• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Flicker

    • Written by from Vadnais Heights

    I purchased the 2.8GHz MacBook Pro. I have a 30" Cinema Display at the office and the new 24" LED Cinema Display at home. I was disappointed that I had to order a $99 cable for the 30" display. Initially worked fine but develops an annoying flicker in the background. Usually not seen in an active window. This is an annoyance and significant disappointment considering the upfront costs.

    16 of 16 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Agreed: worst Apple product ever.

    • Written by from Tucson

    I really hope this is a software problem with the NVidia chip and not a problem with this adapter... but the flickering is ridiculous! They say it's not compatible with non-Apple monitors and say that's the reason for many users' problems (complete nonsense...) but that doesn't explain the identical problems I have with my NEW Apple 30" that worked perfectly with my old MBP 17".

    There had better be a fix soon because this is ridiculous.

    17 of 18 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Mac Mini(2009) Problems w/Adapter

    • Written by from Fremont

    Just to chime in with the rest of the crowd, I'm also experiencing flickering issues with this adapter. I have a new Mac Mini w/Nvidia graphics that powers the 30" Cinema perfectly, no graininess or distortion, except for that irritating screen flickering every 15-40 minutes. I thought the Mini had issues, I'd never suspect it was the adapter until coming to this forum. Hope Apple fixes this problem soon considering that the adapter was 1/6th the price of the Mini.

    17 of 18 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    flicker

    • Written by from Norman

    I thought I would be one of the lucky ones after waiting 3 months for my adapter.... I guess not. I have slight flickering and my wired mouse tends to be very jumpy. Honestly, if I would have known this beforehand, I would not have bought the new MBP.

    18 of 20 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not working with my Gateway XHD3000

    • Written by from HELSINKI

    The adapter did not support the full native resolution (2560x1600) of my Gateway XHD3000. No reason for me to use this adapter, so I returned the product. Very disappointing as this was the primary setup I was planning to use.

    16 of 16 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works Great! People with 1-star reviews were using incorrectly.

    • Written by from Palo Alto

    I'm using this adapter right now from my 15" mid-2012 rMBP to a QNIX QX2710 LED EvolutionⅡ2 27" 2560x1440 PLS Monitor, which states on the seller page on ebay that it is "not compatible with laptops and mac computers," and that "Internal GPU, APU, and low-profile GPU are not compatible." The rMBP uses a GT 650m low-profile GPU. It later states not to use a port converter (eg mini dp -> dual-link dvi), this warning does not account for active adapters like this one, which uses a usb plug to provide additional power. If cabling permits, plug the usb port INTO AN OUTLET to ensure that it's receiving sufficient power. In any case, don't plug it into your laptop, run it off battery power in integrated graphics mode and write a one-star review when it doesn't work.

    16 of 17 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.

    20 of 25 people found this useful

  • 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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Complete garbage.

    • Written by from PENSACOLA

    The worst adapter I have ever had the displeasure of using. Sleep->Resume usually results in digital snow, sometimes the display randomly cuts out while being used. It's a rampant problem with these adapters with no fix in sight from Apple. Do not buy!

    17 of 19 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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Dissappointed

    • Written by from Union City

    This adapter only works for does not work as specified which is for anything above 1920x1200. I have tried this adapter using: Dell 3007WFP, MacBookPro5,1 and Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter firmware version 1.0.3.

    I am really hoping that Apple will fix these issues because a lot of people in Tech Writing, IT, Software Development, Engineering, and Movie/Photo editing require 2560x1600 on 30" monitor (whether generic or Apple manufactured) making their day to day lives easier.

    Please help us Apple! :-)

    17 of 19 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    It's Christmas time on my 27" Dell monitor! (Festive colored snow)

    • Written by from North Hollywood

    So, we've got 3 of these in my office, connected to our Dell 2560x1440 monitors, everyone experiences sporadic connection issues. Just snow for me, but it's still really irritating, especially for a 99 dollar cable with an Apple logo on it!

    15 of 15 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great with my Dell U3011

    • Written by from Bellevue

    I use this with a MacBook Pro 15" and a Dell U3011 monitor. It works great and I haven't had any problems.

