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Monoprice Mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt Plus USB To Dual-Link DVI Adaptor (106904)

2.8 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews
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  • Thunderbolt compatible
  • Supports Mini display port 1.1a input and Dual-Link DVI or Single-Link DVI output
  • Complies with the DisplayPort version 1.1 standard
  • Supports Dual-Link DVI resolutions up to 2560x1600
  • Supports Single-Link DVI resolutions up to 1920x1080
  • Supports up to 24-bit Deep Color (8-bits per channel)
  • Draws power from the Mini DisplayPort and USB connections
  • Supports up to 268.5 MHz bandwidth
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Product Description

The Mini DisplayPort + USB to Dual-Link DVI signal format converter seamlessly connect next generation DisplayPort based MacBook, MacBook Pro, or MacBook Air with a Mini DisplayPort to conventional DVI displays, such as CRT, LCD monitors, and projectors. With a 30-inch Apple Cinema Display, you can enjoy the ultimate widescreen canvas with a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels!

This device is not bi-directional. It can only connect a Mini-DisplayPort source to an DVI display. It will not work in reverse.

Features:
Supports Mini display port 1.1a input and Dual-Link DVI or Single-Link DVI output
Supports resolutions up to 2560x1600 on the 30-inch Apple Cinema Display
Supports Dual-Link DVI video resolutions to WQXGA 2560x1600
Supports Single-Link DVI video resolution to 1920x1080
Supports 24-bit Deep Color
Supports 268.5MHz bandwidth
Powered from Mini display port source and USB port
Thunderbolt compatible

Note: On some Mac models the connector may block access to the adjacent USB accessory port.

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Technical Details

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Brand Name Monoprice
Item model number 106904
Item Weight 0.2 ounces
Product Dimensions 9.3 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 9.3 x 6.3 x 0.9 inches
Color White

Additional Information

ASIN B004C4SEH6
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2.8 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews

2.8 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #632 in Computers & Accessories > Computer Accessories > Computer Cable Adapters > DVI-HDMI Adapters
#20,576 in Computers & Accessories > Computer Accessories > Cables & Interconnects
#33,721 in Electronics > Accessories & Supplies > Cables
Shipping Weight 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping Item can be shipped within U.S.
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Date First Available November 13, 2010

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Customer Reviews

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Like many of the other reviews, I had two main complaints with this product:

1) Problems waking from sleep, and
2) That the adapter consumes one of the precious USB connections in addition to the mini display port.

Note that the Apple-branded adapter has many reviews with the same complaints, so I think this is more of a design issue rather than a quality issue. Although some say the newest Apple version with firmware 1.0.3 is better.

I think I have come up with a work around that addresses both of these issues. The USB connector on the adapter appears to be for supplying power only. It also explains why the adapter freaks out when the computer wakes up: it is trying to both establish the video connection while at the same time, power is just becoming available through the USB connection.

I simply connected the USB cable from the adapter to a spare Apple iPhone USB power supply. Now the adapter has continuous power and seems to wake from sleep without issue. Doing this also freed up the USB port on my MacBook Pro previously used by the adapter.

I just did this today, but so far, so good. I'll update this review if things change.
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I ignored all of the other reviews and bought this product to use in tandem with my 2012 Macbook Pro and 27" Monoprice high resolution monitor. When it works, it works well. However, it rarely works. It'll fail without any provocation either showing snow, flashing the display, or resetting the resolution to 640x480, which also resizes all of my windows. The only fix is to repeatedly unplug it from the laptop and plug it back in until it starts working as expected. It usually fails 4-5 times per 8 hour day. Thinking I had a defective unit, I returned it for a replacement. Unfortunately, the replacement does the same exact thing.

If anyone has an alternative product that might work, please let me know. Thank you.
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This thing has all the same problems the apple one has. You have to mess around by plugging/unplugging it when the picture goes fuzzy. This is occasional, but at this price point, it's a joke to have to do this. I recommend getting a used one from somewhere else, as the "new" ones aren't worth it.

update:

wanted to add , still having issues , basically upon power on and any wake from sleep, you get fuzzy. also, I am running firmware 2.0

tip:
1. overheating can occur, so as other reviewer said, unplug when you can
2. try putting your monitor in standby mode, if you step away
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Mine lasted almost 2 years before it crapped out. Yes it does overheat and yes it had times where it worked intermittently, but overall it did the job.
Just make sure you unplug it after every use to minimize the heating.
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Works most of the time just fine after all the Mac mini (2012) firmware updates and under 10.8.3 (beta).
I have no complaints for the picture quality or lag time paired with NEC 3090WQXI @2560 x 1600 resulution.
However, it won't wake up the display sometimes, need to unplug it from either usb (power) or DP, but this happens very rarely, once a week or so while the mac is in heavy daily use, and it's unclear, if this is by some apple firmware / USB 3.0 drivers (sleep/wake) bugs... I tend to consider this Apple bugs since with 10.8.3 (beta) updates it was working more and more stable (fewer issues with each beta update).
It is also well made of quality materials (aluminum case) and not as hot as Apple genuine.
I haven't tested it at 2560 x 1440 or smaller resolutions, though.
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It has worked great for the past year on my Mac Mini with 10.7.x and 10.8.x, but with 10.9.x it completely locks up my system. I was only able to complete the Mavericks installation after disconnecting this item. My system will lock up in 10.9.x whether I try to boot up with it attached or if I try to attach it after it has already been booted and is running fine with the primary monitor. This was being used to drive a 2560x1440 secondary monitor and I really need my dual screens, so I may have to downgrade back to 10.8.x until a fix is available.
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When it works, it does exactly what it's supposed to and drives my 27" 2560x1440 monitor.

However, it fails in several ways:
* It takes too long to power up - sometimes up to 10 seconds. This is long enough for the computer to recognize the display as disconnected. The only workaround is to disconnect and reconnect.
* Sometimes it doesn't report the correct resolution to the computer, causing it to register as a 640x480 display. The only workaround is to disconnect and reconnect.
* Sometimes it connects to the computer but only sends white noise (or nothing at all) to the monitor. The only workaround is to disconnect and reconnect.

The above issues would be tolerable if I only had to deal with them the initial moment when I connect it to my computer. However:
* It doesn't connect snugly to my MacBook Pro, and disconnects at random but frequent intervals (at least once per day).

As a result, at least once per day I have to disconnect and reconnect the adapter, forcing me to reposition all of my windows (which, depending on how many workspaces I have open and other monitors I have connected, can be *a lot*).
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