Every Mac with a Mini DisplayPort allows you to connect an external display or projector using an adapter. You can use an external display as your main workspace or to extend your desktop, or you can work in mirrored mode with a projector so you can view what your audience sees.
Use the Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter to connect your Mac to a 30-inch display that includes a DVI connector, such as the 30-inch Apple Cinema Display HD, and enjoy the ultimate widescreen canvas with a resolution of 2560 by 1600 pixels.
- Mini DisplayPort
- Dual-Link DVI
- Mac OS X v.10.5.6 or later
- Compatible with Mac computers with Mini DisplayPort and Thunderbolt ports
- Mini DisplayPort
Ratings & Reviews
Flicker, sporadic issues...
First, when I plugged it into my brand new 2008 Macbook Pro I got a message saying that the USB device drew too Major issues...
First, when I plugged it into my brand new 2008 Macbook Pro I got a message saying that the USB device drew too much power! I did manage to make it work by plugging it into my monitor's USB hub, but wow...
Secondly, there is a slight flicker. You can see it clearly with certain kinds of backgrounds and fill patterns. It almost looks like the kind of noise you get with analog, except it's DVI. It's not a severe problem, but *any* flicker with DVI is ridiculous.
Finally, sometimes it just fails. The screen will go all weird, and you have to reset it. Again, it looks like an analog failure mode except it's not...
I'm going to wait a bit and then trying exchanging my adaptor at the Apple store. Maybe there are issues with the first-run units.
Apple really botched this one. Dongles are bad enough, but overpriced broken ones... come on guys...
- Written by Adam I from BOSTON
1060 of 1244 people found this useful
I had to plug and unplug my monitor several times before it worked and even now the monitor won't wake up from sleep! Sometimes wh I had to plug and unplug my monitor several times before it worked and even now the monitor won't wake up from sleep! Sometimes when it does come up it flickers and has jaggies. I have to unplug the DVI and plug it back in to get it to stop. I never had any issues at all with this monitor on my old MBP. The size of this thing it HUGE, I can't believe they couldn't make it smaller. Literally about 3x4 inches! Feels like they released a poor product AND they did it LATE! …
- Written by Anthony P from Phoenix
944 of 1113 people found this useful
Doesn't Work with Gateway 30" Extreme Monitor
Plug this new cable into my new macbook pro and 30" Gateway monitor and monitor is not seeing apple cable as a dual dvi cable. Was Plug this new cable into my new macbook pro and 30" Gateway monitor and monitor is not seeing apple cable as a dual dvi cable. Waste of money. …
- Written by Tom P from Saint Charles
805 of 1031 people found this useful
Perfect for new 5K 27" iMac and Apple Cinema Display
Tried to use an inexpensive thunderbolt to DVI adapter to connect my new 27" iMac 5K to an older Apple Cinema display. Results wer 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. …
- Written by George G from New City
2 of 2 people found this useful
Adapter does not work with Mac mini and 30" monitor
Have a 30" Apple Studio monitor that I planned to use with my new Mac Mini
Before I bought the computer I checked out whether o Have a 30" Apple Studio monitor that I planned to use with my new Mac Mini
Before I bought the computer I checked out whether or not I could use it. All specs checked out.
All the technical specifications and literature says the adapter was specifically built for this application.
Except it doesn't work.
The first cable produced an image the first time it was plugged in.
Went away and never came back.
Returned the first cable and got a second.
Guess I will return it and live without my 30" monitor that is THEORETICALLY supported (but not in practice).
Too bad we can't rate it as a 0, because that is what it deserves …
- Written by Kevin B from Dayton
3 of 3 people found this useful
Frequent problems with display interference
This is very typical of Apple to ignore lots of long standing problems choosing instead to just rush out yearly OS and iOS "update This is very typical of Apple to ignore lots of long standing problems choosing instead to just rush out yearly OS and iOS "updates" meanwhile leaving users with real problems that never get fixed.
I use a 30in ACD with 2013 MacBook Pro* and in use, the image quality of the Cinema Display degrades during use (normally after a couple of hours) and the only remedy is to unplug the display adapter from the Mac and re-insert.
Sometimes it takes a couple of attempts.
The problem still occurs (although less frequently) when the MacBook is connected to mains power.
*Apple have a very different meaning to the word "Professional" than I do - I need my equipment to work properly and reliably throughout an entire working day. …
- Written by Stephen D from Wirral
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
Can this adapter be used on a PC and Dell monitor?
- Asked by Mark B from Westland
- Feb 25, 2015
This cable is meant to go the opposite direction (i.e., video supply from the computer over mDP, pow This cable is meant to go the opposite direction (i.e., video supply from the computer over mDP, power over USB, video out to the monitor via (dual-link) DVI). I hope this answers your question. …
- Answered by Dustin W from New York
- Feb 27, 2015
can i connect macbook pro to two monitors
- Asked by Greg B
- Jan 27, 2011
If you have a MacBook Pro with Retina display you can use the HDMI cable or the Mini Displayport to If you have a MacBook Pro with Retina display you can use the HDMI cable or the Mini Displayport to connect one monitor and use the Thunderbolt to VGHA connector to connect a second monitor. This setup allows you to mirror three screens OR use them all independently (you will get higher res if you use the DisplayPort connector to connect to a high-def monitor). …
- Answered by Nigel F from Duxbury
- Feb 21, 2013
Will Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI adapter work to connect a Mac mini to a 30" Cinema Display?
- Asked by Felipe C from Laredo
- Feb 18, 2015
Yes, that should work. With the higher resolution, the 30-inch display would require the dual-link a Yes, that should work. With the higher resolution, the 30-inch display would require the dual-link adapter that you specified. Interestingly, the relatively new Thunderbolt ports also double as Mini DisplayPort connectors, so that adapter should work like magic. …
- Answered by Stephen K from Provo
- Feb 19, 2015
Can I connect a mac air with an extra monitor as well as ethernet ?
- Asked by Tsz Yu O
- Dec 31, 2014
You need a device like the Elgato Thunderbolt 2 Dock.
It will give you a pass-through Thunderbol You need a device like the Elgato Thunderbolt 2 Dock.
It will give you a pass-through Thunderbolt port, along with Gigabit Ethernet, 3-USB3 ports, audio and HDMI. If you could drive your external monitor with an HDMI connection, you could get this hub and return both adapters you bought. …
- Answered by Frank D from Stony Point
- Jan 6, 2015
How can I use the Mac Mini with two monitors?
- Asked by Gustavo & Ceci R from Mississauga
- Oct 16, 2009
I do not own a mac mini but I have seen this done many times in retail stores that want to show off I do not own a mac mini but I have seen this done many times in retail stores that want to show off the versatility of such a small desktop. The mac mini has two video outputs: a mini-display port and a mini-DVI port. The mini-display port is the same one you find on the current generation macbook, macbook pros (as well as the Mac Pro) and the Mini-DVI is the same as the on the old black/white macbook. I do not know why apple decided to go with two different adapter types but it works just the same as you will need two separate adapters to use two displays anyway. From there, you just buy two "dongles" (display adapters) which hook up to your respective screen input jacks (VGA or DVI) and you're set! …
- Answered by Ben S from Golden
- Oct 27, 2009
Will this enable a mac to support the resolution of 2560x1080?
- Asked by Julie C from Belrose
- Dec 21, 2012
SwitchResX app solved this problem for me.
- Answered by Grzegorz G
- Feb 25, 2013