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
139 of 159 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
127 of 142 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
130 of 148 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
2 of 2 people found this useful
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
6 of 6 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
How can I use the Mac Mini with two monitors?
- Asked by Gustavo & Ceci R from Mississauga
I do not own a mac mini but I have seen this done many times in retail stores that want to show off 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
Will this enable a mac to support the resolution of 2560x1080?
- Asked by Julie C from Belrose
SwitchResX app solved this problem for me.
- Answered by Grzegorz G
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
Yes. That is how I use it: Mac Pro cylinder connected to the old 30" cinema display.
- Answered by David S from Lincoln