Gaming
        • Home Computer
        • Hooked To A Laptop
        • Multimedia

        Comments about Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display:

        I connect this screen up to my mac book for a bigger display when I'm at home. The display is gorgeous - crisp dispay, vibrant colours and natural looking motion on the display. The monitor itself is similar to a lot of apple products - it looks stylish and well constructed.
        The only complaints that I have with the monitor are A) It's Apple and the price tag reflects that... but it's usually worth the price. B) You are locked into using the display with thunderbolt capable computers... unless you bought some sort of USB to thunderbolt adapter.

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

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        5.0

        worked as described

        By Joe

        from Jacksonville NC

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Computer

          Comments about Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display:

          Plug it in, plug it to the man and it works, plain and simple as that. 2 monitors is much easier.

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

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          5.0

          Great Monitor

          By MVP

          from West Michigan

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          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Multimedia

              Comments about Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display:

              This monitor is used for photo and video editing, and I love the vivid colors.

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

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              3.0

              Mixed Emotion

              By brandonblakemusic

              from texas

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                Cons

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                    Comments about Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display:

                    I am using this as an extension for my Macbook Pro. As a film composer on a limited budget, I wanted to add screens to my Macbook Pro rather than buy a MacPro with 3 screens. The solution was adding a screen that I could daisy chain another monitor from.

                    The screen is brilliant and sharp and huge!! I love the extra real estate this thing brings.

                    The only thing I don't like is that it turns out that it doesn't work for what I bought it for. All the sales pages say you can daisy chain 6 devices, but it turns out you can chain ANY other device except a screen. It's greatly disappointing and the sales pages are misleading. It leaves me needing to buy another TB display or an intermediary device like a hard drive or TB hub. Not what I was expecting.

                    All in all, I would make the decision again though. Its a great screen with only 1 cable to plug into the laptop. Just need to figure out how to get the 3rd screen working.

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                    • Business
                    • Computer Platform:
                    • Mac

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                    5.0

                    Outstanding - receivedwell ahead of time

                    By Prem

                    from Newton, MA

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                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Hooked To A Laptop

                      Comments about Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display:

                      I received it well ahead of time. Excellent packing. No complaints whatsoever

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

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                      5.0

                      Very good.

                      By HN

                      from Milpitas CA

                      Comments about Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display:

                      Very good product for photo. I love it

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                      5.0

                      exactly as advertised

                      By Tom P.

                      from Round Lake, IL

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                      Pros

                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Sharp Image
                      • Vivid Colors

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Multimedia

                        Comments about Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display:

                        What can I say. It is big, beautiful and has microphone, speakers, camera... far more then just a monitor.

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

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                        5.0

                        I didn't want to get rid of my 30"

                        By Tom STL

                        from St Louis, MO

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                        Pros

                        • Easy To Set Up
                        • Sharp Image
                        • Vivid Colors

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Photography Video

                          Comments about Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display:

                          As a photographer my display in important to me. The 27" blows the doors of my old 30" Apple display

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

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                          5.0

                          expensive, but every penny works

                          By Alex Ray

                          from Santa Clara, CA

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                          Pros

                          • Beautiful picture
                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Sharp Image
                          • Vivid Colors

                          Cons

                          • Price
                          • Usb 2
                          • Usb 20

                          Best Uses

                          • Gaming
                          • Home Computer
                          • Hooked To A Laptop
                          • Multimedia

                          Comments about Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display:

                          I changed monitor DELL to Apple.
                          As the picture on the DELL did not like me and very tired eyes. Now I am happy.
                          Beautiful dock for my MacBook Pro Retina.

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

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                          5.0

                          Screen Scrambled problem, No problem!

                          By HAMMERHEAD

                          from HURRICANE, UTAH

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                          Pros

                          • Easy To Set Up
                          • Less Eye Strain
                          • Sharp Image

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Hooked To A Laptop
                            • Multimedia

                            Comments about Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display:

                            Sometimes the screen will come up scrambled as with my Laptop when shutting down or something like that, I do not remember. But you can unscramble both screens by JUST UNPLUGING THE THUNDERBOLT FROM YOUR LAPTOP. THAT IS ALL.

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

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                            4.0

                            Great Monitor

                            By Jerome

                            from Los Angeles, CA

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                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Set Up
                            • Sharp Image

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Hooked To A Laptop

                              Comments about Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display:

                              I conneted to a macbook work great.
                              Hope will work better quality with my new mac pro.

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

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                              5.0

                              Beautiful Monitor

                              By Liquid Media

                              from Indianapolis, IN

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                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                              • Very Heavy

                              Best Uses

                              • Home Computer
                              • Hooked To A Laptop
                              • Multimedia

                              Comments about Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display:

                              Great Screen, I have 2 of these

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

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                              5.0

                              Gorgeous!

                              By DocSteve

                              from Hurricane WV

                              Comments about Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display:

                              Crisp, clean, bright, and beautiful! What a picture and wonderfully appointed with several USB ports, a thunderbolt port and more. This monitor is well worth the price and makes the perfect companion to my MacMini giving me lots of landscape for processing my photographs in rich color and incredible detail! Excellent monitor!

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                              4.0

                              Great monitor

                              By Charley

                              from Surprise AZ

                              About Me Quality Oriented

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Set Up
                              • Sharp Image
                              • Vivid Colors

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Home Computer
                                • Multimedia

                                Comments about Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display:

                                Great monitor. Plug and play with apple mini computer. Fantastic detail, great contrast, accurate colors. Only downside is that this monitor is subject to reflections. Probably would be better with the Apple retina display. Otherwise I would rate it 5 stars.

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

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                                4.0

                                For gamers and most users but not rgb

                                By Fort Bragg Guy

                                from Fort Bragg, CA

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                                Pros

                                • Easy To Set Up
                                • Sharp Image
                                • Vivid Colors

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Gaming
                                  • Home Computer
                                  • Hooked To A Laptop
                                  • Multimedia

                                  Comments about Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display:

                                  The monitor is very good for most users. I found that its weak area to be the lower range working with photography printing with critical RGB. I returned the monitor to B H to get a more professional level for my work in photography.

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                                  • Business
                                  • Computer Platform:
                                  • Mac

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                                  5.0

                                  Works Well

                                  By Captian FL

                                  from Miami, FL

                                  About Me Quality Oriented

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Set Up
                                  • Sharp Image
                                  • Vivid Colors

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Home Computer
                                    • Hooked To A Laptop

                                    Comments about Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display:

                                    Use as monitor and docking station for MBP

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

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                                    5.0

                                    Bigger is Better

                                    By Apple Jack

                                    from Union City

                                    About Me Quality Oriented

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Gaming
                                      • Home Computer
                                      • Hooked To A Laptop
                                      • Multimedia

                                      Comments about Apple 27" Thunderbolt Display:

                                      An excellent Apple display. Well worth the price. The best display I've ever own. Easy set up as for all Apple products. No reflection problems or dead peels. Lots of real state makes using Photoshop easier now.

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

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