• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't Last

    • Written by from Hooper Bay

    Anyone who writes a a positive review of this product must work for Apple.

    First, with the money it costs to buy a Macbook, you should expect it to come with a VGA port already installed. Why should anyone need to pay an additional 30 dollars for an adapter? It's an inconvenience.

    Second, these adapters do not hold up very long. I use mine every day. After two months of teaching, it is already starting to black out. They aren't built to handle the long haul. I have this problem every year. Last year, I went through 3 adapters.

    Someone at Apple needs to wake-up and learn to make a durable product that will last.

    64 of 82 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Same as others

    • Written by from Clinton

    My JVC tv worked just fine with my old macbook using the mini DVI to VGA. No luck with this product and my new macbook pro. I used the same resolution as before and got nothing. I thought I was upgrading!

    48 of 50 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poorly designed connectors

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    I do a lot of video work and these adapters don't securely connect to most VGA cables I've used. The two threaded holes are too deeply recessed so the VGA cable bolts don't connect (sorry for the weird terminology, but Apple appears to have censors that block the word "s see are ee double u). I end up needing to tape the two cables ends together to keep them attached.I never had this problem with Apple's DVI/VGA adapters. My recommendation: don't waste your money.

    48 of 52 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Can not output to projector with this and MacBook Air 11" 2012

    • Written by from 台中市

    MacBook Air 11" 2012 has only one Thunderbolt port, and my "old" Mini-display to VGA convert cable is able plugging in. It was so disappointed, while I done this, nothing appeared on the projector screen and flashing with "non compatible signal". What's going on, is Thunderbolt different to Mini-display?

    45 of 49 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    It comes off about once a day.

    • Written by from fort lee

    The display adapter is so small and lacking any fasteners it falls off very easily just from the weight of the VGA cable.

    I ended up just taping the adapter to the Mac.

    Its such a obvious design flaw. Because of this I cannt really recommend using a Mac for mission critical assignments. Once the cable falls out, it often crashes the system.

    Just a little shake of the table or someone bumping into the Mac will cause the adapter to slip out, losing all work on the system. Even with the tape the adapter slowly comes lose.

    51 of 62 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    VGA male will not attach to this piece of junk

    • Written by from Richmond

    Piece of *censored* - non-standard holes are set back too far for any standard male VGA plug to attach. This means your cables will work loose and come apart. *censored* *censored* - expensive overpriced *censored*, Steve.

    47 of 56 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    MBA 2012

    • Written by from jouy le moutier

    Doesn't work properly on 2012 MBA with majority of monitors & projectors. The only workaround is to shutdown and restart with the monitor connected. This means that this is a software issue (not hardware) and it appears that Apple is not working for a driver update. Without solution I will return my MBA and return to WINDOWS.....

    55 of 73 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Issues with new macbookpro

    • Written by from Aurora

    I'm having similar issues with my macbook pro since June when I bought it. Eventually fed up, I took the macbook pro back. The geniuses at the Apple store could not find the problem so they sent it somewhere else to be evaluated. Once there, they put in a new hard drive and system board. Guess what, still having the same problem. Using the same cable on my old macbook never presented this problem. If I restart the computer it freezes and won't boot. I'm beginning to regret the purchase of my $1,600 computer when I could've bought a cheaper one that works. Quality is definitely suffering since the service at the genius bar only made me mad when they basically told me that if they can't simulate the problem in the store I'm out of luck. Maybe this review is more of a reflection of the macbook pro itself and not the adaptor. But, when I buy any product especially from Apple (with premium prices), I expect it to work consistently. This is far from my experience.

    47 of 59 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I hate this plug!!!

