• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Results, But the Price?????

    • Written by from North Brunswick

    I love this adapter's end result, BUT $99 and it is not exactly a small device. The old MacBook Pro used to have a DVI port built right in... no adapter needed. Now the computer is more expensive AND you have to buy this adapter to connect it to your 30 Cinema HD display. I'm not sure this is progress...

    8 of 10 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Firmware 1.03, i7 MBP

    • Written by from Hawthorne

    Just got the Core i7 15" MBP and the adapter from a store. It has firmware v. 1.03 on it. Completely plug and play... No glitches, no unplugging, don't have to plug in to external power... operating on my 30" Cinema Display without issue. At work, I have a 1.01 adapter and a Matrox TripleHead2Go DVI (Digital) edition. That's a bit of a different story, but it's not supported by Matrox, so I can't really complain. The good thing is, that I have that one working as well to drive 2 1600x1200 monitors.

    4 stars because it's really freaking expensive and Mini Display Port, I feel, is completely unnecessary

    21 of 22 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Avoid buy a second screen for my laptop

    • Written by from Le Cannet

    A friend give me a 30" display, and I was not able to use it on my mac book pro, I called apple care support, and I the only response was i will able to use my screen, but after lots of search in forum, a blessed forumuer told me to try this cable.

    And you know what ? It work perfect. I'm now in 2560 x 1600 on my second screen !

    I really enjoy working in 30" from my 13" laptop ! If you have a 2560 x 1600 second screen you need it, and not need apple care call (without any useful answer and knowledge of apple product)!

    11 of 19 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    I just don't get it!

    • Written by from Newport News

    I purchased this adapter to connect my MBP 13" 2.26 5,5 and a 30" Apple Cinema HD Display and it works perfectly! I never had an issue with a flickering screen, poor color rendering, vertical/horizontal lines or artifacts...it just works as advertised. Based on my experience it's gets 4 stars (reserving one because i think it should cost half of what it does).

    9 of 11 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    World of difference for Me

    • Written by from LINCOLN

    I just got a Mac Mini and used my 28" LG monitor. Before using the Dual Link Adapter i had a slight grainy display. I read about this adapter and went over to my Apple store to discuss. The Apple gal told me it will help and if i was not happy, bring it back within 15 days.. After trying this out,, it is not going back. The Dual Link Adapter was like night and day, It provided instant improvement. My display is very vivid, crisp and sharp. A hundred bucks is a bit step but what else can you do? this is it!!! For me it was worth it,, I did not have any issues some of the folks talk about and i intended to use the IPod power adapter some of you talked about but i could not find a male to male USB cable,, Where are you guys/gals finding this cable.. I went about every where i could in Sacramento and could not find one. So far i dont need it but now im on a mission to find one. HELP.... Back to the Dual Link DVI Adapter,, It's awesome,, go get one.. It works awesome.. and if you find the male to male USB,, tell me where.

    8 of 14 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works as of February 2010

    • Written by from Mountain View

    I've been using this adapter for a week with my HP LP3065 30" monitor and it has been trouble-free. No flickering or other display issues.

    My gripe is that the adapter should come with a USB patch cable at this price. The adapter consumes power through its USB connector and doesn't leave much current to power other devices from its output. So, I would have to patch the adapter's output to my monitor, or some other powered USB hub, in order to plug in only one USB cable when I set up my MacBook at my desk. For now I'm just using the other USB port on my MacBook in addition to the one used by the adapter.

    Not a big deal but $99 is already plainly expensive.

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works well, limited data communication to NEC MultiSync LCD3090WQXi SV

    • Written by from reston

    I use this adapter to hook an NEC Multisync LCD3090WQi SV to my 13" Macbook Pro (June 2009 edition). This monitor includes SpectraView software and an xRite Calibrtion sensor to perform color correction by changing the contents of the LUT in the monitor. For this setup to work, the software has to be able to communicate with the monitor using the DDC, a data channel that's a standard part of the DVI specification. This communication is not possible using Apple's dual-link connector box.

    So in order to calibrate this monitor, you have to buy a single link DVI adapter, hook up your monitor, perform the calibration, then switch back to the dual link adapter to get the full 2560 x 1600 resolution. It seems silly that Apple overlooked the need to make DDC work correctly; this monitor is quite popular with Graphics professionals, it seems hard to imagine it was not tested with this adapter.

    Other than the frustration of having to keep another $30 adapter around and having to switch back and forth every 2 weeks to re-calibrate, this adapter works as advertised.

    14 of 19 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked fine, but expensive

    • Written by from Madison

    I had none of the distortion/flickering issues on my Dell 30" that others have reported; the adapter worked as advertised (even with the 1.01 firmware). $100 is too expensive for a simple graphics adapter, though. Also, they really should indicate better that you need to plug in the USB cable to get the thing to work.

    5 of 7 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

  • 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

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Bradford

    I was just about to curse my apple store having read these reviews and bought one to use with my HP LP3065 screen...and of course it came up as a jibberish screen.

    Fortunately I also have my PC hooked into the same monitor and decided to check the cable I was using for it to hook up and get its 2560x1600 res, it was different ....oops I had totally forgotten that I needed a duallink cable as well as the adapter.....a quick swap over and it works fine now. I don't think everyone here will have made the same mistake but its possible some will so I hope this helps.

    Anyway..as far as a review goes, it does its job well enough now that I have the correct cable, but I'm not mad keen on the hanging out the back concept here, would surely have been easier to have a duallink dvi on the unit itself?

