Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter

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  • Overview

    Every Mac with a Mini DisplayPort allows you to connect an external display or projector using an adaptor. 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 Adaptor 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.

    System Requirements

    Mac OS X v.10.5.6 or later

    Compatible with Mac computers with Mini DisplayPort and Thunderbolt ports

    Mini DisplayPort

  • 2.5 Average
    2 out of 5 stars
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    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Flicker, sporadic issues...

      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 m 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

      1078 of 1270 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Flicker, sporadic issues...

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Flaky performance

      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 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

      959 of 1132 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Flaky performance

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      It works - for those who can't get it to work read below

      I read all the negative reviews on here before buying and still made the purchase anyway to try it for myself. Don't forget everyone - most people who write re I read all the negative reviews on here before buying and still made the purchase anyway to try it for myself. Don't forget everyone - most people who write reviews on the Internet are complaining about something. The majority of purchases that work never get written about because it is as expected. So always take "reviews" with a grain of salt. So anyway, I hooked this "Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter" up to my MacBook Pro (2.53GHz model) and to my 30" Apple screen. YOU HAVE TO MAKE SURE YOU ARE RUNNING YOUR GRAPHICS IN PERFORMANCE MODE to not get any color or tearing issues. You might also need a fresh reboot to make it reset as well. Steps: 1) Click on your battery or charging icon in the upper right hand part of your screen 2) Click on "Energy Saver Preferences" 3) Ensure that the "Higher performance" button is selected when connected to the adapter (you can switch it back when portability is needed) 4) Then exit Now... 1) Go Apple>System Preferences> and click on "Displays" in the Hardware section 2) You can play around with the settings in here to get the resolutions, colors and displays set-ups however you want. **Important note - make sure your laptop is using the battery charger when connected to the adapter for all of the above to work consistently. Hope this helps - worked for me.

      • Written by Scott H from Lake Forest

      216 of 274 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?It works - for those who can't get it to work read below

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      very very unreliable

      Almost every day I have to unplug this device from my Imac 27" Retina, and plug it back in to reboot it to power my external Benq monitor to unscrew the image o Almost every day I have to unplug this device from my Imac 27" Retina, and plug it back in to reboot it to power my external Benq monitor to unscrew the image on the Benq. What a load of rubbish!

      • Written by tim S from Bedminster

      Is this review useful?very very unreliable

    • 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 U 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.

      • Written by Robert M from Cedar Park

      1 of 3 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Stops working every so often

    • 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. 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

      • Written by Håvard L from Oslo

      5 of 5 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?The worst product I've ever bought

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