37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Display
I've NEVER been a fan of matte displays and to be honest have found them offensive with their dull, mediocre, lifeless visual appearance and to be honest the matte surface seems to blur the sharpness of pixels, plus self illuminate/glow from both light thrown out from a displays backlighting combined with external environmental light hitting it from the front and although...
Published 23 months ago by Diesel_X
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Thunderbolt with Macbook
Great screen and audio, to much light reflection when background is bright. Set up with MacBook, so had to move position.
Published 4 months ago by J. Pichler
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37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Display,
This review is from: Apple 27 inch Thunderbolt Display [PC] (Electronics)I've NEVER been a fan of matte displays and to be honest have found them offensive with their dull, mediocre, lifeless visual appearance and to be honest the matte surface seems to blur the sharpness of pixels, plus self illuminate/glow from both light thrown out from a displays backlighting combined with external environmental light hitting it from the front and although this maybe to such a fractional degree, it however has an impact on overall quality and contrast ratio which is severely hampered...
Therefore having the 27" Thunderbolt Cinema Display with it's LED backlighting for whiter whites (sounds like a washing powder advert) and the attractive glossy screen for superior contrast ratio - is a godsend and worth purchasing despite any niggles, admittedly some of which may be addressed in the near future with firmware & device driver updates!
Understandably the Thunderbolt Cinema Display won't please everyone because a). some users may have to reposition the display if 'strong' external light is reflecting from it and distracting. This is down to laws of Physics and no technology can fully overcome it without a trade off/compromise - personally I'd opt for the repositioning rather than absorbing and 'smearing' a hue/glow over the entire screen's surface, the subtle result from having a matte screen... and b). some users may not have printing equipment calibrated to match the screen or visa versa - in which case it would be worth getting a quality calibration device tool in order to set the Thunderbolt Display monitor so that printing equipment and monitor match, then job done! (although a calibration device should really be used on any monitor beforehand regardless of type for accurate results).
Back to the Thunderbolt Display and I could mention quite a lot about it even though I've not had it for very long yet (3 days). Therefore I'll try and keep it short by listing it's Good and Bad points instead:-
The Good Points
* The usual excellent Apple designing; looks stunning and very high build quality
* Beautiful big picture quality at 27 glorious inches
* That extra picture resolution of 2560x1440 lets you fit so much more information on the display, that you'll probably never want to go back to anything lower afterwards.
* Massive bonus; you're actually getting an additional Firewire 800 port, an additional Ethernet 10/100/1000 port and three extra USB 2 ports; all in addition to whatever ports your Mac is currently limited to - very handy indeed.
* It virtually turns your MacBook Pro/Air etc into an almost desktop equivalent in terms of having an envious big display as with desktops
* If you have a MacBook Pro/Air etc, then you'll appreciate there being slightly less impact on back-strain as you're not viewing a small screen that's too-low-down as with laptops; firstly the Thunderbolt's viewable LCD pixel-screen starts some 5 inches from the desk and then the whole screen is much higher due to its larger size.
* Future-Proofing & more flexible, i.e. If your considering this for a MacBook Pro/Air and are faced with the same question that most buyers will have; do I get the Thunderbolt Display or spend a little more and get a fully blown 27" iMac along with it's extra computing power and extra disk drive storage? Well the answer is simple... although a 27" iMac is equally impressive, the Thunderbolt Display won't go out of date nearly as quick as the iMac and it's internal computer and therefore the Thunderbolt Display could be used with and last as long as several computers. Also if a computer/iMac develops a fault then the integrated display is tied-in with it and can't be used separately if the computer has to be sent away for repairs... Do you see!
* This Display is actually 'several' things in one if you take all the above into account
The Bad Points
* Only in Bootcamp - the Apple Bluetooth keyboards 'brightness' control is not changing the brightness on the Thunderbolt Display when using a MacBook Pro in clamshell mode (works fine under OS X). This is no doubt a driver issue with the Apple Windows Support Software and will hopefully be resolved at some point.
* If running 3D applications/Games on the Thunderbolt's Display only with Macbook in clamshell mode to divert all GPU power to the Thunderbolt Display, then I notice a frame-rate drop EVEN when setting and matching the Thunderbolts Display resolution virtually identical, say 1920 x 1200/1080 pixels to that of the MacBook Pro for a comparison analysis. I don't know what the issue is here and only hope that this too will be addressed at some point soon with an update for wherever it is required in order to improve and remedy this.
* No Sleep functionality setting within Bootcamp/Windows; when using this with a MacBook Pro in 'clamshell' mode (& especially with the impressive Twelve South Book Arc Stand for notebooks), it is therefore imperative to use the Sleep modes in OS X and/or Bootcamp, thus eliminating the tedious need to have to keep lifting-up the MacBook unit from stand or lid and then pressing the Power Button... However in Bootcamp you can't put Windows 7 (64bit) to sleep in order to hit the bluetooth keyboard's space-bar to resume - Frustrating.
