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
1038 of 1217 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
928 of 1096 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
791 of 1007 people found this useful
No issues at all. Works as it should
I've been studying issues with 1) connecting a new Mac Mini (Yosemite) to a large 3rd party display (Dell U2913WM) to get full res I've been studying issues with 1) connecting a new Mac Mini (Yosemite) to a large 3rd party display (Dell U2913WM) to get full resolution but also 2) having access to HDCP protected content. Here is what I found a) Mini DP to DP will offer full resolution 2560 X 1080 @ 60 Hz but HDCP content from iTunes is not permitted, ie. will not run; b) HDMI adapter to DVI-D allows HDCP content to run but the resolution is limited to 1920 x 1080 @ 60Hz; c) HDMI to HDMI also does not offer full resolution but allows access to HDCP content; finally, the only configuration that offers both full resolution and HDCP is with Mini Display Port to Dual DVI-D cables. I had read other reviews about flickers, intermittent problems, etc. but two things you need to remember:
a) make sure you use a good quality male-to-male DVI dual link cable from your monitor to the Apple adapter and b) make sure your Mini DP connection on your Apple computer is secure and doesn't move.
I've been using the Apple adapter for a while now and it does the job perfectly with no flicker, wakes correctly from sleep, full resolution and access to iTunes HDCP content.
Overall I'm quite pleased with the purchase. …
- Written by Jean-Pierre F from Nepean
Mac Mini Killer-DO NOT BUY
I have used Apple products for 20 years. I have previously always been happy with the dependability of the machines and periphera I have used Apple products for 20 years. I have previously always been happy with the dependability of the machines and peripherals. I was using the 2.0 firmware version of this adapter with my 2013 i7 2.3ghz Quad 2012 Mac Mini and my trusty 30" Apple Cinema Display. I'd have to turn the computer on and off a few times to get it all running, but it would eventually come on and once it was running, all seemed fine. After a os system update, things got worse, and I'd have to reinstall the os every 2-3 starts. This got old, I tried every SMC reset/PRAM reset, etc., and eventually came across threads which indicated the 2.0 firmware was the problem, and to get the 3.0 version. Checked the apple website to verify, everything looked compatible, went to my local Apple store, got the adapter, got home, plugged everything in, and bingo! I was in business immediately. Sigh of relief! Went to bed several hours later and left the computer running as usual, got up the next morning and the computer had died. I tried everything, to no avail, eventually bought another mini off ebay, plugged it in, all was well until it was restarted and then the mini was dead. Have had both minis tested extensively and it seems the copper plating sandwiched in the middle of the logic board has been damaged beyond repair, all other components are fine. The only change made to the system was that stupid adapter, and I've connected the monitor to several other computers (without the adapter) since, with no issues whatsoever. An expensive couple of doorstops and an unhappy month; I hope to save someone else from the pain. Poor quality control, Apple! My first really bad apple experience, but it was a doozy! DO NOT BUY THIS! …
- Written by Kirstin T from Kent
Works great on Dell U3014 Monitor
I needed this to attach my dual link DVI plug from a new Dell U3014 into the open MDP outlet on my 2009 Mac Pro, with GeForce GT12 I needed this to attach my dual link DVI plug from a new Dell U3014 into the open MDP outlet on my 2009 Mac Pro, with GeForce GT120 video card. It works just great but NOTE: this is an ACTIVE adapter and that USB plug has to be plugged into your mac OR into an outlet via adapter, because it does need to draw power for it to work properly and deliver your 2560x1600 resolution.
Side note: to make sure your monitor fires up properly on the first try, make sure the Mac is off when you're attaching it, and then zap the PRAM when you start it up. Otherwise the monitor may launch with an error message or not at full resolution. …
- Written by Kerry M from Santa Monica
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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 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
- Sep 18, 2014
can I connect my mac mini " late 2012" to an Eizo Color Edge CX271W-BK27 monitor?
- Asked by Harm B
- Oct 11, 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 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 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
- Sep 26, 2014
Yes. That is how I use it: Mac Pro cylinder connected to the old 30" cinema display.
- Answered by David S from Lincoln
- Nov 2, 2014