• 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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  • 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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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works fine for me

    • Written by from Zürich

    I recently got one of the new (2013) MacPros and needed one of these adapters to connect my old 30" Cinema Display. After reading the reviews here, I was cautious whether I might be running into the problems described here.

    So far (about 10 hours of continuos use), I have not seen any of the symptoms listed. The adapter does exactly what it's supposed to do (i.e. make the full 2560x1600 resolution usable on my new MacPro).

    Keep in mind that the adapter is quite bulky and big. It also definitely has some electronics in it, possibly to split the combined signal it receives from the machine into two DVI channels, so it's another active component that can break at any time.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works fine with rMBP/Mavericks and 30" Apple Cinema Display

    • Written by from New York

    Haven't had any performance issues with this set up. Minor negatives: The screws on the Cinema Display cable are not long enough to reach the threads in the adapter, so the connection is unstable. Secured it with some rubber bands and it hasn't been a problem. And of course the Firewire ports on the display are unconnected. Maybe an additional (Thunderbolt to Firewire) adapter would work, but haven't tried this.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works with my Mac Mini

    • Written by from Bainbridge Island

    After seeing all the negative reviews for this display adapter, and the high price, I was hesitant to order, but I really had no choice if I want to get full resolution out of my 30-inch display.

    I'm glad to say that it works trouble-free for me. I'm using it to connect my 30-inch Cinema Display to a mid-2009 Mac Mini and I have not encountered any of the problems that have been reported by so many other users. No flicker, no lines, no static, no freezing -- just a nice, crisp, huge, high-res display.

    Only 4 stars, though because it costs so much and because Apple ought to consider the significant investment their loyal customers have made before changing display platforms again and again and again.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works well with a good cable (2012 15" Retina MBP)

    • Written by from Ballston Lake

    I bought this too hook my MBP up to a Yamakasi Catleap monitor. Works great with very few issues. Once in awhile after waking from sleep, the monitor will have static in the picture, but if I just turn it off and on, it goes away. Extended use does not yield any sort of issues.

    It is a little expensive, but most dual link dvi->mini display cables are. The relocated USB port is actually convenient for plugging my VPN token in, as it ends up right in front of me on my desk.

    16 of 16 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great, but super expensive!

    • Written by from San Francisco

    First of all I got next day delivery despite opting for free delivery so that was a bonus.

    Product works as intended. I am using it with an early 2011 15inch Macbook Pro with a Dell 3007WFPHC (30inch 2560 x 1600). I have tested it with both OSX and Windows (via Bootcamp) and again there doesn't seem to be any problems.

    I haven't experienced any flickering, but the laptop is set to use high performance mode when plugged in (this is a suggested fix for the flickering some people are seeing) so perhaps that is why.

    The only issue though is price, $99 before tax is insane for an adapter! Oh and it's HUGE for a DVI Adapter as well (which is more comical than anything).

    15 of 21 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    it does flicker occasionally but it works

    • Written by from East Lansing

    I have two Dell 30's running on one video card, and they do flicker occasionally. It's annoying, usually requires a reboot, and I don't know why. I opened a support case at Apple just in case it got worse, but so far it's pretty rare, and when it's working the resolution is magnificent - 2500x1900, very sharp and quick.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Fine so far

    • Written by from CHICAGO

    Despite reviews to the contrary, the Dual-Link Adapter is performing almost perfectly after 3 days. Video performance has been flawless with my 30" HD Cinema Display hooked to my new Mac Mini (replacing my aging Mac Pro). The only hiccup that I've noticed thus far is that audio has twice dropped from my USB speakers that are plugged into my display USB port (defaulting the the Mini's speaker). So there has been the minor annoyance of re-selecting my speakers in the Sound Preference. It's not yet clear if this will be a daily event or is triggered by a specific operation.

    BTW, if you have the the 30"HD display, don't even consider the HMDI adapter as a viable alternative. It's functional, but the poor resolution will hurt your head.

    16 of 17 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Adapter works as long as updated model

    • Written by from Wichita

    This adapter works fine, I have a 30" Cinema Display running. I think most of the negative comments result from the earlier model which has an outdated bios version. If you do purchase from other source, make sure it is the latest model production. Wish adapter supported firewire is my only criticism.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    USB3 Please

    • Written by from Berryton

    I'd love to use this as a mini dock for my Macbook Air. I can put my Air in the stand, plug in power, usb3, display and have all of my USB devices and monitors attached via this adapter and a usb3 hub.

    (this would suffice until the thunderbolt docks are released...)

    70 of 72 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works for 30" Samsung Syncmaster

    • Written by from Waukesha

    I have been using the $99 dual-link adapter for about 8 hours, and all is well. The price is rather painful, but as long as it works, I won't whine too much.

