Every Mac with a Mini DisplayPort allows you to connect an external display or projector using an adaptor. 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 Adaptor 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
Serious noise / interference problems - as widely reported
I purchased one of these (expensive) adaptors for use with a new MacBook. Unfortunately there is serious interference on black par I purchased one of these (expensive) adaptors for use with a new MacBook. Unfortunately there is serious interference on black parts of the screen. Many other users have encountered this, so I don't believe my experience is uncommon. …
- Written by Ben M from LONDON
136 of 156 people found this useful
doesn't work properly with Macbook Pro (late 2008) and Dell 30" monitors
beware, doesn't work with a Macbook Pro (late 2008) and any Dell 30" (3007wfp /3007wfp-hc), every so often the infamous 'fuzz of d beware, doesn't work with a Macbook Pro (late 2008) and any Dell 30" (3007wfp /3007wfp-hc), every so often the infamous 'fuzz of death' appears and your screen will be unreadable, leaving only a re-boot or unpluging/repluging the adpater to bring the screen back, but only for awhile.
check out the forums for details, especially the thread intitled - 'periodic Dual-link display problem with new adapter'.
very poor show from Apple to release a faulty product. …
- Written by Steve N from LONDON
129 of 147 people found this useful
Serious issue with non Apple displays
Beware of buying this accessory, if you have a non-Apple 30" display then it will almost certainly cause problems. It is regrettab Beware of buying this accessory, if you have a non-Apple 30" display then it will almost certainly cause problems. It is regrettable that Apple should put its loyal customers in this position. A 30" monitor is a significant investment, and it may not be viable for people to replace their perfectly good displays with the Apple display so that they can receive reliable performance. My hope is that this is merely a software issue that can hopefully be corrected via a software update. …
- Written by Yassir A from Swindon
125 of 140 people found this useful
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
Have this plugged into my Late 2011 Macbook Pro, Hazro HZ27WD 27" 2560x1440 monitor and a powered USB hub. Works flawlessly so far 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 :( …
- Written by James W from New Barnet
Mac Mini to 30" Cinema Display
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 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. …
- Written by Geoff S from Hitchin
4 of 4 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
can i connect macbook pro to two monitors
- Asked by Greg B
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
Will a Mini DisplayPort connector on a Dual-Link DVI to Mini DisplayPort adapter plug into a thunderbolt port on the new cylindrical Mac Pro and work?
- Asked by Nathan T from Alpine
Will this item allow me to connect a 2nd 30' Apple display to a MacPro 5.1 & Radeon 5770 using the mini display port ?
- Asked by Mircea N from Pierrefonds
Is this cable the one to hook the OLD 30" LCD CINEMA Display to a Macbook Pro 17" ??
- Asked by Gianfranco D from Miami
Will this adapter work with MacPro 2014 and a 30" Apple Cinema display?
- Asked by Christopher C from Miller Place
Yes. Mac Pro supports DVI displays using Mini DisplayPort to DVI adapters. Use a single-link DVI ada Yes. Mac Pro supports DVI displays using Mini DisplayPort to DVI adapters. Use a single-link DVI adapter such as the Apple Mini DisplayPort to DVI adapter for DVI displays with a resolution up to 1920x1200. Use a Dual-Link DVI adapter such as the Apple Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI adapter for resolutions up to 2560x1600.
Mac Pro supports a total of two single-link DVI displays. If you connect a third DVI display using a passive adapter or a display via HDMI, it will cause one of the three displays to become inactive. …
- Answered by Ron P from Brooklyn
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