• 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.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great

    • Written by from New Barnet

    Have this plugged into my Late 2011 Macbook Pro, Hazro HZ27WD 27" 2560x1440 monitor and a powered USB hub. Works flawlessly so far and I didn't have to configure anything. Shame these kind of adapters are so expensive :(

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Mac Mini to 30" Cinema Display

    • Written by from Hitchin

    Needed to replace an old mac with a Mac Mini but wanted to keep my 30" display. Apple realise this predicament and price it rather extravagantly I feel!
    Happy though as this adapter works perfectly and keeps the 2560 x 1600 resolution...4 stars due to the price.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Serious Noise (static)

    • Written by from HOVE

    Blacks are a sea of static. I've taken back the adapter twice to replace it - but it appears that electrical interference is a design feature of this device.

    I'm worried that this adapter will be the only way to connect the new 2014 Mac Pro to the (otherwise very good) apple 30" cinema displays.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works fine on Dell 3007 and latest MBA

    • Written by from READING

    I've had very few problems with this running my Dell 3007 monitor. I also run 2 other screens via display link (so 3 external including this one).

    A lot of people complain about the cost of these, but if you look at the market place and other manufacturers prices, the apple cost of one of these is actually OK. As the signal conversion between dual link DVI-D and mini DP is not straightforward, there is a chip inside these that has to convert the image, and if running at 2560*1600 at 60Hz, that is 245,760,000 pixels per second it has to do - hence the power requirement of USB and the cost.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good for Macbook Pro to 30" CInema Display

    • Written by from Cwmbran

    I purchased this adapter as I had to after purchasing a 30 inch Apple Cinema display for use with my Mid 2009 MacBook Pro. The device itself works very well and as it should, allowing a flawless connection between the two devices. However the price of £70 is ridiculous, I had no choice but to pay the fee however it shouldn't be that much, maybe £40.

    If you are going to buy this and use it with a big monitor make sure that your graphics card is up to scratch as in full screen mode (watching a video or film) the monitor is dropping frames sometimes. It's really not an issue for me though. And movies in VLC media player always seem to work flawlessly for some reason.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The adapter works - check the cable

    • Written by from London

    Bough the adapter and tested two cables that LOOKED like dual-link DVI - didn't work for DELL3007WFPHC. Thought I would return it.
    When putting the cables back, noted another one labelled Dual-Link DVI. Tested, works perfect.

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    it works fine

    • Written by from Cambridge

    The device works well. It needs to use one USB port, not just the mini-display port. Having read some earlier reviews, I was not fully sure it would be working without disruptions, but everything is fine so far, although the price is quite extreme.

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work with Mac Mini and Hazro HZ27WB

    • Written by

    I bought this to link a brand new Mac Mini to a Hazro HZ27WB display. Unfortunately, it didn't work.

    The failure mode was bizarre: the display would work perfectly for three or four seconds then blank for three or four seconds before coming back. Over and over again.

    I tried a second one, but that had exactly the same problem. Apple support said it would take them four working days to come up with any kind of suggestion as to how to proceed.

    I couldn't wait. I'm returning the adapter. And the Mac Mini. Try harder, Apple.

    3 of 7 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works BUT

    • Written by from Darvel

    I find it works perfectly on my Samsung SA850 from my MacBook AIr 2012. Only problem is when I reboot it goes fuzzy and needs plugged in/out to fix it - if left to sleep not an issue.

    Full resolution is possible on the SA850 with it. It works great. Very nice on this screen. I think this display for half the price of a cinema display is a much better deal.

    £70 is actually cheap stop moaning at Apple! They are probably selling this at cost. The third party ones out there are over £130. But I suspect they work on non apple monitors much better. I may try to source one of them but if you are stuck remember they exists and to go looking for them!

    20 of 26 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    £70? Seriously?

    • Written by from Farnborough

    Terrible offering from Apple. Useable, but only just. I haven't tried this on an Apple 30" display, I have a Dell 3007WFP. I get lots of flickering pixels/noise, very noticeable on dark screens. And sometimes the display just blacks out for a second before coming back. Or it needs to be unplugged then plugged back in.

