• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    No Firewire connection

    Not a well considered product, as it only provides 2 of the required 3 connections between laptop and Cinema Display. There is no provision to connect the Firewire 400 cable from the Cinema Display to the Firewire 800 port on the laptop. Any Firewire devices that you have connected to the Firewire hub on the Cinema Display therefore will not be connected to the laptop.

    As this is an expensive Apple product intended to connect two other Apple products, it is not fit for purpose without the addition of a Firewire 400 to 800 adapter at more expense. Apple does not offer such an adapter in its store, so you will have to get a third party product.

    Surely Apple knows that the 30" cinema display uses Firewire 400, and that the new MacBook Pro for which this adapter is intended uses Firewire 800, and that they need to be connected. Apple prides itself on everything working right out of the box, but have failed in this case.

    12 of 20 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    World of difference for Me

    I just got a Mac Mini and used my 28" LG monitor. Before using the Dual Link Adapter i had a slight grainy display. I read about this adapter and went over to my Apple store to discuss. The Apple gal told me it will help and if i was not happy, bring it back within 15 days.. After trying this out,, it is not going back. The Dual Link Adapter was like night and day, It provided instant improvement. My display is very vivid, crisp and sharp. A hundred bucks is a bit step but what else can you do? this is it!!! For me it was worth it,, I did not have any issues some of the folks talk about and i intended to use the IPod power adapter some of you talked about but i could not find a male to male USB cable,, Where are you guys/gals finding this cable.. I went about every where i could in Sacramento and could not find one. So far i dont need it but now im on a mission to find one. HELP.... Back to the Dual Link DVI Adapter,, It's awesome,, go get one.. It works awesome.. and if you find the male to male USB,, tell me where.

    8 of 14 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Needs fixing still

    I'm onto my 2nd adapter now and still getting issues with it. I have done the usual trick of plugging the USB into an iPhone wall charger. I am getting the horizontal flickers across black screens, strange distortion from sleep and occasionally it will flick on and off quickly. I am also on the latest firmware (1.02). If you are thinking about this adapter, I'd suggest waiting until it's all sorted out. Currently I wouldn't bother. From the information I've found on the internet, I gather it's an issue with software as the adapter works fine on bootcamp. Hopefully Apple are working on a software update to fix these issues.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    What a Difference !

    I am using my old 30" Dell 3007WFP monitor to my new 15" MacBook Pro. I started with the Single-Link DVI adapter and was terribly distressed with what the monitor was doing. I began to research single verses dual link and decided to go ahead and try this adapter. It has turned this old 30" diaplay into a new monitor. I am running it at 2560x1600 with unbelievable crispness. I have had no problems with either the adapter or the monitor since plugging it up. I strongly recommend this for anyone with a large display!

    15 of 24 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Sometimes works

    Expensive piece of hardware, but is amazingly flaky. I mean it works most of the time, but is subject to random problems is the form of messed up displays (get used to unplugging and plugging back in). It's a digital to digital converter but it produces artifacts that you would expect from a analog to digital converter.

    Seriously, can this not be done better?

    (yes I have the latest firmware)

    25 of 27 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Horizontal lines on black areas

    I have a mid-2009 MacBook Pro, 30" Cinema HD Display and adapter v.10.2, and suffer from the same errors on black areas as everybody else. The display is 4 years old and has worked perfectly until using this adapter.

    23 of 24 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    My worst Apple product ever

    The 30" Cinema Display shows static, is less sharp that the direct DVI used to
    be, and from time to time doesn't detect the proper resolution
    (messing up all window sizes and positions from sleep) -- for
    which the only solution is to go back to sleep, unplug it, re-plug
    and wake the MBP again. Even giving it its independent power through
    an USB hub doesn't help.

    I find it really disappointing that Apple won't find a solution for this,
    even after so many months.

    23 of 23 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works perfectly with power

    This is a fantastic product. Ignore everybody who gives it 1 star and insists it doesn't work: They're using it wrong!

    Dual Link requires more power to transfer its data than the mini display port can provide. That's why this has a USB dongle: Plug it into a self powered USB hub, which will give the USB connection all the power that the monitor needs, and it works great! It makes more sense than requiring that the adapter also have a plug that goes into the wall.

    Using my Mac Mini with a Dell 3007WFP, running fast and fine at 2560x1600!

    26 of 30 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Woe is me

    Just like everyone else ... it's bad enough to pay $100 for a cable, but then it's really bad when it gives you white static lines across areas of the screen that are black. To make it worse, I bought two of them.

    17 of 18 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works with DELL 3008WFP, but price is silly

    Plugged it in, selected correct source on DELL 3008WFP, worked first time and no problems yet. Not had any of the problems reported in other reviews.

