• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work

    • Written by Jeremy F from Tarzana

    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.

    16 of 22 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    a nightmare using TB 2 adapter to TB 3

    • Written by Helena L from A Coruna

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

    23 of 24 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

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

    • Written by Tobias O from Krakow

    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.

    12 of 15 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.

    7 of 7 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.

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Firmware issue so adapter does not work

    • Written by ANDREA P. D from Manhattan

    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.

    7 of 13 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

  • 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.

    6 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by Tim D from Marina Del Rey

    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.

    20 of 30 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

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

    • Written by Paul R from Villa Park

    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.

    15 of 25 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.

    9 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Waste of time

    • Written by Sharon P from Spartanburg

    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.

    33 of 34 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Way overpriced Apple-Problems with SSD Thunderbolt 2 ext drive

    • Written by George D from Orange

    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.

    25 of 25 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Please, do not buy it!!!

    • Written by Rinat S from Boston

    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.

    41 of 47 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

  • 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.

    15 of 18 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Totally frustrating

    • Written by Jerry H from Harrisonburg

    I can't get drives to mount or cameras although I have tried all four ports and multiple times. This is a massive waste of money. I may need to consider moving away from my 30 years as a MAC user because I can't get my work done.

    22 of 27 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

  • 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.

    15 of 15 people found this useful