• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Massively misleading; barely works with anything

    I guess I had somehow missed that this adapter didn't work for the display port side of Thunderbolt 2, making this useless for all but own of my adapters. This is really poorly executed by Apple. At the very least they shoud have put bit big bold letter on the packaging DON'T WORK WITH DVI, HDMI, OR DISPLAY PORT!

    Now I have to face Xmas shoppers to return this junk.

    13 of 26 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    It helps to do a bit of research.

    I see a lot of negative reviews about this device and most of the disappointment seems to stem from people not reading what it does. This device carries Thunderbolt, not Mini DisplayPort. Giving it one star because it doesn't do something it doesn't advertise isn't the fault of the device. (Although Thunderbolt and Mini DisplayPort as well as the whole Thunderbolt 3/USB-C web of confusion is its own problem—but not the problem of this device.)

    This device works fine with my 2016 13" MacBook Pro with the following Thunderbolt devices: Apple's Thunderbolt Firewire and Ethernet, Apple's Thunderbolt Display, Elgato's Thunderbolt 2 Dock (in Bootcamp too!), OWC's Thunderbolt 2 Dock, LG's 34UC98-W (with Apple's Thunderbolt Ethernet daisy-chained) and connecting to Thunderbolt 2 Macs via Target Disk Mode. In theory, older Macs should have no issues connecting to Thunderbolt 3 docks and such either (won't know until OWC's is released in February, although forum users hacking around with devices from the likes of AKiTiO indicate it works fine).

    I grabbed two of these while Apple has prices reduced and they both work fine. They're also cheaper (even at full price) and more compact than the few competing devices.

    25 of 27 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Macbook 12" does not have a Thunderbolt 3!

    Hey everyone, I've noticed quite a few people complaining that this adapter doesn't work with their 12" MacBook. That's not a limitation of the adapter, it's the MacBook itself. USB-C is not Thunderbolt 3! I bought two of these adapters for my 15" MacBook Pro w/touch bar and they work fine with the thunderbolt displays.

    Previous to getting this adapter I also bought the Kanex Thunderbolt to HDMI adapter to get a Thunderbolt Display to work with my old 12" MacBook and there were many disconnect problems and issues. I think it's a limitation of the USB-C port on the MacBook 12".

    7 of 11 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Work as expected

    It work with my caldigit thunderbolt 2 hub, which connected to a Samsung U28D590 Display at 4k 60 Hz.
    I understand many people are complaining about it is not working with mini display port, it does not suppose to.
    Despite the fact that mini display can plug into thunderbolt 1/2 port, they're fundamentally different technology. Same story for usb-c and thunderbolt 3, they are DIFFERENT thing.

    5 of 8 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works - but only for TB3 to TB2

    Lots of bad reviews on here from people not understanding what the device can do and can't do, fair enough as it gets pretty confusing. Your external device must be Thunderbolt 2 and the port type must be mini DisplayPort (so just physically fits). It's not Apple, it's just how this tech works, but come on Apple, make it easy for people and be clear with what works and what doesn't. Most monitors will have a DisplayPort port that looks right physically but won't work as it's DP not TB2. Apple's now discontinued Thunderbolt Display WILL WORK, as the connector physically fits and it's TB2. One clue is the little thunderbolt symbol, not the little square with the lines on each side which means DP. Check your device first for the symbol next to the DP shaped port.

    7 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Cannot connect Thunderbolt 2 Monitor to a new Macbook Pro (2016)

    I bought this adapter in order to be able to connect an external monitor that had a Thunderbolt 2 cable to my new Macbook Pro 2016 via its USB C ports.

    Despite showing an image on the box of a monitor being connected to a Macbook like this, it failed to ever establish a connection.

    Its bad enough that the new Macbook Pro requires a sea of dongles and adapters to use existing devices, but the fact that Apple's very own and clearly overpriced adapter doesn't even provide backwards compatibility to their own previous version cables is quite a failure.

    4 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work

    Does not work with DVI monitor. Will be returning.

    9 of 23 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    ONLY works for thunderbolt devices and causes crashes

    Be aware: this dongle ONLY works for thunderbolt devices, NOT DisplayPort monitors, despite using the same port. You need a special USB C to DisplayPort cable for that.

    Also, with my Apple Cinema Display using this adapter, I frequently get kernel panics when disconnecting the display, though that may have more to do with have storage devices attached to the display.

    7 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works Perfectly in my setup with 2016 Macbook Pro

    Connected to a IOGEAR Thunderbolt 2 Docking Station, GTD720 previously used with my 2013 Macbook, everything works, and at the same time. Seamless.
    1 - all usb connected items
    1 - HDMI Dell monitor at 4k
    1 - Here's the bonus - my Focusrite Saphire Pro 40 firewire 800 via apple firewire adapter plugged into the passthru thunderbolt 2 on the IOGear.

    Love it, very happy.

