• 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 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...

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Incompatibility Issues

    I think the theory of this product is sound and I really hope Apple releases either some support documentation or graphics driver updates to help it perform better. My experience is that when connected to a 30" HP LP3065 2560x1600 monitor I can only get the macbook to put anything on the monitor when it is "mirrored" off the laptop screen and even then only at 1280x800. With my other Panasonic Pro TH-50PFD9UK 1920x1080p compatible plasma display I was able to get it to output video in what appeared to be 1920x1080, but again I believe this was only in "mirrored" mode. Personally, I think it is some sort of obnoxious joke that Apple shipped this product with no documentation and no tech support website.... sure, the Apple user experience is just so magically awesome that it will just telepathically "know" what I want it to do when I plug it in... either that or I am supposed to be magically aware of all of the configurations and software settings it needs as soon as the breathe the air from the open box. Just ridiculous! But I have high hopes.. so please get us a software driver update that robustly supports this product, it has huge potential!

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Got it. Now how do I connect it to my Dell?

    The adapter arrived after the 2-month wait. The combo dvi-usb head does not fit into my Dell 30" 2008WFP monitor, and it will not fit into any non-Apple monitor. It will take me an additional two extension cables (short usb/short dual-dvi) to get it to work.

    That DVI/usb combo head crosses the line separating neat from annoying. Minor convenience of not having to plug in a usb cable when you dock, causes major incompatibility with all non-Apple monitors.

    An additional insult for the owners of DisplayPort capable Dell 2008WFP display, is that mini-DisplayPort -> DisplayPort cable is not available anywhere.

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  • 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 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!

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor Performance Apple!

    Really disappointing performance for an apple product! Ordered my new MBP, with this adapter and now 3 months after the delivery of the computer I still cant use my 30 inch display.

    Whoever thought that it would be a good idea to ship a product without having ALL accessories ready for shipment at the same time does not deserve to work at apple!

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Long delay... very pricy... no choice really!

    I know how you feel. I am in the exact same situation. I have placed an order for MBP 2.8 with 320GB 7.2K HD (AUD$4,000 plus laptop) and I have to wait over a month before I can use my Apple Cinema Display 30" also...

    One benefit... well two (if you count being able to use the ACD30 again)... is that I always disliked the power pack sitting on the desk because the DVI cable is so short... well, when I get this Mini-to-DVI adapter, I can relocate the power pack.

    Finally... I can not understand how this cable can cost that much!! I guess I am still paying for it so it must be 'worth' it but I do feel hard done by the price tag also.

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