• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Every one of these I've had has been perfect.

    • Written by from Bellevue

    First, word of the wise, if you don't know what you're buying, just head to an Apple Store; they're everywhere, and the staff is overwhelmingly helpful! That out of the way, my team at work has probably two dozen of these floating around between personal and team use, and I've never even heard of one going bad or coming defective. I wouldn't even leave a review, but this should have 5 stars next to it.

    Furthermore, before getting my position here, I'd never even used a MacBook before, and I was still easily able to figure out what was what by looking at a DVI adapter, and looking at the hole in my MacBook Pro to plug in to. Another pro tip, if you're SUPER new to this stuff, take a picture of the plug from your external monitor, and the ports in your MacBook. Take those snaps to the store and I can almost guarantee you can't mess up.

    1 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Why oh Why are the adapter leads so short ? and who designs these things ?

    • Written by from Southampton

    Apple ! You state in your blurb that the design is the important thing ! Well ok most Apple stuff is well above the norm BUT why do you persist in chucking out adapter leads that are far too short and why are they so expensive ? Most have about 6 cms of flex between the two plugs. Any good electrical engineer knows about cable strain relief. This allows the plugs to stay put when the cable moves a little. Thus preventing un-necessary disconnections let alone the strain on the delicate terminations within the connected plugs and sockets. Surely it's not going to break your bank by supplying an little more cable. It's not a lot to request that you do it correctly and try it out before you throw this stuff onto the market.

    0 of 1 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I hate this thing

    • Written by from Saint Paul

    The connections are too loose and the DVI adaptor cable is too rigid and too short so I'm constantly fiddling with the connections to keep the signal going to the monitor. A sneeze or a pin drop or sometimes nothing at all is enough to break the video connection and it can be very difficult to get back.

    Whoever at apple invented this thing and the lame 30 pin connector should be demoted or fired. It is not a reliable connection at all.

    6 of 12 people found this useful

  • 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.

    6 of 8 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Audio & Video by the Mac people whatever

    • Written by from Evansville

    SImple as. I went through some of the pains as many others review here. Having macs for years but never using a display. Having my most recent Intel core duo 2007 mac book and wanting to hook it up to most anything, I finally I bought the apple mini dvi to RGA, the mini dvi to svideo & composite(RCA), and this mini dvi to dvid. Also found I was dealing with an apple female connector and that for most applications had to buy a male dvid to hdmi. Awesome now i can pretty much hook it up to anything. What i found out later was that it didn't matter whether I had the DVI option or not...No sound goes out the video port on macs...Lame. No matter which you use you will always be hooking up both a video adapter and an 1/8 to 1/8 male stereo plug to som headphone jack on whatever you want the sound to come out of. SO having option to hook it up to hdmi does nothing but supposedly give you a better quality video signal. One which I can't tell on anything I have played it on. Used apple for years but unless you are willing to spend 8 grand on apple tv and apple movies you can't use front row easily with regular tv products or simply plug it into yout AUDIO VIDEO system and enjoy..you must use 2 cables.

    5 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Mini DVI not working Solution

    • Written by from Haverhill

    OK this is easy for multiple monitors get an external graphics card and a DVI to HDMI cable Download the graphics card software and hey presto,

    NOTE!!! if one of the displays will not register in my experience could be either unplug and replug the cables while the computer is on(yes i said it) then the graphics cards will start to talk to each other , they must get stuck or blocked or some other techincal reason, which i dont know but i have 13 inch MBP running 2x 21inch LED monitors with very little latency issues (speed to respond). Apple dont even know their own tech... so dont ask them email me for proof if you dont believe me.
    Equipment list:

    hdmi monitors x2 (or as many as you want)
    Diamond external graphics card, suited to the monitor(list is on their website)
    Displaylink software (free download from their site)
    mini DVI/thinderbolt cable to hdmi
    job done....

    20 of 25 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    All DVI are not Equal...

    • Written by from Nokomis

    I, like others, have learned the hard way that this adapter, which I bought for my MacBook, only outputs DVI-D, as per another of the reviews. I should have read the reviews in advance. Lesson learned.

    81 of 89 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    look before you buy

    • Written by from gateshead

    I bought this to connect a Dell Ultrasharp U2412M silver 24" second display to my iMac 24" 2.8 Ghz core 2 duo.
    Works like a charm and very pleased with the quality of the display output.
    There are a few people complaining about incompatibility issues but as long as you do your research and look at the pic gallery of the pinouts there is no excuse for getting the wrong connector.

