• 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

    ah.....

    • 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.

    36 of 40 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.

    Note:

    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.

    6 of 9 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    If it is broke, RETURN IT!

    • Written by from The Woodlands

    For those with the 1 star review, did any of you brainiacs think of returning it for a replacement? I had the colored lines interference, and this may be a surprise to some, but I packed it up and went to the store to exchange it for another one. The "Genius" tested out the broken unit to verify that it was the cause, and then brought out a new one and verified that it worked properly in store. Yet another great example of good customer service from Apple.

    28 of 45 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    works for me

    • Written by from Den Haag

    I just got this adapter delivered a few hours ago and its working fine so far. I'm using it with a 30" apple cinema display and a month-old macbook.

    I was worried about whether it would work ok after the negative reviews here and elsewhere, but it seems to be just fine for me - I can not tell the difference between connecting up to my previous-model macbook pro (which has a dual DVI port built in) and my new macbook.

    Of course the price is still rather outrageous, hence no 5 stars.

    6 of 10 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great connector

    • Written by from Riverside

    I like this so I can connect my mac book pro to the 30 in screen. It is nice because it keeps most of the cords out of the way. I recommend this to anyone who wants to hook their 30-inch to their macbook or macbook pro.

    4 of 27 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Seems to work well with the Mac Book Air and Apple 30 In display

    • Written by from Los Alamos

    I have been using this for the last several weeks and have not had any difficulty with the quality or the connection using a new Mac Book Air. I do not experience any flickering with extended use.

    The only gripe that I have is that each time I connect it up again it asks me to verify my keyboard (Microsoft Natural 4000).

    I use this side by side with my Mac Pro desktop and I honestly can not tell any difference in color quality or performance.

    3 of 6 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great for me!

    • Written by from Orlando

    I have the Apple 30" HD Display hooked up to my unibody Macbook Pro. It works perfectly. The only issues I ever have is once ever few hours the screen will flicker, but it lasts a millisecond so it's easy to ignore! This product has been fantastic!

    9 of 26 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works as promised

    • Written by from Mountain View

    I admit it, I was worried. I waited a long time to buy an Air that would drive my 30" Cinema Display. I bought my new 'puter knowing that Apple was promising to deliver an adapter. So I was a despondent when I saw the price and read all the negative reviews. However, I'm very, very happy to say- it worked perfectly the first time. No weird artifacts, scan lines, etc. It was a bit expensive, but I'm a happy camper. Thanks Apple!

    5 of 22 people found this useful