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AppleMini DisplayPort to Dual-Link Display Adapter, with USB Extension
 
4.2

(based on 28 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Reliable (17)
  • Good length (11)
  • Warranty (7)
  • Rugged (5)
  • Easy to use (3)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (3)

Best Uses

  • High-end equipment (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Power user (17), Enthusiast (5)
    • Primary use:
    • Business (18), Personal (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (19)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Works Great!

I've heard some rate this card as not working for some folks, but it worked great for me. I also heard it was because of a glitch in older operating systems. I'm running...Read complete review

I've heard some rate this card as not working for some folks, but it worked great for me. I also heard it was because of a glitch in older operating systems. I'm running Mac OS 10.5.7 on a 27" iMac, and it runs the 30" Apple Display just fine.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Necessary solution but expensive.

I've been using it for three months and it works fine with my HPZR30W. It does require the use of a thunderbolt port and a USB port on my MacPro to connect to the...Read complete review

I've been using it for three months and it works fine with my HPZR30W. It does require the use of a thunderbolt port and a USB port on my MacPro to connect to the dual link DVI on my monitor. It will not work without the use of both ports.

I feel it is too expensive for what it does but either that or buy a new monitor...

Reviewed by 28 customers

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3.0

The only reason I bought this is because I have to.

By CameraKungFu

from San Diego

Verified Buyer

Comments about Apple Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link Display Adapter, with USB Extension:

If you are still limping along a 30" Apple display then chances are you have to buy this adapter. I tried an off-brand first and the $20 savings wasn't enough to compensate for some annoyances it created. This one is only slightly better but it works most of the time. The only hang up is if the monitor is in sleep mode for extended periods of time upon wake it will flash on and off. The simple fix is to unplug the monitor for a couple seconds and plug it back in. Then I'm good for several days.

 
4.0

It works!

By Juancamilo

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Apple Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link Display Adapter, with USB Extension:

It does what it should. Great quality, but I think is too expensive.

 
1.0

Terrible product = Noise

Comments about Apple Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link Display Adapter, with USB Extension:

This product is responsible for horizontal lines flickering across my 30" Apple Cinema Display.

 
5.0

Good product

By juraz

from South River, NJ

About Me Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Performance
  • Good Length
  • Good Warranty

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Apple Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link Display Adapter, with USB Extension:

      This item works perfectly, no glitches at all, with my Mac Air 11 inch laptop and an Apple 30 inch cinema screen. My G5 tower needed an upgraded video card to run the same screen at full resolution... and here I am using my tiny little Air with the 30 inch screen with this adapter... no noise from a big video card... and I get full resolution!

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes
       
      5.0

      Perfect!

      By Cat Man

      from Brook, IN

      About Me Power User

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Performance
      • Good Length

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • High-End Equipment

        Comments about Apple Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link Display Adapter, with USB Extension:

        Purchased the Apple Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link Adapter to connect a Mid 2015 MacBook Pro to my 30" Apple Cinema HD Display... works perfect, no flickering, no lines, wakes up from sleep. This adapter works perfect in my scenario.

        • Primary use:
        • Business
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        4.0

        Does the job, only minor complaints

        By Emily

        from Nelsonville, OH

        About Me Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Performance
        • Good Length
        • Rugged

        Cons

        • Pricy
        • Uses 2 Ports Not One

        Best Uses

        • Work

        Comments about Apple Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link Display Adapter, with USB Extension:

        I use it to connect my 2014 MacBook Air to an Asus external monitor. I wish it did not use up BOTH the MiniDisplay port and the USB. I only have two USB's, so was not expecting to have to give one up to use the monitor.

        Another thing that is not B&H's fault: the adapter cost more than the monitor.

        But it gets the job done!

        • Primary use:
        • Business
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        4.0

        Good Solution for a DVI Dual Link monitor

        By Joe the Editor

        from Evansville, IN

        About Me Power User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Length

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Apple Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link Display Adapter, with USB Extension:

            I purchased this adapter in order to hook a new Mac pro up to and older DVI-Dual Link apple Cinema monitor. So far it has worked like a charm.

