• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor design..

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    I use both pc and mac in my work. I know there are a lot of die hard mac users but I just don't get it. Mac's have always been style before substance for me. I agree with many of the posters. There are certain laptop connections that laptops presenters need. With pc they are there. With mac, oh know, I need another dongle. Buy a new and improved mac laptop. Oh know, I need new dongles because the old ones don't fit the new laptop.

    The new mini displayport indeed does not fit standard vga connections. Why? Poor design... So here is the problem and the solution. It doesn't tighten down because the recessed area around the female connection is not deep enough. If you look at the attempted connection, there is a space between the 2 connectors. That's why the screws don't touch and tighten. To solve this, I bought a cheap 3' vga extension. When I received it, I went to my grinder and carefully shaved the metal sides down as close as I dared so as not to grind the pins. I was then able to get a closer connection. The screws reached and I could tighten the connector down and I never take the extension off. Now when I go to connect to a projector system, I just have 3 extra feet of extension. I never have to fuss with the overpriced, poorly designed but oh so cool looking apple dongle. Who said, 'form follows function'? Apple should take note, listen to your customers and stop changing the peripherals with each new release.

    142 of 177 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

    Works well but won't mirror when lid is shut

    • Written by from Brisbane

    I bought the Mini Display Port so that I could use my computer screen instead of the Macbook screen however when I put the screen on mirror and close the lid on the Macbook the LG screen turns off. I'm very disappointed with this product and is of little use because my Macbook stops sending the display signal. As dual screen it works well.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Flawed Design

    • Written by from San Diego

    I agree with previous users that the design of this adapter prevents a good connection when using a MacBook Pro for presentations. I have had three talks now where the slides looked awful. This is the largely the same PPT talk that I have given previously on my old MB Pro laptop, where I never had this problem.

    I hope Apple can fix this soon.

    38 of 51 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Design is flawed

    • Written by from Bainbridge Island

    I can't even give this product a one star rating because the design is flawed and it just doesn't work but they won't let you not rate it. The screws are too short and the pin housing is not inset far enough to get a good connection with the VGA cable. I returned it to the Best Buy store and, after trying three other Apple VGA adapters that were the same, finding that mine wasn't a lemon, the manager of the Geek Squad went above and beyond to help me find a different VGA cable that would work with this adapter. After going through all the VGA cables he had there in Best Buy, and there were several, we came to the conclusion that none of them would work with the new Apple VGA adapter.

    My boss gives presentations on color all over the world and we have NEVER had a problem with earlier Apple VGA adapters for previous models of Macs. But this one just doesn't work. You need a tight connection with the pins for a projector to project colors correctly. And yes, both my computers and the projector are calibrated for color. When I saw the colors projecting totally incorrectly and flaring off the screen and realized what the problem was, I put the exact same presentation on our MacBook, instead of the new MacBook Pro, using the older VGA adapter and it projected perfectly.

    I see that MM from Newport News and JP from Paradise both had the same issue in their reviews. Unfortunately, duct tape may keep the adaptor hooked to the cable, but it still will not enable it to project colors correctly because you cannot get a tight pin connection.

    Please, please redesign this product as soon as possible!

    107 of 127 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Connecting a MacBook (white) to a projector

    • Written by from Swaffham

    Old iBook G4 worked fine with Benco projector. USing Apple adaptor and VGA prot on porjector.
    New MacBook (Jan 2009) did not work with projector.
    Eventually have benn able to resolve:
    Instead of conencting to the VGA port on the projector I now connct to the DVI. However I bought a thrid party an adaptor to connect the vga lead to the projector dvi. The Apple one is the incorrect DVI plug for the projector. Works perfectly. Can now use my new laptop for presentations.
    This has taken me 18 months to resolve.
    Hope this helps others.

    13 of 20 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Out of luck

    • Written by from San Juan

    I tried all the tricks I know and was unable to get any image on the Sharp LCD Aquos.

    20 of 34 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Stay away from this adapter if at all possible

    • Written by from Deer Park

    This adapter does not work on ANY of the 3 monitors and 2 tv's i tried to use it on. I exchanged the adapter, VGA cable, and then had my macbook pro looked at to see if it was defective; going through the normal troubleshooting flows. My mbp works just fine when i use the MDP to DVI adapter. The only logical explanation is this adapter is defective and is clearly a widespread and known issue. Hopefully apple will release a fix for it sometime soon.

    11 of 18 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    What's that piece of cr..?

