• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    2017 iMac + Thunderbolt Display

    • Written by Brynnlee B from Carlisle

    There are WAY too many negative reviews on this adapter --- and most are likely nonsense. Just connected my 2017 iMac (27" Retina) with this adapter directly to my Thunderbolt Display (purchased in 2015). Works FLAWLESSLY! It recognized it, fired right up and there are no issues.

    Stop reading all the negative reviews -- if your set-up is like mine ... This cable will work. Buy it and move on!

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked great: Apple Firewire Thunderbolt 2 -> 2017 MBP Thunderbolt 3

    • Written by Mark E from Littleton

    I have a couple of old Sony camcorders that only have Firewire interface for pulling video off of them, and historically I have used an Apple Firewire Thunderbolt 2 "dongle" to accomplish the task. Now that I have a shiny new 2017 MacBook Pro with Thunderbolt 3, aka USB-C, I needed a way to bridge the gap between the old and the new.

    After reading the various reviews, it became apparent that this particular use case should work fine since my need is to go from legacy Thunderbolt 2 to Thunderbolt 3. So I purchased the adapter from the Apple store, plugged everything together, and like magic, Final Cut Pro recognized my old camcorder and pulled video from it just like the old days.

    This is literally the only reason I would use this adapter, but for my purposes it works perfectly. I docked a star from my rating purely because of the crazy cost -- $50 seems like a whole lot of money for a simple dongle. But it is Apple after all.... :-)

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Outrageous UK price

    • Written by Richard K from SANDWICH

    Have just spent £29 in Apple Store purchasing Thunderbolt to FireWire cable from “expert” who obviously was unaware that latest spec iMac now has only USB-C. Apple even confuse their own people by referring to this as Thunderbolt 3! Now need to spend around £50 for extra USB-C to thunderbolt adapter. Two years ago Apple reduced the price of these from $49 to $29 as part of a reduction of most USB-C cables, but have sneaked them back up to $49! I regret spending almost £3000 last year on top of the range iMac and will stick to PCs in future which are not a customer rip off!

    1 of 3 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Lacie D2 Professional (usb-c)

    • Written by alexander W from London

    Bought to connect the new Lacie D2 Professional (usb-c) to an imac with Thunderbolt ports only.
    Be warned it will not work for this purpose. Returning adapter for a refund and having to make to with the supplied usb lead. Zzzzzz

    1 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    This adapter screwed me bigly.

    • Written by Eric W from Thunder Bay

    Just bought a new LACIE 2Big Dock Thunderbolt 3 for my new MacBook Pro. Now how do I transfer all my data from my old Lacie 5Big Thunder bolt 2 drive when this adapter can't do the job? The description says it can, but it can't! I have two of these adapters and neither work! Did i just lose over a thousand dollars because of this adapter? I'm so screwed!!! What do I do now?

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    They do not appear to work on older Macs

    • Written by Don L from La Habra

    Apple's documentation says that this adapter should work in both directions. That is allow a Macintosh equipped with Thunderbolt 2 ports to connect to a hard drive equipped with a Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) port. I tried this with a new G Drive mobile USB-C drive. It would not work. I tested the drive on the same Mac via the USB 2 port it works (slowly). I test the computer's Thunderbolt 2 ports with a native Thunderbolt 2 drive. This combination work also. That leaves the 'Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter' as the failing part. I contact Apple support. After about 30 minutes of texting and testing, they recommend I return the adapter as defective. However. I actually had a second adapter I wanted to connect two new hard drives to this computer. I tested the second adapter. The same problem, no connection. It appears that this adapter does not have the level of compatability Apple claims for older Macintoshes with Thunderbolt 2 ports.

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works as Advertised

    • Written by Guinevere M from Teague

    I was really concerned when I read all of the negative reviews of this product, but I needed it to make my old external drives work with my new MacBook Pro as well as to assist with transferring all of my files from the old MacBook Pro to the new one. This adapter worked perfectly for me. I had no trouble connecting my 2018 15" MacBook Pro to my old MacBook Pro to transfer my files. Furthermore, it works great for me to connect to my external hard drives, which are still running with Firewire 800, an adapter that converts that to a 2nd gen Thunderbolt cable, which was then plugged into this adapter. No problem with the drive mounting and being read or writing to it. This system (albeit a bit on the convoluted, too many dongles side) worked fine with external drives that have a separate power source as well as external drives (such as a LaCie Rugged Drive) that are powered through the Mac. Between the purchase of this adapter and a $40 hub, I am good to go with my new computer and my old peripherals.

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    ONLY works for TB2 Connections

    • Written by Tim H from Woodinville

    Note that this adapter ONLY provides a Thunderbolt 2 connection. It does NOT duplicate the DisplayPort features of Thunderbolt 2 connectors on earlier Apple laptops, so you CANNOT use it to connect display.

    12 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Be wary

    • Written by Adam G from SALFORD

    For the cost of this adapter you would expect it to bring your coffee as well as perform all connection functions you can think of. Especially in the aftermath of limited connectivity, I'm all for going wireless but something things just need a wire, like a display!
    The holes fit so it it should work, yes? NO. Very expensive what it does.

    0 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Didn't work even though Apple support says everything is the correct setup.

    • Written by Kirsten G from Philadelphia

    Very frustrated. I have been using my 2011 iMac as a backup to my mid-2015 MBP as well as a secondary monitor for a couple of years. Purchased a brand new 2018 13" MBP with touchbar. Bought this expensive adapter to continue to run the iMac as a secondary monitor. IT DOESN'T WORK. Spent 30min on the phone with support who confirmed it should work (set up was correct). All I get is a black screen (my MBP recognizes a second display in settings but nothing but black on the iMac). I absolutely need a second screen for work. I have spent way to much time searching support, googling, and now researching new monitors. Thanks Apple.