    18 of 21 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Expensive and Bulky

    • Written by from Saint Paul

    For the price, this adapter should include a dual-link DVI cable. The adapter doesn't work properly unless you have the very latest version of the cable (with 1.03 firmware), so don't look for used cables on eBay. The adapter is bulky and requires the use of a USB port (though it does have a USB port on it). If you have a MacBook Air, and especially if you want to use an Air SuperDrive, you will have trouble connecting everything at once. This is because the SuperDrive will not work with USB hubs.

    Sadly, this is the only option available for some people depending on their display. If possible, a Mini DisplayPort or DisplayPort connection (with adapter) is a better bet for hi-res work.

    16 of 17 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Unacceptable and Apple Support is Unable to Provide Solution

    • Written by from homeland

    I purchased a Makpro with two graphics cards supporting a total of six monitors and four of these adapters for a trading application. Every now and then a monitor will go blank at random and when that happens all the monitors fail to blue screens and when they reinitialize, the contents of all screens are scrambled. Support has asked a lot of questions but has not provided any solutions and now is not responding to my emails. I will have to return the computer and adapters and go back to the dreaded PC's (which have other issues but not this one). Too bad, otherwise, the computer is quite good. I have 8 Macs total so I am not new to them.

    16 of 17 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible Quality

    • Written by from Boston

    For $100, you'd expect a reliable piece of electronics. These adapters have done nothing but break and act completely unreliably.

    16 of 17 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    worst thing ever, can't even believe it's an official apple product

    • Written by from gold coast

    this is the 3rd one i got from apple and in less than 3 months it's already showing problems... screens goes black, you can't even touch or even think on touching one of the cables and everything dies than you have to unplug and plug everything back again... my screen shows little pixels flashing on solid black images... it's terrible... buy only if you don't have any other option...

    18 of 21 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Lasted almost five months

    • Written by from Sandy

    Worked fine with an HP LP3065 monitor, for a while. I was banging away at a document earlier this week and the screen went black. Thought I heard a very quiet 'pop' so I assumed it was the monitor. Not so. HP's trouble shooting revealed that it hadn't dropped dead. I connected the Mac to another monitor via another adapter. No problems there. Then I envisioned that call with Apple about this $99 adapter, then obviously the culprit. Is there another one you can try? Nope - this is the only $99 accessory that I have ever needed for connecting a computer to a peripheral device.

    I bought another one from Amazon. If you have a dual-link DVI monitor, you really don't have much choice but to shell out for this thing. Plugged it in (after checking one more time to see if the old one had fixed itself) and sure enough the replacement solved the problem. I called Apple then, and at least they are willing to ship a replacement, to arrive in 2-5 days. I guess I'll have a spare.

    Given the hassle I wish I'd sought an aftermarket mini-DVI compatible monitor (not that there are many of those). Apple really needs to examine its perspective on video ports. If the designers are going to demand an adapter, and Apple is going to charge a whopping premium for it, it should at least be a quality product.

    16 of 17 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Flicker

    • Written by from Chanhassen

    Connected to the Cinema HD 30", to the iMac LED 27".

    The adapter works, but the screen has scattered horizontal flicker (graphical artifacts that last for, oh, 1/60th of a second) that is very, very annoying. Especially visible with a darker background.

    Disappointed. Gave the produce 2 stars instead of 1 star, because it is makeshift usable.

    One of the other posters said that they switched to using a powered USB hub and his problem went away. Tried using a Belkin powered USB hub, but that did not change the flicker issue.

    Firmware version 1.03. Hopefully the problem will get fixed with firmware version 1.04.

    15 of 15 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great..price too high

    • Written by from Manchester

    I was nervous about buying this adapter after reading all the bad reviews before hand. I went for it anyway, and it works great. Using a Dell 30" 3007WFPHC monitor, with no picture problems at all. It's as sharp as anything.

    Please ensure you have a DUAL LINK DVI cable...not a normal DVI cable as the adapter then causes problems. I didn't realise the first time round when I plugged in my normal DVI cable.... just make sure it is a DUAL LINK version.

    Too pricey... for what it is. Hence the 4 stars

    16 of 17 people found this useful