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    Sorry for the bad language but what the heck is wrong with you? I just bought the adapter online and just received it, even my pinkie finger is longer than that, what's up with that? You can't imagine to go nowhere with that, 40$ for a piece of cr.. that's ridiculous. So now I gotta buy another VGA cable because your freaking adapter won't go to my TV...What's up with you guys? I loved you because your Macs are way better than PC but your freaking accessories are way too expensive for their value...

    73 of 121 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.

    44 of 53 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.

    35 of 39 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.

    34 of 36 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Do you feel lucky?

    • Written by from Chicago

    The Mini Display Port is a failed product, as you can discover when you type in "flicker" and the name of the product into Google and see how many hits you get. That Apple continues to sell this is a real stain on their reputation. And yes, I applied the "fix" that Apple has offered, and it had no effect. I also took my laptop to a "genius," who ran some tests and declared it in tip-top shape. I find that sometimes tightening the screws on the connection helps, but only temporarily. Unless Apple comes up with a genuine fix to this, I think those of us who have computers with this port will have to accept that external displays are not going to work. (Well, they seem to work for some people. But clearly you are taking a gamble - read the reviews, and do the Google search...)

    29 of 35 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Big disappointment!

    • Written by from Leyburn

    I recently started using an Imac & decided I wanted to use Keynote for presentations, so decided to buy a new Macbook. Big disappointment! As soon as I plugged in the VGA adaptor cable I was struck by how poor a fit it was - it wouldn't stay in place due to the weight of the VGA connector blocks at one end and the tiny mini display port connection at the other. Worse still, even when I physically held it in place I couldn't get any output to either Optoma or Epson projectors; the Macbook screen just went blank for a split second. I rang technical support who talked me through various possible solutions, but there was still no picture and I was advised to return the machine as it might have a faulty port. Reading the other comments on here I suspect the problem is more widespread than one 'faulty' Macbook, and I will sadly have to return it & carry on using my clunky (but stubbornly reliable) old Dell laptop for presentations or find an old Macbook that has better ports.

    13 of 27 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Back to PowerPoint

    • Written by from leyburn

    Switched to Imac last year & have been really impressed by Apple software. So much so, that I decided I'd like to be able to use Keynote instead of PowerPoint on my clunky old Dell laptop. My shiny new Macbook looked the part....until I tried to connect it to a projector using the VGA adaptor lead. It was immediately obvious that the fit & connection was poor & I was unable to get any signal whatsoever - unsurprising since it kept falling out. After reading the similar experiences of others on here, I have reluctantly decided to return my Macbook & am resigned to using my old Dell Latitude - clunky, slow but at least it's reliable, and above all else that's what I need when giving presentations. Truly amazed that Apple cannot get a grip on this.

    14 of 24 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

    Doesn't work for the Acer Projector

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    Acer® P5271 and others of the same model doesn't work at all with this adapter.

    7 of 14 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    useless

    • Written by from Leytonstone

    I wanted to used it with my new Macbook, but it doesn't see the monitor (new HP 2309v).
    I've tried it with my Mac Mini and it doesn't work either. Only the mini-DVI/VGA adapter works with my Mac Mini.
    Mini Display/DVI can't be used with DVI/VGA, because the combination doesn't carry the analog signal...
    As both Macbook and Macbook Pro don't have the mini-DVI port, this adapter will give many people a headache and will force them to buy much more expensive Apple monitors.

    It's useless. My brand new 23" monitor will have to go to the skip, because of that.

    7 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Absolutely useless

    • Written by from Chambesy

    Simply does not work with a variety of CRT monitors. And updating the firmware did not help for my 19 inch LaCie Electronblue monitor.

    Not to mention that the DVI adaptor, which is supposed to have addressed these issues, is a DVI-D so it carries no analog signal, forcing you to buy a VGA adaptor, not to mention how pricey they are.

    I am very very disappointed with apple lately, and I have been using them for years, but for the past two years i have only had one good product from apple, my unibody MacBook Pro and still have complaints about it that never arose with my old G4 iMac or G5 Mac Pro.

    6 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does Not Work At All!

    • Written by from Manila

    I have the new Macbook (unibody) which has the mini displayport unlike my previous Macbook with a miniDVI. Now, the old one worked without any problems with the miniDVI to VGA adapter but this new adapter does not only fail to work but keeps shutting down my laptop when I plug it in. It's so frustrating and such a waste of money for something that does not seem to be working.

    We've tried to plug into LCD monitors and LCD TVs and projector (for a presentation!!!!) but nothing worked. If someone can help me and make it work, please post here.