• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor start

    • Written by from Winchester

    The kit works but only the third conversation with Apple Tech guys sorted my MacBook Pro 13" (late 2011 model) software. I had to turn the machine off, hold down three keys for a minute, reboot while holding down four other keys and finally the computer sent a signal that the monitor recognised. If System Preferences - Display does not offer you Appearance, you will have to get on the phone; good job it's a freephone number from a landline.

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    unreliable

    • Written by from New York

    My adapter works great when hooked up to a second monitor (read: when I don't have an audience) -- but after only a few months of use, it has completely stopped working properly when hooked up to a projector. Totally embarrassing when I'm in front of clients.

    12 of 16 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not work on my MacBook Pro

    • Written by from Horsham

    Blurb implies it will connect any Mac with a Mini Display Port to VGA. I still use 3yr old MacBook and it works fine into VGA plug on my Sony & Panasonic TV. But my brand new expensive MacBook Pro just says "no signal". I am not inclined to experiment with other expensive adaptors which may or may not work, Apple I am not happy with the quality of your information.

    10 of 12 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Something wrong

    • Written by from ARLINGTON

    It gives me a buzzing sound when I connect this to my Optoma projector...

    I know this is just a video connection but I have no idea why when I make this connection the audio on my speakers (Bose acoustimass 6) connected through my receiver produces this buzz sound....

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Intermittent Success!

    • Written by from Stockton on Tees

    This worked fine for my MacBook Pro for the first two days with my LG monitor and now it just flashes up the display every so often, after restarting, unplugging various times it still will not work so I am left rather frustrated with it! I bought a new monitor so it would work as a dual screen with my laptop especially - not happy!

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Too expensive

    • Written by from TETONIA

    this adaptor is too expensive for the length of cable. (See other reviews) With all the other problems with firmware and failure to run on some TVs apple developed a clunker. But unfortunately only one on the market, no third party choices.

    26 of 47 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    VGA Monitor goes blank intermittently with the adapter

    • Written by

    I have connected my 13inch unibody MacBook to an HP 24inch hi res monitor using the VGA adapter. Every 5 mins or so the screen goes blank and then comes back on. This is extremely irritating. Apple needs to have a solution for this -- either new drivers or graphics card software update ASAP. Other than this issue -- the MacBook works flawlessly with the external monitor.

    7 of 9 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked Great For A Year

    • Written by from Guelph

    Worked great for a year hooked up to mutiple projectors and external monitors then out of the blue it stopped working properly and is no long covered under warrenty.

    6 of 8 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    It all depends...

    • Written by from London

    I think the best that can be said for this & the DVI adaptor is, sometimes it works sometimes it doesn't.
    The older your monitor, it seems the less chance of success. I have tried both of these adapters on a pair of IBM C220P CRT screens. DP-DVI fails to be recognised at all, DP-VGA will see it, but only up to 1600x1200 @ 60Hz. I've even tried the software hacks, no joy.
    So my purchase of a new 200 quid graphics card to replace a failed 8800 now means I have to spend another £1400 on 2 new matched monitors:-(

    11 of 19 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Samsung Workaround

    • Written by from Gillingham

    Hopeless setup with Mini Mac. Used the HDMI o DVI adaptor for the main 23" display and all was well. Added the adaptor and hooked up a Samsung 32" TV through mini port / VGA cable and got nothing.

    Eventually got it working by connecting the Mini Mac HDMI output directly to the Samsung HDMI, and then used the mini port / VGA cable to the 23" monitor. Takes a few seconds to configure itself, but both monitors work fine at 1080. Satisfied (eventually) but very frustrating.

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Sad!

    • Written by from Glendale

    I just got a $3000 macbook Pro for Christmas and finally got this adapter. I connected it to my 28" ViewSonic which never had issues and it worked right away. But the sad part is, that every so often (irregular) the screen goes black for 2 secs and then comes back. I also experienced the flickering others have taked about.
    Apple, please update the firmware for the macbook Pro soon!

