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
993 of 1161 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
888 of 1047 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
751 of 956 people found this useful
Works perfectly: Mac Mini 2011: 27" Korean reject, and full 1440p
If you're reading this review, chances are you've banged your head against the wall trying to figure out how to hook up a computer If you're reading this review, chances are you've banged your head against the wall trying to figure out how to hook up a computer to a 1440p display. I read all the reviews here, and bought the darn thing anyway.
It works on my 2011 Mac Mini like a charm.
The only thing I had to do was restart my computer and it worked. The resolution is 2560 x 1440, and adjustable.
I hooked my mini up to a 27" Korean Thunderbolt knock-off I bought on craigslist.
Lastly, if you're confused about the length of the cable, and all the ports, just plug the mini-display port into your computer WITH THE USB PORT into your computer. This is required, as high resolution displays draw power from your computer. As to the USB port on the brick itself, that's anyone's guess.
I originally rated this at 4 stars, but I added the fifth after doing some math. I paid $380 all-together for what is essentially a $999 Thunderbolt display. This thing is gorgeous.
Hope this helps. …
- Written by Tyler D from Portland
2 of 3 people found this useful
Works Just Fine
Purchased 2 of these for a 1st gen Mac Pro with an unsupported ATI Radeon HD 5870. Works flawlessly. Have the DVI port to HDMI on Purchased 2 of these for a 1st gen Mac Pro with an unsupported ATI Radeon HD 5870. Works flawlessly. Have the DVI port to HDMI on a 32" LCD TV. The 2 mini displayports adapters plug to vid card and then use DVI to HDMI cable to 2 27" hdmi monitors for 3 monitors total. No issues! Just not sure what the extra usb ports next to the dvi ports are for? …
- Written by Mark O from Torrance
Superb on Brand New Mac Mini 6,2
It works as advertised for me, I'm running a brand new Mac Mini (purchased from apple.com on 2/2014) with an HP LP3065. The only It works as advertised for me, I'm running a brand new Mac Mini (purchased from apple.com on 2/2014) with an HP LP3065. The only USB device I have plugged in, however, is the USB plug from this adapter. …
- Written by William J from Licoln
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
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 set up for standard desktop plus extended desktop using a 27" Thunderbolt/15" macbook pro retina and a second HDMI monitor. They mirror now
- Asked by Robert B from Ellensburg
- Feb 4, 2014
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 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