    5 of 8 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not working with my LaCie d2 3TB External HDD - Thunderbolt 2

    When I use the adapter on my MacBook Pro 13" (brand new model) with my LaCie d2 3 TB External HDD - Thunderbolt 2, it freezes my computer. I have to unplug the adapter from my MacBook Pro and then the computer restarts. I have used the USB-C to USB adapter with the LaCie External HDD and the USB cable that came with the LaCie External HDD and it has not caused any problems. However, I want to use the Thunderbolt 2 connection on the LaCie External HDD because the USB connection is so much slower.

    6 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not work with Samsung monitor via Display Port

    I bought this so I could connect my brand new 15" MBP w/Touch Bar to my Samsung U28D590D monitor. This monitor works great with the older MBP that I use for work when attached to Thunderbolt 2 port.

    Very disappointed in the Mac product line development over the last several years.

    I only bought the Samsung monitor because Apple dropped support for target display mode in the Retina iMac. I can't use my new MBP with any of my existing technology (even after purchasing a bag of adapters).

    12 of 18 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work with my Dell 4k moniteor

    Tried 2 different cables. from looking at the reviews here I am not the only one with issues. I hope Apple reads this stuff.

    10 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not work with DisplayPort devices like monitors

    Does not work with DisplayPort/HDMI devices like monitors. Do not try to connect your monitor. Might work with Ethernet Port or anything else but monitor.

    11 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not work with Mini Display adapters

    I purchased 3 of these to plug the mini display adapters into so I can have a bigger monitor for the laptops. Did not work with any of the laptop with USB-C and any of the mini display adapters I have, both Apple brand and non Apple brand. Then I tried it with the thunderbolt to Firewire 800 and it worked, tried it with thunderbolt to Ethernet and it worked. Called Apple and the guy said it's suppose to work and I told him everything I've tried. He had me on hold couple times for at least 15 minutes each and each time telling me it's suppose to work. Then he said he'll do some more research and get back to me. Next morning email saying pretty much it doesn't work with mini display adapters. Very misleading descriptions for the product!

    Info from the Apple Support email below:

    The Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter doesn't support connections to these devices:
    Apple DisplayPort display
    DisplayPort devices or accessories, such as Mini DisplayPort to HDMI or Mini DisplayPort to VGA adapters or Mini displayPort to DVI adapters
    4K Mini DisplayPort displays that don’t have Thunderbolt”

    The following Apple Mini Display Port adapters will not work with a Thunderbolt 3 based computer as they are incompatible:
    Apple Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI
    Apple Mini DisplayPort to DVI
    Apple Mini DisplayPort to VGA

    16 of 21 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works exactly the way I need it to

    I have a Lynx Aurora audio interface fitted with their Thunderbolt 1 card. It's a $2000 dollar piece of equipment and Apple's Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 adapter allows me to successfully connect it to my 2016 Macbook Pro. Everything works the way it's suppose to with no problems whatsoever.

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not work with mini Display port

    Thought I broke my monitor on the way to the office because the adapter was working on thunderbolt displays but not my 27inch Dell with mini display ports. Turns out after finding a 9to5 article apple's adapter doesn't support mini display even though the Apple employee said it did and handed the product directly to me. For anything that's not a direct thunderbolt connection you have to get a Thunderbolt 3 to multi AV adapter and get an additional hdmi cable if you don't already have one. Yeeee!

    8 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    No problem with Cinema Display and external drive

    I have a new 2016 MBPro. This does what I need to connect to Cinema Display. I can use all the ports on the back of display, as far as I can tell. Works with my Lacie TB drive. All the one star reviews are from people trying to connect a third party Display Port monitor. Display port is different than Thunderbolt although they look identical. This is confusing. Initially I bought a display port dongle thinking I would need for my cinema display...it didn't work.

    7 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Waste of money

    Does not work to connect my DELL display to the new Macbook pro, i'm starting to get really sick of Apple. They should of mentioned it in the description clearly.

    In the past two years everything they've made has been a disaster. Also returning the new macbook, i've had enough.

    16 of 29 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    works great

    I've got a fair number of USB devices running through my 27" Apple display and they're all working great, as is the display, with the adapter into a new USB-C MacBook Pro.

    To calm fears of others about all the one-star, doesn't work reviews, here's my setup. I've got a keyboard, external SuperDrive, and a 7-port (+3 charge-only) Anker USB 3.0 hub plugged into the display. Into the USB hub, I've got a printer, a scanner, my iPhone/iPad cable, and a Logitech receiver.

    Everything is working. I can't give it 5/5 because of the cost to get an Apple product that's not that old (my display) with a new Apple product, but technically the adapter is just fine so far.

    9 of 11 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    About the compatibility of the Apple Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2

    If you plan to buy this adapter or bought it and seek clarification regarding compatibility then make sure you read the Apple page entitled "About the compatibility of the Apple Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter"
    on the apple support site or google for HT207266 (Apple very helpfully prohibits posting links). The page explicitly says that the adapter only works under osx Sierra and lists other limitations.

    9 of 10 people found this useful