• 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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by Jose B from Toronto

    This adapter works, but it's inconsistent. My monitor will inevitably and inexplicably just turn off. No warning. Sometimes I see a brief flash of some video artifacts on the screen before it goes out.

    To get the monitor working again, I have to unplug the adapter from my new Macbook Pro (with touch bar), then plug it back in. This happens a few times a day.

    Please fix, Apple. I would like to continue using my 27-inch Thunderbolt Display.

    20 of 21 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".)

    22 of 22 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Ovberpriced, useless, working one should have been included with Mac Pro

    • Written by TODD R from Menlo Park

    Does not work. Too expensive. And why did I need to buy one in the first place? Apple should have included this in the box. The Mac Pro is not "pro" in that you cannot use it for real work without buying a bunch of extra stuff -- and then even those don't work. The experience needs to be: walk into a customer site, plug into their A/V setup, present. That's what a "pro" model should do. These adapters don't even bridge that gap.

    32 of 37 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!

    12 of 12 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    waste of money for audio interface

    • Written by benjamin W from San Diego

    won't support audio interfaces. apple has put me in dongle trouble with the macbook 2016. and none of them work. such bad buyer's remorse.

    33 of 35 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Tried with three Thunderbolt displays, does not work

    • Written by Linda C from Las Vegas

    This is very frustrating. I have three Thunderbolt displays in three locations and a new MacBook Pro 13". Before purchasing my MacBook Pro I asked Apple if I could use it with the older Thunderbolt display. I was assured this $50 adapter would work. It does not. The screens light up to begin with then go black and either won't wake up or will only wake up with continual unplugging and replugging of the power cord. My new MacBook Pro will have been a very expensive investment if I have to purchase three new displays....or maybe that's Apple's intention.

    25 of 26 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

  • 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.)

    23 of 25 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.

    34 of 34 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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    doesnt work

    • Written by Alexandre A from Chicago

    I've been using this with the apple monitor and every time I have to plug and unplug multiple times until it finally connects and turn the monitor on. Not fun.

    19 of 25 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work with Dell U2715Hc

    • Written by Kseniia C from Mountain View

    Doesn't work with Dell U2715Hc

    17 of 28 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Works some of the time - partially works other times.

    • Written by Adam M from Dublin

    Issues with connecting to Thunderbolt displays. The Displays will connect video properly, but Ethernet, USB and firewire will only work some of the times. When they stop working it requires an SMC reset to get the machine to recognize the ports on the displays again. Plug the displays into a Thunderbolt 2 port mac (without the Thunderbolt 3 -> 2 adapter) and they work flawlessly.

    This product isn't ready for use, is buggy and lags on connect. Overall a poor job by Apple.

    18 of 19 people found this useful

  • 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

  • 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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Useless. Absolutely useless.

    • Written by WILLIAM G from Miami Beach

    I have a brand new 2017 13" Macbook Pro and bought this adapter to use with my Thunderbolt display. The display does not wake. I have been trying to troubleshoot the issue for the last hour with zero success. How can Apple put out a product like this that does not just simply perform the singular task it was designed to do?

    30 of 34 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