• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    2017 iMac + Thunderbolt Display

    • Written by Brynnlee B from Carlisle

    There are WAY too many negative reviews on this adapter --- and most are likely nonsense. Just connected my 2017 iMac (27" Retina) with this adapter directly to my Thunderbolt Display (purchased in 2015). Works FLAWLESSLY! It recognized it, fired right up and there are no issues.

    Stop reading all the negative reviews -- if your set-up is like mine ... This cable will work. Buy it and move on!

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works as Advertised

    • Written by Guinevere M from Teague

    I was really concerned when I read all of the negative reviews of this product, but I needed it to make my old external drives work with my new MacBook Pro as well as to assist with transferring all of my files from the old MacBook Pro to the new one. This adapter worked perfectly for me. I had no trouble connecting my 2018 15" MacBook Pro to my old MacBook Pro to transfer my files. Furthermore, it works great for me to connect to my external hard drives, which are still running with Firewire 800, an adapter that converts that to a 2nd gen Thunderbolt cable, which was then plugged into this adapter. No problem with the drive mounting and being read or writing to it. This system (albeit a bit on the convoluted, too many dongles side) worked fine with external drives that have a separate power source as well as external drives (such as a LaCie Rugged Drive) that are powered through the Mac. Between the purchase of this adapter and a $40 hub, I am good to go with my new computer and my old peripherals.

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works like a champ....

    • Written by Albert W from Hercules

    Seeing a lot of negative reviews. It is one direction. Your main device must have USB-C port. It will not work if you are going reverse with a Thunderbolt 2 cable to the adapter and then to USB-C external drive.

    It works as intended with my G-Tech ev All-Terrain Case with Thunderbolt. I attach the USB-C end to my latest Macbook Pro and then attach the other end to my external drive. It powers it up and i am able to mount it.

    16 of 23 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked like a champ

    • Written by Lo-Cal M from Eugene

    I saw all the reviews saying the adapter didn't work, and I was leery about buying it. I went to the Apple store, took my laptop(MBP 2014), and my Lacie 6TB Thunderbolt 3 hard drive, and setup the config with the adapter. I plugged the Thunderbolt 3 male end into the Lacie drive, plugged Thunderbolt 2 cable to the female end of adapter and to my laptop. Drive appeared on my MBP within seconds. Data transfer is flowing much faster now :) I'd post a pic of the setup, but I don't see that option.

    15 of 17 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works Great with Apple Thunderbolt Display to 2016 MacBook Pro w/USB-C

    • Written by Shawn L from Raymond

    Look carefully at negative reviews. If you are an Apple user, using Apple products, such as Thunderbolt Display to a 2016 MacBook Pro with USB-C ports, this works perfectly.

    20 of 26 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Has been working perfectly for nearly a year, 100% satisfied

    • Written by Riley M

    I have a 2017 macbook pro 13" no Touch Bar and use this adaptor for my Thunderbolt Display. Works just as well as it did on my air with absolutely no faults, and has been every since July, 2017 when I bought it along with my new pro.

    I use the three USB ports and the ethernet port on the back of the display constantly to 100% satisfaction, though I have never used it to daisy chain multiple displays.

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Solved my Drobo 5D issues with iMac (2017)

    • Written by Mikel M from Atlanta

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Allows Dell laptop to drive thunderbolt display

    • Written by KIN HUNG W from Savoy

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works for me

    • Written by Mark G from Bellbrook

    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.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works PERFECTLY!

    • Written by kofa B from Los Angeles

    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.

    4 of 7 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works well with 2016MBP in mac and bootcamp modes

    • Written by Todd C from Tucson

    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.

    7 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works Just Fine.

    • Written by Sebastian M from El Paso

    This adapter has worked flawlessly for me. I'm not sure why there are so many negative reviews. I almost didn't get it because of that but since there aren't many options for this adapter I figured I would try it. It is connected to about a dozen device which all function normally. Despite the fact that is says it won't work with DisplayPort, it will, the display port just has to be daisy chained behind a thunderbolt device. I have it connected to a CalDigit TB2 station - Drobo - Mini Display port to HDMI. In total it drives two 1080p displays, the drobo, gigabit lan, esata and a bunch of usb devices flawlessly.

    12 of 15 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works with chained Thunderbolt displays

    • Written by Mike W from Redmond

    Yes, it's overpriced. Moving on.

    Wanted to drop a note in here as it wasn't 100% clear if this would work with chained Thunderbolt displays. I can verify that it does. I have a 15" MacBook Pro (2017 model), connected to one 27" Thunderbolt display via this adapter, and then that display is connected to a second 27" Thunderbolt display. No issues at all.

