• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Unstable!!!

    I use it with my 17'' 3,06 Ghz MAc Book Pro with my Apple CD 30'' display...
    It flickers now and then, and if I connect anything (be it a ketboard fx...) to the hubs on the back of my 30 '' dsiplay - the display goes crazy in couples of minutes or after waking up from sleep. The display and the hubs work just fine on my other Mac Book Pro 2,6 Ghz without the crazy dual adapter... I'ts not OK Apple! You dropped the traditional DVI port, now I pay the price... I want this fixed.

    21 of 22 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Dell 3007WFP-HC

    I've read many reviews, i just want to confirm that the new adapter (1.02) works perfectly with the Dell 3007WFP-HC.

    26 of 27 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Working with LG W3000H

    Running fine with Mac mini and LG W3000H. Was quite worried about buying this with all the negative feedback for it, I'm glad its working.
    1.02 firmware on the adaptor.
    4 Stars because of the ridiculous price for the thing.

    8 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works! MacBook Pro 17" 1.66 connected to HP LP3065 30"

    I'm totally impressed! I purchased an HP LP 3065 30" monitor and I am able to run my 17" MacBook Pro at 1920 x 1200 AND the 30" display at it's full resolution of 2560 x 1600 simultaneously! It also works just as well in "clamshell" mode. This is exactly what I need: a professional desktop work environment combined with the flexibility of having a laptop.

    12 of 21 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Works for me, but has some display issues

    I was also scared off by the reviews, but since this was really the only option available to connect my 24" iMac to my 30" Cinema Display (which I already owned and previously used with a PowerMac G5), I decided to bite the bullet and order it.

    Luckily, it works, and for the most part, works well. The image quality is very good and I love having two big high quality monitors for apps like Aperture, Photoshop and Final Cut Express.

    However, I'm a tad disappointed that there are flickering horizontal pixels lines visible in the dark areas. The lines are usually red, but occasionally other colors and seem to appear toward the bottom of the screen most frequently. If I set the background to pure black, they are more visible throughout, but under normal use, it's not noticeable enough for me to return it...especially since I have no other option.

    If I can find a way to fix this, I'd give it 4 or 5 stars, but as is, it's just an average 3 for me.

    26 of 29 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    not reliable, and bulky

    First of all, this thing is huge for a display cable adapter, and the fact that it needs external power from the USB shows a fundamental failure in the Mini DisplayPort design. It's obviously needing to do far too much processing just to drive a display, and the $100 cost proves that.

    If the problems stopped there, it might even be acceptable, though far from ideal.
    However, this thing doesn't even keep working properly. Sometimes it goes for most of a day without flaking out, and other times it happens multiple times per hour. From time to time it flickers and threatens to stop functioning, and then when it finally happens the screen ends up all scrambled. (if you search the web you'll find pictures of this from others). When this happens, you have to unplug it and plug it back in again, or suspend and resume your machine, or do some other trick to re-initialize the display.

    I would get my original unit replaced with a newer one, except that from what I've heard even the new ones have problems, and sometimes worse than the original ones. So until I hear that the problems are fixed, I'm stuck with what I've got.

    26 of 26 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    works fine for me!

    I have upgraded my monitor to Apple 30" cinema and used it with my old system for about 3 months. Then I decided to upgrade my system to the latest 15" macbook por with 2.8Ghz.

    I freaked when I knew later that this was the only way to connect those two and it basically sucked based on the reviews. But I bought it anway.

    I should say that everything is working fine for a week now. There is no issues what so ever. I played some movies on it and all worked fine. I also used it for photo editing and didn't notice anything yet. It may be because everything I have is brand new (the monitor, the laptop, the osx, and the converter) or mabye because I got lucky. Mabye, I have not noticed anything as of yet. So, I'm going to keep using the system and update this my comment if anything comes up. But until then, this converter works fine.

    21 of 26 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works Perfectly

    I was skeptical after reading all of the problem reports but went ahead and purchased an adapter to connect my new mini (nVidia graphics chip) to a Dell 3007 30" display. It worked perfectly and has continued to do so for a week. Initially I did have to manually change my display resolution from the default up to the true monitor resolution in system settings but after that I've had no problems on Leopard or Snow Leopard.

    16 of 20 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    NEC 3090WQXi works

    Took the plunge to see if it would work with my new monitor and therefore if I needed a new graphics card in order to run two of them (as it connects with a dual link dvi). I'm relieved to report that it works perfectly. Still it's less than ideal that it seems to be a lottery if your monitor will work with this adapter. I have listed my spec below, hope this helps someone.

    Mac Pro (MacPro4,1 / 2009) - Quad-Core Intel Xeon 2 x 2.93 GHz
    ATI Radeon HD 4870 - 512MB
    NEC 3090WQXi Monitor

    10 of 14 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The key is v1.02

    Like many, I found that my newly purchased 15" MBP no longer worked with my 30" Apple Cinema Display, even though I thought I purchased the correct adapter.

    After receiving the "correct" adapter, I worried after reading so many bad reviews. But I plugged mine in, selected the resolution, and bingo: it worked, first time.

    I checked the adapter firmware version and it is, indeed, v1.02. As a previous poster has already stated, it seems that this is the key to the success (or failure) of the adapter fixing the problem with the new unibody Macs. At least for me!

