• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great for me!!

    I read the reviews for this item, but recently purchased this adapter anyway (call it true faith in Apple) and it works great with my new 30" display and Macbook Pro. No problems, plugged it in and away we go.

    I am getting the proper resolution, and I love the new real estate that I have on my desktop. I did check and I have the new Firmware version 1.02, so I don't know if this is better than previous ones people might have been buying but I'm happy.

    17 of 25 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Truly offensively bad

    I never, ever take the time to write reviews because I just don't have the time. I'll make my very first exception in the case of this adapter for two reasons:

    1/ This is the absolute worst product I ever bought from Apple (I currently own 7 macs, no less). It DOES NOT WORK. Or it works when it feels like it and only when it feels like it.

    2/ I have to restart my MacPro at least four times a day for it to see the second screen attached to this $99 non functioning device, so now I actually have time to come here via my laptop to help prevent other people from making the same mistake I did by buying it.

    It was bad enough to be forced into buying extra hardware because Apple felt like pushing their new standard onto us (What was wrong with two DVI ports?), but at least, at the very very least, if Apple is going to pull this kinds of forced sales tactics, please try and force-sell something that works.

    Stay away.
    It will complicate your life.



    PS: for the technically orientated people:
    -the screen attached to the adapter comes up garbled and unreadable about 60% of the time at start-up, no matter what I do.
    -100% of the time garbled if the screen is turned on after the computer is started.
    -60% of the time garbled if the computer puts the screen to sleep after a long period of inaction.

    So for example, if the screen goes to sleep, I most likely have to restart the machine for it to work, but then there is a strong chance that the screen will still come up garbled anyway, unless I get lucky that the adapter sees the screen fine that time.

    $99? Really? Wow.

    39 of 44 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not cool. Green sparkles of doom

    Started out working OK when booted to Leopard. I use the 3 week old (4GB RAM, 128GB SSD) Mac Mini almost exclusively in Windows 7. I get green sparkles on black areas on the screen. It seems worse when the machine is warm.

    I have flattened the machine and clean installed Snow Leopard. Now I get a black screen.

    I am running on a Samsung 305T monitor.

    $99 fail.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Finally works with Gateway w.firmware 1.02

    Finally got one after hearing on the US Apple site that someone tried it on their Gateway 3000 with success. I can confirm that it does in fact works though there is no way to tell what firmware version is on without going into System Profiler->Graphic/Displays and scrolling down to the XHD3000 settings. Unfortunately you cannot do this at the Apple Store so had take a leap of faith that the unit I purchased was new stock.

    Also heard on the US Apple site/forums that the firmware cannot be updated remotely/on your Mac via software update.

    16 of 19 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple has upgraded the firmware and improved the adapter.

    I purchased one of these adapters a few months ago and had nothing but problems with it. Recent reviews on this forum had improved, so I called Apple and asked it the adapter had been upgraded. After some discussion it became clear that the firmware had, in fact, been upgraded. The current version of the firmware is 1.02 and it works great!

    Since the firmware couldn't be upgraded electronically by e-mail, Apple replaced my adapter at no cost. The new adapter has solved all of the previous problems.

    28 of 33 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Mini Dual to the 30" and Cintique 21" from a Unibody 17"

    Works beautifully on both Screens, only very sparsely I get a quick blink of Black on the 30" Aplle Cinema Display.

    8 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    15" MBPro (Mid 2009) to 30" Cinema Display

    No problems here... works perfect.

    11 of 15 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Mini to HP-LP3065 works great!

    I've had it for two months now and have yet to see a glitch. It Just Works for my configuration at least. Running at 2560x1600.

    9 of 16 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    confirming flicker problem

    Most people who buy this overpriced thing complain of similar problems - it flickers every now and again (completely randomly) for half a second to a second. I contacted mac support and they got me to delete two specific files (forget what they were now) but that did nothing anyway. I want to exchange it but from what I've read over the net I'm almost certain the replacement unit will ave the exact same problem! its completely ridiculous that this malfunctioning product is the only way to attach a high-res screen to the macs.

    66 of 68 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works fine for me - beautiful display.

