• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    not reliable, and bulky

    • Written by from New Ipswich

    First of all, this thing is huge for a display cable adapter, and the fact that it needs external power from the USB shows a fundamental failure in the Mini DisplayPort design. It's obviously needing to do far too much processing just to drive a display, and the $100 cost proves that.

    If the problems stopped there, it might even be acceptable, though far from ideal.
    However, this thing doesn't even keep working properly. Sometimes it goes for most of a day without flaking out, and other times it happens multiple times per hour. From time to time it flickers and threatens to stop functioning, and then when it finally happens the screen ends up all scrambled. (if you search the web you'll find pictures of this from others). When this happens, you have to unplug it and plug it back in again, or suspend and resume your machine, or do some other trick to re-initialize the display.

    I would get my original unit replaced with a newer one, except that from what I've heard even the new ones have problems, and sometimes worse than the original ones. So until I hear that the problems are fixed, I'm stuck with what I've got.

    26 of 26 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Embarrassment to the company

    • Written by from Belmont

    My 30" Dell monitor worked great with my original MBP, but I've been suffering with apparently many others since upgrading to a 2009 MBP. Upgraded to SL and exchanged my adapter to v1.02 and now I have to deal with a frequent "blinking" of the screen (though now I only infrequently have the distortion issue I had with v1.01). Seems to become less frequent as the work session goes on (is it a 'warming up' issue?), and unplugging/replugging and ctrl-shft-cmd don't always do the trick like they used to.

    The worst part is the apparent lack of acknowledgement by Apple that there is any problem. I understand this may work just fine for some or even many, but it certainly seems like there are enough folks with problems to justify some response.

    27 of 28 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't buy it until fixed

    • Written by from Brampton

    I just bought the adapter at the Apple store today. I though they possibly could have fixed the flicker and distortion problems seen by other users.

    Hooked it up to my Dell 3007 only to discover both the flicker and distortion are present intermittently. Approximately two times an hour. Forcing me to put the display to sleep and wake it up to resolve the problem

    I would stay clear of this until a working fix is released.

    26 of 26 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Flickering problems!

    • Written by from Belmar

    I bought this adapter so I could plug my new unibody, 17-inch MacBook Pro to my 30-inch Cinema Display. The problem is that my monitor flickers unpredictably during use. I've had this Cinema Display for over a year, and it was hooked up to two other MacBook Pros. This problem only occurred after this adapter was used to hook up to my computer.

    27 of 28 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Extremely Disappointed

    • Written by from Merritt Island

    Just bought a new MBP and also a 30" Gateway Monitor to use with it. Right after I bought the MBP, I purchased this adapter and apple said it would ship in 5-7 days. After waiting a few weeks I checked online and then found out I'd have to wait 2 months to receive. It gets better. Now after I finally received the adapter, it simply won't work with the Gateway 30" monitor, the monitor is only seeing it as a plain DVI and I can only get 1900X1200 res. SO frustrated. If anyone has a solution please post.

    26 of 26 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Frequent problems

    • Written by from Brattleboro

    Several times per day, my display that is plugged in to this adaptor will suddenly become unusable due to varying patterns of interference showing on the screen. The only way to fix it is to unplug the adaptor and plug it in again.

    As there is no other way to plug in a 30" display to a unibody MacBook Pro, and there is no 30" display currently available with a native Mini DisplayPort interface, I have to suffer through this. I wish I had kept my old MacBook Pro, as it's DVI interface was able to drive my display without problems. I advise anyone considering upgrading to a recent MacBook Pro to NOT do so until Apple has fixed this problem.

    26 of 26 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Stupid adapter blows buttt

    • Written by from joliet

    I had the flicker too, I had my resolution set to the highest setting because I forked out the extra $ and bought the 2.8 ghz and maxed ram. But I had to lower my resolution to make it not flicker. And it blows because it is not as crisp as the highest setting but it is a fix for now till I decide to get on the phone with apple (UGH!). So hope this helps.

    26 of 26 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

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works well with MacBook Pro, but surprised me a bit.

    • Written by from Folsom

    Because I work with both Mac and PC, needed to hook-up a Dell RazorSharp U2711 Monitor to my MacBook Pro. Found out *after* I bought the monitor that I needed this adaptor if I wanted to access the monitor's full 2560x1440 resolution (that was after the AppleCare rep told me I needed to upgrade my RAM from 4GB to 8GB, which I questioned and he found out to be wrong). I bought and hooked up the adaptor, but was surprised to find out that I was *required* to also hook up the USB plug, as this apparently provides the extra power to handle the dual-link hi-res display. Without the USB plugged in, no go. Also, needed to change out a Single-Link DVI-D cable to a Dual-Link DVI-D (didn't work without it). It now works fine, but I sure would prefer an Apple LCD Display. The Cinema Display's lack of ports and exclusive use of the MiniDisplay Port cable prevents me from hooking it up to a PC via a reasonably-priced KVM switch.

