• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter

    • Written by from Longwood

    Works perfect!

    10 of 15 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    1.03 firmware does it

    • Written by from Zgorzelec

    My configuration:
    - 20011 mac mini (Core i5 2.5 GHz, 4GB, R6630)
    - Dell U2711

    Works just fine out of the box, no problems at all.

    14 of 20 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Microsoft like solution

    • Written by from New York

    Sure it works but instead of plugging directly into the computer now I need two adapters plus it takes up additional USB port. A major hassle not to mention that it's expensive!

    18 of 19 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great product!

    • Written by from Christchurch

    With all the negative review, i hesitated on buying it at first. still
    decided to get it so i can power up dell 30" monitor.
    Works perfect. smooth as. No static interference what so ever.
    i have a macbook pro 2010 17".
    For those with second thoughts. Just get it. Dont look at the bad reviews.

    11 of 15 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Cable was hassle free (for me at least)

    • Written by from New York

    I've never written a review but felt that this is such a hotly debated item it deserved some current input. I purchased the item new on July 27th from the 5th Avenue apple store and received the cable with firmware version 1.03 installed on it. I connected my 2008 Macbook Aluminum (version 5,1) to my newly acquired 30" mid-2007 apple cinema display and have not had any problems, it worked perfectly right out of the box.

    I mention all the technical details because maybe the problem is a combination of the a) firmware version of the cable b) computer and c) production date and type of monitor being incompatible. I can confirm that at least this combination works without problems.

    Either way, I'm really happy with the purchase as it works just like a cable should, does its job without any hassle. Only problem is the price, but if you are purchasing a 30" apple cinema display (a professional dual-link DVI monitor), I think it is understood that you may need to spend a little more to support it given that it is a specialty item and there is likely not a very large market for this product.

    13 of 14 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works after swap

    • Written by from Pittsburgh

    Returned my old Adapter with 1.02 firmware for a new one with 1.03 at local Apple Store (no charge) and my digital noise problem is a thing of the past. If you have one with firmware below 1.03 take it back and get a new one.

    21 of 23 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked fine for me

    • Written by from South Hamilton

    I've been using it for over a year with a macmini and older 30" cinema display. Worked first time, every time with no problems. I was worried by the negative reviews, but I had no trouble.

    Some monitors don't require the dual link, so the regular dvi adapter that comes with the macmini works for them.

    10 of 12 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Unacceptable and Apple Support is Unable to Provide Solution

    • Written by from homeland

    I purchased a Makpro with two graphics cards supporting a total of six monitors and four of these adapters for a trading application. Every now and then a monitor will go blank at random and when that happens all the monitors fail to blue screens and when they reinitialize, the contents of all screens are scrambled. Support has asked a lot of questions but has not provided any solutions and now is not responding to my emails. I will have to return the computer and adapters and go back to the dreaded PC's (which have other issues but not this one). Too bad, otherwise, the computer is quite good. I have 8 Macs total so I am not new to them.

    16 of 17 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

    Terrible Quality

    • Written by from Boston

    For $100, you'd expect a reliable piece of electronics. These adapters have done nothing but break and act completely unreliably.

    16 of 17 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works for Me

    • Written by from LOS ANGELES

    I've had absolutely no problems with this adapter. I'm driving a 30" Apple Cinema Display with an early 2010 Mac Mini with the 2.26 GHz Core 2 Duo processor and the NVIDIA GeForce 9400M graphics processor. Some have said that the adapter needs to be driven with its own power supply, but I'm not using one. Some have said that the adapter needs to have recent firmware. Mine came with firmware version 1.03, which is relatively recent (I bought the adapter in early 2010), so this might be the key as to why it works for me but not for others.

    It doesn't work, however, with my Thinkpad X220 laptop with a Sandy Bridge dual core i7 processor with integrated Intel graphics. With the laptop, I get the flickering that others have described. I had to use a non-Apple DisplayPort to mini DisplayPort adapter, so the problem may be with that adapter, although this is very unlikely. I'm not taking points off for this because Apple clearly states that its adapter is for use with Apple computers only.

