• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Connects a new MacBook Pro to an old Thunderbolt display

    • Written by Louis A from Waltham

    This cable may not work for all use cases, but if you have a new MacBook Pro (mine is a 2018) and an old Thunderbolt Cinema Display, this will work perfectly without issue - and retain all the functionality of the display's hub. The price tag is a bit excessive, $29 would have been easier to swallow.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    It doesn’t work!

    • Written by ED K from Westampton

    Tried to connect a 2014 Mac mini to an ssd with usb 3.1 gen 2.I had to buy another cable (thunderbolt male/male) to do the connection. $70 in cables and it doesn’t work! It doesn’t see the drive. Yet the slow connection that came in the box usb-c 3.1 gen 2 to usb... that works!

    1 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does NOT provide full functionality

    • Written by william M from Sycamore

    This adapter does not provide full Tbolt2 functionality. I had a tbotlt 2 dock that worked fine with my macbook pro with tbolt2 . I purchased this with a new Tbolt 3 macbook pro and it no longer provides most of the functions I had before. The new macbook pro wit Tbolt3 is an upgrade that is a downgrade in my opinion.

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Failed to connect Mac Mini Thunderbolt 1 to external USB C hard drive

    • Written by Scott L from Sandy Springs

    I was really excited to find this adapter and after spending $50 on the adapter and another $20 on a Thunderbolt cable, I now have $70 of useless connectors sitting on my desk. My external drive is powered and I have OS X Sierra as required but the drive does not appear in disk manager nor on the thunderbolt bus in system report. This thing is going back.

    2 of 4 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Expensive, but works for what it was meant for.

    • Written by David P from East Otis

    I read all the negative reviews of this product and almost did not by my new MacBook pro 2019. But I think people are expecting more than it was designed for. This adapter works beautifully for connecting MacBook pro to legacy Apple Thunderbolt Display. I was working with a 2011 legacy MacBook and and Apple Thunderbolt displays, both of which I was very dependent on. I have a legacy Apple ThunderBolt display both at home and at work. I needed these displays to work with a new MacBook Pro as any new machine would be so expensive that needing to also replace displays would be a no go. So I had been holding off on the MacBook pro purchase, nursing my legacy machine along. Finally the logic board failed in the legacy 2011 machine and I had no choice. The people in the Apple store were young enough they did not even know what I was talking about when I said I wanted to connect the new macBook pro to the thunderbold display. So I had to rely on the description on the adapter package. It clearly stated it would work with Apple ThunderBolt display, and since 1984, for the most part, what Apple says on their packaging for the most part is accurate. So I bought the new machine and the adapter. Plugged in the adapter to the connector on the Thunderbolt display and plugged in to the Thunderbolt 3 port on the macbook pro. Turned computer on. Image showed on the TB display instantly. Now for clamshell mode. Plugged the power supply in to a second thunderbold 3 port on the computer, closed the cover, and the main display instantly transitioned to the TB display. So I have two connections to make to go into desktop mode. Connect power and connect the display. Same 2 connections as before.

    Works great with the Apple Thunderbolt display. All ports on the thunderbolt display continue to work. My only complaint is on the price. $49 for an adapter? That cost this review one star. Come on Apple!!! You made the TB display and sold it to me for $1000, then eliminated the TB2 ports on the new machines. I spent $4000 on the new MacBook Pro. There should be some sort of program where owners of original TB displays could get this adapter for free. But thanks at least for making it so i did not have to repurchase displays.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by Kevin L from Troy

    I bought two of these because I have a Thunderbolt 2 to DVI adapter and Thunderbolt 2 to HDMI adapter. This does not work with either of those. I wish I read these reviews first. I could have saved time and bought a 3rd party Thunderbolt 3 to DVI adapter.

    0 stars.

    2 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Done with apple

    • Written by Benjamin P from Lake Arrowhead

    Device does not work when connecting lacie rugged harddrive to PC tower.