    10 of 12 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Mostly not usable

    I've had this adapter since I bought my new MacBook in May. It was always flaky but it's getting worse. It loosing sync with the Mac and bounces back and forth between just the Mac's screen and the Cinema Display screen. And sometimes it just doesn't work at all.

    I need something that WORKS.

    17 of 18 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Embarrassment to the company

    My 30" Dell monitor worked great with my original MBP, but I've been suffering with apparently many others since upgrading to a 2009 MBP. Upgraded to SL and exchanged my adapter to v1.02 and now I have to deal with a frequent "blinking" of the screen (though now I only infrequently have the distortion issue I had with v1.01). Seems to become less frequent as the work session goes on (is it a 'warming up' issue?), and unplugging/replugging and ctrl-shft-cmd don't always do the trick like they used to.

    The worst part is the apparent lack of acknowledgement by Apple that there is any problem. I understand this may work just fine for some or even many, but it certainly seems like there are enough folks with problems to justify some response.

    27 of 28 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    New MBP and adapter, still poor quality over dark screen areas

    We have three older 30" Cinema Displays in our office, three new unibody MBPs (Sept 2009, latest 10.6 updates), and two new Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI adapters (firmware 1.02).

    With bright or strongly textured backgrounds, no problems at all, everything looks good, monitor stays perfectly in sync. When large black areas are on the screen and the adapters are warmed up, you start to see random red streaks appearing across the dark areas, reminiscent of the kinds of problems seen with bad analog VGA cables and older LCD displays. The easiest way to see it is to set your background to the "Lightning" image in the stock "Black & White" backgrounds. Let everything warm up for an hour or two and look closely at the dark areas at the bottom of the screen.

    With different combinations of hardware, we see the exact same problem, so it really seems to be a design issue. None of our older G4 and Intel macs with DVI ports have any problems with these monitors. Under guidance from the phone support folks, we've reset the PROM on the MBPs, cleared plist files, switched between performance and power-save graphics modes, etc, with no improvement except for brief periods between reboots when the adapters cool down.

    It gets quite annoying after a while if you are using applications with dark backgrounds. The apple staff try to be helpful, but more people need to call them and complain so that more engineering reports are filed; this is the only way to get this remedied. If you're one of the people that think that the adapters work great, please do the above background test and call in if you see noise.

    Apple has a great opportunity to show their high-end users some love here.

    25 of 27 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    TERRIBLE!

    Purchased a brand new macbook pro - 30" cinema display this adapter and it just plain stinks!

    I had the cinema display for the past 2 years running but using this adapter and the latest macbook pro 2.8ghz laptop I notice tons of feedback in the display.

    So bad that after 2 days I went back to my older 2.2ghz macbook pro.

    Apple please fix!

    24 of 26 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Do Not Buy

    I own the Macbook Pro 17" unibody and a Cinema 30 display. I am running the latest firmware and Snow Leopard. I still get some distortion (e.g. sparklies) using this product. My only advice is to not buy this product. Honestly, this is the worst Apple product I have ever bought. I am happy with the rest.

    40 of 42 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Complete garbage

    Too bad there is no option for zero stars.
    I read the reviews but this cable is the only option for large displays and the current generation of DisplayPort equipped Apple products.
    I have now tried two of these cables. One with the 1.01 firmware and with the 1.02 firmware. Both flicker, scramble the screen periodically, and cause rectangles to randomly flicker on and off (usually on the lower half of the screen). These problems exist on all the 30" displays that worked fine with my last 17" MBP, I want my built-in DualLink DVI back. Apple has made some of the finest desktop and laptop hardware I've ever used. They should be absolutely ashamed that this cable ever made it into production.

    32 of 34 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great

    Bought the unit in when the new mac mini came out. Was version 1.01 firmware,
    Had the usual problems. Took it to the Apple store they exchanged it for
    a dual link 1.02. Everything was great, works great on MM and MBP.
    It had a rough start but Apple fixed it.
    Great product, great company.

    17 of 28 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Intermittent horizontal lines, snow, noise on black...

    ... just like so many others are experiencing.

    Other issue is that waking up the MacBook 17" from sleep will result in the 30 inch Cinema Display to wake up first, causing that monitor to be the default controller/finder monitor (#1).

    13 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Junk

    Got this today and hoped I could drive my 30 inch samsung but the monitor goes black every 15 seconds for a second. Impossible to work on. Really disappointed.

    18 of 20 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Firmware version 1.02 fixes the problem

    I bought this adapter 4 months ago for my MacBook aluminum (bought Jan 2009) and Dell 3007WFPHC 30" LCD. The adapter had firmware version 1.01 and had the same issues many users reported: intermittent flickering, color speckle noise, blurry text, and analog-like color "snow". I could fix issue temporarily by putting the display to sleep and waking it back up.

    Today I took the adapter back to an Apple retail store, where a manager gave me a new replacement that has firmware 1.02. The new unit has performed flawlessly over the past several hours. If you have problems and have firmware 1.01, see if a retail Apple Store will also give you a free replacement.

    Fyi, find your adapter's firmware version:
    Finder -> About This Mac... More Info... Hardware -> Graphics/Displays -> look for "Adapter Firmware Version: 1.xx"

    Rating: Start with 5 stars because firmware 1.02 works, minus one star because the adapter costs too much, then minus two more stars because Apple released the product without adequate testing, wasting hours of my time trying to get it to work and eventually driving around town to get a replacement. 5 - 1 - 2 equals 2 stars.

    42 of 46 people found this useful