    • Written by from GLENDALE

    Why couldn't the just have made it like the older mac pro.
    I had mine for 6-7 months and now it doesn't work.
    The connection the last 4-5 months has been very unstable. Where the screen goes goes green or read. The actual HDMI to VGA works fine on my girlfriends pc, but as soon as I connect it to my mac pro with the Mini DisplayPort it doesn't seem to make a connection. I think also the female mini port is damaged because of the heavy weight pulling it down.
    I just think the plug is very stupid, expensive and very disappointing compared to my old mac pro.
    This seems like an attempt for mac to again force us to buy there products.
    Mac please do us your dedicated users a favor and please fix this. Make a new plug.
    I would like a HMDI to Mini DisplayPort. Think that would work better.

    43 of 52 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Complete fail with '12 MBA

    • Written by from Tucson

    This connector does not work with the 2012 Macbook Air. Period. Tried connecting to several external VGA displays and was unsuccessful in each case, despite trying every conceivable combination of resolution settings, powering off and on, connecting and disconnecting, etc. Just doesn't work. Until Apple solves this problem, I would highly caution Macbook Air owners against this product.

    37 of 41 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not a practical design

    • Written by from Auckland

    I feel Apple designers have foregone practicality of use for aesthetics.
    The adapter provided does not fit conventional vga plugs securley.
    The shoulder around the female plug prevents the use of standard fittings, leaving the screws unable to attach the two plugs together without the use of oversized screws. I have tried both supplied Data Projectors/Monitor cables from Sony and Canon with no avail. As well we use custom made leads for the projector these plugs and these are even more problematic due to the retaining flange that holds the plug plate in place.

    The only possible option has been for us to purchase adapters that work from a third party

    On the hole a poor design to the adapter. A recent outside presenter attended the school to give a presentation with their MacBook Pro and I had to hold the two plugs together with rubber bands. The adapters we had with the standard MacBooks before had the female socket standing proud and did not give any problems.
    As it is now the Ministry of Education position for supplying MacBook Pros in the future for Teachers I see the problem increasing.

    I feel that the adapters plugs have always had a weak link at both ends of these adapters plugs, due to the weight of cable connections and attaching plug. This puts a tremendous pressure on the Mac adapter interface and defiantly needs a redesign quickly.

    33 of 35 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    How to Make It Work! (on samsung T220 at least)

    • Written by from Vaerloese

    SOLUTION: get a hold of a bunch of normal VGA cables and connect them directly to the display (this is of cause impossible with roof mounted projectors), try all the cables until you find one that works and then hold on to it with you life! This will sort out the problem, especially for those with Samsung monitors.

    For those interested here is the EXPLANATION WHY:
    I got myself a Samsung T220 monitor and out of the box it didn't show a picture using the Apple MiniDisplayport -> VGA adaptor (also tried the apple mini displayport -> DVI, didn't help either, but others have reported it to work).
    After hours of reading on forums it turns out that the problem is that some monitor and projectors require VGA pin 5,6,7,8 and 10 (or a combination hereoff) to be grounded or at least connected. Normally this is not a problem - therefor the cable manufacturers dosent always ground these, and sometimes even connect these pins. In my understanding Apple could have solved much of the problems by making grounding these pins directly in the adaptor. Anyhow, the solution is as described above; get a hold of a bunch of normal VGA cables and connect them directly between the monitor and the VGA adaptor, when you find one that work because it got all the grounds and conenctions hold on to it with your life! As a rule of thumb when looking for a VGA cable: it needs to be thick as this is a sign it got all 15 wires inside the cable.
    Hope it helps.

    34 of 37 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not Work properly, can not support 1920x1080