    I've been using this adapter to connect to my 30" Cinema Display with my Macbook Air (model 2,1) 1.86GHz ever since I got the MBA (December 2008). It works fine.

    The only problem is that there are too few USB ports (only 2) and anyway the MBA Superdrive can't use them! The firewire ports on the Cinema Display are redundant as the MBA has no firewire.

    13 of 29 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works exactly as advertised

    The adapter works exactly as advertised with my Gateway XHD3000. Unplugged mini DVI, plugged in mini Displayport and USB cables, plugged in Dual Link cable, and voila, glorious 2560x1600.

    I was worried that it wouldn't work because of the low-ish reviews, but I had no problems.

    8 of 24 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor product

    Screen flickers for a second every now and then, especially shortly after wakeup. What really annoyed me was that Apple support claims not to know what I was talking about. That cost me another trip to the dealer to exchange the "faulty" device, bot knowing that it's a general issue with these things. This is the worst Apple product I've owned so far!

    23 of 26 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    Screen flickers to black every now and then (every 30 min?). Pretty unacceptable for something as simple as an adapter.

    37 of 39 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars


    Every other review i have read of this product said it was awful and didnt work so i was skeptical. I am using a 13" unibody mac book alluminium and have been using this with a 30" apple cinema display and it works PERFECTLY. I was freaking out it wouldnt work but it does all it said it would do for me. very happy .

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Does what it says on the tin

    I work for a large online social network company, and many of us (around 200 people) are using this adapter happily with Dell 30" monitors (two models). There are also people using it with NEC 24". We are using MacBooks and MacBook Pros from between 2007-2009.

    In my experience (and my team's) the adapter works well in all in all scenarios. The main test is the hot-plug scenario, and this has never let me down. OSX seems to transition the windows reasonably well - they are often half off the screen when they are consolidated, but that is a minor gripe. The transition takes 5-10 seconds each way, understandably.

    The inclusion of USB is nice, in that it makes for clean cabling on our desks.

    Anyway, I see no reason to rate this unit lower than 5 stars. Good work to the under-praised guys who developed this product.

    14 of 31 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Bad Apple...

    MBP + 30 inch ACD. As a Mac user for over 20 years this is the worst Apple product I've used. The picture quality generally is okay but on black I get horizontal flickering, which is simply unacceptable. As someone else remarked, I wouldn't mind paying the $99 if it worked but this is way below Apple's usual standards. Shameful.

    45 of 50 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not work properly with Dell 3007WFP-HC

    Pixel noise is apparent all of the time especially on larger blocks of dark picture content. Intermittent display corruption requires putting the machine to sleep and waking up again to recover. I personally would not have released this product in this state.

    Adapter version is 1.0.1 and the machine is a MacBook Pro 17" 2.66.

    10 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Failed to work on my 30' Apple Cinema Display HD

    Flickering and stripes across the screen (most visible on black) using this adaptor. The thing is this is consistent with my early 2009 Mac mini as well as my new MacBook Pro (both energy saving and power graphics) but the monitor with my old PowerMac G5 with Nvidia 7800 GT does not have this problem at all.

    33 of 38 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very Nice Product!

    I heard so many bad things about this product. I even went to apple store to find out more information on it, but they had no idea what I was talking about, not very knowledgeable at all. But I took a chance and bought this adapter anyways. I am using it with my brand new Mac Mini, which I just bought today, with 4 gb of RAM and 256mb graphic card. As soon as I plugged my 30" apple cinema to mac mini, it started working. I have been using it all day and haven't had any problems at all. So far I am very satisfied with this product. Great Buy!!

    21 of 32 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Prepare to be frustrated

    You could almost excuse the ridiculous size and cost of this adapter if it worked properly.

    Using the Dual-Link DVI adapter with my 15" MacBook Pro and 30" Cinema Display is very inconsistent; while in-use the display will suddenly become distorted requiring that the USB and Mini DisplayPort cables be disconnected and re-connected. This problem is increasing in frequency over time.

    The computer will wake from sleep about 50% of the time without having to perform the same disconnect/connect sequence.

    In my opinion, the adapter is currently a terrible product - I'm (probably foolishly) optimistic that a firmware update will be released to resolve, or at least improve these problems.

    26 of 31 people found this useful