• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    When it works, it works

    • Written by from Mount Prospect

    We bought several of these for use in a school, many of them stopped working. They are expensive cables to work for only 1 month

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    It just works. Not

    • Written by from camberley

    I am a professional trainer I have been visiting customer's sites for over 15 years. Do you remember the overhead projectors and slides? I started with those...
    Since then I have used an array of PCs (Toshiba, Compac, IBM, Lenovo, Dell). I had never had a single instance where I was not able to connect to a projector and do a powerpoint presentation. Windows (95, XP, 7), Linux, it simply never has been a issue. As of late I decided that I should give mercy to my back by lightening the load I was carrying. I have met countless people raving about Apple products and I though to myself, if I was going to get myself a light laptop, I should use the reference in the matter hence the MacBook Air 2013. Without a doubt it is a beautiful machine until you try to connect it to a projector.

    I purchased the Apple MB572Z/A to connect to customer's projectors, in the space of 4 months I have been left without any ways of displaying my presentation 3 times. Needless to say when you are on the other side of the planet for a week and you cannot do your work because of shoddy design, you tend to get over sensitive about a piece of hardware that has costed you near to 2000 GBP (yes I god the support option bundled in).

    Being an electronic engineer by trade, I have done some extensive testing and here are my findings detailed for the poor souls who found themselves in the same situation than me.

    I am using the MacBook Air 2013 and I believe this is an essential point. I have purchased 3 different adapters the Apple one and two other brands. I also have done the test with a Dell PC using a display port too and finally I used separate cables of sort lengths and long length. It turns out it isn't directly related to the adapter but to the current that the MacBook Air has to drive on the Mini DisplayPort. Depending on the VGA cable impedance, the port had to drive more or less current. Regardless of the adapter used, my Dell can drive a projector using a long cable. When I use the MacBook air with the same cables as the one used by the Dell, The Macbook crashed and goes back to the login screen (requiring a PRAM reset). However if I shorten the cables, regardless of the adapter used or projector used, The MacBook had enough current to drive the signal.

    So the conclusion is rather a bitter one. It's a design fault on the internal driver logic of the MacBook Air. It is not able to cope with high impedance VGA cables unlike any other PC laptop I have ever used. So what is the solution I hear you ask?

    You can use the HDMI provided the projector is a new one, you can also take your own short VGA cable. However if you are like me and have to turn up on customer sites where the conference room have preset projectors (wall mounted) then you have to hope that Apple decide to acknowledge their engineering error and provide you with a replacement or maybe a buffered Mini Displayport adapter (I haven't seen any yet).

    I hope my misfortune/experiments will help some of you.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor build quality

    • Written by from Taroona

    Buy the Chinese 3rd party adapter for a fraction of the price of this one, the build quality is the same if not better, and it looks pretty much the same! My official 'Apple' adapter didn't last 6 months, while I've had the Chinese one for over a year now. Seriously, if I didn't like the smooth OSX of apple so much I wouldn't buy their products, it's all garbage wrapped up nice.

    0 of 1 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not working with Samsung at all

    • Written by from Las vegas

    it would be nice if apple set at catalogue with the devices that working with that, or to say: attention this adapter is not working with Samsung devices.

    7 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not much cop at all

    • Written by from Harlow

    Can't do up screws into adapter- very poor design. I had to give it 1 star as Apple's reviewing software won't let me proceed otherwise it would be zero

    1 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Can't Play Itunes because of "High bandwidth digital content protection"

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    You can't play itunes videos through it. I wish I could leave a review of less than 1 star. To play HD itunes videos you need a HDCP connection, aka digital. Screen output should be cut and dry. Once the computer outputs analog video, it should have nothing more to do with it and it should be able to play all files through it. Other HD videos play just fine, it is just a problem with itunes being overcomplicated. Don't buy this if you want to have anything to do with itunes videos.

    12 of 24 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't really work

    • Written by from Auckland

    I purchased this specifically to demo software from Windows 7 via Bootcamp. This adapter will connect me to customer projectors but only in 640x420 resolution so is completely useless. I have spent hours on forums and updating drivers with no success. Apple have been no help at all.

    2 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Better description would have been helpful

    • Written by from Cloughjordan

    Like others who've posted here, I'm having to return this item because it's the wrong size for my MacBook. Before ordering, I checked 'About this computer' but it didn't say what kind of display hardware I had (just told me that no display was connected), so I examined the photos of the adapter and, as it looked the same as the display port on my MacBook, I assumed that it would fit okay. When it arrived, though, it was way too small (mini, I guess).