    • Written by from Bellingham

    I am extremely disappointed with this adapter. i purchased it to use an older LCD I have that I verified still worked with my windows 7 laptop. I the adapter would bring the computer to a crawl with this monitor attached ( and later learned it did the same with 4 other monitors) to it and also no picture.(I was intending to extend my desktop to the lcd) I called Apple and they assured me it was the screen not the adapter, although the tech did tell me before the call was over to buy a new screen and make sure it is DVi because the VGA adapters are having problems. I eventually was able to get a picture of 800x600 resolution but could not go to the monitors full resolution. I tried 5 different monitors in total only 1 did it work correctly on.
    I bought 2 new LCD screens, the first was a Samsung and to my surprise it was a VGA only screen, so i tried it out and it would work, but only at 1440x900 not the 1920x1080 the screen supports. I brought back that screen and exchanged it for an ACER P236H which has VGA and DVI. I tried the VGA first, same result as the Samsung only 1440x1080 despite the screen resolution being 1920x1080. I brought back the adapter and exchanged it for the DVI one. The ACER monitor works without issue now at all resolutions up to 1920x1080. I am not sure what the issue is but it is without question something in the adapter or the software behind it. Either way it just isn't worth the frustration of messing with it. go DVI and save yourself the hassle.

    I haven't tested this theory, but if you must go VGA i would try using the DVI adapter with a DVI to VGA attached to it. the DVI adapter seems to be much more stable.

    37 of 44 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Works but cheap quality and expensive

    • Written by from Calgary

    Summary: Works on Macbook Pro with Samsung TV and projector. Cheap quality and expensive.

    Detail:
    I love how user friendly, virus-free, and stable Macs are, but I hate Mac accessories. All the cables that go with Mac products were cheap to produce and the quality shows it; but Apple marks up the price because they know you'll pay for it.

    The wrapping at the joints, like those found on the power adapter, headphones, or iPhone USB cables, end up splitting due to stress from wear even when handled with extra care. Cables from non-Apple devices are constructed so that they allow some flex to relieve some stress which adds life to the product (and reduces e-waste).
    The packaging for the adapter is unnecessary and wasteful - this adapter could have been sold as a loose item in a bin to reduce the usage of plastic and paper, and also reduce transportation costs and pollution by packing more items in a smaller space.

    Besides the negative environmental impact of cheaply produced electronic accessories, you have to consider the financial aspects of Mac accessories. Having spent close to $3000 on a Macbook Pro, it would be nice if Apple offered some complimentary accessories with the initial purchase. But for argument sake, let's say that it would intact additional cost as a whole to Apple products. Selling a single adapter for $35 that only cost pennies to produce is a bit much. This accessory should be priced more reasonably at about $5. Because the mini-display port is an propriety technology, consumers have little choice but to pay whatever price determined by Apple .

    What I would like to see from Apple in the future is that they produce higher quality accessories, reduce the environmental impact, and price their accessories more reasonable. On the plus side, it works out of the box without any hassle as expected.

    34 of 38 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Another user with Samsung issues

    • Written by from San Carlos

    This connector also does not work with my Samsung LCD TV, at ANY resolution output. Model LN-T4065F.

    I suppose I'll try the DVI version, then go DVI-->HDMI.

    33 of 36 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.

    39 of 49 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Can Apple Help??

    • Written by from Providence

    Can Apple weigh in on this? I have a Samsung LCD and the VGA cable I have worked fine with my PC. Then I bought this when I got a new 13" aluminum Macbook and it doesn't work. Lots of people say it has to do with grounding pins on the VGA cable, but why does that same cable work with my PC? Why doesn't the Macbook work? Help!

    33 of 37 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Rubbish

    • Written by from Putney

    Just acquired a new Macbook pro (really nice bit of kit). Connected it to my Samsung 22" monitor via this converter. Now get the old blank sync screen every five mins. Makes me want to put my head through the screen. Is there anything I can do to fix this?... After reading the other reviews appears not. Please fix this Apple!

    31 of 33 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't fit in Mac Book Pro

    • Written by from Haarlem

    Connector fits Mac Book, but not the Mac Book Pro. Big disappointment!

    41 of 55 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Bad connection design

    • Written by from Lewes

    The mini output works fine, but the Achilles heel of this adapter is the thick plastic that encases the VGA side of the plug, so the VGA connector will not securely thread in to the adapter so the cable is easily disconnected when one shifts their laptop slightly or if cables are bumped.

    30 of 33 people found this useful