    3 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    DOESN'T WORK for Mac Pro (Late 2013) to connect to Samsung X5 - NOT bi-dir

    • Written by David S from Lindale

    Claims to be bi-directional but won't even show up in System Report when plugging into Mac Pro (Late 2013) aka "Trashcan" (trash can) Mac.

    Garbage design or lying marketing. You be the judge. Even tried going through a dock's thunderbolt repeater but connecting directly to the computer or the OWC Thunderdock 2, would not show up.

    Bought two thinking the first one was bad. Big waste of time and money. Stay away. Buy a Windows machine. Lies from Apple.

    2 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work with USB-C NVMe SSD enclosures

    • Written by Danilo S from Wien

    Beware this expensive adapter will not work with USB3.1 Gen2 (USB-C) HDD or SSD enclosures (unless enclosure has external power I think). I bought it to connect fast NVMe SSD drive over Thunderbolt 2 to my 2013 Mac Pro, tried on other TB2 macs and it didn't worked as well. Instant return! Now I have to use slow USB3 connection on my professional Mac Pro setup in 2019. Thanks apple!!

    4 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Can't get it to work with my Thunderbolt Display on Mac Mini

    • Written by Jesse D from Aliso Viejo

    Bought this to connect my Thunderbolt display to my new mac mini 2018 but I can't get it to work. No picture, just a blank black screen. Disappointing as this is the only means I have of attaching a monitor to the mini.

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Similar to most reviewers, I too have been plagued with problems

    • Written by Nathan T from Exton

    I bought this with the intent of connecting the USB-C / Thunderbolt end to why 2017 MBP and, along with an OEM thunderbolt 2 cable from Apple (I own a short and a long one, which were expensive when they were the current standard and rarely used AKA: like new) was planning to connect to my 2013 MBP's thunderbolt 2 port. My idea was to bypass wifi/Air Drop for maximum data transfer speeds. Was I successful? Of course not - if I had been, you'd see more stars on my review.

    Each OEM adapter/component cost around $50 when I purchased brand new (around $150 total). No need to detail the cost of the laptops themselves, but suffice to say, I expect my overpriced adapters and cords to work without exception - in a closed technological ecosystem such as the one Apple has created, I don't think this is too much to ask. The sad part is I also have really old and battered 2012 MacBook pro with a single thunderbolt 2 port on it. I was able to connect to that laptop without issue which means that there's either an issue with my MBP2013 thunderbolt port (both of them?) or there's something wrong with the adapter. Maybe there's some compatibility issue with my MBP2013's thunderbolt firmware, but where would I go to find out more info on this? I'm so frustrated by the fact that my 2017 MBP needs dongles and adapters for literally everything I want to do with it, standard functions on older machines, and when I shell out the money, I still have problems.

    Bottom line: Buy yourself a used 2015 MacBook Pro with a standard set of ports, don't buy this awful adapter because it clearly wasn't tested properly, and save yourself time, money, and headaches.

    8 of 13 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Take All the Negative Reviews With a Grain of Salt.

    • Written by Taylor H from Woods Cross

    I just upgraded my beloved 2015 15" MBP to a new 15" with the Touch Bar. I do a lot of video / photo editing and live streaming for work, so using the Thunderbolt 2 ports on my old computer was essential. I stream using OBS and have 3 BlackMagic Ultrastudio Mini Recorders that take my HDMI feeds and give them to me via Thunderbolt 2. With the new MacBook Pro, I obviously needed some kind of adapter, and didn't feel comfortable with any of the third party options out there. I was still hesitant to get this adapter because of all the negative reviews, but it was really my only choice. Ended up purchasing three of these along with other various adapters and it's worked great for me. After reading most of the negative reviews, it seems like people are expecting this to work with a Thunderbolt 3 drive - so they are trying to connect from the Thunderbolt 2 port on their older Mac, to the adapter, then plugging the adapter into the Thunderbolt 3 port on the drive. It doesn't work this way and cannot provide power to an external drive when used backwards like this. Why are they trying to use a Thunderbolt 3 drive anyways? The Thunderbolt 2 port on your computer won't support those speeds...

