• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't seem to be bidirectional

    I wanted to connect a USB-C SSD to my Mac Pro with Thunderbolt 2 ports. It didn't work, the MacPro never detected the SSD. Just to make sure the adapter was not DOA I tried connecting a Thunderbolt 2 HDD to my wife's newer Macbook Air with USB-C ports, no problem, it worked. So either this adapter is not bidirectional contrary to Apple's claim or it does not work with an SSD. I was able to connect the SSD to a USB 3.0 port on the Mac Pro with the supplied USB-C/USB-A cable but given the USB 3.0 is much slower than Thunderbolt 2 I wasn't getting the speed benefit of the SSD, which was the whole reason why I wanted an SSD.

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works but limited

    Works to connect my OWC Thunderbolt 2 dock up to my 2016 MacBook Pro 15" although I wish this adapter had power injection so I could dock with one cable. People with thunderbolt displays would appreciate it as-well.

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Solved my Drobo 5D issues with iMac (2017)

    When I bought a 2017 iMac I moved my Drobo 5D from my 2013 MBP Retina (which was connected over Thunderbolt) to the iMac using the USB 3 cable that came with the Drobo. I had nothing but problems. Some Time Machine backups would occasionally and inexplicably fail to complete, my iMac would hang or shut down overnight. One time my main Volume on the Drobo even became corrupted. I reset, rebuilt and restored the Drobo from backups 3 different times over USB to no avail. Then I bought this adapter, used the Thunderbolt cable that I had been using with my MBP and reset, reformatted, rebuilt and restored my Drobo 5D from backup again and have had zero issues since. I've read that Drobo has some issues with USB with the iMac. Whatever the cause this adapter completely eliminated all problems for me and for that I think it's well worth the ridiculous price Apple wants to charge for it.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Adaptor Does not work with Dell Display Port (DP)

    Do not believe that this adaptor will help you connect your 2016 MacBook Pro to a Dell monitor with a DP (out). It will not. Doesn't work at all.

    The Dell monitors also have an HDMI connection. I'm hopeful that a Choetech USB-C to HDMI cable will work. Dell and Apple do not seem to cooperate or talk to each other at all. Disappointing. Reps on both sides are no help.

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does Not Work for USB-C to Mini-DVI with 2017 MBP ... but there is a way!

    I purchased an new 15" MPB JAN18 & tried to use this adaptor to connect to my two Dell P2715Q displays, no joy, blank screen. Went on line to do some checking and found this recommended "UPTab USB-C (also known as Type-C™ and USB 3.1) to Mini DisplayPort Active Adapter. Supports UltraHD (4K) 4096 x 2160 at 60Hz resolution. Compatible Devices Apple MacBook 2017 and MacBook Pro 2017 13"/15" with Touch Bar and Apple iMac 2017 21"/27". This adapter from UPTab works brilliantly and only costs $25. I ordered 2, plugged them in and instant dual HD displays.

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter

    With my 27" iMac I was connecting a HP 4K monitor using 2 Display Port to Thunderbolt 2 cables. When I upgraded to an iMacPro with the USB-3C input I chose to purchase two Apple Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 adapters. They did not work, regardless of how I connected, restarted, and switched the cables. Returned the Apple adapters and purchase two Display Port Adapter cables with a USB-C connector. Had to go online to find them, but they work just fine, and the cost for both cables was less than the price of one Apple Thunderbolt 3 to 2 Adapter. (Amazon: Plugable USB-C to DisplayPort Adapter)

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work

    So apple released it's new laptops with new cables. USB-C. Of course they want to be trend setters. I get it. I've had apple in my house since it first existed and loved it for a fair amount of time but there is a lack of care going into the design of new products. They are not being tested enough or thought through before being released to the public, creating a traffic jam and great deal of frustration for users.

    I had to purchase SEVEN adapters with my computer because the rest of the world is not yet doing USB-C like Apple is. This is the biggest pain the rear end for an Apple user and yet Apple doesn't care what so ever. More money in their pocket, who cares about what the general public thinks. Who cares about unsatisfied customers when you know the only other option is a PC which 99% of Mac users don't want? You have the perfect Monopoly. It makes sense.

    So what is so terrible about this adapter? It is bad on all monitors missing a USB-C connection. It's $50 for an adapter that doesn't work. I have tried it on numerous dell monitors and nothing but heat. It heats up a phenomenal amount and I get nowhere with it. I had to use the other multipart adapter to run a HDMI cable to my monitor and it works but doesn't work in the aspect ratio I want due to the type of connection.

    Tried to return but they said I had it too long. Now I have a $50 adapter that doesn't work sitting in the box on my desk leaving me frustrated. What else did they say? Buy a newer monitor that supports USB-C! Sure! Can you give me the money or trade me a new one for my old monitor??? ������

    If your going to buy this adapter, don't. Go buy a newer monitor that has a USB-C connection and save yourself problems.

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    a nightmare using TB 2 adapter to TB 3

    thunderbolt adapter from previous TB to the new TB 3 does not work with BlackMagic UltraStudio Mini Recorder

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work for Video, dont waste your money.

    Originally bought it for a Thunderbold 2 Black Magic Video converter, doesn't work at all. Just now I tried it with my display on my new 2017 MBP, doesn't work either. Apple, you make nice things, but this product is the one that gives you a bad rep... its utter garbage. Fifty bucks wasted and you cant even sell it because nobody buys them.

    5 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Allows Dell laptop to drive thunderbolt display

    I have a dell laptop with thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) and a thunderbolt display.

