• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Serious noise / interference problems - as widely reported

    I purchased one of these (expensive) adaptors for use with a new MacBook. Unfortunately there is serious interference on black parts of the screen. Many other users have encountered this, so I don't believe my experience is uncommon.

    146 of 167 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    doesn't work properly with Macbook Pro (late 2008) and Dell 30" monitors

    beware, doesn't work with a Macbook Pro (late 2008) and any Dell 30" (3007wfp /3007wfp-hc), every so often the infamous 'fuzz of death' appears and your screen will be unreadable, leaving only a re-boot or unpluging/repluging the adpater to bring the screen back, but only for awhile.

    check out the forums for details, especially the thread intitled - 'periodic Dual-link display problem with new adapter'.

    very poor show from Apple to release a faulty product.

    138 of 157 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Trouble, even with 30" APPLE Cinema Display

    I've read a lot of comments and reviews around the web about problems with this cable and 30" monitors. I've seen several suggestions with several people blaming the problem on 3rd party monitors. I've got a very new MacBook Pro, this cable and a 30" Apple Cinema Display. Mostly we get blackouts (i.e., the monitor goes black for 1-2 seconds) several times an hour. We have 3 setups like this in the office, we all have the same problem. We have tried swapping cables, monitors and computers and all exhibit the same problem.

    Very disappointing - $3,000 or more in Apple gear and they can't get it to work.

    31 of 32 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Worst Hardware Ever

    I've never felt compelled to write a review of hardware before but this is different. After buying my shiny new mac mini (late 2009) I also found I had to buy a dual-link adapter to use it with my 30" apple cinema display so I was stung for another £70!!! This adaptor really is the pits, It just doesn't work, no display when waking and intermittent problems constantly. Surely either sort the firmware (currently 1.02 or something) or issue a product recall. Ive spent over £700 quid on this stuff and expect for better for my hard earned cash. Apple need to accept there is a problem and sort it out, just because you dont admit it doesnt mean its not happening. Dont buy this adapter if you really dont have to. Get a machine that has a normal dual link connector. There are far more cheaper alternatives out there.

    25 of 27 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    £70? Seriously?

    Terrible offering from Apple. Useable, but only just. I haven't tried this on an Apple 30" display, I have a Dell 3007WFP. I get lots of flickering pixels/noise, very noticeable on dark screens. And sometimes the display just blacks out for a second before coming back. Or it needs to be unplugged then plugged back in.

    25 of 29 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Avoid this product

    I should have listen to the negative reviews here. Its really not very good. I have a Dell UltraSharp 27" monitor, and as others report, yes it does sometimes give a picture full of snow when first connected. You then need to re-connect it a few times to clear up the picture. But even then, the quality is far inferior to my Windows or Linux box when connected to the same monitor.

    I just got my first mac, in the form of a macbook air. And am surprise of the lack of quality from a brand which are supposed to pride it self in creating quality products.

    25 of 29 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor

    Adapter version 1.03 bought 16/08/2011. Terrible noise interference on starting up. It is necessary to drop resolution to 1920 x 1080. Then back up to 2560 x 1440. Works fine until next reboot. Mac mini -> Dell U2711. Disgusting price for this item, even if it worked correctly.

    20 of 21 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Noise issues

    This adaptor has terrible noise issues in the blacks. The fact that Apple doesn't fix this or recalls the product leaves me totally baffled. A complete shamble.

    20 of 21 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't waste your money

    I have an i7 Mac Mini and a Dell 27" monitor. EVERY time the Mac wakes from sleep, the screen is all snowy, needed me to switch the monitor off and back on. On a couple of occasions the screen will not clear until a full restart, and one a few occasions, I have had the Mac lockup showing the "Please Restart Your Computer' screen.

    Absolute rubbish!

    15 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Keep it display port if possible

    I bought one of these Dual-Link DVI adapters to cover all the potential connection options for a new set up, and given the reviews here was very happy to return it. My advice would be to use a mini display port to display port cable - if possible - I realise that slightly older screens may not feature a display port connector. These cables (mini display port to display port) don't seem to be widely available yet and Apple certainly don't make one, but they are out there, so if your screen has the capability this is by far the best solution. I've just connected a 17" MBPro pro a 27" NEC screen (PA271W) using one, the cable cost £7, and carries the digital signal with no conversion or indeed interference.

    17 of 19 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works BUT

    I find it works perfectly on my Samsung SA850 from my MacBook AIr 2012. Only problem is when I reboot it goes fuzzy and needs plugged in/out to fix it - if left to sleep not an issue.

    Full resolution is possible on the SA850 with it. It works great. Very nice on this screen. I think this display for half the price of a cinema display is a much better deal.

    £70 is actually cheap stop moaning at Apple! They are probably selling this at cost. The third party ones out there are over £130. But I suspect they work on non apple monitors much better. I may try to source one of them but if you are stuck remember they exists and to go looking for them!

    20 of 26 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Occasional flickering

    I'm using this product with a just-bought unibody 17" MacBookPro and a 30" Apple CinemaDisplay, and whilst it generally works ok, every 15-20 minutes it flickers (to black for half a second, then back on).

    It's annoying rather than catastrophic, but I have no other option for connecting my screen to my laptop as far as I know.

    Disappointing.

    12 of 14 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Mac Mini

    Purchased this so I could use my Apple 30" display.

    Works first time no problems

    12 of 15 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

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Works, but then not completely

    The noise in black when connecting a MacBook Pro to a 30" Cinema Display seems to be a 50/50% occurrence, yet nobody at Apple Support or at Apple Dealers know about this or what to do about it.

    It's quite odd that Apple hasn't sent out a replacement program for the default ones of these. Seems like a subcontractor that made an error, yet you feel that you have to convince Apple folks about that the problem exist.

    8 of 9 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

    Works perfectly with Mini / Air + Dell WFP3007

    I was reluctant to buy this given some of the reviews, but I've been using for a while to connect my late 2010 Mac Mini to an old Dell WFP3007. No fuzziness or noise at all, and it's nice to finally have my old monitor back. ;) Also tested with my MacBook Air and it's just as faultless.

    6 of 8 people found this useful

  • 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

    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.

    6 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works fine on Dell 3007 and latest MBA

    I've had very few problems with this running my Dell 3007 monitor. I also run 2 other screens via display link (so 3 external including this one).

    A lot of people complain about the cost of these, but if you look at the market place and other manufacturers prices, the apple cost of one of these is actually OK. As the signal conversion between dual link DVI-D and mini DP is not straightforward, there is a chip inside these that has to convert the image, and if running at 2560*1600 at 60Hz, that is 245,760,000 pixels per second it has to do - hence the power requirement of USB and the cost.

    3 of 3 people found this useful