• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very Happy!

    • Written by from Round rock

    Plugged this to my Apple Cinema Display 20" with my Macbook Pro and it worked as expected.....

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Perfect for new 5K 27" iMac and Apple Cinema Display

    • Written by from New City

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Adapter does not work with Mac mini and 30" monitor

    • Written by from Dayton

    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.

    No image.

    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

    5 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great adapter for a Dell 30" display (dual-link)

    • Written by from Cupertino

    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.

    Pros:

    * 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

    Cons:

    * 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.

    Notes:

    * 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.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    it was the right choice

    • Written by from gwynedd

    it worked perfectly with my 30" cinema display.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    2015 Definitive Answer

    • Written by from Lake Worth

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not the best for Apple 30" Cinema Display

    • Written by from Rochester

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    This cable with 30" Cinema + Mac Mini QC = dropouts & 50/50 working monitor

    • Written by from Brooklyn

    Ok, I have had this for a week now. From the start, the Cinema often does not have signal when Mini boots up, then I go and un-hook both the USB and Thunderbolt cables and reconnect them again and most of the time I get the picture up and running this way. Frustrating. But worst is, the signal keeps dropping out for a fraction of a second every now and then, each time giving me a micro heat-attack :(

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent

    • Written by from Pine Hill

    I've been using this for a year+ to connect my MacBook Air to a larger monitor and it's worked 100% of the time.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    DVI-D only

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    Please be aware that the DVI female connector is DVI-D, lacking the four little holes that would make it a DVI-I cable.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Add third monitor to MacPro 2013

    • Written by from Mission

    I have 2 dvi monitors and 1 HDMI monitor and a MacPro2013.
    The only way to get it to turn on all three monitors is to buy one of these. Add it to one of your DVI monitors and then all three will work. Computer does not have enough power to run all three.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    No issues at all. Works as it should

    • Written by from Nepean

    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.

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Mac Mini Killer-DO NOT BUY

    • Written by from Kent

    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!

    6 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great on Dell U3014 Monitor

    • Written by from Santa Monica

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not for the Mac Mini if you want HDPC

    • Written by from canton

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Dual Link DVI Adapter

    • Written by from Kanata

    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.

    thank you

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works as expected

    • Written by from Cedar Park

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    A must-have for a Mac 30" Cinema Display 2560x1600

    • Written by from Flagstaff

    In spite of the many negative reviews on this Adapter, I decided to purchase it anyway because there were no other options if I wanted to connect my oldish Mac 30" Cinema Display to my new 2014 MacBook Pro. After a week of steady use I can report that it works just fine. However, it does on rare occasions produce fleeting flicker on the screen so if you demand perfection this may not be the ticket for you. The adapter was a bit expensive, probably because of its internal electronics, but it sure beats buying a new $1000 Mac display. Make sure you plug in the adapter's USB as it will not otherwise work.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    zero problem, no flicker no nothing, it just works

    • Written by from fremont

    I was rather skeptical after reading all the not so great reviews but I needed to make use of the 30 Cinema Display with pre-retina MBP. It was plug and play, and still no going off nor flicker after extended use. It worked as expected.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Poorly engineered, but flicker issue solved!

    • Written by from BELMONT

    This device is poorly engineered; as with many other reviewers, for me it flips out regularly, flickering, losing sync, showing rainbow snow, etc. However after dealing with this for a long period of time, I've finally found a reliable solution.

    The device is unable to get enough power from the macbook pro USB port. So unplug the usb cord only, and plug it into an external power supply that has some good current. I used a 2-amp / 10 watt USB charger. Obviously, leave the mini-displayport plugged into your laptop. Doing this, the display has been 100% reliable, no issues whatsoever. I was ready to get rid of my 8 year old 30" dell monitor, assuming it was the issue, but am so glad to have learned that it was only the adapter!

    This product should have never been sold as-is, but with this workaround, it works as expected.

    12 of 12 people found this useful