• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointed.

    • Written by from Brighton

    Previously used a Mini DVI to VGA adaptor for presentations and screening film clips on my Macbook without problems. After upgrading to a Macbook Pro, I bought this adaptor only to find that it delivered dim, washed out images. Black and white films are an indecipherable mess. Tested on multiple systems with the same result. An inferior product, and I'm not sure there's any alternative.

    23 of 29 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't buy

    • Written by from Houston

    It just doesn't work. Screen is waving, changing colors. Often I cannot even choose the resolution I want for my external screen. I've tried with two diffrent screens, and none of them worked good. This cable behaves like the worst Microsoft product and Apple pretends not to see it.

    20 of 23 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Absolutely Horrible

    • Written by from North Providence

    Has not been able to work with any monitor, TV, or display i have tried connecting it to. With the monitor i have it probably shows whats going on in the screen for around 2 to 3 seconds. I'm very disappointed in this product.

    21 of 26 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I'm saying the same thing as everyone else is?

    • Written by from Philadelphia

    I've bought two of these and I'm not happy. Twice it has just abruptly stopped working for no reason. It worked great at first both times. Now I need another one (or something comparable... Again.

    20 of 24 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Non-functional right out of the bag!

    • Written by from Austin

    Test it at the store before you take it home or order a couple of them if you are buying online. I got one of these the day I was scheduled to do a presentation (with an LCD projector). Wrong move. It was completely non-functional right out of the bag. How does such a simple product like this leave the factory like that?!?

    FWIW, I tested the adapter with a dual input Viewsonic monitor that I use with another computer. The VGA input and cable work with the other hardware, and the MacBook Pro video output works with the monitor's digital input. That tells me that the brand new VGA adapter is the problem.

    19 of 22 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Broke after less than a year

    • Written by from Evanston

    First it flickered a lot, and then finally it stopped working entirely. Have tested with multiple monitors, cables, and computers and it is definitely the adapter that is broken.

    One reviewer suggested that if we don't twist it, or leave it plugged in for more than an hour or two at a time, it will last. If that is the design specifications for these adapters, then the design specifications are wrong. Many modern professionals use their laptop as their primary computer. They plug it into their external monitor at the beginning of the workday, use it all day, and then unplug it and bring it home. When my workplace gave me a PC, I didn't even have to fiddle with cords; there was a dock I could trivially snap it into, and pop it out of. I didn't need a special dongle to connect it to a monitor, and I could use a monitor all day without difficulty. It is not unreasonable to expect to have that same kind of functionality in an Apple product, which is marketed as reliable and easy to use. I have to plug and unplug at least four things to dock my Mac. That's not easy to use, and it isn't reliable when one of those plugs keeps on breaking. Apple should be ashamed.

    15 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Did last - should last eyars

    • Written by from Falls Church

    Died after only a few weeks use on a Mac Air to 23" screen. Very low impact use. It should have lasted years!
    Seemed to be a loose connection inside.
    Not user repairable

    18 of 21 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointed...

    • Written by from Valdosta

    Cannot understand why Apple would not go ahead and include this adapter with the Mac Mini instead of the DVI !! Absurd! Have spent a significant amount of money with Apple recently to add some nice items to my classroom. Come on, Apple! Help us out here! Have LG flat screens waiting to be connected, and a useless adapter.

    24 of 33 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Junk

    • Written by

    Not only was the actual connection to the vga cable horrible, it caused my display to be messed up. When I attempted to change the display back to the original settings, system preferences would not quit and the computer would not turn off normally.

    20 of 25 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Sorta...

    • Written by from Springfield

    Connects to my HP 24" LCD monitor. However, even at the highest resolution setting (which is native to my monitor) the picture is not completely sharp. I also experience the intermittent blackouts every 3-5 minutes. This is a major problem that needs to be fixed ASAP. Apple needs to get busy. This setup is unusable!

    17 of 19 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Fails after a short while

    • Written by from La Mesa

    I've gone through two of these that have failed and now am on my third one. When they work they work great, then they just stop working. Usage was only for presentations so they were not receiving heavy usage.

    14 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work with Sharp Aquos TV

    • Written by from Minato-ku

    I bought this adapter expecting to be able to hook up laptop up to my 46" Sharp Aquos TV. Alas this is not the case. I did review the specs before purchasing but guess I got it wrong. Too bad, was looking forward to playing with this function.

    26 of 38 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Long Ordeal

    • Written by

    I bought this expensive item and it only worked for a short time before causing problems. Worked intermittently, screen went black, needed cold-starts to reconnect, then finally fail to connect under the proper screen resolution.
    It took several weeks to get Apple to diagnose and I'm still waiting for the replacement to be shipped. Will the new one also fail in short order? I suspect it will. In the meantime, I can't do my usual work without the monitor.

    19 of 24 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Overpriced - underperforming

    • Written by from Houston

    I was using the miniDVI to VGA adapter on my Macbook (black) just fine with a Hanspree 21 inch HDMI display. I recently got a Macbook pro and the old adapter didn't fit on the Mini Displayport on the Pro so got this VGA adapter. Now the text is fuzzy as I type this and it just doesn't work as well.

    22 of 30 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Simply didn't work

    • Written by from Brookline

    I bought this to hook up my new macbook to projectors. Tried to hook it up to a Dell projector and although the macbook seemed to recognize the display, the projector just kept displaying "searching for signal." Would love to find a solution.

    16 of 18 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Another problem with Samsung TV

    • Written by from Thorold

    I have a Samsung 530 series LCD tv and this adapter doesn't work with my macbook. The display system preferences panel detects that it's a Samsung tv, but the TV doesn't detect a signal. I tried an older macbook with the mini-DVI to vga adapter and it works perfectly, so it seems like apple messed up on this one. I have yet to see whether any display works. I hope it's just a software thing.

    17 of 20 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work

    • Written by from Markham

    This adapter failed to recognize either of two separate external monitors (one is a Samsung 22" syncmaster and the other a 22" HansG). My new macbook pro failed to recognized anything as being attached. The Mini DisplayPort to DVI adapter, however, works for both montiors.

    18 of 22 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Can't select 8:5 resolutions.

    • Written by from Hamilton

    I have a monitor with native resolution 1920x1200. The VGA cable works fine from my desktop, but from my MacBook with this adaptor it won't let me use 8:5 (16:10) resolutions.

    16 of 19 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Didn't work

    • Written by from Amesville

    I am changing from PC to Mac and bought this to connect to my MacBookPro to the television. The adapter was to be used with the cable that had, previously, gone directly into my PC as it had a VGA port. Unfortunately, after we settled in for a movie on a snowy winter night, all we could get was a partial screen. No sure what the solution is, can't find a cable that goes directly from VGA to the display port.

    20 of 27 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    No image anymore

    • Written by from VÄSTERÅS

    I bought this adapter in February 2009 and used it to connect my unibody macbook to:
    1. Panasonic PT AE500 Projector
    2. Samsung 42" Plasma
    3. My External 19" LG LCD

    I worked for the first four days with the projector. Then it stopped working.
    I then tried the TV and the Monitor as well, no dice. In system preferences the screen is not detected at all. I have tried different cables and monitors.

    When I try to upgrade the firmware (Mini_DisplayPort_to_VGA_Firmware_Update) it says my monitor needs to be connected for the upgrade. It is. But the Mac won't detect the screen.

    19 of 25 people found this useful