• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Horrible, clunky LARGE piece of expensive hardware

    • Written by from Howrah

    This is perhaps the worst computer product I have ever purchased. It is extremely large, takes two USB ports to run and although it provides an additional USB port it is too underpowered to even recognize, let alone mount an external drive. I now have a situation where I have to solve the USB port deficit because of this USB hungry device.
    The performance issues cited in other reviews are true with my experience also. I am running a 20" external Samsung display and have had repeated trouble getting it to mount the display, wake from sleep, etc.
    This product is a DOG. Do yourself a favor and look for a cheaper, more elegant solution. This product is a rip-off.

    18 of 26 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works with Cintiq 21UX and iMac 27"

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    Don't make the mistake of buying the Single Link DVI-D to Mini display port version for $30 like I did you need this $100 Dual-Link version to connect a Cintiq a to a mini display port it's even recommended in the wacom hardware manual the cheaper cable will give lots of random pixels flickering while painting.

    Four stars nothing wrong with it, apart from being over priced.

    16 of 16 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Video noise in black areas

    • Written by from Louisburg

    2010 MBP i7 2.66, 8g ram, 10.6.4, plugged into original 30" Apple Cinema Display. Same issues as others with 30" display, noise in any region that is black color. Also when waking from sleep to input password, 30" display has a LOT of noise until I type password and hit enter key. This is really unacceptable. My 2006 MBP with DVI had no issues driving this display for the past 4 years.

    21 of 22 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Eyefinity-3 monitor setup for apps and gaming.

    • Written by from Shailer Park

    Was told to buy the apple *ACTIVE* display port as it is of the highest quality and that It will work str8 out of the box which it did. You do lose ur resolution sometimes for some unknown reason on the monitor using the adaptor, but all u do is unplug and plug it back in and ur good to go again.

    Please note that you *MUST* use the *ACTIVE* display port adaptor when running a 3 monitor set up using just 1 video card. You do not need it if you have 2 video cards. Also note that if you have the 5870 eyefinity video card with 6 HDMI outs for 6 monitors, you will need 4 of these adaptors.

    7 of 9 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Works, but flickers and dies unexpectedly

    • Written by from LaGrange

    I read all the bad reviews, but had to buy the adapter anyway -- when I upgraded from my old MacBook Pro to the new MBP with mini displayport, this adapter was the only way to get my 30" Dell monitor to work.

    I never had any problems plugging the DVI directly into my old MBP, the monitor was crystal clear and never had a single issue. Since using the adapter, there is a constant flicker of red, green and blue pixels that are hard to notice, but if you're looking at a very dark screen they're very apparent.

    The adapter will also just die at random times, displaying a distorted picture, vertical lines, or both. I'll have to completely disconnect and reconnect to get it running again.

    For $100, you'd think it would be made better. Very disappointing especially since it's the only way to get my MBP to work with my monitor.

    31 of 31 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works fine with MacBook 5,3

    • Written by from Washington

    I have the previous Gen Apple 24 Cinema HD display. This cable works for this setup. The laptop needs to be plugged in (not on battery). Occasional (once a month) flicker, but I just unplug the USB and plug it back in after about a second. Other than the occasional glitches, this cord delivers a very crisp picture and does not seem to affect refresh, pan or zoom.

    10 of 14 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works perfectly with Cinema 30 display and Macbook Pro 15 Unibody late 2009

    • Written by from Birmingham

    Why do people increasingly buy Apple kit ?
    Because it just works out of the box.

    Given the negative reviews here I obtained a guarantee before purchase from my local Best Buy manager that it may prove to be a poor product and I would be able to get a refund should the adapter prove to be faulty.
    Took it home, got my Macbook Pro 15 unibody and Cinema 30 inch display whilst also connecting the USB lead and it works perfectly.
    The adapter, as it is listed in the System profile utility, lists the firmware as revision 1.03.
    Prior to this review I had to have a warranty replacement of my beautiful 30 inch display therefore it is a recently manufactured unit.
    No distortion, no fuss no muss.

    Great product, does what you expect - 'Just Works!'

