• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    No issues at all. Works as it should

    • Written by from Nepean

    I've been studying issues with 1) connecting a new Mac Mini (Yosemite) to a large 3rd party display (Dell U2913WM) to get full resolution but also 2) having access to HDCP protected content. Here is what I found a) Mini DP to DP will offer full resolution 2560 X 1080 @ 60 Hz but HDCP content from iTunes is not permitted, ie. will not run; b) HDMI adapter to DVI-D allows HDCP content to run but the resolution is limited to 1920 x 1080 @ 60Hz; c) HDMI to HDMI also does not offer full resolution but allows access to HDCP content; finally, the only configuration that offers both full resolution and HDCP is with Mini Display Port to Dual DVI-D cables. I had read other reviews about flickers, intermittent problems, etc. but two things you need to remember:
    a) make sure you use a good quality male-to-male DVI dual link cable from your monitor to the Apple adapter and b) make sure your Mini DP connection on your Apple computer is secure and doesn't move.
    I've been using the Apple adapter for a while now and it does the job perfectly with no flicker, wakes correctly from sleep, full resolution and access to iTunes HDCP content.
    Overall I'm quite pleased with the purchase.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A life saver. Very happy.

    • Written by from Terrey Hills

    I have four of these adapters running three 30" Apple monitors on two new round Mac Pro computers for nearly a year. After reading several reviews on these devices, I was expecting a few problems and have found nothing serious.

    There is occasionally a small amount of flickering on startup, before logging in but that disappears as soon as the desktop loads. On two occasions, one monitor has gone black on startup but on restarting has worked as normal.

    The options for me with new Mac Pros were to junk three terrific monitors or buy these adapters so I am very happy with the results.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Mac Mini Killer-DO NOT BUY

    • Written by from Kent

    I have used Apple products for 20 years. I have previously always been happy with the dependability of the machines and peripherals. I was using the 2.0 firmware version of this adapter with my 2013 i7 2.3ghz Quad 2012 Mac Mini and my trusty 30" Apple Cinema Display. I'd have to turn the computer on and off a few times to get it all running, but it would eventually come on and once it was running, all seemed fine. After a os system update, things got worse, and I'd have to reinstall the os every 2-3 starts. This got old, I tried every SMC reset/PRAM reset, etc., and eventually came across threads which indicated the 2.0 firmware was the problem, and to get the 3.0 version. Checked the apple website to verify, everything looked compatible, went to my local Apple store, got the adapter, got home, plugged everything in, and bingo! I was in business immediately. Sigh of relief! Went to bed several hours later and left the computer running as usual, got up the next morning and the computer had died. I tried everything, to no avail, eventually bought another mini off ebay, plugged it in, all was well until it was restarted and then the mini was dead. Have had both minis tested extensively and it seems the copper plating sandwiched in the middle of the logic board has been damaged beyond repair, all other components are fine. The only change made to the system was that stupid adapter, and I've connected the monitor to several other computers (without the adapter) since, with no issues whatsoever. An expensive couple of doorstops and an unhappy month; I hope to save someone else from the pain. Poor quality control, Apple! My first really bad apple experience, but it was a doozy! DO NOT BUY THIS!

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great on Dell U3014 Monitor

    • Written by from Santa Monica

    I needed this to attach my dual link DVI plug from a new Dell U3014 into the open MDP outlet on my 2009 Mac Pro, with GeForce GT120 video card. It works just great but NOTE: this is an ACTIVE adapter and that USB plug has to be plugged into your mac OR into an outlet via adapter, because it does need to draw power for it to work properly and deliver your 2560x1600 resolution.

    Side note: to make sure your monitor fires up properly on the first try, make sure the Mac is off when you're attaching it, and then zap the PRAM when you start it up. Otherwise the monitor may launch with an error message or not at full resolution.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not for the Mac Mini if you want HDPC

    • Written by from canton

    Just got my Apple Mini DisplayPort To Dual-Link DVI Adapter so I can watch HD movies, guess what it will not display HDPC content. If I just use a Mini DisplayPort to DVI adapter (lower resolution) work fine with the "HD" content. Don't know if the adapter is defective or if it is just the Apple Mini that has issues.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Dual Link DVI Adapter

    • Written by from Kanata

    This active connector is excellent. I have had no issues running this on the MacBook Pro late 2013 - the top $3400 model.
    I tested it against an older Dell 3007 WFP ultrasharp 30 inch running 2560x1600 and a new ASUS PB278Q 27 inch at 2560x1440.
    The adapter also works week with my Lenovo using the thunderbolt port.

    I am curious if I can run this off a thunderbolt dock and also drive 2 monitors with 2 adapters - I'll get back to you.
    I have noticed no flickering or issues running on both systems against both monitors. When I detach the display I pull out the USB port first.

    thank you

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works as expected

    • Written by from Cedar Park

    I am connecting the Dual-Link DVI Adapter via a dual-link cable to my Dell Ultrasharp 3008WFP. The resolution is 2560x1600 which is native for this 30" monitor. There is no flicker that I could notice. Was plug and play. As other has said, all the negative reviews are most likely due to the lack of a dual-link DVI cable. Most DVI cables sold are simply single-link. If you had this monitor operated on a PC previously, you already have in all likelihood a dual-link DVI cable as most PC graphic cards will need this too to get the native resolution.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    A must-have for a Mac 30" Cinema Display 2560x1600