    I've used it in two applications - HDMI feed > BlackMagic Ultrastudio Mini Recorder > Apple Thunderbolt 2 cable > Apple Thunderbolt 3 Adapter > then into the Thunderbolt 3 port on my MBP. I run at least two of these simultaneously and it's worked great each time. I've also connected my Thunderbolt 2 to Ethernet adapter to this Thunderbolt 3 adapter and that worked great also.

    Only reason I'm giving 4 stars is because $49 is just too much. I feel like $29 would be a better price point for this product. Cost me over $150 in adapters to continue to do my job... That being said they work great for me and if you're going to use it in any of the ways I listed above, I don't expect you'll run into any issues.

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Totally misleading specs. DOES NOT WORK BIDIRECTIONALLY AT ALL.

    • Written by Carlos W from Columbia

    I bought this ca. $50 device to be able to connect a new Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) SSD device to my 27" 5k iMac that has Thunderbolt 2 ports. IT DOES NOT WORK. Going back to amazon for a refund.

    8 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Garbage product : Shocked apple has this on the market

    • Written by Greg K from Austin

    I own two of these adaptors. The first did not allow me to use the camera or the speakers on the LG UltraFine 5K display. The second one works, however, the display keeps cutting in and out occasionally. Tried with multiple Thunderbolt 2 cables with the same result.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Useless to connect TB2 Mac to SSD Drives that get power from thunderbolt 3

    • Written by Robert B from Saratoga

    Bought this because it says its bidirectional and should connect a thunderbolt 2 Mac (Late 2015 iMac in my case) to thunderbolt 3 peripherals.

    Unfortunately nowhere on the box or the website does it say it doesn't transmit power between the ports. Most of the SSD drives expect to get power from Thunderbolt 3.

    Now I have to return everything and I can't use a modern SSD Thunderbolt 3 drive on my iMac.

    19 of 20 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by Jonah K from San Francisco

    Apple needs to put this directly in the title of the product, because it's a pretty huge issue. I purchased this because I was using a mini dp display with my old MBP, once I switched to the new one I thought I would just purchase this to make my existing setup work, which was wrong. This will NOT work with mini DP monitors so now it's a useless $50 dongle I can't return

    12 of 20 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Works using iMac as a display but no audio passed through

    • Written by Ryan R from Inverurie

    Poor show from Apple. This works ok with an 2012 iMac hooked up as an external display (as long as I'm logged out of that Mac, go figure) but audio cannot be played via the iMac even though it's a output option in theb menu bar.

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't pass power so won't work with ssd

    • Written by Bert M from Sedona

    i bought this to use a usb 3C drive with 2011 iMac thunderbolt 2 . turns out it doesn't pass power to the drive and is rendered useless. Cant find a powered ssd enclosure. So it looks like usb2 device and is very slow.

    14 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not work with Patriot Evlvr Thunderbolt 3 external 1TB SSD

    • Written by Albert J from Surrey

    I wanted to connect Evlvr to old 2013 macbook pro 15". It stated it was bi-directional and expected it to work. The SSD does not light up nor connect with the rmbp.

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Buyer beware

    • Written by Terry M from San Francisco

    "As a BIDIRECTIONAL adapter, it can also connect new Thunderbolt 3 devices to a Mac with a Thunderbolt or Thunderbolt 2 port and macOS Sierra"

    Except it doesn't. Not on a late 2015 iMac's thunderbolt 2 port connecting to a LaCie D2 USB C port on MacOS 10.12.6. Must connect using LaCie's USB 3 cable at USB 3 speeds. Buyer beware.

    21 of 22 people found this useful