Reviews and Problems with Apple Thunderbolt Display 27 inch
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This thing really needs a refresh.
17 May 2014
Summary: How does this not have USB3.0 yet, it ruins the entire concept of being a dock/hub without being able to keep usb3.0 storage devices connected to the display itself. I have to plug my usb hdd to my laptop ports...
Excerpt: 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.
Summary: I love apple products and have most of them. So I decided when I wanted a monitor upgrade to go from my tries me true viewsonic history to this one. Great monitor to about with my 2013 MacBook Air. Easy setup. Clean desk with fewer cables to manage. Auto on off based on signal. Hub in back. Issue: lower stars as its ONLY for thunderbolt. No other connections. NOT even display port. So my other MacBook Pro 2010 with display port can't use this monitor. Come on apple.
Cons: The USB ports are terrible on this monitor. They are schizophrenic in when they decide they want to work. I have 20 coworkers who use this monitor and we all have USB connection issues. We always end up plugging directly into our MacBook Pros.
Summary: 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.
Summary: If this were a $600 monitor I would say it's great. The picture is great. But, it's almost $1,000 and for that much it should have no short comings whatsoever. Unfortunately, it has a few. First, the glare is quite bad. I used this in a second bedroom with the blinds closed completely. Only soft filtered light coming through and the window was on the same wall as the display so the light was not coming directly towards it.
Excerpt: First of all, I love the built-in ports for Ethernet, USB & firewire. I only have to plug in the supplied power cable and the Thunderbolt cable and my MacBook Pro is an instant desktop computer. It's a beautiful display, but the screen is not level! It's about 3/16" lower on the left end of the screen than the right end. Of course it will cost a lot tp ship back to B&H. I purchased Apple care with it and they advised me to take it to the Apple Store.
Excerpt: Use display as a workplace monitor for 13" MacBook Pro. The large screen is great for multiple windows. The issue is there are real problems on the hardware side. I'm having issues with both the USB (Apple Keyboard) and Ethernet hard wired connections to the back of the display. I bought the monitor to use is as a docking station but the hard wired connections are not recognized when I dock my laptop and wake it up from sleep mode.
Dual display bugs and poor design choices mar an otherwise amazing product
Nathan T, Apple Store
11 November 2011
Summary: Pros: • 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.