            • Primary use:
            • Business
             
            5.0

            Just what I excepted

            By Tony

            from Dubai

            Comments about Apple Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link Display Adapter, with USB Extension:

            Worked amazingly and immediately now I am using my Cinema Display on my MacBook perfectly

             
            5.0

            Works Great

            By KAH

            from Puyallup, WA

            About Me Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

              • High Cost

              Best Uses

              • High-End Equipment

              Comments about Apple Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link Display Adapter, with USB Extension:

              At first the 2nd display blinked on and off. After checking all the connections we realized the problem was the DVI cable. We replaced the cable with a good one and everything worked as advertised.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (0 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              All Hype

              By Presidio

              from San Francisco

              About Me Power User

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Performance
              • Good Length
              • Good Warranty

              Cons

              • Incompatible
              • No Performance Increase

              Best Uses

              • Dorm Room

              Comments about Apple Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link Display Adapter, with USB Extension:

              If you're looking for a DVI video adapter to connect your dual LCD monitors to a Macbook Air - don't bother with this Mini Display port. Macbook Airs only have 2 USB ports and 1 Thunderbolt port; my thunderbolt port was already assigned to a MAC VGA converter to allow an extra display of 1 LCD monitor. This leaves me with only 2 USB ports to connect a 2nd monitor.I was told by an Apple Genius that I shouldn't have to use the USB AND the Thunderbolt cables from this minidisplay port to connect my 2nd dual monitor; I "should be able to use just the USB plugin on this minidisplay port." Not so. Clearly this genius is not quite a genuis.Since the thunderbolt port is already connected to the VGA mac converter for the initial monitor extention, you must connect the 2nd thunderbolt port and the other USB port using the mini display port for it to work which of course is impossible with only one Thunderbold plugin available.Save yourself the headache and just get a regular USB to DVI External Video Card Adapter. This will connect you to the 2nd USB and save you one USB for all other items.

              • Primary use:
              • Business
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              All hype

              By Presidio

              from San Francisco

              About Me Power User

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Performance
              • Good Length
              • Good Warranty

              Cons

              • Bulky
              • Incompatible
              • No Performance Increase

              Best Uses

              • Dorm Room

              Comments about Apple Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link Display Adapter, with USB Extension:

              If you're looking for a DVI video adapter to connect your dual LCD monitors to a Macbook Air - don't bother with this Mini Display port. Macbook Airs only have 2 USB ports and one thunderbolt port both of which must be plugged in (1 USB, 1 thunderbolt) for this mini-display port to work - afterwhich it will only allow you to extend your display to one extra LCD monitor from the Macbook air even after the 2nd USB port is connected to the 2nd monitor via a VGA converter (thunderbolt). Since the thunderbolt port is already connected to the VGA mac converter for the initial monitor extention, you would need to have a 2nd thunderbolt port to connect a 2nd LCD monitor using the mini display port. I was told by an Apple Genius that I should have to use the USB and thunderbolt cables on this minidisplay port. Clearly this genius is not quite the genuis she pretended to be.

              Save yourself the headache and just get a regular USB to DVI External Video Card Adapter. This will connect you to the 2nd USB and save you one USB for all other items.

              • Primary use:
              • Business
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              5.0

              A big help with a Mac Pro

              By SimsVideo

              from Palm Harbor, FL

              About Me Power User

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Performance

              Cons

              • A little expensive

              Best Uses

                Comments about Apple Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link Display Adapter, with USB Extension:

                I had to purchase this so I could use a third monitor with my 2013 Mac Pro. Without it, the computer can only handle 2 HD monitors. It works great. Plugged it in to the computer and connected the adapter to the dvi port on my third monitor. and everything works. I'm not happy that I had to buy this in order to use three monitors. But now that everything is working, I'm satisfied.