    I wish I didn't have to contact my local Apple store to figure out that I needed this product. It would have been nice for this info to be more apparent for us large-display users.

    After making the connection, I rebooted my system. Strangely, it took a few minutes to boot my new Mini Mac. For the three previous days I had been using the new Mini (tolerating the fuzzy/jaggy screen image), booting had been swift. So the long boot-time had me fearing the new connection wasn't going to work. Big sigh of relief when it did!

    To reiterate what others have posted here: This review is for the special DUAL (meaning two connections) link adapter. In my case, it takes the DVI and USB connections off my Syncmaster display and converts them into thunderbolt and USB connections for the Mac Mini.

    23 of 23 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Not with a Macbook Pro Retina

    • Written by from Saint Petersburg

    I bought this to use with my Macbook Pro Retina laptop and found that it only provides DVI-D Single Link - not Dual Link - output. My 30" Dell 3007WFP display requires DVI-D Dual Link in order to display its native 2560x1600 resolution. With this adapter, I can only use the display at a resolution of 1280x800. Others have reported getting Dual Link output from systems like the Macbook Air, so it seems like the problem is with the MBP Retina, not necessarily with this product.

    43 of 48 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    works fine but too expensive

    • Written by from Stanford

    Despite the endless series of negative reviews, I bought this to connect a Samsung 305T to my MacBook Pro 15" Early 2011, and it seems to be working just fine at 2560x1600 (not mirroring) for now. It is too expensive so I really can't give 5-stars.

    Hope my words could help hesitant people make their decision to buy this adapter for non-Apple displays.

    17 of 19 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Expensive , but it works

    • Written by from Seattle

    I was somewhat apprehensive about spending serious coin on an adapter after reading some rather negative reviews. All I can say is with my 2011 MBP and a 2004 30" Cinema HD Display it functions perfectly . Apple screen , Apple laptop , & Apple adaptor , perhaps that is why it works for me and not others ?

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    As Advertised (except in mirror mode)

    • Written by from Sandy Springs

    Here's my configuration:

    Late 2011 15" MacBook Pro 2.2 GHz Intel Core i7 with 8 GB memory connected to a Dell 3007WFP.

    I now have 2560x1600 on my Dell 3007WFP! Mirror mode, however, only manages 1680x1050, so if you intend to use it this way, which I don't, you may be disappointed (or maybe I'm missing another setting somewhere).

    Otherwise, works exactly as expected. Would give it 5 stars if not for the mirror mode shortcoming.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Bad cable could be the issue. Not 100%

    • Written by from Dunedin

    Noticing some of you have had flicker or other display issues with this adapter and I would like to add something that may or may not help.

    I to have had flicker or snowing effect or even a thin vertical line on the screen when using the adapter, but found out after using other cables I had stored away, short and long ones, that finally one DVI cable actually worked well with no issues.

    Just might be the case with you guys as well. It just might be a bad cable.

    11 of 11 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works after swap

    • Written by from Pittsburgh

    Returned my old Adapter with 1.02 firmware for a new one with 1.03 at local Apple Store (no charge) and my digital noise problem is a thing of the past. If you have one with firmware below 1.03 take it back and get a new one.

    21 of 23 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works well with Apple iPad 10W USB Power Adapter

    • Written by

    TL;DR: If you want to use this, you really need to use the Apple iPad 10W USB Power Adapter to power it.

    This is an update to an earlier review.

    This thing (evidently) requires a lot of power. Fairly recent Macbooks shuld be able to power it, though generally only if you aren't using the other USB connectors and, in particular, if you don't plug in an iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad (particularly an iPad). I've tried using an external powered hub, the AC adapter that comes with an iPhone, and the adapter that comes with the iPad. The 10W iPad charger is the only thing that results in no connection problems or sparkles. With the 10W connector, it's absolutlely solid. Clearly, they should have inlcluded it and told people not to try it without it. The way the USB connectors on a Macbook work, you'll get various results not only depending on what else you plug in, but the order in which you plug them in.

    Apple would have saved themselves a world of hurt if they'd just included the 10W connector.

    22 of 23 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works well with high-power USB port

    • Written by from Palo Alto

    I've had this for a while and had the same trouble many people mention. It doesn't work at all without the USB connector. Moreover, it really wants a high power USB port such as found on macbooks. I think this is why so many people have varying success. If you plug it into a hub, you'll get anywhere from nothing to sparkles. The macbook USBs have higher power (as needed by iOS devices). If you use the AC USB adapter that comes with an iOS device, I think you'll have far better results.

    25 of 28 people found this useful