• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Perfect for new 5K 27" iMac and Apple Cinema Display

    • Written by from New City

    Tried to use an inexpensive thunderbolt to DVI adapter to connect my new 27" iMac 5K to an older Apple Cinema display. Results were poor at best with limited resolution. Then I tried the Apple Dual-Link Adapter and the picture was incredible with full 2560 x 1440 resolution and perfect color. No flicker or distortion. I could not be happier! Worth every penny.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great adapter for a Dell 30" display (dual-link)

    • Written by from Cupertino

    I had been running my Dell 30" ultra sharp off of my aging Mac Pro's PCIe graphics card for a while, but it finally gave up the ghost. So temporarily using my MacBookAir to serve as a desktop. To that end, I got this adapter.

    Pros:

    * It works. And it works great. I can get 2560x1600 on the Dell no problem. Can calibrate the screen, play back movies, 30" of photographic delight.
    * USB powered. (see note below)
    * Sits happily at end of a thunderbolt chain

    Cons:

    * The USB port you plug it into needs to provide good solid power. Older machines' USB ports may not have the power required to operate it reliably. I plugged mine into one of the two higher output USB3 ports on the OWC Thunderbolt 2 Dock. Works great from there, especially since those ports stay on even if your computer goes to sleep.
    * Getting occasional flicker (red or green snow, intermittent screen flashing). I've had that since the Mac Pro, however, so I suspect it is an issue with the Monitor. (Could be OS/driver related, but it comes and goes, so who knows)
    * Gets warm. Don't leave it under a pile of docs.
    * No thunderbolt passthrough. A thunderbolt port to daisy chain something off of this display adapter would have been nice.

    Notes:

    * You NEED a duallink DVI cable for those bigger displays.
    * Yes, $99 seems high, but it's an official product.
    * Monoprice makes one, but I've not used it. It's cheaper, but otherwise has similar specs: USB powered, single thunderbolt, single dual link DVI port, etc. etc.

    If you have a big monitor you want to get working, just get this adapter from either the online Apple store or walk into a local Apple store. It just works. If you get flicker/etc, double check your cabling. Once I recabled my setup, the flickering went away.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    it was the right choice

    • Written by from gwynedd

    it worked perfectly with my 30" cinema display.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    2015 Definitive Answer

    • Written by from Lake Worth

    Look, limited to 300 words.

    I have a Dell 30" 3007WFPHC monitor that has *only* a DVI input. It *requires* dual-link DVI (period). No problem with my Mac Pro (Macpro4,1) but I now have a need to connect it to my Mac Mini Mid 2010 (Macmini4,1) with the base GeForce 320M internal graphics.

    I bought a 3rd party one for $69 (which likely could have worked... maybe I got a defect) which had cut in and out all the time. Case was hot.. not good.

    I became tired of having a 30" but not using it so I put in the $99. 5 seconds after getting home and I am happy to be using my 30" again. Tested sleep... OK. Tested booting... OK. Tested 3 hours straight and *no* issues... OK.

    Save yourself the time and just buy this. My Apple tech is older than what most have now so it will work. Be sure you have a decent dual-link DVI cable (mine came with the Dell monitor). Stop wasting time and just get it and be done.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent

    • Written by from Pine Hill

    I've been using this for a year+ to connect my MacBook Air to a larger monitor and it's worked 100% of the time.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Add third monitor to MacPro 2013

    • Written by from Mission

    I have 2 dvi monitors and 1 HDMI monitor and a MacPro2013.
    The only way to get it to turn on all three monitors is to buy one of these. Add it to one of your DVI monitors and then all three will work. Computer does not have enough power to run all three.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    No issues at all. Works as it should

    • Written by from Nepean

    I've been studying issues with 1) connecting a new Mac Mini (Yosemite) to a large 3rd party display (Dell U2913WM) to get full resolution but also 2) having access to HDCP protected content. Here is what I found a) Mini DP to DP will offer full resolution 2560 X 1080 @ 60 Hz but HDCP content from iTunes is not permitted, ie. will not run; b) HDMI adapter to DVI-D allows HDCP content to run but the resolution is limited to 1920 x 1080 @ 60Hz; c) HDMI to HDMI also does not offer full resolution but allows access to HDCP content; finally, the only configuration that offers both full resolution and HDCP is with Mini Display Port to Dual DVI-D cables. I had read other reviews about flickers, intermittent problems, etc. but two things you need to remember:
    a) make sure you use a good quality male-to-male DVI dual link cable from your monitor to the Apple adapter and b) make sure your Mini DP connection on your Apple computer is secure and doesn't move.
    I've been using the Apple adapter for a while now and it does the job perfectly with no flicker, wakes correctly from sleep, full resolution and access to iTunes HDCP content.
    Overall I'm quite pleased with the purchase.

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great on Dell U3014 Monitor

    • Written by from Santa Monica

    I needed this to attach my dual link DVI plug from a new Dell U3014 into the open MDP outlet on my 2009 Mac Pro, with GeForce GT120 video card. It works just great but NOTE: this is an ACTIVE adapter and that USB plug has to be plugged into your mac OR into an outlet via adapter, because it does need to draw power for it to work properly and deliver your 2560x1600 resolution.

    Side note: to make sure your monitor fires up properly on the first try, make sure the Mac is off when you're attaching it, and then zap the PRAM when you start it up. Otherwise the monitor may launch with an error message or not at full resolution.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Dual Link DVI Adapter

    • Written by from Kanata

    This active connector is excellent. I have had no issues running this on the MacBook Pro late 2013 - the top $3400 model.
    I tested it against an older Dell 3007 WFP ultrasharp 30 inch running 2560x1600 and a new ASUS PB278Q 27 inch at 2560x1440.
    The adapter also works week with my Lenovo using the thunderbolt port.