    While this may not be officially supported, this adapter allows the dell laptop to drive the display and sound. The FacetimeHD and ethernet do not work as windows complain not having the supported drivers.

    I am happy as I have been using my thunderbolt display with my mac. Now I can use the same display for the dell laptop as well.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works for me

    I bought 2 of these to use with a new 2017 iMac and external thunderbolt 2 devices. I've got one hooked to a Seagate thunderbolt goflex adapter with a SSD installed. I boot from it. The other adapter goes to a OWC Thunderbolt 2 Dock. From the dock I'm using 2 more Seagate goflex adapters (STAE129), one with another SSD installed and the other with a 2.5 inch hard drive, and a Buffalo ministation thunderbolt enclosure (HD-PATU3) with the hard drive removed and an SSD installed. These 3 thunderbolt 2 devices are daisy-chained from the one thunderbolt 2 dock connector. Out of the dock I also have 2 OWC firewire 800 enclosures connected. One with a Bluray drive installed and the other with a removable hard drive. The dock is also providing video to a 20 inch Samsung monitor connected via a HDMI to DVI adapter. So far I've had no problems with this setup.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Firmware issue so adapter does not work

    Hey apple is killing it lately. The adpater does now work. Sitting in the story trying to get any of them to work with external monitors and they do not. I would hold off on purchasing until they fix the issue.

    3 of 5 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works as described

    use case: connecting to displays

    This adapter works when connecting my 2017 usb c/thunderbolt 3 macbook pro to an old thunderbolt display at work.

    This adapter does not work when connecting the same laptop to a dell u2515H via the mini display port cord at home.
    i had to buy a display port -> usb c cord for this.

    My 2012 macbook air would work with both displays.

    Slightly confusing because thunderbolt and mini display port are the same shape plug. But this adapter won't take a display port signal - as outlined in the description.

    Search google/apple support docs with this text for clarity on the subject: 'Apple Mini DisplayPort adapters: Frequently asked questions (FAQ)' (urls not aloud in review)

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works PERFECTLY!

    Don’t let the negative reviews scare you.

    I purchased this adapter at an Apple Store to use with a new (usb-c only) 2016 MacBook Pro.

    It works flawlessly with the Thunderbolt Display.

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    This absurdly expensive port simply does not work.

    Plain and simple. Plug it into my iMac with Thunderbolt 2 ports - no devices registered. I might as well have just shoved $65 into the port - would have achieved the same result - nothing.

    11 of 19 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Useless for mini displayport displays! Other 3rd party ones work

    What a joke. This is useless for connecting a mini displayport Apple Cinema display. Spent 3 HOURS on the phone with apple support and an in person genius bar appointment before someone figured out this adapter is the problem.

    Tried this out with a 3rd party adapter (Henge Dock docking station) and it works just fine. Its ridiculous that Apple makes an adapter like this that doesnt even support all their OWN displays.

    8 of 15 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works well with 2016MBP in mac and bootcamp modes

    I've been using this adapter since March 2017 to connect to a single Thunderbolt 2 display and daisy chained Thunderbolt 2 displays in both Mac native and bootcamped modes without issue. I've also been able to use it with a UAD Apollo Twin II in both OS without issue.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Waste of time

    I just purchased a 2017 Macbook Pro with 4 Thunderbolt 3 ports. Sadly, I've had to order a dock at $ 299 to use USBs and other peripherals. My thunderbolt 2 dock would not mount using this adaptor. None of my Thunderbolt 2 external drives would mount using this adapter. I am beyond frustrated as the new docks and hubs do not have Thunderbolt 2 ports. Come on, Apple. You are better than leaving good customers in such a fix.

    22 of 22 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Way overpriced Apple-Problems with SSD Thunderbolt 2 ext drive

    First $50....com’on Apple.

    Bought this to use my existing T-bolt 2 SSD ext boot drive with the new 2017 27” iMac since Apple removed the T-bolt 2 ports entirely. A pain.

    This adapter works BUT it reduces the SSD speed down from 20/gbps to 10/gbps! Same exact drive but now slower.

    It matters because I am using the SSD as the boot drive for High Sierra.

    Also, when I bought this adapter at the Apple Store (reluctantly) the staff incorrectly thinks USB C drives are the same as Thunderbolt 2 or 3. They are not, Apple is confusing everyone by changing the ports to USB C. I cant even find a Thunderbolt 3 SSD drive to take advantage of the faster speed, I think Apple should have left a thunderbolt 2 port to make everyone’s life easier.

    17 of 17 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Please, do not buy it!!!

    The main (if not only) reason why anyone needs this overpriced accessory is to reconnect your old thunderbolt-2 display (such as a $1000 Apple Thunderbolt, for example) to your brand-new Mac Laptop. To put it simple:


    The new Mac is not fully compatible with thunderbolt-2 displays period. Technically, if you find the way to establish the connection, the display will work (happened to me on some lucky days), but on 50% of the times it will simply not turn on and nothing what you do will change this outcome.

    Dear Apple,

    I have no words to express my frustration with your awesome idea of releasing all-the-same port Macbook Pro Laptop, by default dependable on your price-charged adapters, and not even developing the adapters that actually work with other Apple products. Not even mentioning moving a sound port to the right, making the headphone cable to go under my right hand...

    Shame on you!

    It is my second big frustration with Apple products after my iPhone 6s bended by itself in my jeans pocket and Apple representatives had not accepted it as a bug.

    31 of 36 people found this useful