• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor performance

    • Written by from TAMPA

    After waiting 2+ months for this product to come out, then paying the $99 for what amounts to a cable adapter, I find the performance to be poor. At "millions" of colors (set in Apple Display Prefs), I get a constant flicker. At "thounsands" the flicker is manageable at 1/hour or so.

    Apple SHOULD do something to recall/fix this adapter.

    39 of 40 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Wait for them to fix the bugs before buying

    • Written by from Edinburgh

    If you want to use a new MBP with a 30 inch cinema display, you have to buy one of these. But there are a lot of bugs still to be fixed, such as:

    - scrambled video after wake from sleep
    - stuttering playback in Front Row
    - jumpy cursor movement
    - momentary video blackouts

    My advice: don't but this (or a new MBP) until the problems are fixed. Check the forums for the latest reports...

    The device is also cumbersome and ugly, doesn't have a firewire-thru port and is rather expensive. That might be OK .... if it worked properly.

    25 of 27 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    It's not the $100 adapter, it's your $2700 computer

    • Written by from Redondo Beach

    I have both a MacBook Pro and a MacBook. The adapter works great on the MacBook and lousy on the MacBook Pro.
    On the MBP it flickers and loses sync on a regular basis.

    Also consider that it uses a USB port for power. Granted, there is a pass through port on it, but that can't even run a keyboard/mouse.

    I don't know what Apple's said (can't find anything), but I've read that the problem could be the USB power regulation. Meaning mainboard. Meaning good luck getting that fixed.

    Still, it's better than a PC any day!

    25 of 29 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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not working with my Gateway XHD3000

    • Written by from HELSINKI

    The adapter did not support the full native resolution (2560x1600) of my Gateway XHD3000. No reason for me to use this adapter, so I returned the product. Very disappointing as this was the primary setup I was planning to use.

    16 of 16 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

    30" Cinema Display blinks every few minutes regardless of settings

    • Written by from Winston-Salem

    Extremely annoying.

    23 of 24 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work

    • Written by from Morgan Hill

    Like so many others, this adapter does not work for me. I get a constant flicker that will not stop (unlike the occasional ones others have complained about). I have tried plugging it into both an Apple and a Dell 30in, both with the same problem. I have tried a bunch of the workarounds listed in the forums to no avail. I've tried this with 2 separate adapters. And of course, I tried them with a colleague's MacBook Pro (he got his about a month before me) and it works fine!!!! So I don't know if it's the adapter, the computer, or a combination. But in any case, now I have to keep using my Lenovo Vista machine to do any real work until this is resolved. I'm a designer constantly in the Adobe Creative Suite and I'm not willing to go back to 1440x900 just to use this computer that doesn't work with the newest technology. Very disappointing. I'm anxiously waiting for a recall and replacement program.

    18 of 18 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work with the Apple 30" Cinema Display HD either

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    I have an Apple 30" Cinema Display. I waited patiently for Apple to release this product, hoping the delay meant they were ironing out last-minute issues.

    They didn't. When I connect the monitor either of the two 15" unibody MacBook Pro's in my household, green and purple noise flickers across the screen where dark colors are displayed. For example top and bottom when showing widescreen formatted movies. Or left and right when displaying 3:4 formatted videos.

    I hope I just got a lemon. I am going to the local Apple store tomorrow to demonstrate that either the adapter is broken, or the mini display port on both my MacBook Pro's.

    34 of 35 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Really Apple?

    • Written by from Lakewood

    Being a web developer and graphic artist I use a ton of Apple products and for the most part I really love all of them. However, this adapter is the exception. First off, $100? Are you kidding me? The price of this adapter is one thing, unacceptable. I don't appreciate having to pay an extra $100 to hook up my MBP when the old one had a DVI connector built right into it. You could have at least given me 1 adapter for free with the laptop. And then there is the performance issue, always reconnecting my screen because it just shuts off or randomly displays static.

    This is very disappointing apple. Normally I hold you in such high regards, but this adapter is only one thing, that's a P.O.S.

