• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    DVI-D Single Link (Digital only, 1920x1200@60Hz)

    • Written by from North York

    This is the Mini-DisplayPort to DVI-D single-link adapter.

    DVI-D single-link means that ONLY DIGITAL signals will be output, with the maximum supported resolution at 60Hz being 1920x1200 (2.75 megapixels to be exact).

    The adapter easily plugs into the Mini-DisplayPort jack of new aluminum unibody Macbooks and Macbook Pros, and the other end is female DVI-D. Be aware that you cannot physically fit your DVI-I cables into the DVI-D female end. However, since all 24 pins are open, DVI-D dual-link cables can physically fit just as well as DVI-D single-link cables, and can be used to carry the SINGLE-LINK signal to your TV or monitor.

    I was surprised how light-weight this adapter is; a plus for carrying around. I was worried that the relatively heavier cables would pull the plug out from the notebook, but the adapter fits quite snugly in the Macbook Pro. The two screws on the DVI cable I used could not reach their holes in the adapter (female end is not deep enough), however, it was not a concern since the cable still fit tightly into the adapter.

    So, if you don’t have a DIGITAL display larger than 1920x1200, this adapter will be fine. Since HDTV is 1920x1080 this adapter is good enough for me. If you are looking to drive larger digital displays, get the dual-link adapter instead. Also, remember that analog is not supported with this adapter.

    2345 of 2515 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    DVI drops Analog signal, DVI-D only

    • Written by from Gray

    We know the Mini DisplayPort can output an analog signal because there's a Mini DisplayPort to VGA adapter. So why does this adapter drop the analog signal and go strictly to DVI-D (Digital only) instead of DVI-I (analog & digital)? The old MacBook Pro's had DVI-I. So this adapter is not a replacement to what used to come standard on MacBook Pros! I'm left very frustrated.

    1859 of 2251 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Be sure of your pinouts

    • Written by from Salamanca

    This is a DVI-D (single-link) connector - look up DVI on Wikipedia, if you're not sure of the difference. You can NOT simply connect to a DVI-I connector, like Apple's own DVI-VGA adapter, because of the extra pins in DVI-I.

    With the correct cabling, it seems to work just fine.

    1340 of 1513 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Make sure you get the right one!

    • Written by from Cardiff

    Usually Apple products just work, thats why they are so great. Things aren't as easy as you'd think with the mini DisplayPort Adapters though.

    The DVI version seems to be only for DVI-D (digital DVI) and not DVI-A (analog DVI), which is more common on older hardware. They are only compatible one way, as the DVI-A connector has some extra pins. Cleverly you can't even use Apples own DVI-to-VGA Adapter due to the extra pins. If you plan on using both and don't absolutely need the digital signal, get the Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter and a seperate VGA-DVI Adapter.

    So make sure you spend your hard earned wisely on this and check what inputs your monitor has. Unless its fairly new, chances are it will be DVI-A.

    I haven't had any picture related issues, but chances are the earlier reviewer has problems with the new NVIDIA chip and its not the adapters fault.

    2 Stars as should cost half the price for what you get.

    468 of 527 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    DVI-I vs DVI-D

    • Written by from EXETER

    The output is a DVI-D instead of DVI-I. So instead of carrying around one adapter I need two. This along with other issues makes me question the intentions of Apple's product line and feels like what happened in the 90's is happening again with Apple milking money out of users from the extra (or overpriced) hardware to buy. Interoperability is important.

    169 of 191 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works wonderfully

    • Written by from San Francisco

    I dont know why there are numerous bad reviews on this product. I have a cintiq 12WX plugged into my Macbook Pro Retina display and it works wonderfully. No dropped connections or anything. Its sturdy and stays in its socket. There aren't any flickering or noise signs on the monitor from the connection. A++ product

    130 of 135 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    If you're gonna be condescending, being correct should come first

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    "It appears that some people are being mislead into leaving bad reviews, but in the end, User Error is to blame. To clarify, this is a SINGLE Link DVI adapter, intended to be used in conjunction with a SINGLE external monitor. Apple also sells a "Mini DisplayPort to DUAL-LINK DVI" adapter if you need to run, you guessed it, dual monitors! "

    DUAL -LINK refers to running a SINGLE display with greater than 1920x1200 resolution (like a 30" @ 2560x1600) It has nothing to do with the NUMBER of monitors you are running, just the resolution of a single one.


