Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter

  • Overview

    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.

    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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    • 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

      210 of 266 people found this useful

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

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Works fantastic with my new MBP and the Apple 30" cinema display

      After reading the bad press on the adapter I wanted to be 100% sure that my 30" display was going to work with the new MBP, so I boxed it up and took it to our After reading the bad press on the adapter I wanted to be 100% sure that my 30" display was going to work with the new MBP, so I boxed it up and took it to our local Apple store. The sales people were more than willing to provide this adapter to connect it to the new MBP. They only had the Retina display models, but since the Retina and the anti-glare models (which is the one I wanted to buy) use the same video card and I figured if it works with one it will work with the other and IT DID. As soon as I saw it worked I placed the order. I just received my new MBP 2.7GHz I7, 8 GB ram, 512 SDD with the 15" antiglare screen and connected to my 30" cinema display this adapter and I have full 2560x1600 resolution. In fact, I would say the overall quality being displayed on the 30" is actually better than it was using my 2008 MacBook Pro that I just replaced.

      • Written by Jeff J from Camas

      94 of 100 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Works fantastic with my new MBP and the Apple 30" cinema display

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Works Perfectly! Awesome Display on my 30" HP LP3065

      This Dual-Link DVI adapter works perfectly -- provided you supply it with adequate power (1A) via the usb plug on this adapter's cable. To ensure adequate po This Dual-Link DVI adapter works perfectly -- provided you supply it with adequate power (1A) via the usb plug on this adapter's cable. To ensure adequate power, you are seriously encouraged to buy the Apple USB Power Adapter ($29) with this (it should really be included in the box with this adapter :-( ). Yes, it is an additional $29, but you won't be disappointed with the results! The other reviewers had bad experiences because their Macs did not supply enough power to this adapter via their native/built-in USB ports. Bypass those issues and buy the correct power adapter and enjoy Dual-Link DVI excellence at 2560x1600!

      • Written by Bradley F from Brooklyn

      66 of 76 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Works Perfectly! Awesome Display on my 30" HP LP3065

    • 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. 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.....

      • Written by July H from Newtork

      Is this review useful?144Hz White spot display problem

    • 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 ar 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.

      • Written by Matthew A from Point Vernon

      Is this review useful?once did work

    • 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 b 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.

      • Written by Douglas F from VICTORIA

      3 of 4 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Creator of Headaches

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