• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Despite negative reviews, this adapter works as described.

    • Written by from South Pasadena

    I was leery of buying this adapter because of all the problems others have reported, but I didn't want to wait for delivery from another manufacturer. The maximum resolution my new 2.7GHz i7 Mac Mini would deliver to my 30" Cinema Display was an intolerable 1280 x 800, and I was resigned to using the Mac Mini as a media server and driving the Cinema Display with my older MacBook Pro. But the adapter just works perfectly. I get the maximum 2560 x 1600 resolution, the monitor wakes up from sleep with no difficulty, and there's no flickering, snow, or any other artifacts or problems that others have reported. The competitor's price was $30 less (plus shipping), but it was worth it to me to be able to drive over to the Apple Store and pick one up today.

    31 of 32 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I HAD NO CHOICE

    • Written by from Houston

    I have been using my 30" ACD for over a year now with my 2 year old Macbook Pro. It had the DVI port so I was able to connect the monitor directly. I decided it was time to upgrade and I bought a new i7 17" Macbook Pro. Guess what? No DVI port. So I had to buy the Dual-Link DVI Adapter. They should have never taken the DVI port off of the Macbook Pro. So here I am stuck with either a double image (like that you see when looking at 3D without the glasses on) or blue/green/red interference lines.

    So I took the Macbook Pro, monitor and cable to the genius bar. Some genius. After trying 3 cables I was told that there was nothing he could do and that I should sell my monitor. THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH THE MONITOR!!!!!!! He told me I was taking up too much of his time as he was only allotted 15 minutes to work out the problems. He let me pick the best Adapter and sent me on my way.

    NOW WHAT??????

    I am calling Apple tomorrow . . . . .

    Until the next post :(

    33 of 36 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Overpriced, early version extremely buggy, takes up a USB Port

    • Written by from SAN JOSE

    IMPORTANT: Adapters with 1.01 Firmware are extremely unreliable and buggy (Random static/pixel distortion until adapter is reset). Negative reviews here are from adapters with 1.01. So make sure you buy an adapter with 1.03 firmware+.

    I'm amazed Apple hasn't issued an official recall for these. If you contact support (or go to an Apple Store) and have 1.01 Firmware, they will replace your adapter...so obviously they are aware of the problem.


    Pros:
    *Use 30" monitors with dual-link dvi


    Cons:
    *$100 for an Adapter. As an Apple customer I'm used to paying a premium..but $100? For an adapter? That's just blatant price gouging.. it's disgusting.
    *Early versions with 1.01 firmware are extremely buggy, ALL are affected.
    *It needs to take up a USB Port, it has a usb port built in to make up for it but some devices need to be plugged in directly to a laptop.
    *The Adapter is kind of big


    Apple..give up on this stupid MiniDisplay port. I mean why? Replace the Firewire port and MiniDisplay port with HDMI. Enough with the proprietary stuff that requires us to buy $100 adapters.

    31 of 32 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Complete garbage

    • Written by from Osgoode

    Too bad there is no option for zero stars.
    I read the reviews but this cable is the only option for large displays and the current generation of DisplayPort equipped Apple products.
    I have now tried two of these cables. One with the 1.01 firmware and with the 1.02 firmware. Both flicker, scramble the screen periodically, and cause rectangles to randomly flicker on and off (usually on the lower half of the screen). These problems exist on all the 30" displays that worked fine with my last 17" MBP, I want my built-in DualLink DVI back. Apple has made some of the finest desktop and laptop hardware I've ever used. They should be absolutely ashamed that this cable ever made it into production.

    32 of 34 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible Product

    • Written by from Greenville

    We bought 6 of these for work to connect the new Mac Minis with our 30" Samsung displays. Many of them have problems, and need to be disconnected and reconnected several times an our. Apple should be ashamed to have it's name on this product. It is garbage!

    31 of 32 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible

    • Written by from Ammon

    Received with new Nehalem Mac Pro... fuzzes out about every 30 minutes when connected to Dell 30" monitor. Have to disconnect and reconnect the monitor to get it to come back.

    Apple: This MUST get fixed.

    32 of 34 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Joining the crew on the ship of fools

    • Written by from Bloomington

    Nothing extraordinary to report. I'm making a mark in the vain hope that the sheer number of lemmings that are taking one for the Apple Team will somehow see redemption with Apple coming clean on this, and resolving the Mini DisplayPort issues. I hope it's the adapter, and not the Laptop hardware. I've got a 15" Unibody, full CPU & RAM, and a TripleHead2Go setup. It runs absolutely fine off my older MBP, and can't wake from sleep on the new one without serious scanlines, artifacting, and confusion. I've wasted 8 hours jacking around with this - who can I bill for that?

    32 of 34 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Unreliable with External Displays

    • Written by from Charlotte

    This does not work reliably. We have the new 15" Unibody MacBook Pro and a 30" Dell Monitor, which works great with the old style MacBook Pro. However, with the new required adapter the screen fuzzes. Wait until the adapter is reliable to purchase this or the unibody MacBook Pro 15".

    32 of 34 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Fuzzy video sometimes

    • Written by from MILPITAS

    Does not work reliably. Getting fuzzy video, I have to disconnect and reconnect the adapter. My old macbook pro (with a DVI connector - so this adapter is not used), works perfectly everytime. Very disappointing.

    31 of 32 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Epic fail

    • Written by from Columbia

    This product does not work. I returned it, and the replacement is just as bad.

    I'm using it with a new MPB unibody 15" 2.8 GHz in clamshell mode running discrete graphics. I get all the fuzzing and de-syncing reported here, and a new unit did not solve the problem. This is with a Dell 30" display.

    The same Dell display and Belkin TruAV cable worked just fine for 3 years with my old MBP (15", first-generation Intel, early 2006). No problems at all.

