• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works perfectly: Mac Mini 2011: 27" Korean reject, and full 1440p

    • Written by from Portland

    If you're reading this review, chances are you've banged your head against the wall trying to figure out how to hook up a computer to a 1440p display. I read all the reviews here, and bought the darn thing anyway.

    It works on my 2011 Mac Mini like a charm.

    The only thing I had to do was restart my computer and it worked. The resolution is 2560 x 1440, and adjustable.

    I hooked my mini up to a 27" Korean Thunderbolt knock-off I bought on craigslist.

    Lastly, if you're confused about the length of the cable, and all the ports, just plug the mini-display port into your computer WITH THE USB PORT into your computer. This is required, as high resolution displays draw power from your computer. As to the USB port on the brick itself, that's anyone's guess.

    I originally rated this at 4 stars, but I added the fifth after doing some math. I paid $380 all-together for what is essentially a $999 Thunderbolt display. This thing is gorgeous.

    Hope this helps.

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works Just Fine

    • Written by from Torrance

    Purchased 2 of these for a 1st gen Mac Pro with an unsupported ATI Radeon HD 5870. Works flawlessly. Have the DVI port to HDMI on a 32" LCD TV. The 2 mini displayports adapters plug to vid card and then use DVI to HDMI cable to 2 27" hdmi monitors for 3 monitors total. No issues! Just not sure what the extra usb ports next to the dvi ports are for?

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Superb on Brand New Mac Mini 6,2

    • Written by from Licoln

    It works as advertised for me, I'm running a brand new Mac Mini (purchased from apple.com on 2/2014) with an HP LP3065. The only USB device I have plugged in, however, is the USB plug from this adapter.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works Perfectly

    • Written by from SCOTTSDALE

    I am using this cable to connect a new Mac Pro (2013) to a NEC monitor. I have attached the associated USB cable to an Apple 12W USB charger and this arrangement allows full resolution of the monitor.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    you need to plug the USB cable in.

    • Written by from Boxford

    like most of you, i assume, i just plugged it into my new mac mini and plugged my older DVI equipped 23" Cinema Display. it didn't work. i unplugged it, and played around with it for awhile. when i plugged the USB end into the mini, the display immediately came on. it had not occurred to me that this widget, to support the Dual Link DVI standard, needed to be powered. you can plug the USB tail from the monitor into the widget, but that does not seem to be necessary.

    it seems to work fine. i have not tested it with non-apple displays.

    i assume that the manual mentions plugging the USB in, but i notice a lot of reviews that seem to imply it doesn't work at all, and i decided to put this out there.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Thanks to other reviewers, I got this to work beautifully.

    • Written by from Seattle

    So here is the scoop (although some of my facts might be a bit off).

    The computer industry was going along fine with DVI outputs on computers, but they produced these wonderful 30" monitors with 2560 X 1600 resolution that the standard outputs wouldn't handle. So they developed the Dual Link DVI connectors and standard so the computers could support enough throughput to power these monsters.

    A bunch of them were sold by various companies. Mine is a Hewlett Packard LP3065c, but Apple sold one and a number of other companies sold them as well. I got mine in a package deal from Costco, others bought the monitors for graphics manipulation or photography applications or what not.

    Then the standard became HDMI, which, although a step up from standard DVI output, was actually a step back from Dual Link DVI. For the most part those of us who owned these beautiful 30" monsters were now orphans--HDMI would only support 27" monitors.

    At least that was true until the 4K standard came out and and then new computers started packing extra high powered graphics cards and DP ports to support them.

    Apple developed the Mini Display Port to Dual Link DVI adapters to allow people who had the super-duper 30" monitors to hook them up to the new systems that could now support them.

    So I bought a Mac Mini to use with my HP LP3065c and got the adapter to hook them together. Most other reviewers had a hard time getting the adapters to work. Mine is the 3rd generation one with version 1.03 firmware, so that might make a difference. The problem seems to be from a lack of power.

