• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Beating a dead horse

    I recently purchased an iMac 27" and wanted to use my older 30" Cinema Display as a second monitor. After ready many sources I opted to buy the Mini Display Port to Dual Link DVI Adapter. Once I tried to hook this up I found there were no mini display port on the iMac. So now I suppose I must buy another adapter to hook mini display plug to firebolt? Or is there some other adapter I need to make this work? Planned obsolescence I say.

    1 of 3 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Late 2012 iMac bootcamp for gaming setup

    I use this cord to connect to a 144hz monitor I got for gaming on my iMac 2012 because I got tired of the constant screen tearing with ALL my games I played on the native monitor. I thought that this would be a good compromise because I wanted to get a second monitor anyway for things like watching 1080p videos in native quality or reading articles without having to squint. The primary purpose of getting this monitor was to play games at a higher refresh rate though because the iMac is limited to like 59 hz or 60 hz (which caused the tearing). This adapter has pretty much completely eliminated that screen learning problem and I can play games at higher frame rates and settings as a result. It does have some caveats though. The snow problem mentioned is very irritating but it seems to ONLY happen in the mac partition. It is corrected by unplugging and replugging the mini display plug for me. The other issue is that it is limited to 120 hz gaming, so I can't take advantage of the full 144 hz my monitor can dish out. When I try to set it at 144, it freaks out and goes to black for extended periods of time before defaulting back to 120. Expensive is the last con, as I would have given 5 stars easy even with the other problems if this had been $50. I would say do your research, make sure you know WHY you should or even need to buy this before getting it. This is a good solution for me though because I can play games at 1080p without stressing my iMac to pieces, and get 120 hz for smooth gameplay and seriously extend the life of my aging mac that can still game.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works in Macmini Late 2012 with 10.9.5

    Im happy with this Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter, its working, the native resolution of my monitor is 2560x1440, and looks great!!! But the price... is expensive.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Stops working every so often

    As the other reviewers state, this product will definitely shut off every so often. You then need to disconnect and reconnect either the DVI connection or the USB/mini-DisplayPort side. I've used this thing for years and it been very random for me. Sometimes days go by with no problems. Sometimes the thing needs to be reset 10 times in one hour. Mac mini feels like a somewhat neglected product and this peripheral doesn't help that perception.

    3 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    The worst product I've ever bought

    This is the worst product I've ever bought. It works fine for a while until the screen goes black and I have to unplug and replug the cables to fix the problem. There's also intermittent flickering. DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT.

    Adapter Type: Apple Mini DisplayPort To Dual-Link DVI Adapter
    Adapter Firmware Version: 1,03

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Dissappointed

    This adapter only works for does not work as specified which is for anything above 1920x1200. I have tried this adapter using: Dell 3007WFP, MacBookPro5,1 and Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link DVI Adapter firmware version 1.0.3.

    I am really hoping that Apple will fix these issues because a lot of people in Tech Writing, IT, Software Development, Engineering, and Movie/Photo editing require 2560x1600 on 30" monitor (whether generic or Apple manufactured) making their day to day lives easier.

    Please help us Apple! :-)

    21 of 23 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Another fail for Dell 3007WFP-HC

    I got this a while back for my 15 inch Macbook Pro. Although 2560x1600 looks amazing on OSX, there was so much obvious distortion that the adapter obviously has a design flawed. I tried jigging the cable numerous times. Overall, it just doesn't work. Judging by the other reviews, seems like Apple completely ignored fixing this problem. If this happens to you, Apple will give you a full refund, so save your receipt. It's a shame though, I've been using Windows all these years because of this issue (and some other), while I could have been on OSX.

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    It's Christmas time on my 27" Dell monitor! (Festive colored snow)

    So, we've got 3 of these in my office, connected to our Dell 2560x1440 monitors, everyone experiences sporadic connection issues. Just snow for me, but it's still really irritating, especially for a 99 dollar cable with an Apple logo on it!

    15 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Why Hasn't Apple Fixed This Yet?

    total failure, this adapter will cut off, have to be reset hundreds of times, and cause more stress than it could ever be worth. TOTAL RIP OFF.

    28 of 34 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Firmware Version 1.03 does not eliminate "flickering snow" problem

    I tried this adapter with a NEC PA271W monitor. I am using a 17" MacBook Pro (2011 model, 8GB RAM) with OSX 10.6.8. Initially, I was experiencing the "flickering snow" problem about 25% of the time when my computer woke from a sleeping state.

    It was very frustrating to have to cycle the monitor off and back on or to unplug it from the computer and then reconnect it so often to clear up the display.

    It was able to reduce the frequency of the problem by connecting a USB cable between the monitor's Upstream USB Port 1 and the USB port on the Adapter. But this did not eliminate the problem.

    NEC tech support sent me a Mini DisplayPort-to-DisplayPort cable (NEC Part Number PA-MDP-CABL, price $29.99). They also instructed me to connect an A/B USB cable between the monitor's Upstream USB Port 1 and the computer.