    34 of 38 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Annoying

    • Written by from SAINT LOUIS

    Arrived today. With my Dell 3008WFP it only supports the 640x480 resolution. Took it to the Apple store where it was plugged into a Apple 30'' Cinema display. With the Apple display it supports all resolutions up to 2560x1600. Whether this is sloppy engineering or Apple protectionism remains speculation.

    31 of 32 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    dual link dvi cable not recognized by Gateway

    • Written by from Herndon

    Bought a brand new aluminum macbook because it supported 30" displays. Checked at the Apple store to make sure my Gateway 30" was supported - no problem. After buying the computer, I was told that it would be a couple months to wait for the dual link dvi adapter. The worst part was still coming. It arrived the day after Christmas - the gateway doesn't know it exists - thinks its a regular DVI. So I'm stuck with a new macbook that can't accomplish the tasks for which it was purchased, a high res monitor that thinks it's low res, and a $99 cable that doesn't work. So much for my first experience with Apple...

    31 of 32 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works as Expected

    • Written by from Huntley

    With all of the poor reviews here, I was a bit hesitant to purchase one of these, but figured that I could always return it if there were any initial problems.

    I am using it to connect my MacBook Pro with Retina Display to a 27", 2560x1440 resolution auria monitor and it's worked flawlessly. It sleeps/wakes properly and works after disconnecting and reconnecting when I take the MacBook with me.

    As you would expect, you must be using a Dual-Link DVI cable to connect the adapter to the monitor or you will not get the full resolution that you're after. Other than that, it should, as Apple says, "Just work!", which it did for me.

    29 of 29 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Adapter is unreliable ... lots of snow

    • Written by from Cary

    I have a Del U3011 display that I use at home and connect my 2009 Unibody via the display port to the display. The cheap DVI Display adapter would not let me get a resolution greater than 1680x1050 and so I sprung the $100 for the Dual-Link DVI adapter.

    It is a very poor quality device as I generally have to change resolutions to get the "snow" to disappear. When it is working its fine but its definitely not worth the $100. The display will also intermittently cut out (blank) for up to 20 seconds and then start working again. I know its not the monitor as I also use it for a Windows box and the Dell display works flawlessly with that system.

    I'm a big Apple fan but on this device they get a major thumbs down.

    29 of 29 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Complete fail

    • Written by from Oakland

    New macbook pro (core i7 2.66) + Mini Displayport to Dual Link DVI adapter, firmware v 1.02 + Apple Cinema 30" HD.

    It works intermittently, and seems to work longer when I plug in the displayport's usb directly to a iphone usb wall wart instead of the avail usb port on the macbook.

    Still, after a few hours it will turn off the cinema disp and will only come back at single link dvi resolutions. Unplugging, replugging, etc... as found in the tons of reviews on this product sometimes work, sometimes not.

    Pretty much worthless as it is more disruptive then useful.
    I am still pretty shocked that apple has not addressed this more publicly.

    31 of 33 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    defective product, KNOWN ISSUE, demand replacement

    • Written by from San Francisco

    Hundreds of people, if not thousands, have suffered with this failure, perhaps Apple's worst product. If you look through discussions and the most helpful reviews, you will find hundreds of people with expensive 20+ and 30-inch monitors that will not function with this device and a new Mac. Do not buy this product.

    See Discussions Topic : Display flashes to solid black intermittently for solution

    As you can see from the post above, I believe I have a solution, jury-rigging an iPhone AC-to-usb charger with a USB extension to power the adapter. This brought back my 30-inch monitor. Also, the monitor works flawlessly with a 4 year-old Macbook Pro that has dual-link DVI native (no dongle/adapter).

    After spending an hour and half on hold, a senior tech admitted the KNONW ISSUE and is sending replacement now with firmware v1.02. I hope this resolves it, but others have said it is worse.

    31 of 34 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    iScrewed again

    • Written by from KAILUA

    I bought these cables because I had to if I wanted my new Unibody MacPros to drive my great old 30" HD Cinema displays. Doesn't work work at all. (Hmm, maybe they want to force me to dump my perfectly good display and buy a new $3000 display. How green is that!) I buy tons of high end Mac equipment, at least they could provide some support on what is obviously a high end problem. When you guys screww up you do it well. Apple - Take your (eye)Fingers out of your (eye)Aces and give your core customers some decent support on this issue. And DO IT NOW! (Expletives and the letter (I) removed to appease the filters)

    32 of 36 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

    Failed to work on my 30' Apple Cinema Display HD

    • Written by from Cupertino

    Flickering and stripes across the screen (most visible on black) using this adaptor. The thing is this is consistent with my early 2009 Mac mini as well as my new MacBook Pro (both energy saving and power graphics) but the monitor with my old PowerMac G5 with Nvidia 7800 GT does not have this problem at all.

    33 of 38 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Abysmal design at its worst

    • Written by from Roslyn Heights

    Hooked up my computer to my 30" Dell display. The display works well on every other computer with a standard DVI port. I've tested this adapter on a MacBook, a MacBook Pro, and a Mac mini—all suffer from the same issue.

    With this new mini DisplayPort scam, it works only 90% of the time. Sure that sounds like it's pretty high, but we're not talking about an arithmetic exam; imagine life-support systems that only worked 90% of the time: it might as well not work at all!

    The adapter offers flaky performance, has been exchanged many times and no alleviation of the issue. Image gets distorted at random times, often when I'm doing something important.

    The adapter is bigger than my Mac laptop's charger; pathetic design. As I write this review, the image decided to distort again.

    Since is there no alternative product we are stuck with this piece of ____. Don't buy it unless you have to: you only need this if you have a 30" monitor that says you need dual-link.

    31 of 34 people found this useful