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Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 476 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    The adapter to get for ANY Thunderbolt 1&2 Devices

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    Gadgetguy2014
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    I had a VERY expensive pair of Thunderbolt 2 drive arrays (2x 8TB WD Thunderbolt Duos) for my old iMac 2013 that I replaced with a shiny new 2016 MacBook Pro 15. This lead me to some peripheral challenges due to the lack of non-TB3/USB Type-C Ports, and the switch from an iMac to a MacBook Pro lead me to consider some Thunderbolt-based monitor options as well, since I wanted to still have a desk-based experience when at the home office. Rather than invest (another) small fortunes in the 4 and 5k Thunderbolt 3 options endorsed by Apple, I found that there were also MANY new Thunderbolt 2-based graphics monitors being made available and on the market (having had an Apple Thunderbolt display previous to my iMac, I was hoping by now they'd put out another studio display-esque replcement but it seems thats not happening now). I quickly procured a large display that was based on Thunderbolt 2, which allowed me to daisy-chain my storage array into a configuration that would allow me to single-cable dock, sans power delivery, to my new monitor, 16TB of logical storage, and a few USB accessories thanks to the monitor's USB3 hub that could be accessed through the Thunderbolt bus on-board. There was just one problem with my design - The monitor could only deliver this connection over Thunderbolt 2 - I was still stuck with a legacy connector, Thanks to this adapter, I'm able to maintain a clean single-cable approach, but I am required to still connect a power cable via Type-C connection to the MacBook Pro separately. This isn't a problem on the 15" MacBook Pro on my desk, but for those with the 2016 13" MBP (without Touch Bar) this solution would tie up BOTH of their 2 connectors (one for power, one delivering the Thunderbolt 2 bus via adapter). If Apple wanted to really have something here they could have used the Thunderbolt 3 technology and created an adapter that could deliver both a Thunderbolt 1/2 signal, and had a pass-through power port so that I could "splice in" power delivery. Also, since Thunderbolt requires a controller on board cables and adapters as well, it would have been nice if this particular adapter had been a bit longer, or offered in cable form, since currently I have to connec tthis adapter at the laptop end of the connection, making for more bulk. Again, if this had been a 2-port adapter (with Mini DP Thunderbolt 2 and Type-C Power on one end, and 3 ft of TB3 cable connecting to a single type C on the other) this would be a useful adapter for lots of desk-based scenarios. As the adapter stands, its a great, compact field adapter for connecting your portable device to Thunderbolt resources or daisy chains and does the job consistently. I have had no issues connecting my 2 WD RAID arrays nor my LG 34UB88 monitor. This method has no trouble driving the (almost) 4K display and the drives seem to have their full throughput as well, though I haven't benchmarked this (I dont like to benchmark the drives much, as they are production arrays and stressing the disks when everything is working well is just asking for disaster. All in all, typical apple quality, but I'll be on the lookout for a Type-C to Thunderbolt 2 docking solution in the long run to avoid this dongle setup at the machine on my desk.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    There should be more clarification

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    ThanhN
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    I wish there was more clarification about this adapter because it is very specific for Apple's Thunderbolt port and the description didn't really help. I originally purchased this for the new MacBook Pro (with the USB-C port) to connect it to the old Apple Cinematic Display that I have which uses the mini DisplayPort / Thunderbolt 2 (the port on the right in the pic I attached). For Apple, the thunderbolt 3 (left port on the left of my attached pic) doesn't seem to be even backward compatible with the thunderbolt 2/mini display port, even though it should. Thunderbolt 3 laptop should be able to connect with thunderbolt 2 peripherals, like how USB 3.0 ports laptop still works with USB 2.0 peripherals, but not vice versa. Unfortunately, this didn't work out for me. In short, if you want to buy adapters from Apple, make sure the logo of your thunderbolt port matches with the logo of your peripherals' thunderbolt, because the ports physically looks exactly the same. If you are in the same situation as me (new MacBook but still has old Apple monitor with thunderbolt 2 connection), just purchase a third party adapter from elsewhere that converts USB-C to miniDP, because Apple doesn't make this type of adapter anymore.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Overpriced & No Real Other Option - Thanks Apple!

