• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Stops working every so often

    As the other reviewers state, this product will definitely shut off every so often. You then need to disconnect and reconnect either the DVI connection or the USB/mini-DisplayPort side. I've used this thing for years and it been very random for me. Sometimes days go by with no problems. Sometimes the thing needs to be reset 10 times in one hour. Mac mini feels like a somewhat neglected product and this peripheral doesn't help that perception.

    0 of 1 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    The worst product I've ever bought

    This is the worst product I've ever bought. It works fine for a while until the screen goes black and I have to unplug and replug the cables to fix the problem. There's also intermittent flickering. DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT.

    Adapter Type: Apple Mini DisplayPort To Dual-Link DVI Adapter
    Adapter Firmware Version: 1,03

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Frequent problems to the point it's unusable

    From the start of using this product there was the occasional problem where the external screen would boot with a lot of static, then turning it off and back on would sort that... okay. Next got a bit more serious where the external screen would have red lines appearing all over it, then it would slow down and fade away. Pulling the cables in and out multiple times eventually sorted that. Finally the screen would disconnect completely and moving the cables around would fix that however this time even when making as little movement as possible at the desk it will randomly drop off then kick back into action or just completely drop dead. I know it isn't the monitor as connecting directly through DVI from my PC works without fault every time. This has happened on my mac mini and then my Macbook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2015). Oh well, time to go cable hunting I guess but won't be buying that from apple again.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    144Hz White spot display problem

    I have BenQ 2430T. I use Dual-Link DVI Adapter. when I change to 120Hz, the display is ok. but When I change to 144Hz, there are too many white spot on Display. How can I solve this problem. But when I change to 144hz in WIndow7(bootcamp), it's ok. not ok in osx.....

    1 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    once did work

    Bought this with a new mac air 2013 to plug into my Eizo cg240 and it worked that year.

    After travelling for a while and applying recommended OS updates I arrived home to plugin to Eizo monitor to find the Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter no longer worked!

    Upgrading to OSX10.11 and Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter on my mac air 2013 is blind to the Eizo monitor.

    Waste of money.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Creator of Headaches

    Do not buy this product. I have invest my hard earned dollars in keeping my mac 30 inch cinema display which is still running strong. The adapter is billed as being compatible with a number of Mac computers. I recently purchased a refurbished Mac Mini from Apple, and was planning to use this Apple “Mini Display to Dual-Link DVI Adapter” to work with my Apple Cinema Display. Right out of the box the adapter was a problem. The Cinema Display would just remain black upon starting up my Mini. After much cable, USB plugging & unplugging, and running around, the monitor finally starts up. The first start up was a bunch of strange vertical bands, weird and has never happened before when connected to my old first gen Mac Pro 1.1. Then after several more of forced restarts, my Cinema Display finally starts working. The next big headache is after being shut down for several or more hours, the problem of a black screen with start-up begins anew. The small light on the Cinema Display does light up, but there’s nothing but black on the screen. I’ve phoned into for Apple support, they are indifferent. I’ve been buying Apple since 1992, and this adapter is the worst thing I’ve dealt with from them. So beware, risking your own money.

    For those that are stuck with this thing, I’ve checked my firmware(version 1.03). After days of testing, and research I’m thinking it’s the USB plug that is creating the problem.

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Adapter Firmware Version 1.03 fixes all problems

    For years Mac Mini 3,1 and the Apple Cinema 30" Display with firmware 1.02 would produce static in black areas, and had intermittent issues waking up the display. Finally, Apple updated this cable to firmware 1.03 and all issues immediately disappeared. If you have a older version of the cable go to Apple Support Page HT203352 for more info.

    8 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great with Acer S277HKwmidpp 69 cm (27") Monitor

    Adapter works great with the Acer S277HK-Monitor and a Mac mini late 2009. I Have no Problems with this Adapter.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very Happy!

    Plugged this to my Apple Cinema Display 20" with my Macbook Pro and it worked as expected.....

    3 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    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 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.

    10 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    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 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.

    No image.

    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

    11 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    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 "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.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

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

    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.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    it was the right choice

    it worked perfectly with my 30" cinema display.

    3 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    2015 Definitive Answer

    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.

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not the best for Apple 30" Cinema Display

    I tried to use this adapter with my existing Apple 30" Cinema Display. I actually tried two different ones. Both showed lots of colored sparkles in black areas of the screen. Apple support was not very helpful or interested. Very unfortunate since I had just dropped $6000 on a new MacPro and this is the Apple recommended adapter to connect to the ultimate (their words) Apple 30" Cinema Display. (Check the Apple store MacPro accessories.) After weeks of frustration, I bought a Kanex C30 Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI $99. Works great! No sparkles. May even wake from sleep faster. Not as pretty, no pass-thru USB, but now I can use my multi-thousand dollar monitor. Thanks Kanex. Apple take a lesson.

    7 of 9 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    This cable with 30" Cinema + Mac Mini QC = dropouts & 50/50 working monitor

    Ok, I have had this for a week now. From the start, the Cinema often does not have signal when Mini boots up, then I go and un-hook both the USB and Thunderbolt cables and reconnect them again and most of the time I get the picture up and running this way. Frustrating. But worst is, the signal keeps dropping out for a fraction of a second every now and then, each time giving me a micro heat-attack :(

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent

    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.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    DVI-D only

    Please be aware that the DVI female connector is DVI-D, lacking the four little holes that would make it a DVI-I cable.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Add third monitor to MacPro 2013

    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.

    7 of 7 people found this useful