    34 of 45 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    mini-dvi's are not all equal

    • Written by from Ann Arbor

    I give two thumbs down to Apple for making such a ridiculous number of ports and adaptors. I got this cable and dodged the first bullet, which was connecting it to the DVI cable on my monitor. BUT, the mini-dvi end does not work on my MacPro. APPLE has two different kinds of mini-dvi ports!

    107 of 155 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    This works well with my Macbook

    • Written by from Monona

    This adapter works well with my Macbook and an external monitor. (I had to get a dvi cable to attach it to the monitor but that was not a problem.) For me the idea of screws to hold the connection in place would not work well for this adapter because I have to unplug my laptop to take to my office and screwing it in on out would be a nuisance. I was concerned when I bought the adapter because I have never used an external monitor which I needed to connect via an adapter so I am quite pleased with its functionality.

    57 of 66 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    DVI is a DVI is a DVI ... NOT!!!

    • Written by from Kenilworth

    The packaging on this product says, "Mini-DVI to DVI adapter". So, you'd think that means you can connect it to a DVI cable or device, right? Wrong-o, incompatibility breath. The DVI connector (female) consists of a grid of holes and a flat blade opening, but that blade opening is too narrow to accommodate the wider pin blade found on some other DVI items, such as, by golly, the Apple-branded DVI-to-VGA cable!

    Another commenter on this page mentioned that DVI has variations, but such subtleties are ***NOWHERE* to be found in the labeling on the package for this cable.

    So, one Apple DVI cable (male) cannot connect to another Apple DVI cable (female)!!!! And there is nothing on the packaging that warns you? What the hey, Apple?

    What REALLY ticks me off is that I bought this at the Apple Store (Old Orchard, IL) where TWO different Apple people told me that this cable is just what I needed so as to provide the flexibility of either mini-DVI to DVI (with this cable alone) or mini-DVI to VGA (in conjunction with the DVI-to-VGA cable I already had). Grrrrrr!

    Now another hour wasted going back to the Apple Store to return this cable.

    131 of 188 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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Why oh why are the cables so short??

    • Written by

    This item would be just fine to connect my Mac book to my tv with the normal sized DVI D on it only the cable is so ridiculously short! How can it fit from TV to macbook with no more than 4 inches? Usually Apple thinks of ways to make things easier but somehow here they are just silly. And why isnt there at least the option for a longer cable?

    41 of 76 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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Mini-DVI to DVI adapter needs thumscrews

    • Written by from Ann Arbor

    The design of the mini-DVI to DVI adapter is seriously flawed. A direct DVI connector has thumscrews to maintain a tight connection. The mini-DVI adapter tries to rely on friction alone to hold it in place. However, if the computer is placed near the rear edge of a desk, the weight of the cable will cause the mini-DVI connection to become partially or completely disconnected. It would be good if Apple or a third-party would produce an adapter that would stay connected.

    51 of 55 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Biggest piece of junk ever created

    • Written by from northbridge

    The old Macbook pro DVI-I interface was AWESOME it "just worked" every time with both analogue and digital. Now I have to spend an extra $45 on this thing that only gives you digital and wont fit integrated DVI cables even if you only need the digital from them. On top of that whenever I connect my screen after going out to get a DVI-D cable it takes MUCH longer to swithc to dual monitors and is far less reliable after the switch.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    PITA, Apple part again..

    • Written by from rochester

    Well I wanted to break out of my MacBook and purchase only 1 adapter to break out with and allow me to use for an external monitor. So, I chose the mini-DVI to DVI and if I needed to convert to SVGA I could use the typical adapter I use with all other computers I might hook up to my HDTV. Well, Apple does not like efficient functionality as much as mutiple revenues of each of there little typically non-standard trinkets! The trouble I encountered is that the DVI side does not match the 4 little pins at the ground side(large flat pin) of the connector. They have filled that with plastic to inhibit this connection. This facilitates the need to buy the official SVGA connector to break out in this manner. simply, annoying.

    47 of 73 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Why can't Apple standardize their ports?

    • Written by from Caldwell

    This is the 2nd time I've bought the wrong adapter. If Apple is going to use their own proprietary ports, the least they can do is make all their own products the same silly proprietary port.

    73 of 107 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Was useful

    • Written by from Box Hill

    I got one with my macbook (early 2008) to use with a 22" LCD, and it worked well back then, in the past few months though, the green and pink dots have started covering the screen to the point where the second monitor is useless. There is no way the cables could be screwed in any tighter, I use that LCD for my PS3 and no issues there, so I know it's not the cable or monitor, leaving the macbook or adapter, a very good reason not to get a macbook, as the connection really is quite weak.

    2 of 4 people found this useful