• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    A great disappointment

    • Written by from Soquel

    I bought a 30" cinema display, and loved it. Then I bought a new MacBook Pro with the dreaded mini DisplayPort. No problem Apple has a converter box, right? WRONG.

    This is a terrible piece of junk. Any area of the display with a single dark color is plagued with noise. It wrecked my investment. Thanks for letting me down Apple.

    18 of 19 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Screen blackouts

    • Written by from kastrup

    After about a few minutes my screen goes beserk.
    the dual link to dvi adaptor is not only a waste of money, but also my 3000 dollars 30 inch cinema display is a complete waste.
    Worst is that apple has known this bug for a year and does not fix it.
    And im running it to a brand new 27 inch core i7 Imac.
    disapointed.....YES

    16 of 17 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Vertical stripes and pixelated screen upon waking from MacMini 2.53

    • Written by from Bellevue

    I should have read the reviews here first, as I too am experiencing vertical banding upon waking up my 30" cinema display from sleep (usually overnight sleep only). I just purchased a new MacMini 2.53 (server model). I have not yet attempted to plug the USB adaptor into a powered USB Hub, as other have suggested. But this cable cost $100, and it should work plugged into the MacMini, unassisted.

    I was tempted to purchase the new 27" iMac, but I did not want to part with my 30" matte screen. It has to be the cable, as my 30" cinema display never exhibited this issue plugged into my MacPro (2 year old model). The cable is the only variable here.

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Just works

    • Written by from Albany Creek

    I have used this with my 17" MacBook Pro and with my new 27" iMac. Just plugged it in and worked. I am using it with a Dell 30" LCD. In both cases it just plugs in and works as I would expect. The Dell now displays in native resolution. The screen is not as good as the iMac screen but I do now have lots of screen real estate thanks to this device.

    7 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesnt work on my Macbook Pro 17 with a Dell 30" Monitor

    • Written by from Kapaa

    Hey all,

    Just got it for one of my x mass gifts, well it doesn't work. I boot the computer, and then left it go to sleep and then try to wake it up by external keyboard, monitor comes on and then goes off.. Thats it, nothing else..... Have to hard re-start the macbook to get back into the OS. I cant believe apple made this piece of junk. If you have a dell 30" monitor dont buy this, it will not work!

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Kinda sort of works

    • Written by from Durham

    My work monitor is a 30" Apple monitor and so when I got my new 15" MBP, I went out and bought this cable. After about 2 mins, I noticed that there were random spots light (just like that old Window's Stars screen saver). After about 5 mins, the screen started flickering on and off. I did some research and found out that apparently, there are multiple versions of this product, and if you don't have Firmware 1.02, the problems are terrible. (You can find out your firmware in the System Profile.) So, I did a "Firmware upgrade", which for this product means returning it to the store and asking for a new. The problems are *mostly* gone (the random spots of light are gone, but the screen will still flicker after the computer has woken up). Still, what I would consider to be unacceptable for a $2,000 laptop, $2,000 monitor, and $100 cable.

    22 of 23 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Faulty product. Very disappointing.

    • Written by from San Francisco

    I bought this cable less than six months ago and it now regularly flickers and stops responding, forcing me to disconnect and reconnect my 30" Dell monitor. This is immeasurably frustrating, because not only do i have to stop working, I also have to reposition all of my windows. Easily the worst apple experience I've ever had.

    16 of 17 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works Great NO Problems

    • Written by from Rochester

    I used this cable to connect a new Mac Mini to my Apple 30-inch LCD.

    Complete plug and play - just plugged it in and it worked perfectly.

    It seems the people who have problems with this cable are those using non-apple displays. I would suggest using a third party adapter if you don't have the Apple 30-inch display.

    11 of 31 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    SIMPLY DOES NOT WORK

    • Written by from Valley Village

    Much to my disappointment, this cable does not work - at least not anymore. I have a new 15" Unibody MacBook Pro and a 30" Apple Cinema Display. I had no problems with the cable for the first 3 weeks. I was shocked after reading all of the terrible reviews it got. I thought maybe I was lucky. But true to form, my luck ran out, as did the functionality of this cable. Flickering, static, color bars, blacked out screen, etc. now consumes my $2000 monitor. I was even more shocked when I called Apple Support and they danced around the issue until I was told to "just take it to the store." Apple flat out does not acknowledge the problems being reported about this product. I never thought compatibility would be an issue with an APPLE computer and an APPLE display. This chord has rendered my studio useless, as my 30" monitor was its cornerstone. I bought the chord because I had to. This is not an accessory!!! It is a necessity!!! APPLE, PLEASE RESOLVE THIS ISSUE!!!!!!! PLEASE!!!!

    28 of 28 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointed! F - 30" Cinema Display w/Oct2009 2.66Ghz Mac Mini

    • Written by from Salt Lake City

    First of all... this cable is $100. They are charging the same amount for a cable as they charge for the base model iphone (at the time of this review)?! Ok, so I swallow the fact that it costs 10 times what it really should cost...but the overly priced product doesn't work well. Over two years I've run my 30" cinema display from a macbook pro with absolutely ZERO problems. It has been flawless. Brand new mac mini w/ 2.66Ghz processor, and the special $100 cable to connect my 30" display... I have to restart my computer twice a day to make the fuzzy vertical lines disappear. If you like having your display not function well, and if you enjoy fuzzy lines, and loss of color all over your screen, then buy this product. Otherwise... I recommend you find an alternate solution.