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    ReviewerH
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    If you need to go from the new Type-C and Thunderbolt 3 connection to any other Pre-Type C Thunderbolt connection, this is pretty much your only option. Apple sells an overpriced ($50) Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 adapter. It’s a simple affair, just an input port, and a Thunderbolt 2 cable but it allowed us to use the LaCie d2 drive at Thunderbolt speeds. This is the one adapter that no one else has managed to build into their devices. So, a Type-C dock only works with a computer with Type-C, which is a shame. Sitting down with some engineers who worked with the Thunderbolt chip sets, the reason is primarily cost, the initial chip sets were very expensive, and used 3 chips, now they have it down to a single chip, and while a third of the initial cost, Thunderbolt is still expensive to implement. But, Intel has loosened up, so expect a bit more traction and adoption for the technology. Still, we would love a dock that handles both Type-C and earlier iterations of Thunderbolt. When this was introduced to the public it was $29, and now it’s $50. Come on Apple, give users a break, this should be $19, not $50, but it’s the only game in town at the moment, so you don’t have a choice. Kanex has announced an adapter due to ship at the end of the summer.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Expandability and Capability for Thunderbolt 2 & 3

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    JayWill
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    I bought this adapter to use my Thunderbolt 2 RAIDs with my new MacBookPro (with TB3) while my Mac Pro (2013) was in the shop. It worked great and I was able to produce my weekly TV show on a different system for the first time since 2014. The adapter made all of my TB2 devices available on my TB3 MBP. Now that the Mac Pro is back from the Apple spa I am using the adapter to attach a TB3 G-SPEED RAID to my Mac Pro. So it will work both ways...making it an even better purchase now that I didn't 100% believe it was capable of when I bought it. To spell it out: You can use it to bring a TB3 device into your TB2 world OR a TB2 device into your TB3 world. I am only using it to access hard drives, so your experience may not be the same if you are trying to do something more complicated, just FYI.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Expensive and didn't work

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    ColinN
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    Purchased this adapter so my new MacBook Pro (with the USB-C) would be able to connect to my old Apple Cinema HD Display. Though the ports look identical, Thunderbolt 2 and MiniDisplay are 2 completely different thing and there was no fine print or description about this difference! You have to look at the tiny symbol on the port and cable to be able to tell the difference. It is advertised that the Thunderbolt connection is backward compatible, similar to how USB 3 ports can connect to USB 2 thumb drives. In other words, it should work when I connect a DisplayPort device (Apple Cinema HD Display) to a Mac with Thunderbolt (new MacBook Pro and this adapter), but that didn't work. So my final lesson is that it's better off for me to just purchase a USB-C to MiniDisplay port adapter.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Limited Uses

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    netify
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    Bought this to reuse TB2 adapters from my macbook pro 15, with my new HP X360 laptop with USB-C / Thunderbolt3 ports. It turns out this adapter does not work with specific video adapters, and possibly other adapters where specific data rates (e.g., video speeds) or specific protocol support is required. Looks like it is a basic 'media converter' but seems to be blocking / limiting transmission of required HDMI data, so using an external TB2 HDMI adapter for an external monitor doesn't work.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Works like it's supposed to except for....

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    jbrown
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    I bought this USBC-3 to Thunderbolt 2 adapter primarily to use a blackmagic video encoder box to use an external high quality video camera for my Facebook Lives and Youtube Lives. It works like a charm for the original reason I purchased it. I however then tried to use it to hook up my external monitor which has a parrallels port that goes into a parallel to thunderbolt 2 adapter and then I take that adapater and go into the thunderboth 3(USBC3) adapter. I basically think it's because it's already on an adapter it won't read. It's ok though because that was'nt the original purpose but thought I'd try it anyway and that would have been a cool bonus.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Terrible Awful Does not work w/thunderbolt monitor

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    Creative
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    I got a new MacBook Pro at work, IT didn't realize it only has USB-C ports, everything in the literature indicates this adapter should work, when the first one didn't I spent an hour on the phone with apple and ultimately they said that it should work with my thunderbolt monitor because it has an independent power supply -- so I returned and tried 2 more in case one was faulty and because they insisted it should work - none worked. hours on support, hours in Apple Store lugging the monitor with me and they said they couldn't explain it but it DOES NOT WORK. if you're buying for an apple thunderbolt monitor, good luck, didn't work for me.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    When your dock > your MacBook

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    CoryB23
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    So we remodeled our nursery and made it an office/spare bedroom. I was pretty picky about future-proofing components like a Thunderbolt 3/USB-C dock. Our existing MacBook Pro, circa 2013, isn't as future-proof. When you need to connect a Thunderbolt 2 cable to a Thunderbolt 3 dock, this adapter is what you need. I tried a few that weren't made by Apple and they couldn't hack it. Bought this one at Best Buy, voila. Everything works great now. It's a little overpriced for what it is, but you know that when you're head deep in the Apple ecosystem.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Converts Thunderbolt 2 cable/device to USB-C

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    Kagee
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    Does the job of adapting a Thunderbolt 2 cable to a USB-C (Thunderbolt 3) cable for input into a USB-C port. The adapter is supposed to be bi-direction. To adapt from USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 would probably require a barrel or gender changer and appropriate cables. Haven't needed to do that, so I can't say from experience that the reverse actually works. You'll need at least a Thunderbolt 2 cable, though you may already have it with your Thunderbolt 2 device that you're wanting to plug into a Thunderbolt 3 port. I'm using this device with a MacBook Pro.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    CAREFUL: This is a Thunderbolt 2 TO Thunderbolt 3

