• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    1.3 is garbage too!

    • Written by from Parker

    I just went to the Apple Store, had them open the package and connect it to a computer to confirm the latest firmware 1.3 before I left the store. The Apple Store employee told me that they would sent any old units back to Apple, and they only sell the most up to date version.

    I take it home, and try connecting to both my 2009 Mini Mac AND my new 2010 i7 MacBook Pro. Same thing as everyone else. In the black parts of the screen there are white flashing lines. It looks like garbage, and I will be taking it back.

    I have a love/hate relationship with Apple! My 30 Cinema display looks great on my 2006 MacBook pro with Dual link DVI built in! Looks like garbage on all my newer macs. Thanks Apple!

    17 of 17 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Horrible

    • Written by from San Jose

    Many issues with this adaptor. My 30 inch display works fine with my MacBook Pro and a WIndows 7 PC but with my Mac Mini (mid 2010) no go - constant flickers, blackouts and the display flashes a "video not supported" error. Lot's of turning off/on, disconnecting, etc.

    15 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    This product is junk -- is this a joke?

    • Written by from Austin

    I had to get this adapter when I went from my previous generation MacBook Pro 17" to a unibody 17" so that my Apple 30" display could display at native resolution (2560x1600).

    Sadly, whenever 1/3 or more of the display is dark to black, all kinds of horizontal interference lines randomly flash in those dark areas. If the screen is half or more black, this effect is unprofessional, highly distracting, and a constant reminder how much Apple really screwed this one up. It blows my mind how this product got out of QA and has been selling for well over a year now. Not only is this product unacceptably flawed, but so is the Apple department that oversees this product for letting it get though QA.

    I'm a hardware and software engineer (and an Apple developer to boot) so I think see what happened here. Apple built-in the display hardware (dual link DVI) in the previous MacBook Pro 17" (it did cost $3000, remember?), but they removed this support in the latest generation (likely to cut costs). The product is so flawed that I suspect there's something bigger going on behind the scenes for it to have made it past QA.

    26 of 26 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    GARBAGE

    • Written by from Dover

    The MDP is an expensive piece of garbage. It does not work. Apple and Steve Jobs should be embarassed selling this thing!

    17 of 18 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Lines in dark areas of screen on Apple 30" Cinema!

    • Written by from Kaneohe

    I too have the adapter (V1.02) hooked between to my NEW Mac Mini and my 3 year old 30" Apple Cinema display and I am experiencing the same problems with the horizontal video static lines. Unacceptable when watching a video! I have reset everything per all the tech suggestions to no avail. I have searched for the new firmware V1.03 but have not found it anywhere on Apples site. Please post the firmware revision 1.03 Apple Tech Guys! If someone knows where to download the firmware update please post!

    15 of 16 people found this useful

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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...

    33 of 34 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

  • 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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Flickering and noise with 30" Apple Cinema Display

    • Written by from Ridgecrest

    Like many other users, I too am experiencing consistent flickering and bands of video noise on any portion of the monitor that is being rendered as black when I use this cable. Now that I purchased a 2010 i7 MBP, I HAVE to use this cable and it's driving me crazy! My old 2007 MBP with a straight DVI connector worked great with this monitor. This is totally unacceptable for an apple product connecting two other apple products together!

    23 of 23 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Static or "snow" in black areas

    • Written by from South Pasadena

    Still have static or snow on black areas of screen between 30 inch apple display and i7 macbook pro. unplugging the dvi adapter doesn't help. SO ANNOYING. Apple please fix this there are problems like this all over the internet.

    20 of 20 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    burned my laptop out

    • Written by from Athens

    I just got a new macbook pro 13". After plugging the monitor in, it would flicker and become grainy periodically. Eventually it became grainy to the point where it stopped fixing itself. The next day when I turned the laptop on the graphics were all sorts of messed up and I had to return the laptop.

    Figuring it was a hardware specific problem, I hooked my new one back up and it is doing similar things with less frequency. I hope it doesnt bust it AGAIN.

    12 of 12 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Overpriced, early version extremely buggy, takes up a USB Port

    • Written by from SAN JOSE

    IMPORTANT: Adapters with 1.01 Firmware are extremely unreliable and buggy (Random static/pixel distortion until adapter is reset). Negative reviews here are from adapters with 1.01. So make sure you buy an adapter with 1.03 firmware+.

    I'm amazed Apple hasn't issued an official recall for these. If you contact support (or go to an Apple Store) and have 1.01 Firmware, they will replace your adapter...so obviously they are aware of the problem.


    Pros:
    *Use 30" monitors with dual-link dvi


    Cons:
    *$100 for an Adapter. As an Apple customer I'm used to paying a premium..but $100? For an adapter? That's just blatant price gouging.. it's disgusting.
    *Early versions with 1.01 firmware are extremely buggy, ALL are affected.
    *It needs to take up a USB Port, it has a usb port built in to make up for it but some devices need to be plugged in directly to a laptop.
    *The Adapter is kind of big


    Apple..give up on this stupid MiniDisplay port. I mean why? Replace the Firewire port and MiniDisplay port with HDMI. Enough with the proprietary stuff that requires us to buy $100 adapters.

    31 of 32 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    1.01, 1.02 all bad. Went through 5 of them all cause distortion eventually.

    • Written by from Mundelein

    All failed eventually even with external USB charger (Apple as well). They work for a while, then after 2-3 days it starts with flicker, then garbled screen out of sleep, then screen goes garbled even in the middle of the work. Feels like something burns out in these adapters. I have not tried 1.03, was not sure they even did 1.03 but doubtful that it will solve it. Seems hardware related.

    14 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Disapointing

    • Written by from Tigard

    I join the rank and file here. Worked with my new MacBook Pro for a week then just quit.

    20 of 21 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work

    • Written by from Rockford

    Plugged it in properly installed latest updates and this device doesn't work. My computer is also brand new. I bought two 30 inch displays with the screaming HD ATI graphics card, I was pretty excited to utilize two 30 inchers. But when I plugged in the 2nd monitor, the monitor never wakes from sleep mode. I even swapped monitors to see if I had a bad 2nd monitor. That wasn't the issue. I called Apple Support and they couldn't figure anything out. In fact, there was no technical notes for them on this device so they were in the dark. Also, there are no instructions when you receive this device. Just a warranty. For a while I just didn't know how to hook it up! I I'm actually going to return this device and the 2nd monitor and not bother with a dual set up... I don't have time for all this trouble shooting. I just want to buy it and have it work. Apple stuff is already commanding a high price and especially one that is not based on intrinsic worth it's beyond a prospective buyer's means most of the time ... so if it's pricey then it should work right? Come on get with it Apple! Don't be like GM!

    23 of 24 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Beware!!!

    • Written by from New York

    I bought this to run my Dell 30" monitor from a brand new mac mini. I run the monitor at the full 2560x1600 resolution and need to plug the USB into an external power source through my iPhone charger. In short, the cable works perfectly about half of the time, and the other half of the time it is either:
    1) completely unusable, blurry across the entire screen or
    2) usable, but with flickering lines in the very dark areas of the screen.

    To fix the problem, I can either put the mini to sleep and immediately wake it, pull the USB cable from the charger, or restart snow leopard. It stops working sporadically in the middle of things and is VERY annoying.

    Apple please fix this!!! My previous macbook pro with a normal dual-link dvi connection worked perfectly and it is completely unacceptable to spend $100 on a adapter that doesn't work 100% of the time!

    30 of 34 people found this useful