    I am curious if I can run this off a thunderbolt dock and also drive 2 monitors with 2 adapters - I'll get back to you.
    I have noticed no flickering or issues running on both systems against both monitors. When I detach the display I pull out the USB port first.

    thank you

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works as expected

    • Written by from Cedar Park

    I am connecting the Dual-Link DVI Adapter via a dual-link cable to my Dell Ultrasharp 3008WFP. The resolution is 2560x1600 which is native for this 30" monitor. There is no flicker that I could notice. Was plug and play. As other has said, all the negative reviews are most likely due to the lack of a dual-link DVI cable. Most DVI cables sold are simply single-link. If you had this monitor operated on a PC previously, you already have in all likelihood a dual-link DVI cable as most PC graphic cards will need this too to get the native resolution.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    zero problem, no flicker no nothing, it just works

    • Written by from fremont

    I was rather skeptical after reading all the not so great reviews but I needed to make use of the 30 Cinema Display with pre-retina MBP. It was plug and play, and still no going off nor flicker after extended use. It worked as expected.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A solution to the Flickers!

    • Written by from Chateauguay

    I looked everywhere for a solution… and found my problem on a Forum…

    There are two types of DVI cables!

    A) DVI-D single Link
    B) DVI-D Dual Link

    They don't have the same number of pins!

    I have a MacBook Air 13" 2011, with a 30" Dell Ultrasharp. With the single Link DVI Cable, I had crazy flickers.
    With the Dual Link cable - supplied by Dell with the Monitor, the image is EXCELLENT!

    12 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    It works: Mac mini (Late 2012) to 30 inch Cinema Display

    • Written by from Nashua

    I bought my Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter yesterday from an Apple Store and the unit works as advertised. It has revision 1.03 firmware, which is apparently the latest as of 2014-07-04 and thus saving me a return to the store for an upgrade/swap. The unit worked on the first try connecting an Apple Mac mini "Core i7" 2.3 (Late 2012) [MD388LL/A] to an Apple Cinema Display 30-Inch (Aluminum) [M9179LL/A]. There are no problems with dropouts or flicker. Sleep/wake also works, as does the USB connection.

    The adapter has no facility for connecting the monitor's 400 Mbps FireWire port, so if you have the same type of monitor, then you may need a FireWire extension cable -- if you want to use the FireWire port on the monitor.

    Interestingly, at the Apple Store, the adapter was not on the wall with the multitude of white box adapters on sale; the manager said that the store did not carry the item. However, another store employee fortuitously did know about the adapter (packaged in a black box) hidden in the back room and procured the prize. Who knows what other goodies may lurk in that nearly impenetrable darkness? Could there be a 20th Anniversary Macintosh concealed in the gloom? Maybe there's a unsold, Apple IIgs there waiting for some lucky collector. If such could be found, there might even be hope for locating an Apple Lisa which escaped that landfill in Utah.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The adapter you need for high-resolution monitors

    • Written by from Boulder

    This is the adapter you need to connect a high resolution monitor (WQHD) to your Mac. (The regular Mini DisplayPort adapter will leave your monitor maxed out at 1080p, not the 2560x1440 you are after.)

    A couple of notes:

    * While this is a hot plug, sometimes the signal can get a glitch when you connect the monitor or wake your computer from sleep. I found that 95% of the time, simply turning the monitor off and on again addresses this. On rare occasions, it took a reboot of my computer.

    * You need to connect the USB plug on the adapter into your Mac as well, or you defeat the purpose of this adapter. The USB is necessary for the resolution. In fact, the old Apple 30" CinemaScreen monitors won't even display anything without the USB connection.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works flawlessly

    • Written by from Seattle

    MBP 8.1 / OSX 10.9.3 / ACD 30" / 1.03 firmware [adapter].

    No issues, at all.
    This adapter can use significant power.
    I'm powering it with an Apple 10W USB charger as a dedicated USB power source.
    If you have problems or have other USB devices that can use significant power, a dedicated supply can make a difference.

    0 of 1 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    works as designed

    • Written by from Woodhaven

    I'm pleasantly surprised how this adaptor resurrected my Apple 30 inch Cinema Display. I've tried the adaptor with the Display on these Macs: early 2011 MBPro 17 inch, mid 2012 rMBPro and a 2013 Mac Pro. No flicker, full resolution and no problems. The adaptor connected to the thunderbolt port on all three Macs. Of course the only draw back is on the Macs with one thunderbolt port that the port is 100% tied up with the monitor. I imagine a thunderbolt dock could be used and daisy chaining a device for expansion.

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    No problem at all

    • Written by from Liskeard

    After reading the many bad reviews I decided to call apple and see what they have to say. I was told there was no reason this should not work with my new LG Ultrawide 29" Monitor. If it did not work I could return for a full refund with in 14 days. On that information I decided to give it a go..

    It works perfectly so far. I hope it stays this way!

    1 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works Perfectly

    • Written by from MOUNT VERNON

    I have used this adapter every day for four years with my MacBook Pro. It has never caused the slightest problem.

    0 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked Great

    • Written by from Avon Lake

    I used this to connect an older 30' Apple Cinema Display to a new MacBook Air. I was a bit surprised that the monitor would not turn on unless the USB cable was connected, but other than that it worked exactly as advertised. The display is running at its full resolution of 2560 x 1600 with no flicker. I did not need to restart or reconnect the monitor it worked fine the first time. I have only had this a week, but I use it all day every day at work and it has never had a problem. I see quite a few people posting with issues. Perhaps it does not work well with all monitors. With the Apple 30' Cinema Display it seems to work like a charm.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 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.

    5 of 6 people found this useful