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
1030 of 1207 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
923 of 1089 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
786 of 1000 people found this useful
Not for the Mac Mini if you want HDPC
Just got my Apple Mini DisplayPort To Dual-Link DVI Adapter so I can watch HD movies, guess what it will not display HDPC content. Just got my Apple Mini DisplayPort To Dual-Link DVI Adapter so I can watch HD movies, guess what it will not display HDPC content. If I just use a Mini DisplayPort to DVI adapter (lower resolution) work fine with the "HD" content. Don't know if the adapter is defective or if it is just the Apple Mini that has issues. …
- Written by Daniel M from canton
Excellent Dual Link DVI Adapter
This active connector is excellent. I have had no issues running this on the MacBook Pro late 2013 - the top $3400 model.
I test This active connector is excellent. I have had no issues running this on the MacBook Pro late 2013 - the top $3400 model.
I tested it against an older Dell 3007 WFP ultrasharp 30 inch running 2560x1600 and a new ASUS PB278Q 27 inch at 2560x1440.
The adapter also works week with my Lenovo using the thunderbolt port.
I am curious if I can run this off a thunderbolt dock and also drive 2 monitors with 2 adapters - I'll get back to you.
I have noticed no flickering or issues running on both systems against both monitors. When I detach the display I pull out the USB port first.
- Written by Michael O from Kanata
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Works as expected
I am connecting the Dual-Link DVI Adapter via a dual-link cable to my Dell Ultrasharp 3008WFP. The resolution is 2560x1600 which i I am connecting the Dual-Link DVI Adapter via a dual-link cable to my Dell Ultrasharp 3008WFP. The resolution is 2560x1600 which is native for this 30" monitor. There is no flicker that I could notice. Was plug and play. As other has said, all the negative reviews are most likely due to the lack of a dual-link DVI cable. Most DVI cables sold are simply single-link. If you had this monitor operated on a PC previously, you already have in all likelihood a dual-link DVI cable as most PC graphic cards will need this too to get the native resolution. …
- Written by Stefan B from Cedar Park
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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 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
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
Is this cable the one to hook the OLD 30" LCD CINEMA Display to a Macbook Pro 17" ??
- Asked by Gianfranco D from Miami
- Dec 30, 2009
Will this adapter work with MacPro 2014 and a 30" Apple Cinema display?
- Asked by Christopher C from Miller Place
- Jul 15, 2014
Yes. Mac Pro supports DVI displays using Mini DisplayPort to DVI adapters. Use a single-link DVI ada Yes. Mac Pro supports DVI displays using Mini DisplayPort to DVI adapters. Use a single-link DVI adapter such as the Apple Mini DisplayPort to DVI adapter for DVI displays with a resolution up to 1920x1200. Use a Dual-Link DVI adapter such as the Apple Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI adapter for resolutions up to 2560x1600.
Mac Pro supports a total of two single-link DVI displays. If you connect a third DVI display using a passive adapter or a display via HDMI, it will cause one of the three displays to become inactive. …
- Answered by Ron P from Brooklyn
- Aug 3, 2014
I have 2 iMacs and I would like to connect them both to an external monitor. Also be able to switch between the two. How can I do that?
- Asked by Francisco R from Zephyrhills
- May 10, 2014