• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Got it working, but no thanks to Apple

    • Written by from AMHERST

    Bought this to use my old Dell 3007WFP monitor with the new Retina Macbook Pro. On initial hookup the display was only detected in 1280x800 mode. The full 2560x1600 resolution was not available as an option. A call to Apple support was less than helpful with the end result of the support person giving up because it wasn't Apple monitor. She was also unwilling to escalate the call, or to put in a request for an engineer to look into it. A terrible experience, and it really tarnishes Apple's reputation in my mind.

    I was able to confirm the adapter works by testing on the old MacPro, so I was pretty sure it wasn't actually a hardware issue. Many hours later I did find a solution to let the laptop use the full resolution. It involved using the SwitchResX app, which you can find using google. It's still not a perfect solution since it costs a few bucks, and the solution doesn't use the Macs built in UI. But it does save me a grand for a replacement monitor. As a side result SwitchResX lets you use the full resolution of the Macbook Retina display. So now you can have a bigger desktop than the 30" display crammed into a 15" display. Get out your reading glasses.

    I am hopeful Apple will fix this with a patch to Lion, but given that the support staff refused to bring it to the attention of the developers I probably shouldn't be.

    70 of 74 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Not with a Macbook Pro Retina

    • Written by from Saint Petersburg

    I bought this to use with my Macbook Pro Retina laptop and found that it only provides DVI-D Single Link - not Dual Link - output. My 30" Dell 3007WFP display requires DVI-D Dual Link in order to display its native 2560x1600 resolution. With this adapter, I can only use the display at a resolution of 1280x800. Others have reported getting Dual Link output from systems like the Macbook Air, so it seems like the problem is with the MBP Retina, not necessarily with this product.

    42 of 47 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Works fine except when waking up

    • Written by from Newton

    Works just fine with my MacBook Pro much of the time, but has periods when it flakes out: sometimes after waking up from sleep I get a bunch of static on my display (NEC PA271W). Power cycling the monitor clears things up, but it is annoying. Fortunately my monitor also has a DisplayPort input so I've switched to using a mini to regular DisplayPort adapter (also much smaller, cheaper, and doesn't need a USB port). If you've got no other option besides dual-link DVI then this adapter works OK, but I'd go with other options first if you can.

    23 of 25 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    When it works, it's great. When not, it's annoying.

    • Written by from Chapel Hill

    I use this to connect my 11" Air to a 27" WQHD non-Apple monitor (I had tried HDMI and regular DVI adapters and couldn't get full resolution). Most of the time, the D-L DVI adapter works fine and the picture looks great.

    About 1/10 times if I wake up my monitor from sleep, it looks great for a second or two, but then overlays the entire displayed image with a weird static. You can still barely see the picture, but you wouldn't want to use it. To recover from this, I often have to unplug the adapter from my Air and try again, sometimes multiple times are required. Also, it uses up a USB port and the pass-through one it provides does not provide much power: a mouse works, but the USB->Ethernet adapter does NOT work, nor does the external superdrive.

    21 of 21 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Mirroring

    • Written by from Coral Springs

    With a MiniDisplayPort To HDMI I already know how to mirror, you go to System Preferences then click display then go to arrangement then click mirror or whatever it says.

    13 of 18 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.

    16 of 18 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Quality of Display using Samsuns S27A850

    • Written by from Singapore

    The quality of display is poor. The characters seem to be grey of interleavely.
    Potentially is the Dual-Link Cable problem which I suspect, as I used a 3m length cable.
    Will get another 1m length and try out.

    17 of 23 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Wish there was an alternative

    • Written by from Austin

    This allows me to use my 30" Apple Cinema Display with my new Macbook Pro, however it is not a product i feel is up to Apple's standards. occasionally, my screen will develop digital noise across it, as well as the USB connections on the back of the monitor can be flaky as well. i actually have to restart my machine to fix these issues which is a real pain. You would think that since this is just a piece of hardware that there wouldn't be so many issues. Been using it for over a year now and really hate it, but there is no other alternative that i know of besides buying one of Apple's newest monitors, which don't go up to 30"

    24 of 26 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    works great

    • Written by from Santa Cruz

    This adapter works exactly as described with my Macbook Air, and both my small and v. large 2007 Apple cinema monitors. After a bit of tinkering with the display settings, I have an excellent high-resolution display with none of the problems experienced by other users.

