• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works well with Dell 3007 monitor

    • Written by from Provo

    Others have expressed concerns about it not working with a Dell 3007 monitor and a macbook pro with retina display.

    All that was necessary to make it work was to hold down the option key when I selected Scaling for the Dell display. This gave me the choice for the full resolution, and it's beautiful.

    33 of 34 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

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works for 30" Samsung Syncmaster

    • Written by from Waukesha

    I have been using the $99 dual-link adapter for about 8 hours, and all is well. The price is rather painful, but as long as it works, I won't whine too much.

    I wish I didn't have to contact my local Apple store to figure out that I needed this product. It would have been nice for this info to be more apparent for us large-display users.

    After making the connection, I rebooted my system. Strangely, it took a few minutes to boot my new Mini Mac. For the three previous days I had been using the new Mini (tolerating the fuzzy/jaggy screen image), booting had been swift. So the long boot-time had me fearing the new connection wasn't going to work. Big sigh of relief when it did!

    To reiterate what others have posted here: This review is for the special DUAL (meaning two connections) link adapter. In my case, it takes the DVI and USB connections off my Syncmaster display and converts them into thunderbolt and USB connections for the Mac Mini.

    23 of 23 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Avoid this adaptor

    • Written by from Brisbane

    This adaptor isn't working on either a 2009 13 in MBP or a 2011 13 in MBP connecting to a 27 inch 1440p screen. From both laptops, only flickering green static is displayed. Very disappointed. Not good enough, apple! For a AUD$119 adaptor, this is appalling.

    28 of 30 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Just so so

    • Written by from NEW YORK

    sometimes, display perfect when connected with mac mini (2010) and HP LP3065,BUT randomly desktop dispeare.

    33 of 33 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does Not Work Connecting Apple 30" Cinema HD Display to MBP-Retina

    • Written by from Cooperstown

    Before I bought my new MBP-Retina I was assured by both Apple Tech Support and the retailer that I could connect my cherished 30" Apple Cinema Display via the Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter. Not so. Unable to detect the display through system preferences. It just doesn't work.

    107 of 116 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great

    • Written by from phoenix

    Bought this for my 30 inch Cinema Display and 2011 MBP and it works great at 2560x1600. I am also using a video switch for when I need to use my PC for gaming and I am very happy with it.

    33 of 40 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work with my HP LP3065

    • Written by from Sunnyvale

    New MacBook Retina and this display adapter don't work for my HP LP3065. The MacBook never see the display. The display works fine plugged into the same DL DVI cable plugged into a Mac Pro so it isn't the monitor or the DVI cable. The MBP or the adapter are the issue,

    48 of 49 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Just works

    • Written by from San Francisco

    Not sure why all the negative reviews. I would assume human error.

    Bought this to run my 2560x1440 monitor with my 2011 MBP and it works flawlessly. It just worked.

    27 of 34 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very poor display quality

    • Written by from Mountain View

    I tried to use this to connect a Mac Mini to a 30" monitor. There was a lot of flicker. Also, quite weird was that there were horizontal "ghost lines "projecting outwards from the edge of the windows.

    A rather poor performing product, especially given the price!

    42 of 42 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    works perfectly

    • Written by from Montrose

    hooked up my 2006 30" Apple Cinema Display with this adapter to my 2009 MBP and it works perfectly. The display has the pin connector, usb and FW400 and of course the adapter just has the pin connector and usb... BUT... letting the FW400 dangle with no connection, it worked perfectly. Very happy I got this, as my Mac Pro is already surpassed by the MBP I have, and the 2012 version on order.

    35 of 40 people found this useful

  • 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.

    43 of 48 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.

    17 of 19 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