Every Mac with a Mini DisplayPort allows you to connect an external display or projector using an adapter. You can use an external display as your main workspace or to extend your desktop, or you can work in mirrored mode with a projector so you can view what your audience sees.
Use the Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter to connect your Mac to a 30-inch display that includes a DVI connector, such as the 30-inch Apple Cinema Display HD, and enjoy the ultimate widescreen canvas with a resolution of 2560 by 1600 pixels.
- Mini DisplayPort
- Dual-Link DVI
- Mac OS X v.10.5.6 or later
- Compatible with Mac computers with Mini DisplayPort and Thunderbolt ports
- Mini DisplayPort
Ratings & Reviews
Flicker, sporadic issues...
First, when I plugged it into my brand new 2008 Macbook Pro I got a message saying that the USB device drew too Major issues...
First, when I plugged it into my brand new 2008 Macbook Pro I got a message saying that the USB device drew too much power! I did manage to make it work by plugging it into my monitor's USB hub, but wow...
Secondly, there is a slight flicker. You can see it clearly with certain kinds of backgrounds and fill patterns. It almost looks like the kind of noise you get with analog, except it's DVI. It's not a severe problem, but *any* flicker with DVI is ridiculous.
Finally, sometimes it just fails. The screen will go all weird, and you have to reset it. Again, it looks like an analog failure mode except it's not...
I'm going to wait a bit and then trying exchanging my adaptor at the Apple store. Maybe there are issues with the first-run units.
Apple really botched this one. Dongles are bad enough, but overpriced broken ones... come on guys...
- Written by Adam I from BOSTON
1019 of 1194 people found this useful
I had to plug and unplug my monitor several times before it worked and even now the monitor won't wake up from sleep! Sometimes wh I had to plug and unplug my monitor several times before it worked and even now the monitor won't wake up from sleep! Sometimes when it does come up it flickers and has jaggies. I have to unplug the DVI and plug it back in to get it to stop. I never had any issues at all with this monitor on my old MBP. The size of this thing it HUGE, I can't believe they couldn't make it smaller. Literally about 3x4 inches! Feels like they released a poor product AND they did it LATE! …
- Written by Anthony P from Phoenix
917 of 1081 people found this useful
Doesn't Work with Gateway 30" Extreme Monitor
Plug this new cable into my new macbook pro and 30" Gateway monitor and monitor is not seeing apple cable as a dual dvi cable. Was Plug this new cable into my new macbook pro and 30" Gateway monitor and monitor is not seeing apple cable as a dual dvi cable. Waste of money. …
- Written by Tom P from Saint Charles
780 of 991 people found this useful
zero problem, no flicker no nothing, it just works
I was rather skeptical after reading all the not so great reviews but I needed to make use of the 30 Cinema Display with pre-retin I was rather skeptical after reading all the not so great reviews but I needed to make use of the 30 Cinema Display with pre-retina MBP. It was plug and play, and still no going off nor flicker after extended use. It worked as expected. …
- Written by Jess L from fremont
Poorly engineered, but flicker issue solved!
This device is poorly engineered; as with many other reviewers, for me it flips out regularly, flickering, losing sync, showing ra This device is poorly engineered; as with many other reviewers, for me it flips out regularly, flickering, losing sync, showing rainbow snow, etc. However after dealing with this for a long period of time, I've finally found a reliable solution.
The device is unable to get enough power from the macbook pro USB port. So unplug the usb cord only, and plug it into an external power supply that has some good current. I used a 2-amp / 10 watt USB charger. Obviously, leave the mini-displayport plugged into your laptop. Doing this, the display has been 100% reliable, no issues whatsoever. I was ready to get rid of my 8 year old 30" dell monitor, assuming it was the issue, but am so glad to have learned that it was only the adapter!
This product should have never been sold as-is, but with this workaround, it works as expected. …
- Written by Jeremy C from BELMONT
2 of 2 people found this useful
I connected my venerable Apple Cinema Display HD 30" to a iMac 27" (late 2012) with a Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter (f I connected my venerable Apple Cinema Display HD 30" to a iMac 27" (late 2012) with a Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter (firmware 1.03) and the result is perfect. Nevertheless I don't rate it 5 stars because the device is bulky and expensive. …
- Written by Jacques V from Le Plessis-Robinson
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
can i connect macbook pro to two monitors
- Asked by Greg B
If you have a MacBook Pro with Retina display you can use the HDMI cable or the Mini Displayport to If you have a MacBook Pro with Retina display you can use the HDMI cable or the Mini Displayport to connect one monitor and use the Thunderbolt to VGHA connector to connect a second monitor. This setup allows you to mirror three screens OR use them all independently (you will get higher res if you use the DisplayPort connector to connect to a high-def monitor). …
- Answered by Nigel F from Duxbury
Will this item allow me to connect a 2nd 30' Apple display to a MacPro 5.1 & Radeon 5770 using the mini display port ?
- Asked by Mircea N from Pierrefonds
Will a Mini DisplayPort connector on a Dual-Link DVI to Mini DisplayPort adapter plug into a thunderbolt port on the new cylindrical Mac Pro and work?
- Asked by Nathan T from Alpine
Is this cable the one to hook the OLD 30" LCD CINEMA Display to a Macbook Pro 17" ??
- Asked by Gianfranco D from Miami
Will this adapter work with MacPro 2014 and a 30" Apple Cinema display?
- Asked by Christopher C from Miller Place
Yes. Mac Pro supports DVI displays using Mini DisplayPort to DVI adapters. Use a single-link DVI ada Yes. Mac Pro supports DVI displays using Mini DisplayPort to DVI adapters. Use a single-link DVI adapter such as the Apple Mini DisplayPort to DVI adapter for DVI displays with a resolution up to 1920x1200. Use a Dual-Link DVI adapter such as the Apple Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI adapter for resolutions up to 2560x1600.
Mac Pro supports a total of two single-link DVI displays. If you connect a third DVI display using a passive adapter or a display via HDMI, it will cause one of the three displays to become inactive. …
- Answered by Ron P from Brooklyn
I have 2 iMacs and I would like to connect them both to an external monitor. Also be able to switch between the two. How can I do that?
- Asked by Francisco R from Zephyrhills