    The Dual Link DVI adapter has two plugs on it: The mini display port plug that carries the video signal, and a USB cable to provide the power to the whole mess. Unfortunately there sometimes isn't enough power in the host computer to take care of it. The solution is to not plug the usb into the host computer, but to use a little usb power pack. I used my I-pad power pack ($19.95 at any best buy or Mac shop). When I did it all worked perfectly. Another reviewer said that you need one rated at least 1 amp. The I-pad one is rated 2.4 amps which is more than enough power.

    I didn't even try to hook the USB up to the Mac Mini. I just used the power pack when I first hooked it up and shezam, it all worked perfectly and my Mac Mini's display is shown beautifully on my 30" screen.

    If you have one of these monitors, you can't take advantage of the graphics by using the HDMI port. You need either one of the new display port computers, or one with Dual Link DVI output, which is usually only found in higher end graphics cards.

    I did have one incident where the monitor refused to display the output of the Mac Mini, and that was when I bought a new one of the little adapters from Best Buy. The new adapter didn't work the 2nd time around, so I swapped it back out with the old one from my I-pad Air, and everything worked fine again.

    Good luck with this product if you are buying it.

    I kept all my receipts and boxes just in case it didn't all work. You would be wise to do the same thing since YMMV.

    .....Rocky

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Surprisingly, I had no issues!

    • Written by from Long Beach

    After reading all the reviews on here, I was terrified to try this cable out. But since I just bought a new 2013 macbook pro retina 15" and there are no other options to use it with my mac 30" cinema display, I bit the bullet and bought it. I'm actually surprised that I've had no issues with connection and resolution. Works just fine (for me at least!)

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works Great! People with 1-star reviews were using incorrectly.

    • Written by from Palo Alto

    I'm using this adapter right now from my 15" mid-2012 rMBP to a QNIX QX2710 LED EvolutionⅡ2 27" 2560x1440 PLS Monitor, which states on the seller page on ebay that it is "not compatible with laptops and mac computers," and that "Internal GPU, APU, and low-profile GPU are not compatible." The rMBP uses a GT 650m low-profile GPU. It later states not to use a port converter (eg mini dp -> dual-link dvi), this warning does not account for active adapters like this one, which uses a usb plug to provide additional power. If cabling permits, plug the usb port INTO AN OUTLET to ensure that it's receiving sufficient power. In any case, don't plug it into your laptop, run it off battery power in integrated graphics mode and write a one-star review when it doesn't work.

    13 of 14 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    dual adapter for 30" hd apple display

    • Written by from Waldorf

    Works great. Plugged in per instructions. No problems. I now have to 30" with higher resolution .

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Make sure to get the version with Firmware 1.03!

    • Written by from San Jose

    I use this adaptor on my 2010 Macbook Air to connect to a Dell 30" monitor. The first adaptor I bought would flicker and cut out, but after reading this (support dot apple dot com/kb/TS3232) I returned it and got a newer version with firmware 1.03 on it and now it's FLAWLESS. Zero problems and worth every penny.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Just buy the thing and if it doesn't work, return it!!

    • Written by from Rancho Cucamonga

    Just buy the thing and if it doesn't work, return it!!

    I hesitated to buy this because of all the bad reviews and then just thought to my self: "Just buy the thing and if it doesn't work, return it!!"

    You definitely have to have the usb chord plugged in to work.

    I'm updated with all the latest software on my early 2011 MBP. And it WORKS PERFECTLY! No problems at all.

    With my older 2007 MBP the screen would show those horizontal streaks of light that others have complained about. And this was BEFORE i got this adapter.

    The streaks would get worse and worse as the monitor was left on longer. So far this has not happened at all with the new adapter.

    So:

    Just buy the thing and if it doesn't work, return it!!

