• 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.

    7 of 7 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.

    11 of 12 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great for use with TB audio interfaces.

    • Written by John M from Lisburn

    I use this to convert a TB2 cable for use with a TB3 port on my Win10 PC and 2018 Mac Mini. No issues. Build quality seems fine. Rated 4 our of 5 instead of 5 solely because it seems a bit overpriced.

    3 of 3 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.... :-)

    14 of 16 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.

    7 of 9 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works but limited

    • Written by Seth B from Enfield

    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.

    13 of 15 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works as described

    • Written by Dylan W from Footscray

    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)

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Overpriced but now have two additional monitors for my 2017 MBP

    • Written by Eric C from Lake oswego

    My work computer is a 15" MBP with only USB C ports. I was using the Duet Display app to connect the MBP to my 12.9" iPad for more screen real estate via USB C to Lightning cable but needed more monitors for the type of work I was doing. I already had a 2013 iMac as my main computer. This enabled me (with a thunderbolt 2 cable) to use my iMac as a third monitor with my 15" MacBook pro and 12.9" iPad. It's made me a lot more productive.

    Rant: For the amount of money Apple makes us shell out for the MBP with only USB C ports they should include this and all the other adapters with the laptop.

    But happy it's working :)

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works fine for my 2017 iMac and MOTU 828x

    • Written by Tim C from Hagerstown

    I was reluctant to buy this based on all the bad reviews. But I feel like they're mostly written by, generally, computer illiterate people and people who expect this to work in ways that it is not designed. Anyway, I just needed to connect my MOTU 828x Audio Interface (thunderbolt 2) to my 2017 iMac for my recording studio and it works just fine. Maybe I'm lucky and everyone else who has had problems are unlucky. I don't know.

    15 of 19 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Belkin Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock with MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2017)

    • Written by Prateek M from Dublin

    I used this connector to hook up MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2017) + Belkin Thunderbolt 2 Express Dock + Samsung 4k 28" Display and it worked like a charm.

    Note: This will not power MacBook and you have to use charger

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works, but not flawless

    • Written by Erik H from Breda

    This dongle does what it needs to do: connects my thunderbolt Drobo 5d to my macbook pro 2016. The dongle does NOT support displayport screens like the thunderbolt connection on older macbook pro's used to do.

    Besides that, the connected device is sometimes not recognized when I boot up my mb pro... Annoying, but it happens only once in a while...

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked out-of-the-box

    • Written by pascal D from Merelbeke

    I use the adapter and a Thunderbolt-cable to connect a late 2016 15" MacBook Pro to a late 2013 27" iMac.

    When I press CTRL-F2 on the iMac keyboard, the iMac goes into Target Display Mode and its screen acts as a second display for the MBP. Going into Target Display Mode is very fast and works right away, which was not always the case when doing the same with a an older MBP that has a Thunderbolt-port built-in. The iMac-screen is also quick to wake-up together with the MBP.

    Pricey, but money well spent considering I can postpone buying a new monitor + I get to keep the iMac without extra clutter on my desk, except for the adapter of course.

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works fine with external RAID

    • Written by Peter G from Falmouth

    I'm not using it for a monitor so I can't comment on those problems, but it works fine from a 2017 iMac to a Thunderbolt 2 OWC Thunderbay RAID (4 bay).

    17 of 17 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works with Apple Thunderbolt Display

    • Written by Armin S from Zurich

    After reading so many conflicting reviews I contacted Apple Support about using this Adapter with a 2017 15" rMBP and the Apple Thunderbolt Display 27". They confirmed it should work and I went and bought the adapter. Works flawlessly so far and recognised the plugged in Apple Keyboard and Logitech Mouse Receiver instantly.

    Price is way too high as usual, hence the reduction by 1 star.

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Western Digital Thunderbolt 2 external drives on a late 2016 MacBook Pro 13

    • Written by Howard W from Coeur d'Alene

    Despite all the reviews about TB2 adapters not working (read the fine print on the adapter!) on hard drives like the WDC drives everything seems to work well. I have the big WDC Bolt duo drivers daisy chained together and it worked. Also, tested with the portable Thunderbolt My Passport TBolt2 with this adapter. Read and write tests. EVERYTHING SEEMS TO WORK! Anyone lucky too (WDC says that they haven't tested so they won't approve officially). I just don't want to buy new high-capacity external backup drives. This adapter seems to work!!!

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Thunderbolt 2 to Thunderbolt 3!

    • Written by Jessy V from Augusta

    People keep on complaining that this device doesn't work with DisplayPort devices... which on the box itself it clearly says that it is thunderbolt 2. I have a late 2012 iMac that Im using as the display and it is connected to my 2016 MacBook Pro. It works like a charm. My only beef with this adapter is the price.

    21 of 22 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works fine connecting Thunderbolt display to 2016 MacBook Pro

    • Written by Chris D from Los Angeles

    Worked right out of the box. No issues yet. All usb devices plugged into the monitor work fine.

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works fine to connect Touch Bar MacBook Pro 2016 with Thunderbolt Display

    • Written by Dave M from Los Gatos

    Just purchased a new 2016 Touch Bar Macbook Pro. This adapter works fine to connect to my older Thunderbolt display. It does seem to wake the screen up more slowly, but that's the only difference I see.

    I haven't tried daisy chaining any Thunderbolt devices.

    4 of 6 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    excellent but not for everything

    • Written by Dan S from Emsdetten

    Works great to transfer Data from an old to a new Macbook at totally ridiculous transfer speeds :)

    I currently have two daisy chained thunderbolt Displays connected to a 2016 Macbook Pro. Only issue I have found so far is a slight unreliability in the ethernet port recognition, but other than that its awesome.

    Unfortunately the Focusrite clarett 2pre Audio Interface Device is not supported (yet, if you trust their support site).
    So If you hope to use your existing recording equipment be warned!

    13 of 16 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    As Advertised

    • Written by Todd S from Austin

    I'm having no issues using this to connect to two daisy-chained Thunderbolt monitors. The only thing that would make this better is if it would provide power by my late-2016 MBP. I can't complain, though, because that limitation was disclosed.

    7 of 9 people found this useful