    147 of 172 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Confucius is wrong

    • Written by from Fort Worth

    You cannot run dual monitors with this product or the Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter.

    The Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter is meant for 1 external display up to 1920 x 1080.

    The Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter is meant for running 1 external display up to and beyond 1920 x 1080 resolution, such as the Apple 30" monitor which runs at 2560 by 1600 pixels.

    Please do your research before recommending a product. Dual-link does not mean Dual monitors. The Digital formats are available in DVI-D Single-Link and Dual-Link as well as DVI-I Single-Link and Dual-Link format connectors. These DVI cables send information using a digital information format called TMDS (transition minimized differential signaling). Single link cables use one TMDS 165Mhz transmitter, while dual links use two. The dual link DVI pins effectively double the power of transmission and provide an increase of speed and signal quality; i.e. a DVI single link 60-Hz LCD can display a resolution of 1920 x 1200, while a DVI dual link can display a resolution of 2560 x 1600.

    Please purchase the correct adapter for your application.

    118 of 126 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Just won't fit!

    • Written by from London

    I thought I'd use the extra DVI monitor I have at home with my new MacBook, so I got the Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter. I tried to plug it into the DVI connector of my monitor, but it just won't fit. Both layouts are DVI, but the adapter is missing 4 tiny pins around the large one. After forcing for a while, it KIND of fits and I do get an image, but the connector literally hangs onto the adapter, semi-attached, and I am not able to fully attach both of them in place so they have to placed on a horizontal surface all the time.

    My monitor definitely has a DVI connector, but I wonder if there are different types of DVI connectors? And if so, should this information have been on the adapter page?

    250 of 391 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Stop Releasing New Display Plugs

    • Written by from ASTORIA

    Over the years, I have accumulated no less than 4 different breeds of display adapters with 4 different attachment for apple laptops. Every time apple releases another machine, they change the adapter port, and I'm forced to buy another. On top of all that, they now charge $30 for the adapter instead of $20. I'm done paying $30 for a $5 piece of hardware that, frankly, apple should be shipping in the box with their machines. I'd recommend anyone considering buying one these should pick up the $5 alternative (google it).

    124 of 146 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    READ THIS BEFORE YOU BUY!

    • Written by from ARVADA

    This adapter will only fit DVI-D connections. It will NOT fit a DVI-I connections!!! This one simple fact ruined a presentation in front of hundreds of people for me. The old MacBook Pro was able to connect to DVI-I, but not this one. Do yourself a favor and make sure that you will be using a DVI-D connection. I'm still reeling about this...

    This adapter should have been included with the MacBook Pro, period. You would think that for $2400 they could at least throw in an adapter for their proprietary display port.

    112 of 130 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Problems with waking display from sleep

    • Written by from LONDON

    While it looks nice and neat, it gives me a problem with my Dell 2001FP.

    Every time the display goes to sleep it doesn't come back on without me having to unplug and plug it back in.

    Of course it could be the software but the same monitor worked fine for me on my old MBP.

    Two other points:

    It would be nice if the cable was a few inches longer so I could hide it behind the screen when I work.

    £20 for a bit of plastic? Only apple can get away with that.

    132 of 170 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Packaging totally misleading

    • Written by from La Tour-de-Peilz

    It's good to know that this supports only single-link DVI with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 or lower, which is _not_ written on the packaging, and not even on the description on the Apple Store. That's only once you've connected it between your Mac (e.g. a Mini 2011) and your monitor (e.g. a Samsung SA850) that you'll notice the max. resolution in the Displays Preferences, look for information on apple.com, and eventually find out the informative note hidden somewhere in the faqs.

