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 only with Mac computers with Mini DisplayPort
- Mini DisplayPort
- Compatible only with Mac computers with Mini DisplayPort and Mac OS X v10.5.6 or later.
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 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
933 of 1086 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 en 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
839 of 983 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 te of money. …
- Written by Tom P from Saint Charles
704 of 887 people found this useful
Good for Macbook Pro to 30" CInema Display
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 dev ice 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. …
- Written by Hugh T from Cwmbran
First truly awful Apple product I've ever owned.
Sorry to say it, but all the negative reviews are right. This adapter is really great at displaying snow all over your display wit h what's actually supposed to be there just barely showing through!
When it works, it works great. Problem is, it displays snow about 20 times a day.
Total fail. :( …
- Written by Jacob F from Travelers Rest
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Mac Pro Retina 15"- Ultra WideScreen
Seems to a bit of pot luck in terms of success rates with differing large format displays, be it 2560x1600 or 2560x1080, depending on manufacturer, 16:9, 21:9 aspect ratios. For those considering a Ultra wide screen (21:9), 29", I can tell you that the DL-DVI adaptor worked first up no hassles with my Philips 298P4QJEB UWD, with native resolution of 2560x1080.
The only downside is not many Apple stores stock these so have to be ordered, and are a bit pricy, however, in my case having something work first up without stuffing around with drivers, different cable options, pays for itself straight up.
I can't speak to reliability or longevity, it being new, but having it work as expected
is a good start. …
- Written by Mark S from Arundel
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
- Asked by Gustavo & Ceci R from Mississauga
- 10 16, 09
I do not own a mac mini but I have seen this done many times in retail stores that want to show off the versatility of such a small desktop. The mac mini has two video outputs: a mini-display port and a mini-DVI port. The mini-display port is the same one you find on the current generation macbook, macbook pros (as well as the Mac Pro) and the Mini-DVI is the same as the on the old black/white macbook. I do not know why apple decided to go with two different adapter types but it works just the same as you will need two separate adapters to use two displays anyway. From there, you just buy two "dongles" (display adapters) which hook up to your respective screen input jacks (VGA or DVI) and you're set! …
- Answered by Ben S from Golden
- 10 27, 09
- Asked by Roberto H from El Cerrito
- 05 8, 13
The method will depend on your desired configuration.
Do you want to show the same thing on both external monitors (either cloned desktop or extended desktop)? Then you need a signal multiplier/Distribution Amplifier (DVI DA or VGA DA). If you want to show 2 different things on the externals (like the standard desktop plus extended desktop) then you need a product like the matrox dual-head or triple-head. …
- Answered by Bruce W from San Francisco
- 02 25, 11
- Asked by George G from Bala Cynwyd
- 09 19, 11
Yes. I'm using it right now.
- Answered by David B from Seattle
- 09 27, 11
is the USB part of this adapter USB3? I would like to buy a USB3 powered hub to hang off of the adapter, but I won't waste my money if it is USB2.
- Asked by Michael G from Cranberry Township
- 03 27, 13
Can I connect my macbook pro Retina to two x "Mini DisplayPort to Dual-link DVI Adapter" driving 2 x Dell 2560x1600 monitors?
- Asked by Mehran S from Miami
- 02 5, 13
I am happy to report that I was able to connect 2 adapters to attach to Dell Cinema monitors (2650 x 1600 each) to my Macbook Pro.
Note that each adapter needs a USB port which meant the second adapter had to use a USB port on the right hand side of my MBP. Fortunately, the y-shape part of the adapter is long enough to reach the USB on the right side.
Also, I can use the built-in monitor for a total of 3 screens. I am using the set-up for mostly browsing and highly text based app so I cannot vouch how the set-up might operate with low latency apps such as games running high-res and fast changing graphics. …
- Answered by Mehran S from Miami
- 02 7, 13