    Price is steep (about £30 would have been reasonable, £69 is rip-off -- you can buy an iPod for less than that!) hence 4 stars.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    iScrewed again

    I bought these cables because I had to if I wanted my new Unibody MacPros to drive my great old 30" HD Cinema displays. Doesn't work work at all. (Hmm, maybe they want to force me to dump my perfectly good display and buy a new $3000 display. How green is that!) I buy tons of high end Mac equipment, at least they could provide some support on what is obviously a high end problem. When you guys screww up you do it well. Apple - Take your (eye)Fingers out of your (eye)Aces and give your core customers some decent support on this issue. And DO IT NOW! (Expletives and the letter (I) removed to appease the filters)

    33 of 37 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible

    I am getting all of the same issues as the other commenters. My Dell 3007WFP which works fine with my old Macbook Pro is as good as unusable with my new MacBook Pro thanks to this adapter. Every 30 minutes or so the display gets these lines and the white static is nearly continual and especially noticeable when watching a video or editing text on a black background. None of the tricks suggested (such as using a USB hub) make a bit of difference and the Apple Store staff refuse to acknowledge the problem to the extent that I am considering hauling my 30 inch monitor into the store and showing them.

    23 of 23 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible

    I purchased this cable to run my 30" screen from my new 27" iMac.

    As an 18 year user of Apple/Mac products this is by far the worst one I've ever purchased. The static lines in black areas of the screen on the 30" are annoying and distracting to say the least. If you have the time to disconnect and reconnect the cable and power on/off the monitor... yes, you will eventually get it to where it does go away. The question is... who has time for that?

    This has also been an issue for such a long time I'm floored that it has not been addressed! Can it really be that difficult? Why would you leave DVI connectors for this abomination? Looks like they really jumped the gun on the whole mini-disply port connection.

    24 of 27 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works Great!!! Just try it!!!

    Many of the online reviews for this adapter are negative. I hope to dispel some of these rumors with this review. The Apple Mini Display Port to Dual-Link DVI adapter works flawlessly for me.

    I have a new Samsung T240HD 24" Widescreen LCD Monitor that I bought specifically to use with my 13" Macbook running Leopard. I researched both the monitor and this adapter before making either purchase. I'm not happy that the adapter was $99, but I am very very happy with results.

    Without any configuration, I plugged the adapter into my laptop and attached the DVI cable that came with my monitor. After pressing the power button on my laptop, I immediately close the cover and presto!! I have a 24" monitor. The monitor goes to sleep at the specified time and always wakes up when I move my Bluetooth Logitech MX revolution mouse (with the USB receiver plugged into the ADC adapter's aux USB port) or press a key on my wireless Bluetooth Apple keyboard.

    I couldn't have asked for better.

    12 of 37 people found this useful

  • 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 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!

    70 of 80 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Flaky at best

    I was so excited to get my new 17" MacBook Pro until I realized that this "Pro" product didn't work with my 30" Cinema Display anymore without me dropping another $100. I then get the adaptor to find that it is really flaky, my screen flickers few times an hour and it just seems like the whole thing was an afterthought at best. Really, really disappointed that Apple did this to their core audience who spends the most money on their products.

    23 of 24 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Flicker = Power Issue

    Great intentions for this apparently quick fix solution. Yeah, for what is rare to happen, Apple botched a bit on this extension. I can't complain in the end though because at least it works as desired.

    USB on almost every class of machine have the tendency to have power related issues. Devices that have a separate power adapter don't have to rely on this voltage. Bus powered devices are all trying to pull the voltage they need. In this case v1.02. If for any reason you get power fluctuations, your monitor will flicker, have issues, or not work at all.

    The Fix, plug the USB cable that is on the Y with the Mini DisplayPort and plug it into an external powered USB Hub that has its own power adapter.

    Don't have a powered USB Hub? No problem. Try using the 2nd Monitor's built in USB Hub. Plug the USB from the Y and plug it into your iMac and then take the USB out from the Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter and using a iPod/iPhone power cable and plug it into a Wall outlet for AC.

    Not sure any other way of doing it is worth it. Still glad I got it because there isn't really a better solution out there at this time.

    30 of 32 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked fine, but expensive

    I had none of the distortion/flickering issues on my Dell 30" that others have reported; the adapter worked as advertised (even with the 1.01 firmware). $100 is too expensive for a simple graphics adapter, though. Also, they really should indicate better that you need to plug in the USB cable to get the thing to work.

    5 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    It worked perfect for me. Just Like it was designed.

    I used the cable to connect my 13" MacBook Pro to my 50" LG TV. The cable connected to my MacBook Pro correctly then I used a DVI to HDMI cable to connect the Apple cable so I was able to use the HDMI port on my LG TV. From there I just the Mac's systems preferences to clone the display. The picture was wonderful and I did not experience any of the issues like some of the other reviewers.

    12 of 16 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Found solution for Mac Pro 4,1

    I just bought this adapter to run two 30" Apple displays on a 2009 Mac Pro with GT120 video. At first I could get nothing from the mini display port using this adapter. But from reading the other comments regarding usb power, I tried connecting both the usb connector from the adapter and the usb connector from the display directly to the back of the Mac Pro (rather than connecting the display usb cable to the adapter case). That brought both displays to life in full resolution. Only been running a few minutes but seems good. Agree this is a very disappointing product, and as a very big purchaser going all the way back to Lisa (1983) I expect better of Apple.

    23 of 24 people found this useful