    So, for anyone who has a plain old white MacBook like mine - it DOES NOT HAVE A MINI DISPLAY PORT, so don't waste your time and money ordering this.

    I feel annoyed with Apple for not explaining the difference between an ordinary display port and a mini one. I'm not a techie and I don't want to have to go and dig out all the literature before buying a small accessory - I expect there to be enough information within the product description for me to make the right choice.

    And I still don't know which (if any) adapter's compatible with my MacBook.

    40 of 103 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't carry the quality Apple is know for...

    • Written by from Peachtree City

    I've bought 2 of these adapters, and both burned out within the first 4 months of using them. What is really awful about this situation, is that you are forced to either continually buy these adapters, or purchase an Apple TV so you can use airplay mirroring. Apple should really improve the quality of their adapters. As awesome as airplay is, there are still many people whom use VGA cables. Requires much less setup time, than connecting an Apple TV to wifi. Especially if you travel and do presentations. I will not buy another adapter until they have improved the quality.

    32 of 40 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    "short" term use

    • Written by from virginia beach

    i bougt this 4 months ago. it worked great at first but the vga has a short. it seems the adapter was made poorley . if there is a cheeper alternative i strongly suggest looking into it. brand isn't everything.

    23 of 25 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Unreliable ...

    • Written by from Livermore

    Like others, I too work as a traveling teacher in a school district that uses a lot of Apple hardware. I have also been through three of these adapters since the school year started. They all just stopped working. At what... 40 bucks a pop, with no useable tech budget, that adds up fast. I wish I could recommend an alternative! Tough to recover from 30 blank stares when the lesson starts and the tech doesn't work...

    17 of 20 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Shorted out

    • Written by from Menomonie

    The adapter shorted out just before a public presentation. Unreliability isn't cool. I suggest Apple sell these in pacts of six, and at the current price of 1.

    25 of 26 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Burnt Out Within 9 Months

    • Written by from Denver

    I used this thing a lot and it eventually burnt out like a bad fuse. As best I can tell, all brands are equally worthless. I expected it to last as long as my macbook will, but it looks like this is just the beginning, and I'll be replacing these adapters until someone gets it right.

    14 of 16 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Unreliable

    • Written by from Albany

    I am a university professor and I use my adapter three times a week, four hours a day. I have gone through three in since September. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don't...not a good situation when you have to lecture to 200+ students and there are no images to display.

    24 of 28 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    So sad!

    • Written by from Fuquay Varina

    I'm so frustrated. We love Apple in our school district but these adapters wear out so quickly. The last two that we purchased didn't even last two months. Very disappointing.

    37 of 47 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not Working Expensive Peripherals

    • Written by from Andheri west

    I have a LG LED LCD TV model 32LS4600.ATR
    When I was told that mini display port to HDMI converter will enable me to watch streaming videos on internet on my TV screen, I purchased one. However, the audio is absent. I have tried almost all tricks within my knowledge but to no avail. The video is excellent but no audio. Now I am advised that since a VGA input is available in the TV, I should buy MDP2VGA converter cable and watch the video and for the audio I should connect the TV through another cable. I want to know whether Mini Display Port carries audio signal or not. My Mac Book Pro is Mid 2012 model.

    4 of 13 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work with MBP Retina

    • Written by from Miami

    I bought this at New York along with my MBP Retina. I asked the apple guy if it would work with the Thunderbolt port and he said it would. Well it doesn't. This was a waste of my money. It works on MBP but not on MBP Retina. USELESS.

    13 of 16 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Bad overall quality.

    • Written by from Monterrey

    I only had it for a month and then it would stop working. Bad quality for such an expensive adapter.

    32 of 49 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    does not function with my Mac Mini

    • Written by from philadelphia

    I am at the point of losing hope in making this adaptor work with my mac mini. I would really appreciate it if I could get some help to make better use of the portability of the mac mini and connect it to a projector. By the way, I have two mac minis 2010 and 2011 and I have used other adaptors as well but was always disappointed.. They work fine with DVI but never with VGA.
    Still hoping for some support

    120 of 139 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    poor quality

    • Written by from Clinton Township

    It worked fine at first, then one day as I was disconnection it from the MiniDisplay port on my MacBook Pro, the plastic came apart from the wire slightly. It still works but now there are lines across my secondary monitor and when I first plug it in, I have to wiggle the wire around for a minute in order to get the other screen to turn on. If I bump into it on accident, the secondary monitor will lose signal and turn off momentarily.

    Compared to other Apple products, this adapter is very low quality.

    94 of 101 people found this useful