    10 of 13 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Expensive , but it works

    • Written by from Seattle

    I was somewhat apprehensive about spending serious coin on an adapter after reading some rather negative reviews. All I can say is with my 2011 MBP and a 2004 30" Cinema HD Display it functions perfectly . Apple screen , Apple laptop , & Apple adaptor , perhaps that is why it works for me and not others ?

    9 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Complete and utter junk

    • Written by from New York

    Causes snow on the monitor every time after waking up from sleep and the only solution is to turn off then on the monitor. For $100 I expected much much better quality which this product is far from.

    19 of 22 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    It works GREAT on Dell 3007FWP 2560x1600

    • Written by from Oakville

    For those having issues with duel-link DVI, look no further than your DVI cable and make sure it is the duel-link DVI cable which is different from the standard DVI cable sold at most stores. If you are using a standard DVI cable, you will only get a single DVI channel with half the resolution. I am using this adapter on an Alienware X17+ R3 3D laptop hooked into an old Dell 3007FWP DVI port (its the only one on this model) and the image is smooth and clear with no observable artifacts. Took me a while to figure out that the previous mini-DP to DVI adapter I tried was only a single link DVI port giving 1280x800 resolution. The Apple adapter works like a charm when used as intended and is preferable to Dell's adapter which requries an aditiional adapter to convert the mini-DP to standard DP..

    26 of 29 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work with 2007 Dell 3007WFP

    • Written by from Renton

    I can only get a small % of the dell 3007WFP resolution.

    22 of 28 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointingly poor

    • Written by from Glasgow

    1.03 firmware does improve matters, but i still get a screen of snow at least once a day (the 1.01 firmware was pretty much unusable). I'm on a hazro 27" monitor running at 2560x1440.
    When it works it's fabulous, but i really don't expect rubbish like this coming from apple.
    Is it really this difficult?

    28 of 31 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Static mess

    • Written by from Fort Bragg

    This adapter is terrible. It works sometimes, but most of the time is my display shows static. I have to power the monitor off then on to get it to work again. I can't believe Apple is selling this product for $99. Boo

    21 of 22 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Glitchy but functional

    • Written by from Berwyn

    Like others I have to unplug and reconnect a few times to get the screen to come on, but once it does I enjoy the 30" cinema display in all its 2560x1600 glory. Now if they could just get it working on the first time you connect it that would be great.

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Stopped working.

    • Written by from Richland

    Worked great for a few months and then....bang. Nothing. For an outrageous $99 this thing should at least last a year!! What was wrong with the old system and a direct DVI connection? One of the nicest features of the older MacBooks. Is this progress? Or just an evil method of Apple collecting another $100 from everyone to be able to plug into a monitor?

    19 of 20 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Working great so far

    • Written by from Winooski

    First, I have the correct cable for this product. I have a dual link DVI cable. I'm not trying to use a single link cable which I think some folks are. It was the same cable I used when I had my Dell 3007 WFP hooked to my PC.

    I was really worried this part would not work, would flicker or otherwise cause me issues. So far so good. It's only been a few days and I'll come post again if I run into issues.

    So far so good on my 2011 MacBook Pro w/ Mini DisplayPort -> Dell 3007WFP-HC

    14 of 17 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Another fail for Dell 3007WFP-HC

    • Written by from BROOKLYN

    I got this a while back for my 15 inch Macbook Pro. Although 2560x1600 looks amazing on OSX, there was so much obvious distortion that the adapter obviously has a design flawed. I tried jigging the cable numerous times. Overall, it just doesn't work. Judging by the other reviews, seems like Apple completely ignored fixing this problem. If this happens to you, Apple will give you a full refund, so save your receipt. It's a shame though, I've been using Windows all these years because of this issue (and some other), while I could have been on OSX.

    10 of 10 people found this useful