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
1048 of 1231 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
938 of 1107 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
800 of 1023 people found this useful
it was the right choice
it worked perfectly with my 30" cinema display.
- Written by juan A from gwynedd
2015 Definitive Answer
Look, limited to 300 words.
I have a Dell 30" 3007WFPHC monitor that has *only* a DVI input. It *requires* dual-link DVI (peri Look, limited to 300 words.
I have a Dell 30" 3007WFPHC monitor that has *only* a DVI input. It *requires* dual-link DVI (period). No problem with my Mac Pro (Macpro4,1) but I now have a need to connect it to my Mac Mini Mid 2010 (Macmini4,1) with the base GeForce 320M internal graphics.
I bought a 3rd party one for $69 (which likely could have worked... maybe I got a defect) which had cut in and out all the time. Case was hot.. not good.
I became tired of having a 30" but not using it so I put in the $99. 5 seconds after getting home and I am happy to be using my 30" again. Tested sleep... OK. Tested booting... OK. Tested 3 hours straight and *no* issues... OK.
Save yourself the time and just buy this. My Apple tech is older than what most have now so it will work. Be sure you have a decent dual-link DVI cable (mine came with the Dell monitor). Stop wasting time and just get it and be done. …
- Written by Brian L from Lake Worth
2 of 2 people found this useful
Not the best for Apple 30" Cinema Display
I tried to use this adapter with my existing Apple 30" Cinema Display. I actually tried two different ones. Both showed lots of co I tried to use this adapter with my existing Apple 30" Cinema Display. I actually tried two different ones. Both showed lots of colored sparkles in black areas of the screen. Apple support was not very helpful or interested. Very unfortunate since I had just dropped $6000 on a new MacPro and this is the Apple recommended adapter to connect to the ultimate (their words) Apple 30" Cinema Display. (Check the Apple store MacPro accessories.) After weeks of frustration, I bought a Kanex C30 Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI $99. Works great! No sparkles. May even wake from sleep faster. Not as pretty, no pass-thru USB, but now I can use my multi-thousand dollar monitor. Thanks Kanex. Apple take a lesson. …
- Written by Mark D from Rochester
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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
How can I use the Mac Mini with two monitors?
- Asked by Gustavo & Ceci R from Mississauga
- May 16, 2014
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