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
1017 of 1190 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
916 of 1078 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
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Working well with a 3rd party monitor (Hazro HZ27WC)
I initially had issues with the well known interference (intermittent colour distortion and artefacts etc) which was pretty unusab 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. …
- Written by Kalhana C from Sheffield
Terrible, buggy product.
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. 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) …
- Written by Alec T from Brooklyn
Lots of green digital noise...
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 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? …
- Written by Alan H from WILMINGTON
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
can i connect macbook pro to two monitors
- Asked by Greg B
- Jan 27, 2011
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
- Feb 21, 2013
what apple cinema display 20 inch power adapter do i need for a 2009 apple macbook?
- Asked by Brad R from Pasadena
- Jul 11, 2014
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
- May 11, 2014
Can I run Windows XP on an 27-inch iMac and connect a 30-inch Apple Cinema Display HD to run SolidWorks?
- Asked by David N
- May 14, 2010
Will this enable a mac to support the resolution of 2560x1080?
- Asked by Julie C from Belrose
- Dec 21, 2012
SwitchResX app solved this problem for me.
- Answered by Grzegorz G
- Feb 25, 2013