    110 of 131 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Frustrating. Works, but not as well as expected.

    • Written by from New Orleans

    I bought this device "just in case" I might need it. I never really used it, because I always had access to my desktop computer and never needed to use a separate display for my laptop. I got a new job where I'm on the road and working from a satellite office. Now, I figured, would be a good time to start using this device.

    The device hasn't completely stopped working, but it isn't very reliable. The screen image on the monitor frizzes up often. Think of an old school television antenna. The only solution is to jiggle and contort the adapter until a stable connection is made. Once again, think of an old school television antenna.

    So, I've owned the device for over a year, but the last month has been my first time using it regularly. I don't recommend that anyone buy this product. I've since ordered a similar device from a competitor. Hopefully the user experience is better.

    104 of 122 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Kanex Mini DisplayPort to HDMI Cable with Audio Support

    • Written by from Donkin

    This is great for just picture but I'm so disappointed that I bought the mini displayPort to DVI connector and then the dvi to hdmi cables to connect my macbookpro to my flat screen plasma tv. After getting everything and figuring out that I had to have "mirror" on in my system perferences and turing it all on; I had no sound. I could have avoided all this trouble by simply buying the Kanex Mini DisplayPort to HDMI Cable with Audio Support, or even the 2 piece one, similar to the one I actually bought but with audio. I should have researched better. So to all you looking to do what I wanted .... BUY the Kanex Mini DisplayPort to HDMI Cable with Audio Support.

    76 of 80 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Not backwards compatible with DVI -> VGA adapter

    • Written by from Amityville

    If you still have your DVI -> VGA adaptor that came with the previous generation of laptops and where thinking that with purchasing this item you would be able to use that adapter to go from mini display port -> DVI -> VGA and save money instead of having to buy separate Mini D -> DVI and Mini D -> VGA, you thought wrong.

    The product works as specified but I gave it 3 stars for lack of compatibility which when developing a product is something you should consider, also lack of information about this products compatibility and function on the packaging itself when purchased in store.

    74 of 80 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not fit the Apple DVI to VGA-adapter

    • Written by from G├╝nzburg

    In intention to use my original Apple DVI to VGA adapter with my new MacBookPro I bought that adapter, so I can use my old Apple computer as well for presentations. The Mini-display to DVI does not fit the DVI to VGA adapter (as posted in other comments due to the different standards (DVI-I and -D)). Unfortunately this is not stated anywhere in the product description of both products. So You have to buy boths adapters (DVI and VGA) for using them with the Mini-display-port.

    93 of 119 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    The generic version is better than Apple brand

    • Written by from ROCHESTER

    I bought this with a Macbook back in late 2008. The generic versions of the adapter which you can buy for $10 are actually a lot better than the $29 brand name version from Apple. The generic versions have a DVI-I interface which passes through analog, in case you need VGA for a projector or something. The Apple version only passes through DVI-D, for no comprehensible reason.

    77 of 88 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    DVI-D, not the more-common DVI-I

    • Written by from Los Altos

    This adapter provides a DVI-D connection. Most DVI cables and adapters I've come across use a DVI-I connection, which has four additional pins on one side (above and below the flat, horizontal pin). This adapter physically blocks those four pins, preventing a connection. I ended up having to buy a special DVI cable (as well as Apple's VGA adapter) to make sure I could always connect to a projector or display on the road.

    69 of 74 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointed

    • Written by from Leesburg

    Wait until a third party offers an adapter. I was stuck at a major conference and had to switch to a PC because this adapter is a single DVI rather than a dual DVI. The house A/V company could have interfaced with the dual DVI, but not this single configuration adapter.

    This wouldn't have been an issue with my old Powerbook, but this new scheme is only compatible with 1/2 of the cables out there. Awful.

    87 of 111 people found this useful