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Expensive but great product

    • Written by darcy T from Tauranga

    Just bought a Macbook 13" 2018 with touch bar (lowest spec) model and needed backwards integration to run my Mackie firewire desk. I now have it daisy chained from firewire cable to thunderbolt 2 cable to this thunderbolt 3 adapter. Works like a charm first time. No noise on cable (as opposed to massive buzz from using noisy 3.5"audio jack. Great product Apple. Saved me having to upgrade my $1500 firewire desk. Recommended.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by Nat K from Woodacre

    I guess I should have heeded the other reviews that said this thing does not work. Indeed it does not. I bought this to connect a usb-c external drive to my iMac's thunderbolt port but the drive wont mount. Drive works with the usb-c to usb cable.

    16 of 22 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    It works if you know what you're buying

    • Written by Kane H from West Horndon

    All the bad reviews of this product are people who don't know what monitor they own and/or don't understand what this adapter does.

    Thunderbolt 1 and 2 reuses the Mini Display Port. Thunderbolt 3 uses USB-C. This adapter changes the USB-C Thunderbolt connection to a Mini Display Port Thunderbolt connector.

    It is NOT a USB-C Thunderbolt 3 to Mini Display Port connector. So, if your monitor uses a Mini Display Port input like the Apple Cinema Display, this will not work. Your monitor MUST use Thunderbolt as its input.

    I'm using it on dual 34" ultrawide LG monitors and these adapters work perfectly.

    13 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works like a champ....

    • Written by Albert W from Hercules

    Seeing a lot of negative reviews. It is one direction. Your main device must have USB-C port. It will not work if you are going reverse with a Thunderbolt 2 cable to the adapter and then to USB-C external drive.

    It works as intended with my G-Tech ev All-Terrain Case with Thunderbolt. I attach the USB-C end to my latest Macbook Pro and then attach the other end to my external drive. It powers it up and i am able to mount it.

    16 of 23 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked like a champ

    • Written by Lo-Cal M from Eugene

    I saw all the reviews saying the adapter didn't work, and I was leery about buying it. I went to the Apple store, took my laptop(MBP 2014), and my Lacie 6TB Thunderbolt 3 hard drive, and setup the config with the adapter. I plugged the Thunderbolt 3 male end into the Lacie drive, plugged Thunderbolt 2 cable to the female end of adapter and to my laptop. Drive appeared on my MBP within seconds. Data transfer is flowing much faster now :) I'd post a pic of the setup, but I don't see that option.

    15 of 17 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Daisy Chain Dream

    • Written by Anthony S from Tarragindi

    I am using this adaptor with my external hard drive and external monitor. The external monitor uses a display port connection and is connected to the external hard drive, which is then connected to my laptop. Works perfectly! Wake functions work normally.

    This is a very expensive product, but in my case it allows me to use my legacy hardware in the meantime.

    Specifically the setup is as shown:

    Macbook Pro 15" -> USB C to THUNDERBOLT 2 adaptor -> External Hard Drive (THUNDERBOLT) -> External Monitor (daisy chained from external hard drive)

    - WD My Book Velociraptor Duo Thunderbolt (2TB)
    - ASUS PA238 Monitor

    0 of 1 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works for data connection to Promise Pegasus R4

    • Written by Mark B from Carmel Valley

    I used this adapter to successfully connect my new 27" iMac (usb-c) to my Promise Pegasus R4 (thunderbolt 2). I upgraded the R4 with new drives, but not using them as a RAID array. On startup each of the external R4 drives shows up on Finder and works as expected. Incidentally, I also daisy-chained another G-Technology 4TB external drive into the open Pegasus Thunderbolt 2 port and it too showed up on Finder without any issues going through this adapter.

    I rate this as 4 stars.. it's a little pricey for 5 stars, folks.

    2 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Only works one way :(

    • Written by GATES B from Brooklyn

    Older devices -> 2018 Macbook Pro = ok
    Newer (usb-c) devices -> 2013 Mac Pro = nope!

    Maybe this works fine connecting thunderbolt 2 devices to a new macbook pro. But if you were wanting to use it to connect new devices to a computer with legacy ports (re: any computer other than the newest macbook pros) than you're SOL.

    $50 spent, and I still can't connect a usb-c hard drive to my Mac Pro tower.

    21 of 34 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not work as Display Port

    • Written by Andrii S from Kiev

    I can't connect Dell monitor with with it... Very dissapointed

    11 of 23 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works perfectly for me for an Apogee Duet 1 (with Firewire 400 port)

    • Written by Richard L from Prevost

    I read most of all the negative reviews and hesitated to buy...
    But I took my chance because I still have seen a couple of good reviews related to audio equipment.
    I have a first generation Apogee Duet audio interface that has a Firewire 400 connector. That Apogee Duet 1 audio interface is perfect for my needs and I really didn't want to buy a 800$ Duet 2 (now USB) just because of a connector type...
    I was already using a Thunderbolt 1 to Firewire adapter to the Duet from my old Macbook Air 2011.
    I just got a new Macbook Pro w/touch bar and the 4 Thunderbolt 3 ports.
    I couldn't find a single Thunderbolt 3 to Firewire adapter, so I decided to try to daisy chain the 2 adapters, and it worked flawless, hot plugged, no reboot, on first try, nothing further to do.
    Perfectly satisfied. Yes... 59$ is very expensive for an adapter, but with that kind of result, I give it 5 stars.

    2 of 2 people found this useful