• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not reliable, you might have to secure connection with tape

    Bought this to connect a Thunderbolt display to a 2016 MBP. From the start, when adjusting the position on the desk of the MBP, the external display would occasionally lose connection. Unplugging and plugging back in would bring it back up. However this kept happening and was quite annoying.

    The issue seems to be on the female end of the adapter. Apparently, slight movement of the adapter when moving the laptop was causing the connection to fail.

    My ad hoc fix was to firmly secure the Thunderbolt cable to the adapter with gaffer's tape (electrical tape would also work). This has been fairly effective at eliminating the problem. But, I am still overall disappointed with the quality of this adapter.

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work for most displays--do not buy without proof that it will work

    I bought this only because I have a Cannon projector that I use for showing photographs projected on a screen. The Thunderbolt 2 while it looks like a mini-display connector (and every other Mac worked fine). The new MacBookPro's with all their power are useless in many situations that pop-up. I thought I was prepared, but when plugging in the Thunderbolt cable into the USB-C adaptor nothing was recognized. Reading deeper the recommendation is to not change adaptors (i.e., a cable to plug into the HDMI port of the project with it's mimi-display male end, and the Apple supplied USC-C to Thunderbolt 2 adaptor). Looking on the apple site there is no adaptor for sale that would not require two adaptors to get to work. So much for progress. So much for human centric engineering. I bought two of these so I would have one when I travel. I didn't use them for a while after I bought them. What a waste of my time these things have created, not to mention the confusion. Try to find a clear explanation anywhere. So disappointed in Apple not thinking this thru...and while I'm at it... the itouch thing is just a gimmick...why are they afraid of touch screens when they have them on the iPad? Makes no sense. We pay a premium for well thought out products. I see big discounts in Apple products in the future if they don't figure these little things out.

    15 of 18 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does Not work with Dell miniDisplayPort display

    I have a Dell P2715Q miniDisplayPort monitor that works fine connecting to the thunderbolt2 port on my 2012 Macbook Pro and 2014 Macbook Air laptops.

    Just got a new USB-C Macbook Pro, and figured this adaptor would allow me to use the monitor, but it doesn't recognize the monitor at all.

    Yes, I realize that MiniDisplayPort is technically not Thunderbolt2, but if it works on older Macs with Thunderbolt2 ports, then I think it's reasonable to expect it to be adaptable to the newer Macs with USB C ports as well.

    Note that apple's USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adaptor (with HDMI) DOES work in converting HDMI to thunderbolt 3.
    So as a solution, I got the above multiport adaptor, and a new HDMI cable to connect my Dell monitor via HDMI instead of miniDisplayPort.

    24 of 32 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    As Advertised

    I'm having no issues using this to connect to two daisy-chained Thunderbolt monitors. The only thing that would make this better is if it would provide power by my late-2016 MBP. I can't complain, though, because that limitation was disclosed.

    6 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works exactly AS DESCRIBED

    This is for Thunderbolt devices only. Not mini display port or display port devices. It says that exactly in the description. I use this daily with my Thunderbolt 2 hard drive and it functions flawlessly.

    This will NOT work with any monitor that uses mini display port. Just like the description says. I'm sorry to everybody who is reviewing this poorly because they were unable to read and / or understand the item description.

    30 of 36 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not working with display

    I bought this so I can use my Dell 4K with the original display port cable. Sadly, it does not work. I was expecting for Apple to make the transition to USB C smooth with Thunderbolt and USB dongles and they made this one incompatible with most devices people use via this port :(

    11 of 22 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    It Works, but it could be better

    To everyone who wrote a 1 star review because their mini display port monitor won't work - THIS IS NOT A DISPLAY PORT ADAPTER. It only works with THUNDERBOLT 2 displays.

    I have tested with an Apple Thunderbolt Cinema Display and it works perfectly fine. Ethernet, USB, etc all work as they should. I took off 2 stars because Apple should have provided a magsafe connection on this adapter so that their Thunderbolt display could provide power to the MacBook Pro.