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    Mortensign
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    POORLY DESCRIBED: (Grammar matters - Eats, Shoots and Leaves.) This was poorly written in that the adapter takes the TBolt 2 CORD and converts it to the TBolt 3 PORT... There is NO WAY to know this without opening the package. Heading back to Best Buy for the 4th time in 2 days. You will need the TBolt (1) Cord NOT the TBolt 3 cord. Also, make sure you measure length from port to port for your set up, 0.5cm is NOT long enough for two 21.5 Macs - might just make it with the adapter.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    No hassle, works like a charm

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    Slickami
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    Had to buy this to use a Apple monitor with my new 2016 edition Macbook pro. The old Apply display is amazing but lacks HDMI and VGA. So this handy accessory was a life-saver, else would have had to use a cr@ppy Dell monitor at work. Works exactly as expected. Pretty much plug it in and forget that it exists as a bridge from a USB-C (Thunderbolt 3) to Thunderbolt 2. You can also use the USB 2 ports on the Apple monitor to plug in USB 2 devices like hard disks. So overall, a great handy accessory if you want to use an Apple monitor with a new 2016 edition MacBook.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Great product, only 3 stars due to cost

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    rughdyrngr
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    The adapter has worked flawlessly with one exception, I cannot connect the Apple Thunderbolt adapters to this adapter (i.e. Thunderbolt to DVI, Thunderbolt to Firewire800, and Thunderbolt to VGA adapters - did not work when connected to this adapter). That means you have to buy even more adapters. The cost of this adapter is very high! Works great to transfer data from older macs via Thunderbolt to the new Macs wit USB-C OR connect the Apple Display.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    It works, It's expensive

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    Ibanez
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    There is not a whole lot to say aside from the adapter functions as it's supposed to. I upgraded to the usb-c/T3 MacBook ports and needed to bring my T2 external drives and T2 audio interface back into the fold. This works without any fuss. My audio interface is chained through my external drive enclosure and no issues with the adapter. It's probably worth pointing out that the adapter does not pass display port through, so if you have a monitor chained somewhere, it will not work.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Thumbs up!

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    bmper
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    The TB3<->TB2 adapter was purchased to connect a Sonnet Breakaway Box that has a native TB3 to older MacBook Air/Pro's that use TB2/TB1. The external enclosure was for an eGPU that was to be used under Windows 10 (Bootcamp on Macbook). With some minor tweaks the respective laptops were able to have Windows 10 recognize the GPU located inside the Sonnet enclosure and have the respective driver installed and operate the external card.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Connect TB3 to TB2 or TB1!

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    SteveL
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    Bottom Line: If you need to connect Thunderbolt 1 or 2 to a Thunderbolt 3 port, this adapter will get the job done. Review: I purchased this adapter so I could connect my mid-2012 MacBook Pro (Thunderbolt 1) to a modern eGPU with Thunderbolt 3. With a Thunderbolt 1/2 cable (sold separately), I was able to successfully use the adapter to run an eGPU with my older Mac system.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Thunderbolt Mac Monitor saved

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    LosTheDude
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    I recently purchased this because I update my work Mac book 2015 to a 2018. I have a thunderbolt mac monitor and could no longer use it. This is plug and play, plug in your monitor (thunderbolt end) and plug the usb- c into your mac book and it just works. The price is too much, but what do you expect from Apple. "Let's remodel everything than create an adapter, we'll make millions!" - Apple boardroom. :)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Best choice for getting to Thunderbolt 3

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    jayl
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    This is the only real choice you have in a thunderbolt 3 adapter, but it works very well and is as about as well built as it can get. Its a sturdy cable that stays inline and doesn't have much flex to it. Its too bad that it has a little bit of bulk, but overall its ok that it isn't all that incognito. I'm mostly pleased at how solid the connections are at both ends of the cable. As with most apple products, its pretty expensive, but hopefully you realize its evil necessity when you upgrade your mac

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Have to Love Adaptors

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    RogerRabbit
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    Purchased this adaptor to use with my newer model MacBook Pro with the Thunderbolt 3 port. My external hard drive only supported Thunderbolt 2, thus causing me to use the non-Thunderbolt connector. Now with my new adaptor, I am able to quickly and efficiently backup and/or transfer large A/V files along with compressed document and photo files. Quite partial to the price however, given my past experiences with applicable purchases, I am pleased with the outcome.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Works for Thunderbolt devices

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    Cindy
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    Does what it's supposed to do, but only for Thunderbolt devices/ports. Gotta be really careful with those because it won't work for a port that looks EXACTLY the same. It gets confusing when technology constantly changes and you need all these cords and adapters to make things work together. Plus it is pricey!! This is why I'm not an Apple person (at home). Got these for work.

    I would recommend this to a friend