    Thanks

    8 of 14 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Elastic band not included

    • Written by from Kendal

    A poorly designed product from Apple. It functions OK but the receptors for the stabilising screws from a standard VGA cable don't engage with the screws so you need a couple of firm elastic bands to hold it together. Very disappointing that a company that is so design oriented should make such a clumsy design fault in a standard connector.

    5 of 9 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    CRTs

    • Written by from Wharton

    Apparently few users have CRT monitors anymore.
    I was thankful that this device worked but it's a little buggy and I can no longer get the highest resolutions I did before on my Electron22BlueIV. That's very disappointing.

    7 of 13 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    It's alright, BUT:

    • Written by from Lesmurdie

    I suppose the larger body is to help protect the VGA socket, but now you have to make sure the securing screws on the VGA cable are long enough to reach into the securing nuts. Because of their unreliability I always have a new spare with both my projectors.
    I have four different VGA cables I use and two of them now need to be replaced as I can't risk the connection coming apart while doing professional presentations.
    Apple seem to be lowering themselves like all the rest - making changes for the sake of it while not thinking them through properly.

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Works but not reliable

    • Written by from Georgetown

    I bought this mini display to VGA adapter with my MacBook Pro 13" in July 2011. It was great until April 2012. Just short of 10 months it's not working anymore. This accessory certainly doesn't reflect the reliability of the Apple brand. I still enjoy my MacBook Pro but unfortunately I am not able to do projector presentations and my large screen monitor will be sitting idle for a while. I wonder if a non Apple branded compatible is any better. Well, it is certainly a lot cheaper to throw if it fails ...

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not work properly

    • Written by from Melbourne

    When I use this adapter with my 24 inch Acer P241W screen, it mostly works but I lose signal randomly every 10-15 minutes. Tried with other screens with the same result. The same screen works perfectly with a Dell laptop. Also the adapter is too expensive for what it is.

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    bought two both did not work!

    • Written by from swanage

    I have bought two of these in late november 2009. neither of them worked well when I plugged them in, if the screen was pixilated and flickered allot. I did a search on google and found that there was a firmware update in march 2009. It was on a third party site, no mention of it on the apple site. I ran it once and it did not recognise the adapter so I ran it 4 or five times, suddenly the adapter started working fine. I then bought another adapter and had to do the same process to get that to work. These adapters were bout from a flagship apple store, you would expect them to 1 update the firmware themselves and 2 make a patch that actually works properly then charge a reasonable price for these adapters. It's been nine months since the firmware update, I doubt an apple store keeps stock for 9 months, it's a total disgrace.

    7 of 16 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Stupid !

    • Written by from Geneva

    The most stupid thing about apple is it's stubborn head when it comes to connecting mac to screens, HDMI is the standard get over it, seriously !

    I do not care about thunderbolt I don't care about the mini display I want to work my screen on the go.

    I've bought this connector to use it with projectors, then I bought a full HD screen why do i have to buy another convertor to HDMI.

    Apple be realistic about this matter, I hope you do someday.
    PS: USB2 will survive for the next 10 years the main reason is that it covers the need of exchanging the data, thunderbolt is another high end connection but not preferable standard.

    28 of 62 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Good, but not great

    • Written by from Diamond Bar

    I bought the adaptor yesterday, and when i tried it out it didn't work on my samsung tv, wasted 29 bucks for it -.-

    21 of 48 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work on my Sony TV

    • Written by from Foxboro

    I got this cord to connect my 15'' mbp to my Sony LCD TV and when I did (with a double ended male VGA cable to plug into this cable and the TV) my desktop background was the only thing to show on the TV. When I opened apps on the mac and tried to watch a movie nothing other than the background showed on the TV.

    However when I opened window's vista up with bootcamp everything appeared on the TV and I was able to watch movies just fine, so I think it might just be that Sony TVs are not mac compatible and from another customer's review, Samsungs aren't either.

    Bottom line, if you're trying to hook a mac pro up to a TV, try something different.

    13 of 32 people found this useful