    9 of 19 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Horrible

    • Written by from FISHERS

    I'm on my second one and it has the exact same problem as the first...horrible video-noise/bands visible on any area that is black on my 30" Cinema Display. I'm a huge Apple fan, but this thing is just bad.

    24 of 26 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works wonderfully - IF it's got firmware version 1.02

    • Written by from Ferndale

    I bought this product yesterday and was disappointed that it caused a lot of red/green video noise with a 30" Apple display. It was the same with 2 different MacBook Pros (both unibody - one Core i7, one Core 2 Duo) and System Profiler showed that this brand new adapter came with obsolete firmware version 1.01 installed.

    After trying several suggestions in the Apple discussion forums, including rerouting video cables away from sources of electrical noise, using a separate USB "wall wart" power supply, and even wrapping the video adapter with aluminum foil to shield it from noise, I gave up and returned it to the other local Apple store (it's closer to my house) where it was cheerfully exchanged.

    From the packaging, it's impossible to tell which firmware version is on the hardware inside the box. Though the store manager was a bit reluctant to let me open the adapter to check the firmware version in-store, he said I could exchange it again if there was any problem.

    Fortunately, with the new adapter the video quality was immediately better. There were no green and red dots dancing all over my screen and firmware version 1.02 showed in System Profiler.

    Steve Jobs, if you read these reviews, it would be helpful if you had one of your Quality Managers work to get all of the old stock out of your stores. As an Apple shareholder I am concerned at the number of problems people are having with this device. One of the highest ranking reviews online calls this "The Worst Apple Product Ever?" and the store manager who helped me with my return could only say "wow!" when he searched for a way to update the firmware.

    This is a good product that would be great if it didn't come with "known buggy" firmware installed. At theminimum there should be a way to update the firmware, but neither Software Update nor a search of the Apple Support Forums / Knowledge Base yielded any results.

    42 of 45 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great with Mac Mini (late 2009) and HP 3065

    • Written by from Sarasota

    I just plugged it in and it worked. Don't forget that you have to plug in the USB cable on the MAC side. If you don't, you will not get a display. Excellent picture. Excellent quality.

    Only wish there was a way to connect two 30" monitors to my Mac Mini.

    15 of 21 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Are you serious?

    • Written by from Haymarket

    Look... All you folks who buy this cable to work with non-Apple monitors. Maybe your monitor is the problem. Also, this cord really works best when used with a desktop and a real graphics card. I have a MacPro with Dual 30" Cinema Displays. Never had one seconds problem. I wouldn't use the 30 with a laptop anyway. Thats why you don't see any negative reviews with Desktops. Get a grip folks!!

    13 of 76 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Tried two units - still the same issues...

    • Written by from Zurich

    Just got back from an Apple store with a replaced adapter, but the issues are the same.

    3 year ago I got 30" HP LP3065 and I was using it with a 2007 15" MBP - this worked just perfect. A year ago my girlfriend bough a 13" unibody macbook and I got a couple weeks ago a new 2010 13" MBP, which raised a need for a dual dvi adapter to use the 30" screen.

    Unfortunately quality of a picture, that one is getting on a screen now is really bad - just as an example: there is a significant flickering in areas, where active window drops shadows - both on vertical and horizontal edges. On pictures, where there should be a perfectly smooth gradients there is a flickering + color noise.

    I went to Apple shop and was successful with getting this adapter replaced. Unfortunately with a new one the problems are exactly the same. I also tried attaching to other new macbooks and the problem stays.

    It is a great pity, that a pro-users have a problems with a setup, that 3 years ago (with no adapter) worked just perfect. I hope Apple will be able to solve problems with the dual dvi adapter quickly, since current issues make work on 30" screen close to impossible.

    Really disappointing...

    34 of 35 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Complete fail

    • Written by from Oakland

    New macbook pro (core i7 2.66) + Mini Displayport to Dual Link DVI adapter, firmware v 1.02 + Apple Cinema 30" HD.

    It works intermittently, and seems to work longer when I plug in the displayport's usb directly to a iphone usb wall wart instead of the avail usb port on the macbook.