* I'm a fan of very bright powerful displays and although many will indeed find this more than adequately bright, I personally would have been much happier if the brightness could have gone up at least 'two' notches more for those often brightly-lit rooms and sunny days. Apple Research and Marketing, take note and maybe feed this back to Apple HQ in the hope that this can be addressed in a future firmware update to make the LED's burn brighter if so required by the user.
* Without a doubt this is expensive and I found it a painful and agonising choice, but you really are getting what you pay for here and thats both top quality and features.
Finally, this is a remarkable and excellent display which will become that much better when some niggles are properly addressed, but don't let that prevent you from considering purchasing one of these as I would do so again without a second thought.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent monitor, but new version possibly coming soon,
This review is from: Apple 27 inch Thunderbolt Display [PC] (Electronics)I'm giving this 5 stars based on my very happy usage of the monitor since 2011. It's not only a terrific, big display which is fantastic for productivity (it's so wide, you get all the benefits of using two monitors while only powering one), but it's also a great docking station for a Macbook. This 'docking station' is simplicity itself - just two cables, one for power (to charge your laptop) and one Thunderbolt cable which sends video and audio to the display.
If you have a Macbook, and especially if you use it for work/business, this is one of the best things you could ever get for yourself. Obviously it has to be a relatively recent Macbook with a Thunderbolt port, but that's the only limitation - I've used this with both a Macbook Air and a Macbook Pro, with perfect results. Dock it with the two cables, and in a few seconds you're up and away and working on the giant screen. When you're done, pop your laptop out and it automatically sleeps until you open the lid. It really couldn't be simpler.
The display itself also provides a whole range of additional ports which your laptop can access when it's 'docked' - USB, Firewire, more Thunderbolt, Ethernet network. I have a network cable going into the back of mine, which allows my laptop to access the wired network; and I've got storage hard drives plus an iPod dock hooked up by USB. The convenience of all this is not just that you get additional ports, but that you don't have to keep plugging and unplugging your peripherals from the laptop every day. If you ever wanted to create a beautifully simple, organised desk then this makes it almost too easy to keep your desk clutter-free.
Other things: the sound quality is surprisingly good. Monitors (and even TVs) are usually guilty of poor acoustics, but the audio from this display is rich and deep enough that I don't use external speakers. Of course it's not a home theatre system, but for casual music (while working), web videos and gaming, it's actually pretty good (and loud). There's also a built-in microphone and webcam for FaceTime/Skype, which works perfectly. This means you can use your laptop in 'clamshell mode' - i.e. closed - and still do video calls and so on.
As I said, I've used this display for a long period of time with no problems. I expect it to last me for many years. If I was buying it now, however, I'd be disappointed that it hasn't been updated in so long. In particular, the display comes with USB 2.0 ports instead of the faster USB 3. I suspect that Apple doesn't sell enough of these (partly due to price) to justify the investment it would have to make in refreshing this product category on anything like a regular basis. They might also have refined the design by now, to make it slimmer - like the more recent iMacs. You also will need a small (cheap) adapter to make the power cable fit your Macbook if it's a recent laptop with what they call "MagSafe 2". And, there are other things they could refine (although people expecting a 27-inch 'retina' display are probably dreaming, at least for now).
So, I'd be inclined to wait, in the expectation that there may be a new version (finally) just around the corner. Then again, I'd have said that six months ago and so far, nothing doing. A lot of people think that Apple will begin marketing a 4K Ultra HD display alongside the Mac Pro when this is available in December 2013, or even that this might double up as the long-awaited "Apple TV set", but nobody really seems to know for sure. (If they do come out with a 4K display, maybe they will call that a 'retina' display, after all). It's equally possible that Apple has decided there's not enough money in the monitor game, and that this could turn out to be the last monitor they ever manufacture. If so, it's a shame, because they've shown that they really know how to create an excellent, useful and perfectly-designed display when all the stops are pulled out and no expense is spared. If you do buy it, and even if a new version does then appear several weeks later, you'll love this monitor so much that I doubt you'll ever really regret it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Apple 27 inch Thunderbolt Display,
This review is from: Apple 27 inch Thunderbolt Display [PC] (Electronics)What can I say?
After squinting at a 13.3 inch Macbook Pro for what seems an eternity, looking at this display is just a wonderful experience!
I can see every intricate detail - it's just superb!
Expensive - yes - but worth every penny!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value for money,
This review is from: Apple 27 inch Thunderbolt Display [PC] (Electronics)Outstanding quality and excellent value for money. You get a 27" display -- which alone is a big deal -- plus a Thunderbolt Hub, with USB, Firewire and gigabit ethernet. On top of that there's a FaceTime HD camera built-in, and a 2.1 speaker system. If that's not enough, there's even a power line for your laptop, so you don't need a spare adapter for your desktop setup vs. your bag. Lastly, the screen has a built-in ambient light sensor so it adjusts itself accordingly, saving on power and (more importantly) reducing eye strain.
All connects to your computer with a single cable. Simply awesome.
