• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not work as adapter for external hard drive

    • Written by Cody H from Tallahassee

    Purchased a Lacie 2TB USB-C external hard drive alone with a Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 adapter and a thunderbolt cable. I have a late 2013 MacBook Pro with TB2 ports. Once the adapter was plugged into the hard drive and the TB cable into the adapter the hard drive would not power on. Not sure what the issue was. Went back and purchased the Lacie 2TB with Thunderbolt.

    23 of 26 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    About the compatibility of the Apple Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2

    • Written by Viorel L from Barcelona

    If you plan to buy this adapter or bought it and seek clarification regarding compatibility then make sure you read the Apple page entitled "About the compatibility of the Apple Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter"
    on the apple support site or google for HT207266 (Apple very helpfully prohibits posting links). The page explicitly says that the adapter only works under osx Sierra and lists other limitations.

    14 of 16 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not Working With LaCie Rugged (Thunderbolt)

    • Written by David L from New Rochelle

    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 19 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not reliable, you might have to secure connection with tape

    • Written by David M from Grand Ledge

    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 10 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Need to take second one back

    • Written by Judy L from Wilkinsburg

    Talked with with Apple support and techs at store but it did not work for hooking up to monitor using an HDMI to mini-display port cable.

    It does work for hooking up my Lacie external drive for time machine backups...


    11 of 15 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Broken after 4 Weeks

    • Written by Brent L from Oklahoma City

    Worked very well for about 4 weeks. Now iMac doesn't recognize device, and cable is fine, so must assume bad adapter. $30 for 4 weeks not worth it. Would have been satisfied at 6 months before breaking.

    10 of 14 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not working with my LaCie d2 3TB External HDD - Thunderbolt 2

    • Written by Jason R from Irvine

    When I use the adapter on my MacBook Pro 13" (brand new model) with my LaCie d2 3 TB External HDD - Thunderbolt 2, it freezes my computer. I have to unplug the adapter from my MacBook Pro and then the computer restarts. I have used the USB-C to USB adapter with the LaCie External HDD and the USB cable that came with the LaCie External HDD and it has not caused any problems. However, I want to use the Thunderbolt 2 connection on the LaCie External HDD because the USB connection is so much slower.

    9 of 12 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.

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Only works with MacBook Pro's

    • Written by Russell D from Columbus

    At the University I work at about 65% of the computers we use are Mac's. These are the first one's we're ordering. Some will get Pro's while most won't.

    The adapter works well with the MacBook Pro's and those folks are able to use their legacy docking stations without issue.

    Those that are receiving MacBook's are out of luck. This is very disappointing that they cannot use their legacy peripherals and only adds to the expense. I'll change the rating when Apple figures out how to allow them to use the Thunderbolt 2 to thunderbolt 3 adapter.

    8 of 11 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    ONLY works for thunderbolt devices and causes crashes

    • Written by Yona A from Eugene

    Be aware: this dongle ONLY works for thunderbolt devices, NOT DisplayPort monitors, despite using the same port. You need a special USB C to DisplayPort cable for that.

    Also, with my Apple Cinema Display using this adapter, I frequently get kernel panics when disconnecting the display, though that may have more to do with have storage devices attached to the display.

    9 of 13 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.

    11 of 18 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Sort of works

    • Written by Manuel M from Ellicott City

    Used adapter to connect to Thunderbolt Display. When directly connected to new MacBook Pro, the screen kept flickering every so often. Tried several things to get it working without flickering, but to no avail. Then had the thought of connecting the adapter to a thunderbolt cable going to my docking station. I then connected the monitor to the docking station. Well, guess what? It worked! Seems that routing the video through a third party docking station helped to prevent the flickering screen. Way to go Apple!

    2 of 2 people found this useful