    Still, after a few hours it will turn off the cinema disp and will only come back at single link dvi resolutions. Unplugging, replugging, etc... as found in the tons of reviews on this product sometimes work, sometimes not.

    Pretty much worthless as it is more disruptive then useful.
    I am still pretty shocked that apple has not addressed this more publicly.

    31 of 33 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great for me

    • Written by from MADISON

    Unlike the negative complaints, I have had no issue with the dual-link DVI adapter. I have an HP LP3065 and one of the new i7 macbooks. My only complaint is the insane price!

    8 of 12 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works flawlessly! All the criticism is underserved

    • Written by from Stanford

    I use the adapter to connect my 13" Macbook Pro (2.66 Ghz Core 2 duo) up to a 30" dell display, and I've had no issues whatsoever. I plugged it in a month ago, and have completely forgotten about the adapter.

    I use my computer for very intensive design work, with graphics-demanding CAD modeling and lots of Adobe creative suite, and have never had issues with lag. I also plug a 4 port USB hub into the adapter and all the ports work great.

    Now I have the awesome beauty of the 30" display with the convenience of a mini displayport. Let me just say, I don't miss screwing and unscrewing that DVI cable one bit.

    6 of 17 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    this cable work on my NEC 30" 3090

    • Written by from Sydney

    just bought this cable plugin from my new mac mini to NEC 30" multsync 3090 monitor. It works so far without any problem.
    No flick
    No noise
    No problem after sleep.
    The 2460x1600 res is very detail and line is very sharp and fine showing on my monitor.
    Before I bought this cable, I had tried this cable with a apple cinema 30" in an apple store also no problem.
    I think it does the job..

    I don't like just it is too expensive but 30 " with 2460 res need this so I have no choice and I don't even know what else cheaper can replace this.

    Also not many staff in apple store I have been know this cable well.
    I heard someone can't get this cable work is because the firmware of this cable is not 1.03. Also no one in apple store can confirm to me the one I bought is 1.03 or not.

    Luck I have my one work and I think my one is the latest firmware

    15 of 16 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works perfectly w/MacBook Pro i7

    • Written by from Smithtown

    Just bought a new i7 Macbook Pro 17", and hooked up my 30 Cinema Display. Been using it for 2 days now, no problems of any kind, no flicker, no noise, it just plain works. Other than the extra wires, which I hate, and the 100 bucks that has to be spent because Apple is ramming this new Mini-video which no one else is using down our throats, I'm happy with it.

    Still think the new Macbook Pros should have DVI and more ports, like the pre-Unibody Macbook Pros. Anyways, if you're thinking about buying this to use with a new Macbook, don't hesitate.

    8 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    worthless piece of junk

    • Written by from San Diego

    I swear this thing bugs out at least 2-3 times per week and sometimes 4-5 times per day. I have it connected to a 30" HP LP3065c monitor.

    It consistently "goes weird" and the monitor starts showing a bunch of squiggles and is completely unreadable. I have to unplug it, wait a few seconds for my laptop to adjust to having one display and then plug it in again.

    It isn't my computer - I've had three different machines and it acts the same way with all of them.

    I'm ordering another connector today to see if that makes any difference - but I doubt it will.

    Of course there isn't an alternative - very frustrating that Apple would sell junk like this.

    20 of 20 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    This is not a full DVI connector. This is a DVI-D connector.

    • Written by from luling

    I bought the other mini to dvi connector and took it back. It wasn't a full dvi connector. The apple store guy told me to try this one instead. NO Luck. This also isn't a full dvi connector. This is a DVI-D connector. Look at the area in the close up where the horizontal flat pin is. In a full DVI connector there are 4 little pins surrounding the flat blade. This connector doesn't have them. It means you can't connect to most DVI hardware. I have three very large external monitors, one is a Wacom Cintique. I can't use my new macbook pro laptop with any of my large external monitors because there is no true full dvi cable that will allow me to connect them together. I'm looking for a third party solution for an adaptor. But if you plan on buying this connector to work with your legacy monitor. Make sure you don't need those extra pin holes. If you do, this will not work for you.

    13 of 18 people found this useful