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing cable

    • Written by from Redlands

    Works great. Was able to output from MBP Haswell through the 2 thunderbolt outlets to two 5MegaPixel Barco mammography grade monitors. Flicker-free and seamless.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works Perfect

    • Written by from Shoreview

    I don't usually write reviews, but I felt like this product needed a good one. I bought a 27 inch monitor for my job and found that I couldn't get its full resolution from my MacBook Air. I purchased this adapter, hooked it up and it works great! Picture is crystal clear, color is accurate. Like most Apple products, it simply works. Period.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works Perfectly I've Had ZERO Issues With It

    • Written by from Raleigh

    I was very reluctant to purchase this because of all the bad reviews but took a chance and couldn't be happier. This cable works great with my 27" external display. I did read that you need to be using the dedicated graphics card for this to work properly so maybe that's were all the Bad reviews are coming from. I haven't tried it with any other systems but I can say that it works great with a 17" MacBook Pro.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    NEEDS a DVI-D dual cable!!!!

    • Written by from Dallas

    IMPORTANT: make sure you're using a DVI-D dual cable!!!!!

    I initially used this with a regular DVD cable I had laying around, plugging my MacBook Pro into one of the three DVI-D on the back of my hp LP3065 30" monitor. I got all of the scrambling and other issues way too many people are reporting here. As soon as I found the DVI-D dual cable that came with the 30" display, it was all simple plug and play!

    To tell the difference, a single-link DVI cable has 3 pins, a gap, and then another 3 pins whereas a dual link DVI cable has pins running all the way across with no gap.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works on Dell 3007 WFP-HD

    • Written by from Montreal

    Bought with big apprehension reading all the bad reviews. Plugged it in and worked right out of the box @ 2560x1600 resolution. Now, I have been using it for just 15 minutes. Will update if things start going wrong. I have a mid 2013 Macbook Air.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works perfect with Mac Mini 2011

    • Written by from Linköping

    I recently had to switch from a Mac Pro 2007 with an Apple 30" Cinema Display to a Mac Mini and bought the DisplayPort adapter to continue using the old 30" monitor. After reading a lot of negative reviews on the adapter I was a bit nervous and unsure if it would work with the Mac Mini. But I just plugged in the adapter between the monitor and the Mac Mini and it works like a charm—no flickering, no snow patterns or slow response from the Mac. So I can personally give the adapter a full rate with this configuration. It may of course have problems with other Mac models or other monitors, but with the Mac Mini and Apple 30" Cinema Display there seems to be no issues. The only downside is the price of course. But the size of the adapter tells it contains quite a lot of hardware which results in a high price. Still, since it works as intended and the Apple monitor was very pricy when I bought it, I have no problems giving it the highest score. I'm happy...

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works with Mac Mini 2012

    • Written by from Santa Clarita

    Work perfectly with the "Thuderbolt" port on the Mac Mini. I have a 30" Cinema Display that I purchased about 6 years ago from Apple (a testament to Apple quality). I had a second generation 2,3 Mac Mini and purchase the Dual-Link inorder to display the full resolution of the Cinema Display. Recently I purchase a new i7 Mac Mini and hooked up the display using the DVI to HDMI and was amazed at the low resolution. I got online with Apple and they figured out that the "Thuderbolt" port supports the "Mini-Display" plug. I hooked it up just like the old Mac Mini and it works perfectly! I guess "Thuderbolt" is either "Mini-Display" with a new name or it just is very flexible?

    11 of 14 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works for me

    • Written by from Layton

    I bought this a few months back, and I've found it to be reliable and free of defects. I use it for work to connect my 2009 13 inch macbook pro to my even older 30 inch cinema display. It works perfectly all day long, every day.

    29 of 32 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works fantastic with my new MBP and the Apple 30" cinema display

    • Written by from Camas

    After reading the bad press on the adapter I wanted to be 100% sure that my 30" display was going to work with the new MBP, so I boxed it up and took it to our local Apple store. The sales people were more than willing to provide this adapter to connect it to the new MBP. They only had the Retina display models, but since the Retina and the anti-glare models (which is the one I wanted to buy) use the same video card and I figured if it works with one it will work with the other and IT DID. As soon as I saw it worked I placed the order.

    I just received my new MBP 2.7GHz I7, 8 GB ram, 512 SDD with the 15" antiglare screen and connected to my 30" cinema display this adapter and I have full 2560x1600 resolution. In fact, I would say the overall quality being displayed on the 30" is actually better than it was using my 2008 MacBook Pro that I just replaced.

    84 of 86 people found this useful