    • Written by from Flagstaff

    In spite of the many negative reviews on this Adapter, I decided to purchase it anyway because there were no other options if I wanted to connect my oldish Mac 30" Cinema Display to my new 2014 MacBook Pro. After a week of steady use I can report that it works just fine. However, it does on rare occasions produce fleeting flicker on the screen so if you demand perfection this may not be the ticket for you. The adapter was a bit expensive, probably because of its internal electronics, but it sure beats buying a new $1000 Mac display. Make sure you plug in the adapter's USB as it will not otherwise work.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Unreliable

    • Written by from Hampton

    I purchased the Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter about 7 months ago to connect my 15" rMBP to my 27" DELL U2713HM display.
    The adapter has been playing up since day 1.
    The picture on the external display would randomly go off for a second and come back, become snowy or flicker like crazy.
    Apple has replaced the adapter for me today with a brand new one (great customer service btw) however it is showing the same symptoms as the old adapter.
    Taking into account that there is no other solution at this stage to use my 2560x1440 resolution monitor with my laptop and the high price tag of the adapter, i'm very disappointed.
    Would never use it and ask for my money back if there was another option. Booo Apple

    PS (the adapter firmware is up to date as well as everything else on the laptop side)

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    zero problem, no flicker no nothing, it just works

    • Written by from fremont

    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.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Poorly engineered, but flicker issue solved!

    • Written by from BELMONT

    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.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent

    • Written by from Le Plessis-Robinson

    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.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Connector - exactly as promised

    • Written by from Adelaide

    I now have 3 of these - connect to Apple 30'' Monitors - to KTM switches, to Mac and PC laptops - never had a day of trouble with any of them, or with the type of connectors, or with the interface - only used with Apple 30'' screen so that's where I am coming from.

    .....Great product - can't recommend enough

    1st one had for 8 years
    2nd one 2 years
    3rd one 2 months

    I use them all concurrently - either off a KTM switch and/or multiple screens!

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Could be better

    • Written by from Coffs Harbour

    I have the latest version of this cable and it still has digital noise issues, as have the previous 2 versions. This happens when my external monitor sleeps and then wakes. Alternate monitors, makes and models all do exactly the same thing, as do alternate DVI Dual Link cables, so it's an ongoing problem in the cable firmware. The easy way around it is to prevent the external monitor from sleeping.

    Prominently displayed on the apple images for this device is a USB socket next to the DVI socket. I've not found any use for this, as connecting anything to this port fails to register on the Mac (Air, 2011). And again, this has been the case for two different cables. Apple could easily build in a usb hub or power connector from the DVI to make this product more useful.

    At this price the product is half the cost of a thunderbolt dock, which has significantly more options. I'l buy one of those next time.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not a matter of IF but WHEN it starts playing up

    • Written by from SCULLIN

    Horrendously expensive for what they are, and I've lost count of how many I've been through over the years. It seems inevitable that after a while you get intermittent flickering/noise appearing on the screen, to varying degrees. Lucky you if it happens while still under warranty, because Apple is great at replacing it no questions asked. But if outside of warranty, too bad, and not cheap to replace.

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works as expected

    • Written by from Redlands

    I am using it with a 2012 Mac Mini and a 30" HP Monitor. Occasionally I will have to disconnect it but I think that maybe the HP monitor that is causing the issue.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Working well with a 3rd party monitor (Hazro HZ27WC)

    • Written by from Sheffield

    I initially had issues with the well known interference (intermittent colour distortion and artefacts etc) which was pretty unusable.
    I was using a cheap DVI dual link cable that I had bought 6 years ago. So I bought a startech branded DVI dual link cable (£8) and now I have no issues at all, working perfectly. My monitor is a Hazro HZ27WC, with a late 2013 Macbook Pro 15".

    By the way, the same old cable I had works fine when connected to my PC with the same monitor, but doesn't work with the Apple adapter. My guess is that Apple's adapter has different and stricter time constraints on the digital signals perhaps and therefore requires a decent quality cable.

    So my advice is, don't listen to the people complaining about the adapter. Just try is with a decent quality DVI cable for yourself. When I say decent quality DVI cable, I don't mean spending £50 on one, you should be able to get one for under £15 online.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible, buggy product.

    • Written by from Brooklyn

    I have an old 30" DELL monitor and have to use this by necessity. I've had it for about 5 years and it has never worked properly. There's constant light background noise on the screen, it sometimes glitches completely, and so on.

    If you can possibly avoid it, do not use this. Unfortunately, if you have a dual-link DVI monitor, you don't have much choice :(

    (and yes, I'm on firmware 1.03)

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Lots of green digital noise...

    • Written by from WILMINGTON

    Just upgraded to a new MacPro and Pegasus2 Raid drive, so after shelling out huge money for that setup I wanted to continue to use my 30" Apple Cinema Display and not have to buy another monitor. Bought this adapter thinking that would be easy enough but am very unsatisfied with the results. I get get constant green digital noise in any areas of black on my screen. It's pretty much constant and nothing seems to fix it. I'm sure it's not the monitor, since I can plug it back into my old Mac Pro tower and everything works fine. At $100 for the cable I'm very unhappy. Does anyone know of another way to still use my monitor? Is there an HDMI adapter that anyone can recommend?

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A solution to the Flickers!

    • Written by from Chateauguay

    I looked everywhere for a solution… and found my problem on a Forum…

    There are two types of DVI cables!

    A) DVI-D single Link
    B) DVI-D Dual Link

    They don't have the same number of pins!

    I have a MacBook Air 13" 2011, with a 30" Dell Ultrasharp. With the single Link DVI Cable, I had crazy flickers.
    With the Dual Link cable - supplied by Dell with the Monitor, the image is EXCELLENT!

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