    12 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great with thunderbolt monitors (not mini-display)

    • Written by Peter F from Round Rock

    This adapter works with Thunderbolt monitors, not to be confused with mini-display port monitors. They are easily confused because the connectors are identical. If your monitor connector has a picture of a thunderbolt on it, it will work with this adapter. If it has a monitor icon on it, (rectangle with a vertical line on each side) it's actually a mini-display port and you need a different solution. (There is a good MacWorld article about that; search "macworld mini-display usb-c".)

    18 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked perfectly out-of-the-box

    • Written by Craig R from San Jose

    I appreciate that many are having killer issues. I tried a cheaper, generic-brand USB-C-to-Thunderbolt2 converter and it didn't work.

    With pretty strong doubts I grabbed this dongle at the local Apple Store, hooked it up, and hey presto mundo! I'm driving my 27-inch Mac Thunderbolt display (purchased mid-2014) with a 2016 13-inch MacBook Pro (4xT3=USB-C ports) that's running Sierra 10.12.6, using Intel Iris Graphics 550 with 1536 MB. Audio feeds through fine (in and out); USB-B ports on the display are recognized and work fine; I don't chain T2 nor used wired Ethernet off the display so can't confirm, but suspect they work, too.

    Thunderbolt firmware versions: v22.1on the MacBook Pro busses, v26.2on the display (different numbering for different products).

    I hope this info helps, good luck!

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Perfect for iMac-2017-27" and Thunderbolt Display

    • Written by Rajmund N from Budapest

    I'am using this adapter for a 27" Thunderbolt Display and a Focusrite Clarett 4Pre connected to the TB Display.
    All working perfectly.

    Note: I guess some people don't know the difference between DisplayPort and Thunderbolt, or USB-C and Thb-3. This is not the adapter's fault. (Sorry.)

    22 of 24 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Worsk well with Thunderbolt 1 ELGATO dock and macbook pro 15" 2017

    • Written by Maciej P from Warszawa

    so, this is TB3 to TB2 adapter and TB 2 is backwords compatible with TB1, so it works with Elgato TB1 docking station well. I tried VGA external display attached to DOCK, LAN connection and USB. Not tried HDMI yet.

    12 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    does what it's SUPPOSED to do

    • Written by Cheshire I from Emeryville

    I have a Thunderbolt Display and had just gotten a 2017 MBP, and in trying to find out whether I could get an adapter to connect them, I came here and was initially scared off by the average two-star rating. I went so far as to almost pull the trigger on getting a USB-C display. Then I came back here once more and started actually reading the reviews -- it turns out that a ton of people here were simply angry that they wanted this adapter to do something it doesn't do, and they all gave the adapter one-star reviews.

    The adapter does what it was made to do: it adapts Thunderbolt 2 to USB-C. That's it. I connected the adapter to my Thunderbolt Display and plugged it into the new machine, and it worked perfectly the first time. (Well, almost perfectly -- the MBP needs to be plugged in to get the display to stay on.

    Is it ridiculous that Thunderbolt 2's connector is the same as Mini DisplayPort even though they're different specs? Yes, absolutely. But don't ding this adapter for not doing the thing it's not built to do.

    But if, like me, you need this more-expensive-than-it-should-be adapter to do the ONE thing it was made to do, then, like me, you'll be happy. Except for the $49 part. But hey, it's better than a $600 USB-C display. For now.

    Now, if Apple would finally get around to making a MagSafe-to-USB-C adapter, my transition to the new laptop will be complete.

    32 of 32 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works flawlessly with a good (LG, and others?) monitors, but Dell .. no.

    • Written by Glenn S from Windsor

    This adapter has worked great with LG monitors .. but have had nothing but trouble with the Dell monitors. They're just garbage .. out of 4 Dells ordered, two had flaws bad enough to need to return them .. and their customer service is just awful. Month long delays, worthless "we're not ready status" emails every day (sometimes twice a day, even though I told them to stop it), and replacing a $1500 5K monitor with a $500 4k monitor is not an option (although they think it is). The other two Dell monitors have been blinking on and off, don't wake up from sleep sometimes, and one of them refuses to do 5K with the dual DP cables .. although the other one does. I paid $6000 for 4 monitors that are basically worthless - and Dell refuses to issue a refund (since I purchased 2 of them through Amazon), and insists on swapping them with a horribly inferior model. Never, never again. All of my LG monitors, although at 4k instead of 5k, have been rock solid, and this adapter has been critical in keeping them that way!

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works with Thunderbolt Display and Belkin Thunderbolt 2 hub!

    • Written by Steve J from Edina

    I bought a MacBook Pro 13" and I have a Thunderbolt Display at home and this adapter worked great. I was able to use USB devices from the Thunderbolt Display ports and also the Ethernet port of the Thunderbolt display worked perfectly. At work, I have a Belkin Thunderbolt 2 hub, and this adapter plugged right in and I'm able to use all the devices just like I did with my MacBook Air which my MacBook Pro replaced.

    6 of 6 people found this useful