Solid build, outstanding image quality, all up a highly recommended purchase. Getting a standalone monitor and all the extra hubs and converters would amount to the same, if not more money, and would just add an unnecessary clutter of cables.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful,
This review is from: Apple 27 inch Thunderbolt Display [PC] (Electronics)Beautiful display. A Dell display of equivalent resolution and spec was around £600 without the built-in charger/power supply, speakers, thunderbolt ports, USB hub, making this a no brainer. Looks every bit as good as the Retina display on my MacBook Pro.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Apple Thunderbolt Display,
This review is from: Apple 27 inch Thunderbolt Display [PC] (Electronics)Worth every penny.... The display has rich sound and picture is stunning.... It has excellent functionality with the hub connections...
30 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow wow wow!,
This review is from: Apple 27 inch Thunderbolt Display [PC] (Electronics)Well I'll get to the point quickly, then explain further why my opinion really counts!
First off, it may be expensive but its an absolutely an amazing must have. Especially if you have a Mac...and even more especially if you have the fabulous Macbook Air. The 27 inch imac may be slightly more expensive, but this display will last you for ever...well past the upgrades between Macs/imacs. Dont be tempted to by an imac as a screen - it will cost you more, be out of date in years (internal computer), and be a real pain figuring out where your files are kept etc...I was tempted and made right decision. Forget two displays also - one big one with no join is the way forward. The resolution is incredible.
THE LONGER VERSION:
So why the big screen? If you've ever worked on two displays, you know you cant go back. Likewise if you want a bigger screen for mobile working you have two options - by a big brick laptop - compromising on screen size versus mobility - or get an external screen with a light laptop. There's more...working long hours at a laptop is an ergonomic nightmare...even before I had an external screen I had a laptop propped up to the right eye level (rendering the 45 degree keyboard useless), with an additional keyboard and mouse connected by bluetooth.
I came to this after years of toying with solutions. I used to buy big Dells (XPS 15/17) thinking I got tons of performance and a good enough screen size for the best money. Then my girlfriend bought a Mac Air...I started having problems with my Dell, the fan noise was disturbing me, the term laptop was a push...compared with the one hand portability of my girlfriends Mac Air - my brick was like lugging a desktop around! Once the Dell had been sent back the second time, I used my girlfriends Mac Air temporarily and downloaded trial versions of Office, Photoshop and AutoCad expecting it to be very slow and trip up, but it would do me for a few weeks...her computer was rock solid reliable, and FASTER than my quad core Dell with its solid state drive...I couldnt believe it. Also I was working in coffee shops and in bed with true mobility....I fell in love with the Mac Air and cursed my stupidity in "saving money with a windows based laptop"
But...when doing photoshop and Autocad a bigger screen would be nice, I used some old displays but the resolution compared with the Mac Air screen wasnt good enough...so I bit the bullet and bought this display for working at home...
Combining the portability of a Mac Air with this screen is absolutely amazing. I work with some very heavy programs and the mac Air can handle everything I throw at it. Which stands to reason, I was using top of the range computers a couple of years ago that still arent as powerful as the Mac Air...
Long story short...this display is the absolute mutts nuts. It stops you compromising on your laptop (by getting a brick for the bigger screen). Combining this display with the Mac Air is the most incredible, uncompromising computer experience available. Whatever computer you have working on this big beautiful screen is such a leap forward you'll never go back.
UPDATE 3 MONTHS ON: I have now got Windows installed as a Virtual machine running inside OSX on my Mac Air using Parallels desktop (just amazing! I can run anything from windows as if its installed on the Mac!). I cant tell you how much more work I get done now on the Mac Air...when at home I have the Mac Air propped up next to the Thunderbird screen, with a wireless keyboard and mouse...and I have Windows running on one screen and OSX on the other...its like having two computers!!! Able to run anything! Just incredible...with acres and acres of workspace. There is a connector for the thunderbolt display so its almost like having a docking station. My love for this combo just grows and grows...buy it, love it!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Apple...what can you say,
This review is from: Apple 27 inch Thunderbolt Display [PC] (Electronics)What can I say about this monitor that already hasn't been said.......nothing really.
It's Apple which means quality. I've used with my rMacBook Pro and now with a MacMini........No fiddling with settings just connect via the Thunderbolt cable and switch on.
5.0 out of 5 stars High Quality,
This review is from: Apple 27 inch Thunderbolt Display [PC] (Electronics)A few teething problems at first but once overcome, like all Apple products, a brilliant piece of kit. Bought for my daughter to edit photographs for her photography degree. A good saving compared to the Apple site!
Advice re. teething problems above ... put laptop to sleep before disconnecting from, and connecting to, the screen. This ensures the screen will wake when reconnecting and waking the laptop. Sometimes it would not wake otherwise, and there is no on/off switch. This seems to have solved the issue and no further problems.
5.0 out of 5 stars Expensive but worth the money,
This review is from: Apple 27 inch Thunderbolt Display [PC] (Electronics)I hesitated about buying this display screen but it has definitely made it easier for me to work. I like being able to have two applications open at once and being able to easily look from one to the other.
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