    29 of 30 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Extremely disappointed with Apple

    • Written by from Urbandale

    I bought a new 15" MBP about 3 weeks ago as a replacement for my aging MS box. I'm a software developer by trade so a majority of my work is done at a desk using a Samsung 305T 30" monitor (2560x1600).

    Unfortunately, I didn't do quite enough research on the new MBP models - I figured that it would support dual-link DVI out of the box.

    I was surprised and shocked to learn I had to spend another $99 to plug in my existing monitor. After reading the reviews, I was hesitant to even bother (I think this is currently at 2/5 stars on the Apple store). I went ahead and purchased it out of sheer necessity, hoping I'd have better "luck" than other reviewers. I have NOT.

    I experience at least 3-4 instances each day where the monitor will suddenly go out of sync. Its a simple matter of unplugging and plugging the mini-dvi adapter back in, but it is very annoying.

    Additionally, there's a noticeable flicker - especially areas that have gradient color fills.

    I'm absolutely disgusted with this product given the price. It were $20, I'd have more understanding. But $100? C'mon, Apple. Fix this. And offer us free replacements ASAP.

    80 of 86 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    It simply does not work

    • Written by from Wien

    Connected the adapter to my 30 '' cinema display - every few minutes flickering, sometimes the whole screen goes snowy and distorted and I have to reconnect.

    Thanks Apple for making such a great Pro-product!!

    22 of 22 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Colored streaks over dark areas with 30" cinema display

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    I have two problems with my Macbook Pro, this adapter, and a 30-inch Cinema Display:

    1. Very visible colored streaks over dark areas of the screen, especially black areas. This problems varies in intensity, but it's always present. I connected a coworker's MBP to my display and saw exactly the same symptoms.

    2. Jumpy mouse cursor, at others have reported.

    I suspect both problems are MBP issues rather than a problem with the adapter, but in any case, as this adapter is the only way to hook a late-2008 MBP to a 30" ACD, buyers beware. I am using this system for technical work, so for me it's a merely big annoyance, but if I were doing creative work, it would be totally unacceptable.

    Apple needs to acknowledge the problem!

    22 of 22 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

    Periodically the display goes awry and I have to reconnect

    • Written by from Snohomish

    I am one of the many users who are experiencing what appears to be an interleaving issue of the DVI channels, from time to time the picture shifts and the image is unusable. I have to disconnect the adapter then reconnect it. I advise holding off purchase of this until Apple is able to resolve the problem.

    28 of 28 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very Dissappointed

    • Written by from Birmingham

    Cmon Apple...you have got to provide support for 3rd party 30" displays, not just your own. Product is great idea if it worked. No success with my Gateway XHD3000 and MBP(2.8ghz)

    24 of 26 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Fuzz at sporadic times

    • Written by from San Rafael

    I read the complaints in the other posts, and hoped that it wouldn't happen to me. I finally received my adapter today, and was glad to be able to hook up my 30" Cinema display to my MacBook Pro. Worked great for a few hours, then the entire screen turned to snowy fuzz. Then flickered back to normal... good for a few, then back to snowy fuzz.

    Now I'm just waiting to see if this is a long-term issue.

    23 of 24 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Irvine

    1st one sent to me was defective. Had a replacement sent. Also defective. Same problem as everyone else -- flickering, fuzzy screens. Used it on a Dell and an Apple Cinema Display. Same results.

    Wait till revision 2.0. This product is defective.

    27 of 27 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    very disappointing product from apple - not working at all

    • Written by from Wien

    i tried two different adapters on five (!) different 30" apple cinema displays.
    it did not work AT ALL! the results were mostly no external monitor found, but also system freezes occurred and the main notebook display went crazy (only a part of the upper left screen was displayed). very low quality product - WE ARE DEMANDING A RECALL!

    15 of 16 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Fuzz of Death and flickering

    • Written by from Eagan

    As is this product is broken. For me when used with a Dell 30 I get random flickering from time to time and at least once a day the famous "Fuzz of Death". The only solution at that point is to disconnect the mini-dvi and reconnect. I was not happy to wait 2 months for this box, and I am not happy that it does not work. Stay away until Apple fixes it.

    22 of 22 people found this useful