    17 of 19 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great with my Dell Monitor

    • Written by from Richland

    I was terrified about ordering this when I read the reviews, but now that I've used it for two weeks I wanted to confirm that it works well. I'm using it with a 30" Dell for about 10 hours a day and the only flaw is occasional blinking (maybe 3-4 times per day.)

    FYI, I'm using it with a 2.66ghz MacBook Pro, not sure if other issues are video card related.

    12 of 17 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works fine for me - beautiful display.

    • Written by from Edinburgh

    I've been using this adapter to connect to my 30" Cinema Display with my Macbook Air (model 2,1) 1.86GHz ever since I got the MBA (December 2008). It works fine.

    The only problem is that there are too few USB ports (only 2) and anyway the MBA Superdrive can't use them! The firewire ports on the Cinema Display are redundant as the MBA has no firewire.

    13 of 29 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Pleasantly surprised

    • Written by from Chicago

    For once, I am going to be in the minority here voicing concerns for what seems to be a flakey product. (Trust me, I've had the worst luck with hardware in the past) Let me say, I haven't had one single issue with it yet. I waited a few weeks before writing this review to make sure it was working properly.

    I had just bought a used 30" ACD off an auction site for a steal of a price to use with my Late 2008 model Macbook Pro. I expected to just buy the minidisplay port adapter from Apple and all would be well...that is until I read the horrendous reviews on this site. I'm a web designer, so display, colors etc. would be at the utmost importance for me. I was really hesitant to even go further, but since my monitor purchase wasn't made in store, I had no choice but to forge ahead, I went ahead and bought this adapter in-store the week of the July 4th holiday.

    It took me a while to figure out to get this to work in clamshell mode with the proper resolution (I defaulted to mirroring but that made no sense to me), but after that everything has worked flawlessly. If my laptop goes to sleep and I wake it up with a mouse, my display restores itself perfectly unlike what I've read in some of the previous reviews. Also, if your laptop is already turned off, all you need to do is plug in the adapter first, open the laptop lid and press the power button. Quickly close the lid and it should show up on your 30" display.

    Perhaps I got lucky? FYI, I got the 1.02 firmware adapter so like someone recently mentioned, perhaps those work a little better. Not a 5 star review since the price is a tad on the high side. Good luck everyone.

    20 of 24 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    works for me.

    • Written by from san bernardino

    I just received this adapter a few days ago and tested it out with my new apple 30" cinema display & slightly older 30" gateway xhd3000. Both Monitors hooked up with this adapter seem to work perfectly with my 15" unibody MacBookPro 2.53 w/ nvidia geforce 9600m GT running 10.5.7.

    I ran the screens for around 5 hours, did some photoshop work, watched some hd videos and I didn't encounter any of the distortion problems that i've seen in the forums. I checked the adapter firmware in system profiler , & it says 1.02.
    I was expecting something to go wrong, but so far so good, atleast for me.

    The only things i don't like are the price, the wires with huge white boxes..Oh and it needs to be plugged into a usb port to run. Mines plugged into the lower usb port next to the mini display port.

    anyhow hope it keeps on working. I'll be back if it doesn't.

    18 of 22 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    New firmware fixes the problem!

    • Written by from New York

    i had first gen of this adaptor and was also plagued by pixel noise and streaking. (I have a 2009 mac mini.) There is a new version of the adaptor with a firmware update (1.02) that fixes the problem! Apple techs in the stores do NOT know about this, you have to insist, but you will get a free replacement. AFAIK, there is no way to check firmware version from the box, you have to plug it in and look in System Profiler.

    37 of 41 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works fine - to expensive

    • Written by from VIBY J

    I bought a Macbook 13" and connected my Samsung 30" screen to it without any problems. It's been working just fine for me.

    Only complaint: it's to expensive...

    13 of 20 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Solid product. I found solution to problems others have mentioned.

    • Written by from Newcastle

    Using this with my unibody macbook. The key to having this product work flawlessly is a high quality DVI cable. I've using this with a Dell 3007 and a Dell 3008. Initially I had problems others have mentioned with noise, snow, picture distortion etc. then i switched to a high quality gold plated DVI cable and it's working flawlessly on both 30 inch displays.

    14 of 17 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    I have problem.

    • Written by from Sby

    I Just get the new Mac Mini with Mini Disolayport to Dual-Link DVI Adapter using them with my HP LP3065 30" LCD monitor with 2560 X 1600.

    When I start my computer after while my screen goes unreadable, I have to unplug the display cable and re plugin again or put the computer in sleep mode and start it again to make the display readable.

    Also the screen flecks many times during my session.

    I hope Apple provide patch for this problem ASAP.


    I use my HP LP3065 with my Windows machine with no problems at all.

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Mine works great

    • Written by from Tooele

    Purchased this after reading of all the problems. Happy to say mine is working perfectly. Running a Mac Mini and Dell UltraSharp 3008WFP.

    I have 4 gigs ram in the mini, the USB cable on the monitor adapter is plugged into a hard drive enclosure/powered USB hub, and I do NOT have the monitor connected via the passthrough USB on the adapter (its also plugged directly into my hub). I purchased a 3' dual link DVI cable from a local vendor for $20, (not the $90 ripoff from Best Buy) as the Dell monitor shipped with a SINGLE link DVI cable. No flicker, mouse issues, distortion, or any wake from sleep issues.

    I waited 5 days to post this review, to make sure no problems cropped up. Barcode label on the cable box says "january" so I would assume this particular cable was NOT recently manufactured.

    7 of 10 people found this useful