• 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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  • 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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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works fine for me

    • Written by from Zürich

    I recently got one of the new (2013) MacPros and needed one of these adapters to connect my old 30" Cinema Display. After reading the reviews here, I was cautious whether I might be running into the problems described here.

    So far (about 10 hours of continuos use), I have not seen any of the symptoms listed. The adapter does exactly what it's supposed to do (i.e. make the full 2560x1600 resolution usable on my new MacPro).

    Keep in mind that the adapter is quite bulky and big. It also definitely has some electronics in it, possibly to split the combined signal it receives from the machine into two DVI channels, so it's another active component that can break at any time.

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  • 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.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works fine with rMBP/Mavericks and 30" Apple Cinema Display

    • Written by from New York

    Haven't had any performance issues with this set up. Minor negatives: The screws on the Cinema Display cable are not long enough to reach the threads in the adapter, so the connection is unstable. Secured it with some rubber bands and it hasn't been a problem. And of course the Firewire ports on the display are unconnected. Maybe an additional (Thunderbolt to Firewire) adapter would work, but haven't tried this.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works with my Mac Mini

    • Written by from Bainbridge Island

    After seeing all the negative reviews for this display adapter, and the high price, I was hesitant to order, but I really had no choice if I want to get full resolution out of my 30-inch display.

    I'm glad to say that it works trouble-free for me. I'm using it to connect my 30-inch Cinema Display to a mid-2009 Mac Mini and I have not encountered any of the problems that have been reported by so many other users. No flicker, no lines, no static, no freezing -- just a nice, crisp, huge, high-res display.

    Only 4 stars, though because it costs so much and because Apple ought to consider the significant investment their loyal customers have made before changing display platforms again and again and again.

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  • 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.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Mac Pro Retina 15"- Ultra WideScreen

    • Written by from Arundel

    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.

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works well with a good cable (2012 15" Retina MBP)

    • Written by from Ballston Lake

    I bought this too hook my MBP up to a Yamakasi Catleap monitor. Works great with very few issues. Once in awhile after waking from sleep, the monitor will have static in the picture, but if I just turn it off and on, it goes away. Extended use does not yield any sort of issues.

    It is a little expensive, but most dual link dvi->mini display cables are. The relocated USB port is actually convenient for plugging my VPN token in, as it ends up right in front of me on my desk.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great, but super expensive!

    • Written by from San Francisco

    First of all I got next day delivery despite opting for free delivery so that was a bonus.

    Product works as intended. I am using it with an early 2011 15inch Macbook Pro with a Dell 3007WFPHC (30inch 2560 x 1600). I have tested it with both OSX and Windows (via Bootcamp) and again there doesn't seem to be any problems.

    I haven't experienced any flickering, but the laptop is set to use high performance mode when plugged in (this is a suggested fix for the flickering some people are seeing) so perhaps that is why.

    The only issue though is price, $99 before tax is insane for an adapter! Oh and it's HUGE for a DVI Adapter as well (which is more comical than anything).

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    it does flicker occasionally but it works

    • Written by from East Lansing

    I have two Dell 30's running on one video card, and they do flicker occasionally. It's annoying, usually requires a reboot, and I don't know why. I opened a support case at Apple just in case it got worse, but so far it's pretty rare, and when it's working the resolution is magnificent - 2500x1900, very sharp and quick.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Fine so far

    • Written by from CHICAGO

    Despite reviews to the contrary, the Dual-Link Adapter is performing almost perfectly after 3 days. Video performance has been flawless with my 30" HD Cinema Display hooked to my new Mac Mini (replacing my aging Mac Pro). The only hiccup that I've noticed thus far is that audio has twice dropped from my USB speakers that are plugged into my display USB port (defaulting the the Mini's speaker). So there has been the minor annoyance of re-selecting my speakers in the Sound Preference. It's not yet clear if this will be a daily event or is triggered by a specific operation.

    BTW, if you have the the 30"HD display, don't even consider the HMDI adapter as a viable alternative. It's functional, but the poor resolution will hurt your head.

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  • 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.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Adapter works as long as updated model

    • Written by from Wichita

    This adapter works fine, I have a 30" Cinema Display running. I think most of the negative comments result from the earlier model which has an outdated bios version. If you do purchase from other source, make sure it is the latest model production. Wish adapter supported firewire is my only criticism.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works Great - Some tuning Required

    • Written by from Singapore

    I just upgraded my PC to a MSI 7970 Video card and discovered to my dismay that it required a Dual DVI to Mini DP Adapter to push 2560x1600 resolutions to my sweet sweet 30 inch monitor. After reading the problems on these forums, I still felt that the device should work as advertised, so I gave it a shot.

    To my dismay, while it worked perfectly I do experience the distorted screen as many people have reported.

    However, after giving it some thought, and watching it's behavior for some time, I realized that the distortion only occurred everytime I left the room for extended periods. The only thing that kicks in at that time (Over an hour) was my power saving mode for the screen. Since turning off Power saving mode, i'm no longer experiencing the screen distortions as reported on these forums.

    Great Product, though it is quite expensive for a simple adapter.

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    USB3 Please

    • Written by from Berryton

    I'd love to use this as a mini dock for my Macbook Air. I can put my Air in the stand, plug in power, usb3, display and have all of my USB devices and monitors attached via this adapter and a usb3 hub.

    (this would suffice until the thunderbolt docks are released...)

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  • 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!

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works for 30" Samsung Syncmaster

    • Written by from Waukesha

    I have been using the $99 dual-link adapter for about 8 hours, and all is well. The price is rather painful, but as long as it works, I won't whine too much.

    I wish I didn't have to contact my local Apple store to figure out that I needed this product. It would have been nice for this info to be more apparent for us large-display users.

    After making the connection, I rebooted my system. Strangely, it took a few minutes to boot my new Mini Mac. For the three previous days I had been using the new Mini (tolerating the fuzzy/jaggy screen image), booting had been swift. So the long boot-time had me fearing the new connection wasn't going to work. Big sigh of relief when it did!

    To reiterate what others have posted here: This review is for the special DUAL (meaning two connections) link adapter. In my case, it takes the DVI and USB connections off my Syncmaster display and converts them into thunderbolt and USB connections for the Mac Mini.

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