    26 of 27 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Finally Working. Pricy.

    • Written by from Southold

    Finally working under the following condition. Price is too high. Should be $30.

    Gefen DVM KVM DL Switch
    Dell 30"
    Macbook Pro 2.53 9400M GT
    OS 10.6.2
    Dual-Link DVI Adapter Firmware 1.02

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Works sometimes, doesn't work other times, is always annoying.

    • Written by from San Mateo

    As I write this review, I've had to unplug and replug the adapter 3 (count 'em, 3! times). I am using an HP LP3065 display. I have all the same issues as everyone else on this thread. Apple should fix this adapter and replace all the ones that we bought.

    15 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Flicker two or three times a day

    • Written by from RALEIGH

    I am a totally MAC fan. I love their stuff. It is always quality. This thing is awful. I depend on my monitor as I do a lot of photo work. I had an older macbook pro which had the DVI output. Ok, so I have buy a 100 adapter now, I am sort of ok with that. Then I find it takes up one of my USB ports as well. A little less happy, but give me a product that works. Now this... Two or three times a day I need to cycle this thing. Very poor. I really hope they fix this.

    16 of 17 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    bad bad bad

    • Written by from Baton Rouge

    This thing is junk. Sadly I have to re boot or put my computer to sleep at least three or four times a day because it goes out and comes back with the dreaded TV Snow we all hated as kids when the cable went out. Apple should have gotten this right by now. As a consumer and big spender on apple product I'm disappointed again. Windows 7 anyone? (Joke) Is Apple listening?

    16 of 17 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works on my Dell 3007 WFPHC

    • Written by from Springville

    Based on the reviews, I was worried bout buying this product. I purchased from the Apple Store at the end of Nov 2009 and have had little trouble.

    There was one instance of blurry video that was corrected by unplugging and reseating the cable. It hasn't happened since.

    I've used the monitor extensively for multi-hour (up to 10) stints.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    How to make it work

    • Written by from Poznan, Poland

    The adapter has problems, everybody knows it. To solve problems with flickering and snow connect its USB plug to external source of power. Powered USB hubs may work but I found it working perfectly with ipod/iphone power adapter which gives 1A (not just 500mA) of power. No flickering. No snow. It finally works.

    22 of 24 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works with Dell SP2309w monitor

    • Written by from Valencia

    Works flawlessly with my Mac Book Pro and Dell Monitor SP2309W

    6 of 11 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Dual-Link DVI Adapter with Nov 2009 iMac and NEC MultiSync 3090WQXi

    • Written by from Alcoa

    The Apple Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter rates 5 stars for driving the NEC MultiSync LCD3090WQXi 30" monitor at 2560 by 1600 pixel resolution from my Late 2009 iMac. The problem is that I cannot calibrate the monitor color using NEC's SpectraView II software and the Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter. It appears that the Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter hardware and/or OS X software drivers do not provide for proper communication between the SpectraView calibration software and the display's internal processor. I have to remove the Dual-Link Adapter, install the Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter (Single-Link), and calibrate the monitor at a 1600 by 1200 pixel resolution. I then have to reinstall the Dual-Link DVI Adapter to get the 2560 by 1600 pixel resolution.

    8 of 10 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works with my HP LP3065

    • Written by from Vail

    I got this adapter (with firmware 1.02) for use with a late-2009 Mac mini and a 30" HP LP3065. It works far better than I was expecting after all of the bad reviews. I've had none of the sparkly pixel issues or any flashing or flickering.

    When waking the Mac from sleep, about 5% of the time I was getting a crazy screen with odd vertical stripes which could be fixed by re-sleeping and re-waking. A workaround is to plug the adapter's USB cable into a powered hub rather than the Mac. It has worked perfectly, 100% since doing that.

    I'd give it five stars if it worked better with the USB plugged straight into the Mac.

    11 of 14 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not the quality I'm used to from Apple.

    • Written by from Laval

    I'm a Mac fanboy and I promote Apple and it's quality products wherever I go and also write software for the Mac. Unfortunately I have to write a bad review for this one.

    My setup is Macbook 5,1 Unibody with a 30" Dell 3008WFP Monitor.
    mini-DVI to DualLink DVI cable with firmware 1.02.

    At first I thought it was my screen that was defective so I got an exchange from dell, since then I've exchanged this cable for the third time and still the quality is not what I am used to from Apple.

    The new cable works fine at maximum resolution for a couple of days but then I start seeing pixelation ( like snow on a old TV set without cable) in the bottom half of the screen soon followed by the whole screen becoming green and flashing back to normal colours at a rapid 60Hz. My guess is that this adaptor cable looses sync after a while.

    If I disconnect the screen itself from the adaptor and reconnect it, nothing changes the adaptor still flickers the screen image, but if I disconnect the adaptor from the mac book and reconnect it, the adaptor is good to go for a couple of hours before it starts behaving badly again.

    I've tested my screen on another computer and also tested the screen with a normal mini-DVI to DVI Cable, both situations worked flawlessly.

    Basically said, this adaptor is not stable at all.

    23 of 24 people found this useful