                • Primary use:
                • Business
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                5.0

                Working Great!

                By Luis

                from Pennsylvania

                About Me Power User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Performance
                • Good Length
                • Good Warranty
                • Rugged

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • High-End Equipment

                  Comments about Apple Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link Display Adapter, with USB Extension:

                  Using this "Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link Display Adapter, with USB Extension by Apple" to connect a 30" Cinerma display to the MacPro (cylinder). Working great now, however I had to call Apple tech support because nowhere on Apple's site or in the instructions (sarcasm), it was explicitly explained that in order for the display-computer to work at the right resolution, both the USB and the DVI connectors needed to be plugged in.
                  Something that I don't like is the fact that Cinema displays have a DVI, USB and Firewire connectors out; this extension cable only supports USB and DVI, not a big deal, except that there's an unplugged cable hanging out of the connections.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No
                   
                  5.0

                  It just works, just like it should

                  By Climber

                  from North Conway, NH

                  About Me Power User

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Performance

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • High-End Equipment

                    Comments about Apple Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link Display Adapter, with USB Extension:

                    There's not much to say, you plug it in and it works! We will see how it holds up over time.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Business
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No
                     
                    5.0

                    So far so good

                    By Felipe

                    from São Paulo, Brazil

                    About Me Power User

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to use

                    Cons

                    • None

                    Best Uses

                    • Editing

                    Comments about Apple Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link Display Adapter, with USB Extension:

                    I'm using the mini display port dual link for 2 weeks and until now is working very well!

                    • Primary use:
                    • Business
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No
                     
                    5.0

                    MacBook Pro Drives 30" Cinema Display

                    By ZB

                    from Chicago

                    About Me Power User

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Performance
                    • Good Length
                    • Good Warranty
                    • Rugged

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Apple Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link Display Adapter, with USB Extension:

                        Works perfectly as advertised right out of the box.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Business
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

                        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        3.0

                        Necessary solution but expensive.

                        By Probable Photo

                        from NJ

                        About Me Power User

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Performance
                        • Good Length

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Apple Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link Display Adapter, with USB Extension:

                            I've been using it for three months and it works fine with my HPZR30W. It does require the use of a thunderbolt port and a USB port on my MacPro to connect to the dual link DVI on my monitor. It will not work without the use of both ports.

                            I feel it is too expensive for what it does but either that or buy a new monitor...

                            • Primary use:
                            • Business
                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No
                             
                            5.0

                            Excellent!

                            By JTorso

                            from NYC

                            About Me Power User

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Consistent Performance
                            • Good Length
                            • Good Warranty
                            • Rugged

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • High-End Equipment

                              Comments about Apple Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link Display Adapter, with USB Extension:

                              Enabled me to set up 3 monitors from my video card.

                              • Primary use:
                              • Business
                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No
                               
                              5.0

                              Link my Cintiq and MacBook Pro

                              By Chris F

                              from Chicago, IL

                              About Me Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Comments about Apple Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link Display Adapter, with USB Extension:

                              I used this adapter to link my Wacom Cintiq 22HD to my MacBook Pro. Works just it was supposed to. My only challenge was figuring out what part I needed to link the two. I had to ask someone at work who has the same set up. Two brick and mortar stores were not able to help me. Once I figured out the part I needed, ordering it from B&H was easy!

                              • Primary use:
                              • Business
                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No
                               
                              5.0

                              Use with a MacPro and 2 Monitors

                              By aztrailblazer

                              from Cottonwood, AZ

                              About Me Power User

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent Performance
                              • Versatile

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • High-End Equipment

                                Comments about Apple Mini DisplayPort to Dual-Link Display Adapter, with USB Extension:

                                I needed this cable to get matching resolutions on the 2 NEC Monitors that I was using with my Mac Pro. I had originally ordered another cable (MiniDisplay Port Adaptor) and the resolutions on each monitor were different. The only other options was to add a second graphics card and that was very expensive. This works great.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Personal
                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • No

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