• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    3 stars is about right..

    • Written by from Pickering

    Cutting out support for DVI-I (with 9+9 pins + 4 extra pins above/below the blade at the left) was really a bad choice here. I have a monitor that tails out DVI-I (and the cable is hardwired to the monitor itself..) and there was no need to cut support for it by not providing 4 holes for the cable to actually fit into this adapter.

    My only choice is to use my (one and only) DVI-I to DVI-D adapter (which I just happened to have!) and I lucked out on this one, but again cutting out support for DVI-I was just unnecessary.

    5 of 7 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great, poor quality cable though

    • Written by from Wayne

    I use this adapter to connect my 2008 MacBook to a "DVI to HDMI Adapter" which then connects to my HDTV. The product works great and I've never had a problem getting it to display everything properly on my TV. However, the connection from the "Mini DVI to DVI Adapter" to my MacBooks Mini DVI port is very poor (it's not a tight connection)...it can easily be knocked or pulled out. I just wish Apple would have made the connection more solid, other than that it works great.

    78 of 83 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great when it works!

    • Written by from WITHAM

    First one of these I bought was faulty (totally blank display on the external monitor). However, I took to my local Apple store and they swapped it no questions asked. The replacement works great, glad I upgraded from the VGA adapter I was using previously.

    Ignore all the moaners in some of these reviews who have obviously not been careful enough to look at what they're buying, the picture clearly shows the connections on this adapter. Its not Apple's fault if you can't spare 10 seconds of your life to look at it.

    34 of 47 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    It works but....

    • Written by from Winnipeg

    My only complaint is that the mini-dvi end does not "click" into place. the weight of the adapter and the large end of the monitor cable tends to pull it partially out. If I pick up my Macbook, it will usually fall out. Apple would be well served to put a locking mechanism onto cables of this type in the future. Even something along the lines of their magnetic power cable.

    56 of 64 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    know what you are buying

    • Written by from blackmans bay

    before buying this product, make sure it is the right one for your application. this adaptor is for mini DVI to DVI-D (meaning it does not have the 4 small prongs around the flat one for analogue signal) so it will not work with some DVI inputs. if you know what your connections are, then this product will work as advertised. the only things about this adaptor that could be improved are:

    1. the fit of the mini DVI to the port on my computer, it is a loose conection, not what you expect from Apple, I expected a nice solid conenction.

    2. the length of the adaptor means that it sits on top of my desk and looks pretty bad, this is purely an aesthetic thing, but when you have a good looking laptop (MBP) and a good looking screen (ACD) the last thing you want is unsightly cables and adaptors on your desk.

    overall this is not a bad product, but there are compromises here that you would not expect from apple.

    5 of 6 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    DVI to Video PAL

    • Written by from Tokoroa

    Picture is good to TV which accepts NTSC input.
    But New Zealand Australia Europe is on PAL TV system.
    I cannot play DVD from Macbook to such as Panasonic DVD recorder in PAL format.
    Therefore I cannot copy my home videos ,short recorded programs etc to Pal system as I cannot mix two systems.
    This is most upsetting as I cannot understand how Apple could be so arrogant, unthinking ?? etc to ignore rest of the world.
    If someone has advice as to how to change to PAL, great thanks.

    17 of 28 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Does what it says on the tin But...

    • Written by from yeovil

    Too short, and expensive thats why Ive Dropped 2 Stars!
    But it works, and my Black MacBook (late 2008) when
    Connected to my Dell 24" Displays in that screens Native Resolution.
    Overall I'm Very pleased with this product and would recommend it.

    55 of 66 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Thumbs down to Apple on this one, even though it works

    • Written by from Chicago

    Okay, it works, and works fine once I figured it out (four hours later and trips to five electronic stores). That’s not the point.

    1. This part is proprietary to Apple. You have to buy it from them, they're the only ones who make it.

    2. So if that's the case, why not make the whole cable? (the kid at the apple store called it an "adapter." Calling it an adapter doesn't help - it still is worthless absent more $$$)

    3. This cable is 4inches long and ends in a female DVI-D. As is, it is too short for any use, and ends in the wrong connector for the LCD monitor I bought anyway.

    4. If you want to actually use this piece, you need to buy a male > male DVI-D cable to go from the part to the monitor.

    5. So why not make this piece, except (a) about two feet long, and (b) ending in a male DVI-D?

    6. I had to buy this part for $20, and another cable for $30. It shouldn't cost me $50 to hook my Macbook up to a standard monitor.

    So thumbs down on this one.

    42 of 77 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    this is all very confusing...

