• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Ditto for me - Brand new 13" MBP with a brand new Dell 30 monitor

    • Written by from Nepean

    I get the random fuzziness - thing is I have typically 20 or more windows open and they scrunch up into the 13" inch screen each and every time I "fix" the monitor. Not exactly the productivity solution I was looking for I'm afraid.

    Adjusting the resolution seems to help if you go to a really low setting (1280 x 800 or lower) however I still have to unscrunch all my previously nicely arranged windows...

    Identical problem occurs on a Samsung 27" monitor as well so I know it is in Apple's domain.

    Apple: Fix This!!!!

    17 of 20 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    APPLE please fix this defective product- it's an embarrassment to Apple!

    • Written by from Lexington

    I bought two of these (one for home and one for the office). The office unit drives a Apple 30" cinema display. The home unit drive a 30" Dell monitor. The computer in both cases is a new, current-generation (as of May 2009) 17" MacBook Pro.

    Like everyone in the world, I have experienced the same unacceptable problems. On the Apple: all black or dark-colored areas of the screen have rapidly changing horizontal lines of noise. Changing graphics preferences from normal to high performance does not fix the problem. Sleeping and waking the computer does not fix the problem. Changing or replugging the mini DVI or its USB cable does not fix the problem. Giving up on Apple and getting a PC would probably fix the problem.

    On the Dell, the same problems exist plus the interlace problem in which every other line is shifted, making it impossible to even read text.

    I even swapped the home and office units and I get the same results as detailed above. Apple-- it's an embarrassment to the company that you continue to sell this product (and at $100 a pop!) and have not acknowledged the problem officially. Please issue a fix or replacement program-- your loyal customers deserve better.

    59 of 65 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    REALLY BAD flicker

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    There is a terrible flicker on black backgrounds (multiple people have commented on this). If you keep the monitor with only light colors, it won't make you wonder why you spent $1500 on a 30 inch cinema display. I use this product because no alternative exists. It is far below Apple's standards of product excellence, and I am not sure why they allow it to continue to live.

    Tsk, tsk, Apple. Bring this product up to your normally excellent standards!

    37 of 41 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Abysmal design at its worst

    • Written by from Roslyn Heights

    Hooked up my computer to my 30" Dell display. The display works well on every other computer with a standard DVI port. I've tested this adapter on a MacBook, a MacBook Pro, and a Mac mini—all suffer from the same issue.

    With this new mini DisplayPort scam, it works only 90% of the time. Sure that sounds like it's pretty high, but we're not talking about an arithmetic exam; imagine life-support systems that only worked 90% of the time: it might as well not work at all!

    The adapter offers flaky performance, has been exchanged many times and no alleviation of the issue. Image gets distorted at random times, often when I'm doing something important.

    The adapter is bigger than my Mac laptop's charger; pathetic design. As I write this review, the image decided to distort again.

    Since is there no alternative product we are stuck with this piece of ____. Don't buy it unless you have to: you only need this if you have a 30" monitor that says you need dual-link.

    31 of 34 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    alas, this mac hardware does not work well

    • Written by from Edmonton

    it's the only way for me to attach my macair to 30inch LCD monitor (Samsung 305T), but it does not work solid at all. Every couple of hours or so image gets bad and I have take it out and plug it in again. Hopefully it will be fixed or 3 part cable will become available on the market.

    18 of 20 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Unfortunately I have to chime in and complain.

    • Written by from Saint James

    I'm using this with a Samsung SyncMaster 305T. Some days I have to unplug and plugin this adapter to reset things once or twice a day. Other days though it's Every 10 minutes to the point I'm about to throw it in the garbage. The screen goes "blurry"... it's kind of hard to explain how it looks, but it's definitely unusable in that state.

    I'm hanging on till the day that Apple may be able to solve this issue with a software and/or firmware upgrade. PLEASE!!!

    Don't buy this counting on reliability.

    18 of 20 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not work. Please fix it, Apple.

    • Written by from New York

    Tried this with a Dell 3007 monitor. No luck. It worked for 4 hours, then the picture changed to look like an old TV - lots of snow. Waiting for Apple to get this product working correctly. Hope it is soon!

    15 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work as it should

    • Written by from Carnegie

    Connected to a Dell 30" screen ; the picture goes fuzzy every few minutes. You must unplug/replug the mini-DP adapter to fix the problem.

    A real pain... And no update from Apple after month of having this issue. And I'm not alone.. Hundreds of similar post with the problem

    11 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Fragile and unreliable

    • Written by from elstree

    The Mini DisplayPort IMHO is a disaster!
    Received two new MacBook Pro's a couple of weeks ago. First time one was used we had problems with Dual-link DVI display
    Second unit developed a fault with its Mini DisplayPort to VGA connector (no blue displayed - very embarrassing during a client presentation!)
    Apple need to deal with this

    15 of 16 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Worst Apple Product Ever

    • Written by from Clinton

    I've had two of these so far...I tried them both with a 30" Apple display and a 30" Dell display driven from three different computers - a 24" iMac, a 13" Unibody MacBook, and a 15" Unibody MacBook. In every case the end result produced either a flickering display or a display image that had no depth (i.e. it looked shallow and out of phase).