    14 of 17 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Don´t buy if you want to connect to non-apple mini-display monitors!

    This adaptor does not support DisplayPort or mini DisplayPort displays. So now there is no way for me to connect to my 4K Samsung monitor to my Mac in 60hz. Only HDMI in 30hz. Very Pro Apple :-( Bought this for my brand new 206 13-inch MacBook Pro, that cost way to much.

    I´ve been a customer for over 16 years, advocating for the brand to a lot of people. But now I am telling people to take a closer look at Windows 10 and PC before they buy a mac. Especially if they are professionals.

    15 of 31 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Unable to connect my DisplayPort monitor to a new MBP 2016

    Apple has made this so very confusing. For all people getting a new MBP 2016 with USB-C, who already own a external monitor connected via a DisplayPort cable, this adapter will NOT work. Lost time, must now return this thing.
    Better to buy a new cable: DisplayPort to USB-C

    8 of 26 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Spectacular Adapter for Running Multiple Daisy Chained Screens

    Works great. I have two LG UltraWide 34 Inch Thunderbolt displays daisy chained. Runs both screens perfectly off of the single cord from the new 2016 MacBook Pro 15 inch. It seems like a lot of people are struggling with that, but I'm thinking the issue is that people don't realize that you have to plug the adapter into your existing cable and then into your computer. Just purchasing the adapter on its own is not enough. Don't believe the bad reviews, works great if you are the type of person who can do things, like breathe.

    16 of 22 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    daisy chain

    i have successfully connected TWO Apple Thunderbolt Displays using this adapter to MacBook 2016 13"

    11 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    Tim Cook should be fired right now. Connected to an LG Thunderbolt Display, this dongle (don't get me started) causes the display to drop repeatedly. Disks connected downstream of the display disconnect and all usb devices connected to the display reset. I am an Apple Developer and after uploading all the logs, etc and reporting bug have heard nothing back.

    My advice is to not buy this until someone in Apple decides to quit worrying about building a car that they can never build and starts paying attention to the customer base they have.

    5 of 17 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works surprisingly well

    Replacing my 2011 17" MBP with the 2016 15" MBP. I have an OWC TB2 dock. To that, I have attached an Apple mini DP to dual-link DVI adapter, routed through a dual-link DVI KVM switch to a Dell U2711 dual-link DVI monitor. An Apple USB keyboard, a Logitech mouse, and line out audio are also connected to the dock through the KVM switch. I also use 1G Ethernet at the dock. This all worked with the old MBP and it all still works with the 2016 MBP with this adapter, just as I'd expect.

    9 of 12 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not Working With LaCie Rugged (Thunderbolt)

    When I use the adapter on my MacBook Pro 13" (Late 2016) with my LaCie Rugged 2 TB l SSD - Thunderbolt 2, it freezes my computer.

    15 of 18 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    If you have mini display port monitors like the LG Ultrawide, this product does not work. Usb-c to thunderbolt 2 cable directly into monitor.

    Additionally, if you have a DVI dongle to thunderbolt 2 into a computer monitor, this product will not work on that either.

    Also, Apple marketing and case studies, I never use the touchbar on my new mac because it distracts from looking at the screen and takes more time to touch something on there than using a shortcut.

    Apple trying to be "edgy" FAILED. I'm about one product away from going to the darkside and getting a Razor pc.

    11 of 26 people found this useful

  • 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.

    16 of 31 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    I was disappointed to learn that this adapter would not work with a Mini DisplayPort cable but it also does not work with my thunderbolt 2 drives. They won't mount and ask to be initialized. It gets interesting when I plug my Mini DisplayPort into the TB2 hard drive and then connect that hard drive to the MacBook. The Dell display now works but the hard drive still does not.

  • 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.

    33 of 38 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".

    11 of 15 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.

    6 of 9 people found this useful