    7 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works perfectly with 2010 MacBook Air

    • Written by from MOUNTAIN VIEW

    Worked perfectly with my MBA 2010 over MiniDisplay. I've been using this for a week and so far none of the flickering problem (yet!) with my Apple 30" monitor.

    Like other say, maybe it's the new firmware which solves all problem. So make sure you get the latest firmware (I believe mine was 2011-January update).

    7 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    New IMac + Dell 3007WFP

    • Written by from Lake Dallas

    Like others I was leary about buying this device, given all the bad reviews. But decided to take a chance and glad I did so far. It was easy to install and setup. I did see it flicker my screen to white and back again, but this only occurred once. I do have firmware 1.03.

    16 of 19 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    No worries!!

    • Written by from Wembley

    I agonised over buying this because of all the negative reports but really had no choice to try to get my new Dell U2711 display to work at its best resolution, 2560 x 1440. Much to my relief, when I connected up to my MacBook Pro 17" this evening, it works perfectly!!!!!

    31 of 39 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Work GREAT.

    • Written by from Glenview

    I have three of these and am planning to buy a fourth one today for my research office. They are attached to my 30 in HP LP3065 monitors at different offices and I use them with my MacBook Pro machine without a problem:
    Model Name: MacBook Pro
    Model Identifier: MacBookPro5,2
    Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo
    Processor Speed: 3.06 GHz
    I wonder if the issues others are having are due to using them with an Apple Monitor or bad video outputs? I use the HP monitors since they have three HDMI inputs built in so they display the desktop information most of the time, then switch to the laptop when I need it.

    11 of 16 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Mini Display to Dual Link DVI adapter is really bad

    • Written by from Auckland

    It troubles me greatly to think that a 2007 Macbook is better than a 2011 simply for it's easy ability to plug into a Dell 27" display. The Apple Adapter requires all sorts of tricks to get to work. Apple should recall this product as it is just wrong. I want a refund (Not Fit For Purpose)

    22 of 25 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works well with 17" Macbook

    • Written by from Westmount

    This adapter works fine with my 17" Macbook Pro. Note that the adapter draws power over the USB connector, so that must be plugged in even if this is used with a non-dual-link display.

    14 of 14 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works well with Apple iPad 10W USB Power Adapter

    • Written by

    TL;DR: If you want to use this, you really need to use the Apple iPad 10W USB Power Adapter to power it.

    This is an update to an earlier review.

    This thing (evidently) requires a lot of power. Fairly recent Macbooks shuld be able to power it, though generally only if you aren't using the other USB connectors and, in particular, if you don't plug in an iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad (particularly an iPad). I've tried using an external powered hub, the AC adapter that comes with an iPhone, and the adapter that comes with the iPad. The 10W iPad charger is the only thing that results in no connection problems or sparkles. With the 10W connector, it's absolutlely solid. Clearly, they should have inlcluded it and told people not to try it without it. The way the USB connectors on a Macbook work, you'll get various results not only depending on what else you plug in, but the order in which you plug them in.

    Apple would have saved themselves a world of hurt if they'd just included the 10W connector.

    22 of 23 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible performance under the best conditions

    • Written by from Toluca Lake

    This adapter causes the Apple 30" Cinema Display to turn on and off after being plugged in for more than an hour. It worked better that this initially, but after owning it for a few months, it started causing problems. The flickering occurs every one to 30 seconds, rendering the display essentially useless.

    I seldom rate any product with one star. Generally, it seems overly harsh. In this case, though, the product is so expensive, so cumbersome, and works so badly, it's really the only review I could give.

    15 of 18 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works well with high-power USB port

    • Written by from Palo Alto

    I've had this for a while and had the same trouble many people mention. It doesn't work at all without the USB connector. Moreover, it really wants a high power USB port such as found on macbooks. I think this is why so many people have varying success. If you plug it into a hub, you'll get anywhere from nothing to sparkles. The macbook USBs have higher power (as needed by iOS devices). If you use the AC USB adapter that comes with an iOS device, I think you'll have far better results.

    25 of 28 people found this useful