    28 of 31 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible Product

    • Written by from TROY

    this adapter is plagued with problems. screen flickering, resolution issues, firmware problems, etc. i've gone through 3 of them so far. problem is that i need them for my two 30" cinema displays. i figured apple would make a better product than this, but i was wrong. all in all, you have no choice but to buy one if this is the adapter you need. when you do, you might get lucky and have minimal issues, or like me, you'll wonder why apple even sells it.

    26 of 27 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointed! F - 30" Cinema Display w/Oct2009 2.66Ghz Mac Mini

    • Written by from Salt Lake City

    First of all... this cable is $100. They are charging the same amount for a cable as they charge for the base model iphone (at the time of this review)?! Ok, so I swallow the fact that it costs 10 times what it really should cost...but the overly priced product doesn't work well. Over two years I've run my 30" cinema display from a macbook pro with absolutely ZERO problems. It has been flawless. Brand new mac mini w/ 2.66Ghz processor, and the special $100 cable to connect my 30" display... I have to restart my computer twice a day to make the fuzzy vertical lines disappear. If you like having your display not function well, and if you enjoy fuzzy lines, and loss of color all over your screen, then buy this product. Otherwise... I recommend you find an alternate solution.

    26 of 27 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    This adapter is broken. It should have received more testing.

    • Written by from miami

    I have a Dell 30" 3007WFP monitor that I bought for 1300 bucks over a year ago.

    It works flawlessly with my desktop computer but has several problems with my unibody macbook. Periodically, the image will get either ghosted and weirdly broken (as many have reported) or the colors will become all wrong and there will be "snow" all over the screen.

    Both are fixed by unplugging the USB connector of the Adapter (apparently it's needed to power it for some reason) and replugging it. I'm not returning the accessory for now since there are no alternatives and I'd rather live with the bugs than not be able to use my 30" monitor.

    And the price is outrageous as well. I admire and love many apple products but this is certainly not one of them. Apple should have tested it more thoroughly and fixed the bugs.


    25 of 25 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    All Good.

    • Written by from Agoura Hills

    I have an original 30" Cinema display and Macbook Pro which I bought back in 2007. I just bought a new Macbook Pro (2.2 Ghz i7) and wanted to use my 30" display with it from the Mini Display Port. This Dual-Link DVI adapter worked first time out of the box running my Cinema at 2560x1600 resolution. I did plug the adapter's USB directly into the Macbook (didn't try running it from a USB hub, so don't know if that would be a problem for some users). Regardless, I have had no issues.

    24 of 24 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Horrible adapter.

    • Written by from Yarmouth

    I bought this in good faith, hoping that I wouldn't experience problems with the new 1.02 adapter firmware. I'm experiencing coloured static in pure black areas and it makes the display awful to work on. This setup was just way too expensive to not work properly.

    25 of 26 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Dell 3007WFP-HC

    • Written by from Carmel Valley

    I've read many reviews, i just want to confirm that the new adapter (1.02) works perfectly with the Dell 3007WFP-HC.

    25 of 26 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Bought 4/6/09 fails exactly as described by others.

    • Written by from Austin

    Bought new Mac Mini, + dual-link DVI adapter together. Its driving a 30" Samsung 305T at 2560x1600.

    Video looks perfect for about 3-10 minutes then becomes scrambled with an interlacing artifact. Unplug/replug the DVI cable fixes the issue momentarily. Video flashes on/off at random every few minutes.

    There is nothing wrong with the monitor, I've been driving it at 2560x1600 from my previous generation 17" Macbook pro with 0 problems.

    25 of 26 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Ruined My Experience

    • Written by from Piscataway

    I was looking for a new computer to drive my 30 inch Dell Monitor, and I decided to make the switch from PC to Apple -- but after dealing with this cable, I'm going back to PC.

    After hooking up this adapter I experienced sporadic issues with screen flickering, blurriness, and white lines. I've tried several work-a-rounds to eliminate the problems but none of them work.

    Don't buy a new Macbook if you want to run it on a monitor that requires dual link DVI, you will be disappointed.

    30 of 36 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    It works, but...

    • Written by from Oakland

    I have it attached to my 30" Apple Cinema HD display. I don't get any flicker and the screen always comes up, but any areas of the screen that are completely black display a rapid faint flicker of horizontal lines (think film noise). It's subtle but definitely noticeable.

    I'm on the fence about returning it.

    25 of 26 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Sync fix

    • Written by from Coral Springs

    I experienced the out of sync issues about 3-4x a day. What I've found works every time is going in to display preferences and changing the resolution down to 1280x800 and then back to 2560x1600. It seems to reinitialize the screen that way and fix it. Since that works it is probably a software issue and should be corrected in a software update. I'm hooked up with an aluminum Macbook to a Dell 3007wfp-hc.

    24 of 24 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Colored Streaks Constantly Flicker Across Screen

    • Written by from Mountain View

    Especially noticeable on a dark background, streaks of random colors flicker across my 30" cinema display.

    This adapter costs waaay too much and I waited an extra month for this to ship. I sincerely hope that Apple does the right thing and has a recall.

    24 of 24 people found this useful