    25 of 29 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Avoid this product

    • Written by from London

    I should have listen to the negative reviews here. Its really not very good. I have a Dell UltraSharp 27" monitor, and as others report, yes it does sometimes give a picture full of snow when first connected. You then need to re-connect it a few times to clear up the picture. But even then, the quality is far inferior to my Windows or Linux box when connected to the same monitor.

    I just got my first mac, in the form of a macbook air. And am surprise of the lack of quality from a brand which are supposed to pride it self in creating quality products.

    24 of 28 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't waste your money

    • Written by from Ongar

    I have an i7 Mac Mini and a Dell 27" monitor. EVERY time the Mac wakes from sleep, the screen is all snowy, needed me to switch the monitor off and back on. On a couple of occasions the screen will not clear until a full restart, and one a few occasions, I have had the Mac lockup showing the "Please Restart Your Computer' screen.

    Absolute rubbish!

    15 of 15 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Mac Mini

    • Written by from DUNDEE

    Purchased this so I could use my Apple 30" display.

    Works first time no problems

    12 of 15 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor

    • Written by from FLEET

    Adapter version 1.03 bought 16/08/2011. Terrible noise interference on starting up. It is necessary to drop resolution to 1920 x 1080. Then back up to 2560 x 1440. Works fine until next reboot. Mac mini -> Dell U2711. Disgusting price for this item, even if it worked correctly.

    20 of 21 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Works, but then not completely

    • Written by from Brabrand

    The noise in black when connecting a MacBook Pro to a 30" Cinema Display seems to be a 50/50% occurrence, yet nobody at Apple Support or at Apple Dealers know about this or what to do about it.

    It's quite odd that Apple hasn't sent out a replacement program for the default ones of these. Seems like a subcontractor that made an error, yet you feel that you have to convince Apple folks about that the problem exist.

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works perfectly with Mini / Air + Dell WFP3007

    • Written by from Plymouth

    I was reluctant to buy this given some of the reviews, but I've been using for a while to connect my late 2010 Mac Mini to an old Dell WFP3007. No fuzziness or noise at all, and it's nice to finally have my old monitor back. ;) Also tested with my MacBook Air and it's just as faultless.

    6 of 8 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Works, but not through an amp

    • Written by from Basingstoke

    I was going to use this adaptor to send the signal through my HDMI equipped AV receiver via my 27" Core i7 iMac. This would not work and sent no signal to the TV at all, despite all my other equipment working fine through the amp, even my PC.

    It does work when connected straight to both my 42" Plasma and my 32" LCD though, so it must be some sort of handshake issue or issue with the power of the cable?

    Not particularly impressed with it overall, especially at the price Apple charges!

    6 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Keep it display port if possible

    • Written by from Reading

    I bought one of these Dual-Link DVI adapters to cover all the potential connection options for a new set up, and given the reviews here was very happy to return it. My advice would be to use a mini display port to display port cable - if possible - I realise that slightly older screens may not feature a display port connector. These cables (mini display port to display port) don't seem to be widely available yet and Apple certainly don't make one, but they are out there, so if your screen has the capability this is by far the best solution. I've just connected a 17" MBPro pro a 27" NEC screen (PA271W) using one, the cable cost £7, and carries the digital signal with no conversion or indeed interference.

    16 of 18 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Trouble, even with 30" APPLE Cinema Display

    • Written by from Golden

    I've read a lot of comments and reviews around the web about problems with this cable and 30" monitors. I've seen several suggestions with several people blaming the problem on 3rd party monitors. I've got a very new MacBook Pro, this cable and a 30" Apple Cinema Display. Mostly we get blackouts (i.e., the monitor goes black for 1-2 seconds) several times an hour. We have 3 setups like this in the office, we all have the same problem. We have tried swapping cables, monitors and computers and all exhibit the same problem.

    Very disappointing - $3,000 or more in Apple gear and they can't get it to work.

    30 of 31 people found this useful