• 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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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    It works: Mac mini (Late 2012) to 30 inch Cinema Display

    • Written by from Nashua

    I bought my Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter yesterday from an Apple Store and the unit works as advertised. It has revision 1.03 firmware, which is apparently the latest as of 2014-07-04 and thus saving me a return to the store for an upgrade/swap. The unit worked on the first try connecting an Apple Mac mini "Core i7" 2.3 (Late 2012) [MD388LL/A] to an Apple Cinema Display 30-Inch (Aluminum) [M9179LL/A]. There are no problems with dropouts or flicker. Sleep/wake also works, as does the USB connection.

    The adapter has no facility for connecting the monitor's 400 Mbps FireWire port, so if you have the same type of monitor, then you may need a FireWire extension cable -- if you want to use the FireWire port on the monitor.

    Interestingly, at the Apple Store, the adapter was not on the wall with the multitude of white box adapters on sale; the manager said that the store did not carry the item. However, another store employee fortuitously did know about the adapter (packaged in a black box) hidden in the back room and procured the prize. Who knows what other goodies may lurk in that nearly impenetrable darkness? Could there be a 20th Anniversary Macintosh concealed in the gloom? Maybe there's a unsold, Apple IIgs there waiting for some lucky collector. If such could be found, there might even be hope for locating an Apple Lisa which escaped that landfill in Utah.

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    not as bad

    • Written by from Portland

    So I spent an hour trying to get this to work for a large display. and then noticed i was using the wrong DVI cable. My screen kept flickering when set to the highest resolution, but once I got the proper DVI cable, everything worked.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The adapter you need for high-resolution monitors

    • Written by from Boulder

    This is the adapter you need to connect a high resolution monitor (WQHD) to your Mac. (The regular Mini DisplayPort adapter will leave your monitor maxed out at 1080p, not the 2560x1440 you are after.)

    A couple of notes:

    * While this is a hot plug, sometimes the signal can get a glitch when you connect the monitor or wake your computer from sleep. I found that 95% of the time, simply turning the monitor off and on again addresses this. On rare occasions, it took a reboot of my computer.

    * You need to connect the USB plug on the adapter into your Mac as well, or you defeat the purpose of this adapter. The USB is necessary for the resolution. In fact, the old Apple 30" CinemaScreen monitors won't even display anything without the USB connection.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Working well with a 30" NEC Display

    • Written by from Toronto

    My recent copy of this cable runs well connecting my 2013 iMac 27" and my 2008 NEC 30"" display.
    I have the USB plug connected directly to my iMac USB port.

    No negative issues.

    (Note, I have only been running it for 2 weeks, so I can't speak to longevity and have therefore not given 5 stars. Will report back later.)

    Some reviews speak of the USB ports of some Macs not providing this adapter enough power.

    In that case, an Apple level 2 tech confirmed that plugging the USB plug into an iPad charger connected to a wall outlet might help and would not hurt the adapter. Hope this helps those having this problem.

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