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
987 of 1155 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
884 of 1042 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
750 of 954 people found this useful
Surprisingly, I had no issues!
After reading all the reviews on here, I was terrified to try this cable out. But since I just bought a new 2013 macbook pro reti After reading all the reviews on here, I was terrified to try this cable out. But since I just bought a new 2013 macbook pro retina 15" and there are no other options to use it with my mac 30" cinema display, I bit the bullet and bought it. I'm actually surprised that I've had no issues with connection and resolution. Works just fine (for me at least!) …
- Written by Nima R from Long Beach
DOES NOT WORK AND CAUSES HEADACHES
Too bad Apple ! $100 for this bought a very nice (and expensive) 27 LG Display Color Prime... Now I have all sorts of distortions Too bad Apple ! $100 for this bought a very nice (and expensive) 27 LG Display Color Prime... Now I have all sorts of distortions and flickr.. Image is unusable at most times and I also get black screen from time to time. LG won' give me any support as they do not trust the adapter... too bad! DO NOT BUY THIS THING - worst Apple product ever. FULL RECALL NEEDED (and why take an usb port for power???) -- …
- Written by André M from Mairiporã
USB Port Stopped Working after Mavericks Update
Adapter worked well with my 2011 13" MBP on Mountain Lion. USB port on adapter no longer works after upgrade to Mavericks. Both US Adapter worked well with my 2011 13" MBP on Mountain Lion. USB port on adapter no longer works after upgrade to Mavericks. Both USB ports on MBP work when not docked. …
- Written by Errol B from Silver Spring
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
can i connect macbook pro to two monitors
- Asked by Greg B
- Jan 26, 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 20, 2013
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 24, 2013
How can I use the Mac Mini with two monitors?
- Asked by Gustavo & Ceci R from Mississauga
- Oct 15, 2009
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
- Oct 26, 2009
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 13, 2010
How do I connect macbook or a macbook pro to 2 external monitors?
- Asked by Kevin W from Powell
- Nov 25, 2009
You need another piece of hardware, which falls into one of two major categories:
1) A Matrox Dua You need another piece of hardware, which falls into one of two major categories:
1) A Matrox Dualhead2go is a device that "tricks" your laptop into thinking that the two displays are a single display. Due to this trick, it has some limitations, but provides good graphics performance. The device costs between $100-200.
2) A USB graphics card, such as the EVGA UV Plus+, which run about $60. These devices give you another display without tricking your computer, but do not offer the same level of graphics performance that the Matrox does. These are great for looking at big spreadsheets/documents, but not great for movies or games. …
- Answered by John G from Madison
- Jan 11, 2010
Does the Mini DisplayPort on the new 13" MacBook Pro (OCT '09) put out an audio signal as well as the video signal, or is it 'video-out' only?
- Asked by J. Todd M from East Haven
- Oct 22, 2009
yes you need that cable (audio) in order to hear from your TV with out it only from your macbook pro yes you need that cable (audio) in order to hear from your TV with out it only from your macbook pro i am using the exact way you mention with my sony 50" TV and is perfect …
- Answered by Johnnie T from Mission
- Feb 5, 2010