    To begin with, it's disappointing that Apple forces you to buy this for their new line of MacBooks and iMacs. But to produce a product this lacking in quality, it's ridiculous.

    I'm so disappointed with this product, that I've just downgraded to a 2.5 GHz MacBook Pro so that I can run my 30" display without problems.

    Apple needs to fix this or design a new product! I'm not buying a Unibody MacBook Pro again until you do.

    17 of 19 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible - defective junk

    • Written by from Chicago

    Bought it for my uMB, tested it and it left all sort of distortion lines everywhere. Slightly better if you plug the USB into an external USB power adapter but that lasts 10 mins. There needs to be a recall on this. I returned it the same day.

    16 of 16 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    It is broken

    • Written by from New York

    I have the same issue often reported here of flicker and noise coming through the adapter. For those who think it works, I suggest you test with a black background (or play a movie) as the high contrast makes the noise impossible to miss.

    It maybe, as one reviewer suggests, that people complaining merely have a defective adapter and it should be returned. Well, I did that and it still doesn't fly. Given the number of complaints here, I think it is pretty clear that the adapter is faulty. I tried two Apple Cinema displays with a new mac book pro, and I get the noise. My old macbook pro works fine. I am a huge supporter of Apple, but this product needs to be replaced.

    17 of 18 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Awful product

    • Written by from New Farm

    Have this connected to a mini and my Dell 30" ... after wake from sleep, the screen will invariably muck up (as described in other posts) requiring me to reconnect the adapter.

    I expected better Apple. I expected it to work.

    14 of 17 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    fail, bigtime

    • Written by from laurel

    When the computer wakes the monitor up out of sleep, it has about a 1 in 4 chance of having lost sync with the monitor. So I get two images superimposed, about an inch or two apart; impossible to use. This same monitor has worked flawlessly with my previous-generation MBP (which had direct DVI out) for almost two years, so it is either the new MBP or the adapter. I suspect the latter; I tried a lower-resolution "normal" mini displayPort to DVI adapter and had no problems at all ... other than the lack of resolution. Apple support seems surprised at the problem; odd, given the feedback on this page. I think I'm going to return the MBP and go back to the old one. Sigh.

    Minor problem: occasional flicker, but limited mostly to waking up.

    29 of 30 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't buy it until fixed

    • Written by from Brampton

    I just bought the adapter at the Apple store today. I though they possibly could have fixed the flicker and distortion problems seen by other users.

    Hooked it up to my Dell 3007 only to discover both the flicker and distortion are present intermittently. Approximately two times an hour. Forcing me to put the display to sleep and wake it up to resolve the problem

    I would stay clear of this until a working fix is released.

    26 of 26 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    FAIL

    • Written by from Atlanta

    I am seeing the same problems as everyone else. It drives my Samsung 305T plus for a while, but then it flickers and vertical stripes appear, requiring a reset.

    Waiting for a fix, firmware or otherwise.

    22 of 22 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible Product

    • Written by from Greenville

    We bought 6 of these for work to connect the new Mac Minis with our 30" Samsung displays. Many of them have problems, and need to be disconnected and reconnected several times an our. Apple should be ashamed to have it's name on this product. It is garbage!

    31 of 32 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible

    • Written by from Ammon

    Received with new Nehalem Mac Pro... fuzzes out about every 30 minutes when connected to Dell 30" monitor. Have to disconnect and reconnect the monitor to get it to come back.

    Apple: This MUST get fixed.

    32 of 34 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    flashes and ghosts

    • Written by from Bozeman

    Don't buy this. About five times a day I have to pull the cable out to get it to stop ghosting the 30" Dell and then reposition open apps back onto the 30".

    18 of 19 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Fundamentally Flawed Product

    • Written by from Sunnyvale

    I'd actually give it zero stars since the product fails at the one thing it's supposed to do -- the short is that all current macs, except for the mac pro, do not really support DVI based 30" displays, and the mac pro only supports one, contrary to product documentation. As Apple has yet to update their 30" display to native display port, this does include their 30" cinema display as of this writing.

    The long of it is that it appears that adapter is intolerant of its power source. The above makes the decision to use USB power instead of having a proper adapter a very BAD decision (not sure why they didn't just make a power adapter -- it's not like you are going to tote a 30" display around like a laptop). The result is that you get snow artifacts on the screen, which range from annoying, to distracting, and into the downright not usable range depending on how good or bad your power source is. Either the team who QA'd this product, or the pointy haired dude who ignored them and let it out the door should be fired. Apple needs to recall these and replace them with, I don't know, maybe functioning adapters? A tip -- a real DC power source that provides the consistant power needed by the adapter instead of reliance on an USB bus would work better.

    PS: That said the best power source I've found thus far is an Apple iPhone charger -- I happened to have an extra and tried it as well as a few other USB powered devices. So far it's the most usable of the lot, tho I still get significant snow and flicker even with it.

    40 of 42 people found this useful