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
1059 of 1243 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
944 of 1113 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
805 of 1031 people found this useful
Perfect for new 5K 27" iMac and Apple Cinema Display
Tried to use an inexpensive thunderbolt to DVI adapter to connect my new 27" iMac 5K to an older Apple Cinema display. Results wer Tried to use an inexpensive thunderbolt to DVI adapter to connect my new 27" iMac 5K to an older Apple Cinema display. Results were poor at best with limited resolution. Then I tried the Apple Dual-Link Adapter and the picture was incredible with full 2560 x 1440 resolution and perfect color. No flicker or distortion. I could not be happier! Worth every penny. …
- Written by George G from New City
2 of 2 people found this useful
Adapter does not work with Mac mini and 30" monitor
Have a 30" Apple Studio monitor that I planned to use with my new Mac Mini
Before I bought the computer I checked out whether o Have a 30" Apple Studio monitor that I planned to use with my new Mac Mini
Before I bought the computer I checked out whether or not I could use it. All specs checked out.
All the technical specifications and literature says the adapter was specifically built for this application.
Except it doesn't work.
The first cable produced an image the first time it was plugged in.
Went away and never came back.
Returned the first cable and got a second.
Guess I will return it and live without my 30" monitor that is THEORETICALLY supported (but not in practice).
Too bad we can't rate it as a 0, because that is what it deserves …
- Written by Kevin B from Dayton
3 of 3 people found this useful
Great adapter for a Dell 30" display (dual-link)
I had been running my Dell 30" ultra sharp off of my aging Mac Pro's PCIe graphics card for a while, but it finally gave up the gh I had been running my Dell 30" ultra sharp off of my aging Mac Pro's PCIe graphics card for a while, but it finally gave up the ghost. So temporarily using my MacBookAir to serve as a desktop. To that end, I got this adapter.
* It works. And it works great. I can get 2560x1600 on the Dell no problem. Can calibrate the screen, play back movies, 30" of photographic delight.
* USB powered. (see note below)
* Sits happily at end of a thunderbolt chain
* The USB port you plug it into needs to provide good solid power. Older machines' USB ports may not have the power required to operate it reliably. I plugged mine into one of the two higher output USB3 ports on the OWC Thunderbolt 2 Dock. Works great from there, especially since those ports stay on even if your computer goes to sleep.
* Getting occasional flicker (red or green snow, intermittent screen flashing). I've had that since the Mac Pro, however, so I suspect it is an issue with the Monitor. (Could be OS/driver related, but it comes and goes, so who knows)
* Gets warm. Don't leave it under a pile of docs.
* No thunderbolt passthrough. A thunderbolt port to daisy chain something off of this display adapter would have been nice.
* You NEED a duallink DVI cable for those bigger displays.
* Yes, $99 seems high, but it's an official product.
* Monoprice makes one, but I've not used it. It's cheaper, but otherwise has similar specs: USB powered, single thunderbolt, single dual link DVI port, etc. etc.
If you have a big monitor you want to get working, just get this adapter from either the online Apple store or walk into a local Apple store. It just works. If you get flicker/etc, double check your cabling. Once I recabled my setup, the flickering went away. …
- Written by Wing Tang W from Cupertino
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Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
Can this adapter be used on a PC and Dell monitor?
- Asked by Mark B from Westland
- Feb 24, 2015
This cable is meant to go the opposite direction (i.e., video supply from the computer over mDP, pow This cable is meant to go the opposite direction (i.e., video supply from the computer over mDP, power over USB, video out to the monitor via (dual-link) DVI). I hope this answers your question. …
- Answered by Dustin W from New York
- Feb 26, 2015
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 Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI adapter work to connect a Mac mini to a 30" Cinema Display?
- Asked by Felipe C from Laredo
- Feb 17, 2015
Yes, that should work. With the higher resolution, the 30-inch display would require the dual-link a Yes, that should work. With the higher resolution, the 30-inch display would require the dual-link adapter that you specified. Interestingly, the relatively new Thunderbolt ports also double as Mini DisplayPort connectors, so that adapter should work like magic. …
- Answered by Stephen K from Provo
- Feb 18, 2015
Can I connect a mac air with an extra monitor as well as ethernet ?
- Asked by Tsz Yu O
- Dec 30, 2014
You need a device like the Elgato Thunderbolt 2 Dock.
It will give you a pass-through Thunderbol You need a device like the Elgato Thunderbolt 2 Dock.
It will give you a pass-through Thunderbolt port, along with Gigabit Ethernet, 3-USB3 ports, audio and HDMI. If you could drive your external monitor with an HDMI connection, you could get this hub and return both adapters you bought. …
- Answered by Frank D from Stony Point
- Jan 5, 2015
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
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