• 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.

  • 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!

  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent

    • Written by from Le Plessis-Robinson

    I connected my venerable Apple Cinema Display HD 30" to a iMac 27" (late 2012) with a Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter (firmware 1.03) and the result is perfect. Nevertheless I don't rate it 5 stars because the device is bulky and expensive.

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Could be better

    • Written by from Coffs Harbour

    I have the latest version of this cable and it still has digital noise issues, as have the previous 2 versions. This happens when my external monitor sleeps and then wakes. Alternate monitors, makes and models all do exactly the same thing, as do alternate DVI Dual Link cables, so it's an ongoing problem in the cable firmware. The easy way around it is to prevent the external monitor from sleeping.

    Prominently displayed on the apple images for this device is a USB socket next to the DVI socket. I've not found any use for this, as connecting anything to this port fails to register on the Mac (Air, 2011). And again, this has been the case for two different cables. Apple could easily build in a usb hub or power connector from the DVI to make this product more useful.

    At this price the product is half the cost of a thunderbolt dock, which has significantly more options. I'l buy one of those next time.

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works as expected

    • Written by from Redlands

    I am using it with a 2012 Mac Mini and a 30" HP Monitor. Occasionally I will have to disconnect it but I think that maybe the HP monitor that is causing the issue.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Lots of green digital noise...

    • Written by from WILMINGTON

    Just upgraded to a new MacPro and Pegasus2 Raid drive, so after shelling out huge money for that setup I wanted to continue to use my 30" Apple Cinema Display and not have to buy another monitor. Bought this adapter thinking that would be easy enough but am very unsatisfied with the results. I get get constant green digital noise in any areas of black on my screen. It's pretty much constant and nothing seems to fix it. I'm sure it's not the monitor, since I can plug it back into my old Mac Pro tower and everything works fine. At $100 for the cable I'm very unhappy. Does anyone know of another way to still use my monitor? Is there an HDMI adapter that anyone can recommend?

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A solution to the Flickers!

    • Written by from Chateauguay

    I looked everywhere for a solution… and found my problem on a Forum…

    There are two types of DVI cables!

    A) DVI-D single Link
    B) DVI-D Dual Link

    They don't have the same number of pins!

    I have a MacBook Air 13" 2011, with a 30" Dell Ultrasharp. With the single Link DVI Cable, I had crazy flickers.
    With the Dual Link cable - supplied by Dell with the Monitor, the image is EXCELLENT!

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    It works: Mac mini (Late 2012) to 30 inch Cinema Display

    • Written by from Nashua

    I bought my Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter yesterday from an Apple Store and the unit works as advertised. It has revision 1.03 firmware, which is apparently the latest as of 2014-07-04 and thus saving me a return to the store for an upgrade/swap. The unit worked on the first try connecting an Apple Mac mini "Core i7" 2.3 (Late 2012) [MD388LL/A] to an Apple Cinema Display 30-Inch (Aluminum) [M9179LL/A]. There are no problems with dropouts or flicker. Sleep/wake also works, as does the USB connection.

    The adapter has no facility for connecting the monitor's 400 Mbps FireWire port, so if you have the same type of monitor, then you may need a FireWire extension cable -- if you want to use the FireWire port on the monitor.

    Interestingly, at the Apple Store, the adapter was not on the wall with the multitude of white box adapters on sale; the manager said that the store did not carry the item. However, another store employee fortuitously did know about the adapter (packaged in a black box) hidden in the back room and procured the prize. Who knows what other goodies may lurk in that nearly impenetrable darkness? Could there be a 20th Anniversary Macintosh concealed in the gloom? Maybe there's a unsold, Apple IIgs there waiting for some lucky collector. If such could be found, there might even be hope for locating an Apple Lisa which escaped that landfill in Utah.

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    not as bad

    • Written by from Portland

    So I spent an hour trying to get this to work for a large display. and then noticed i was using the wrong DVI cable. My screen kept flickering when set to the highest resolution, but once I got the proper DVI cable, everything worked.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The adapter you need for high-resolution monitors

    • Written by from Boulder

    This is the adapter you need to connect a high resolution monitor (WQHD) to your Mac. (The regular Mini DisplayPort adapter will leave your monitor maxed out at 1080p, not the 2560x1440 you are after.)

    A couple of notes:

    * While this is a hot plug, sometimes the signal can get a glitch when you connect the monitor or wake your computer from sleep. I found that 95% of the time, simply turning the monitor off and on again addresses this. On rare occasions, it took a reboot of my computer.

    * You need to connect the USB plug on the adapter into your Mac as well, or you defeat the purpose of this adapter. The USB is necessary for the resolution. In fact, the old Apple 30" CinemaScreen monitors won't even display anything without the USB connection.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Working well with a 30" NEC Display

    • Written by from Toronto

    My recent copy of this cable runs well connecting my 2013 iMac 27" and my 2008 NEC 30"" display.
    I have the USB plug connected directly to my iMac USB port.

    No negative issues.

    (Note, I have only been running it for 2 weeks, so I can't speak to longevity and have therefore not given 5 stars. Will report back later.)

    Some reviews speak of the USB ports of some Macs not providing this adapter enough power.

    In that case, an Apple level 2 tech confirmed that plugging the USB plug into an iPad charger connected to a wall outlet might help and would not hurt the adapter. Hope this helps those having this problem.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Bad performance and ultimate failure.... TWICE!

    • Written by from Portland

    I love Apple products but this one is absolutely terrible. I have a 27" Crossover 27Q monitor and bought this cable when I bought my Late 2013 15" Retina MacBook Pro. I put up with random flickering and cut-outs (on average just a few a day...), but after 5 months it died. I then talked the manager of the local Apple Store to let me exchange it for a new one, which exhibited the same issues and died a mere 2 months later. I actually just ordered a new monitor that uses native display port to avoid this hassle. What went wrong with this product? Is the technology just fundamentally flawed or did Apple cheap out on this expensive adapter?

    Very uncharacteristic of Apple to let such low quality slide.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works flawlessly

    • Written by from Seattle

    MBP 8.1 / OSX 10.9.3 / ACD 30" / 1.03 firmware [adapter].

    No issues, at all.
    This adapter can use significant power.
    I'm powering it with an Apple 10W USB charger as a dedicated USB power source.
    If you have problems or have other USB devices that can use significant power, a dedicated supply can make a difference.

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