    So far, this has fixed the problem.

    This cable does support the Monitor's highest resolution, 2560 x 1440, 60 Hz.

    I do not know how well this particular cable will work for non-NEC monitors. There is a latch on the end of the cable that locks into the DisplayPort on my NEC monitor. I do not know if the DisplayPort connections on monitors from other manufacturers have the same fitting.

    19 of 21 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Can't play rented iTunes content, and shows "snow" on blacks

    This adapter lets me connect my mid-2011 (Thunderbolt) MacBook Air to my old 30" Apple Cinema Display. It works for the most part, but it has significant flaws:

    1. Pure black areas show a little "snow" on the Cinema Display.

    2. The adapter doesn't seem to support HDCP, which means I can't rent a movie in iTunes and play it back on the 30" display. This is annoying given that I'm using an all-Apple setup, and renting iTunes content! (This does not seem to affect purchased iTunes video content, though -- just rented video content.)

    Neither is a deal-breaker, but both are annoying.

    21 of 22 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    New cable with Firmware 1.03 did the job!!!

    Followed the advice of entry: Aug, 2011 from MK Atlanta. I "Screen grabbed" (Cmd + Shift + 4) and printed MK's entry, and information about my Mac's hardware, which showed that I had a old 1.02 firmware cable. Took all the printed information and old cable to Apple store and they exchanged it, no problem. We weren't able to test it as the store was packed and everyone was using the monitors and laptops etc. But as soon as I got home, connected the new cable no problems, no snow, no flickering....Halleluiah!!! Why can't they post this, or send us an update? My new Subaru has had some computer updates since I bought it in February..... I get a letter, take it in, update, end of story. (note: I have a mid 2010 MacBook Pro)

    27 of 28 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Expensive and Bulky

    For the price, this adapter should include a dual-link DVI cable. The adapter doesn't work properly unless you have the very latest version of the cable (with 1.03 firmware), so don't look for used cables on eBay. The adapter is bulky and requires the use of a USB port (though it does have a USB port on it). If you have a MacBook Air, and especially if you want to use an Air SuperDrive, you will have trouble connecting everything at once. This is because the SuperDrive will not work with USB hubs.

    Sadly, this is the only option available for some people depending on their display. If possible, a Mini DisplayPort or DisplayPort connection (with adapter) is a better bet for hi-res work.

    16 of 17 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Microsoft like solution

    Sure it works but instead of plugging directly into the computer now I need two adapters plus it takes up additional USB port. A major hassle not to mention that it's expensive!

    20 of 21 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Cable was hassle free (for me at least)

    I've never written a review but felt that this is such a hotly debated item it deserved some current input. I purchased the item new on July 27th from the 5th Avenue apple store and received the cable with firmware version 1.03 installed on it. I connected my 2008 Macbook Aluminum (version 5,1) to my newly acquired 30" mid-2007 apple cinema display and have not had any problems, it worked perfectly right out of the box.

    I mention all the technical details because maybe the problem is a combination of the a) firmware version of the cable b) computer and c) production date and type of monitor being incompatible. I can confirm that at least this combination works without problems.

    Either way, I'm really happy with the purchase as it works just like a cable should, does its job without any hassle. Only problem is the price, but if you are purchasing a 30" apple cinema display (a professional dual-link DVI monitor), I think it is understood that you may need to spend a little more to support it given that it is a specialty item and there is likely not a very large market for this product.

    14 of 16 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked fine for me

    I've been using it for over a year with a macmini and older 30" cinema display. Worked first time, every time with no problems. I was worried by the negative reviews, but I had no trouble.

    Some monitors don't require the dual link, so the regular dvi adapter that comes with the macmini works for them.

    10 of 12 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Unacceptable and Apple Support is Unable to Provide Solution

    I purchased a Makpro with two graphics cards supporting a total of six monitors and four of these adapters for a trading application. Every now and then a monitor will go blank at random and when that happens all the monitors fail to blue screens and when they reinitialize, the contents of all screens are scrambled. Support has asked a lot of questions but has not provided any solutions and now is not responding to my emails. I will have to return the computer and adapters and go back to the dreaded PC's (which have other issues but not this one). Too bad, otherwise, the computer is quite good. I have 8 Macs total so I am not new to them.

    16 of 17 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible Quality

    For $100, you'd expect a reliable piece of electronics. These adapters have done nothing but break and act completely unreliably.

    17 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    New IMac + Dell 3007WFP

    Like others I was leary about buying this device, given all the bad reviews. But decided to take a chance and glad I did so far. It was easy to install and setup. I did see it flicker my screen to white and back again, but this only occurred once. I do have firmware 1.03.

    16 of 19 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    No worries!!

    I agonised over buying this because of all the negative reports but really had no choice to try to get my new Dell U2711 display to work at its best resolution, 2560 x 1440. Much to my relief, when I connected up to my MacBook Pro 17" this evening, it works perfectly!!!!!

    31 of 39 people found this useful