    • Written by from New Haven

    Apple should put head-on pictures of the ENDS of these connectors with EACH ITEM. This would solve so much of the confusion associated with buying connectors. I bought this item thinking it would serve as a simple way to get around the fact that my old G4 MacBook Pro had a male DVI-D port, and came with a DVI-D to VGA converter so I could give presentations and such, and my new MacBook has this mini-DVI thing and didn't come with a converter so I figured a "mini-DVI to DVI" would be perfect. Unfortunately, it wasn't - now that I've done a little internet research, i see that what I bought was a mini-DVI to female DVI-I, and my existing converter is a male DVI-D to VGA connector. Unfortunately, the projector in my lab is old and does not have a DVI-I cable.

    If Apple would provide images with the ends of these products displayed, allowing us to see the arrangements of the pins both regular and flat, it would be incredibly helpful to figuring out if it's the right piece for us. Thanks.

    224 of 317 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Too Short

    • Written by from Duncan

    I must have misunderstood, my monitor is a foot or so away and this is only 3 inches or so. I'm sure it would work if it would reach.

    44 of 89 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Who is an expert then?

    • Written by from SOUTH FREMANTLE

    I can see what sort of connection sits on the side of my 12" Powerbook and I can see the connection on the Apple monitor that I want to connect to but as all these pictures do not show the actual connection image how is the average joe-blow to know which of the various adapters is the right one. We should not need rocket science - just some clear images to assist us along the way.

    33 of 53 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Sherburne

    For you folks who say that you can't convert this cable to VGA because it's a digital signal and VGA is analog:

    How come under Apple Accessories > Cables - there is a Mini DVI to VGA adapter right next to the Mini DVI to DVI adapter? From the product description:

    "The Apple Mini-DVI to VGA Adapter is designed for use with the iMac (Intel Core Duo), MacBook, and 12-inch PowerBook G4. Connect the adapter to the Mini-DVI port of the computer and the VGA end of the adapter to an external VGA monitor or projector."

    Apple did a shoddy job of describing the DVI adapter. That's all there is to it - as you obviously can convert the Mini DVI to VGA.

    26 of 47 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    This is a great adapter, buy one

    • Written by from CHESTER

    This is very useful because all apple products are just so incompatible when you buy this you can connect a macbook or any other product with a mini-dvi port to a, vga equipped TV, projector, and anything else

    13 of 29 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    at least half of it worked.

    • Written by from Conyers

    The picture quality worked great on my Mac OS X to my lcd flat screen television set. Except the sound output does not go through like the video feed does. I don't know why but.. this is a major disappointment.

    26 of 85 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Another Be Careful Comment

    • Written by from Telford

    I bought this after reading all the comments about it not having the extra slots for a VGA adapter, since I was planning on using it on a DVI monitor anyway, but found out that my DVI cable needs those slots too. Before you buy I'd recommend looking at your DVI cable ends. If it has pins above and below the horizontal bar, this won't fit it.

    Fortunately for me I also have a VGA monitor and I bought the mini DVI to VGA adapter at the same time, which has worked perfectly.

    72 of 112 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Very Overpriced, but Works Great. Should be included Free with new Macs

    • Written by from Buford

    This adapter is much more expensive than it should be, but there's no real competition, so what can you do? If you need it, you need it. It should be included free with the purchase of a new Mac, if you ask me.

    Once connected to an external device, it is automatically detected and works flawlessly to produce a very high quality picture. It works very very well.

    155 of 251 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good but product description should be much clearer

    • Written by from BRECHIN

    Apple does NOT make it clear in the product description that this adaptor CANNOT be used with the 867mHz G4 Powerbook 12".

    That particular model Powerbook uses VGA video, so it cannot output to a DVI monitor, thus this adaptor is incompatible with that model.

    This may be obvious to computer experts, but it should be made obvious in the product description because it is VERY confusing for the layman.

    25 of 50 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    needs an adapter...usually

    • Written by from Encinitas

    unless you have a brand new apple monitor that will take DVI-D, you gotta buy an adapter. I found a great one for about 10 bucks, which connects the DVI-I of your monitor to the DVI-D of apple's adapter. annoying, but it works.

    it's called a DVI-D dual link male to DVI-I dual link female adapter. (i can't post the url on here for some reason).

    also, take care as to whether your plugs are dual link or single link (i.e. whether or not they have a gap in the pins or a full three rows of 8).

    many thanks to apple for the hours of confusion and adapter hunting.

    45 of 58 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    It works fine, go figure...

    • Written by from St. Thomas

    While it works fine - it irritates the heck out of me, that after having already paid a premium for buying a MacBook, I now have to bend over again and pay for the ability to connect an external monitor. To those that bought the wrong cable - RTFM!!

    27 of 50 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    DVI-D, not DVI-I

    • Written by from HOLYWOOD

    The adapter works well enough, but make sure you know what you're buying; it's a DVI-D adapter, which means you can't use a VGA adapter on the end.

    654 of 905 people found this useful