• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Mini DisplayPort Falls Short

    • Written by from Austin

    I am a first time Mac user and was a little hesitant. After purchasing a MacBook Pro I was very impressed and excited. I was so excited that I wanted to display this on my LG TV. My previous laptop did this with out any effort. So I went out to my local Apple store and picked up this little number. After I plugged it in and did a screen detection I was not able to get any picture. I called Apple for some trouble shooting. They were as lost as I was. I pulled out my e-harmony remote and forced the input setting on the TV to the RGB/PC. Low and behold there was my screen. It displays but not well. Falls short with the resolution settings. TV is 720p and I have to set the resolution to lower than this in order to display the full picture. When I do that iMovie and other applications will display bigger than what is on the screen and wont adjust any lower. I tried everything. The screen also goes blank and readjust frequently. Pretty disappointed. Love the Mac but Apple could of done better than setting the display port for only their products. Classic Apple.

    11 of 18 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Have a backup computer for you presentation

    • Written by from Durham

    Because, like many here, I too have been unable to connect to several LCD projectors with this connector and a 15" MBP and a 13" MB. We tried two different mini display port to VGA adapters. Same results with each.

    13 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Therapy for me to READ

    • Written by from Olathe

    After years of debate, last week I approved purchases for our office to move to a MAC platform. Everyone has been raving about the new Mac Books....until we tried to use them in either of the conference rooms where HDTVs are located. Yeah, did not see that comming.

    Just wanted to point out, although it does not solve the MAJOR MAC BOOK ISSUE, it is nice to hear that it's not just our office plagued with this issue. APPLE, fulfill your legacy and fix this....please.

    20 of 36 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

    This adapter screwed a major presentation for me today

    • Written by from Stockholm

    Prior to january this year, I had never (10 years) had any problems with getting my Mac to recognize an external display. However, four weeks ago at a MAJOR presentation (research grant funding) my colleague's Macbook air failed to recognize the projector. Thank god we had brought my machine as a backup, and the presentation went fine. Today, the same thing happened to me at an important event. While we didn't lose money, it was _quite_ embarrassing to appear as a 10-year old who doesn't know how to connect a projector, and I had to give my presentation without slides (nobody else had Keynote '09 on a Mac). Apparently there are a number of people claiming this adapter either does not have all ground pins correctly connected, or that it has physical issues that prevents some VGA cables from sliding all the way in.

    This is a major issue right now, since there are no other miniDP->VGA adapters out there. For now, I would not recommend anybody to trust a new Macbook for a critical presentation - the next critical time I will play it safe with Powerpoint, just in case...

    121 of 137 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Pathetic - re-syncs

    • Written by from Atlanta

    I upgraded from a $700 2 year old Toshiba laptop to a $2000 macbook pro 15". After buying this $29.95 part, I found that my monitor keeps going dark re-syncing.

    I also found my brand new bluetooth mighty mouse doesn't scroll up. Do I have to get an appointment at a store with a genius to simply do a return of the mouse?

    18 of 29 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Freeze Frame

    • Written by from Atlanta

    With Macbook Pro (late 08), external VGA displays are basically unusable unless you close the lid. Otherwise, Video Res will be the same as laptops, and it freezes up if it goes to sleep or if you pull adapter out. Must also plug adapter in and boot, otherwise it freezes up. If you plug it in after booting, forget it.

    Very disappointing, wish Apple would fix this, otherwise the Macbook Pro is very nice...

    8 of 12 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Need to project using VGA? hold off on MacBookPro

    • Written by from Morgan Hill

    As a previous reviewer said, it's unclear whether it is this DtoA converter (it's far more than an adapter, folks) or the latest Mac Book Pro's video hardware, but there are problems with Mini DisplayPort to VGA.

    I teach for a living, and never know what I will find in the classroom. This was the wrong purchase for me, as it is completely unreliable with VGA projectors. If you need to hook up using VGA, wait until Apple can address this problem or make another purchase.

    Sad, because my prior Apple laptop experience has been next to flawless. I hope they can fix it soon or I will be asking them to take this purchase back.

    33 of 41 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Extremely poor

    • Written by from Northwich

    This product is not at the high standard you come to expect from apple.

    I am unable to connect my brand new Macbook to my Samsung TV as it would seem apple did not properly test this product before releasing it.

    Do NOT buy this product if you have a Samsung TV...

    11 of 18 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Problem with Samsung TV

    • Written by from Hong Kong

    I bought this from apple shop and delivered to my home a few days later and found it not working with my 40" Samsung HDTV (while my other notebook with built in vga port worked without problem). Called them up, they sent a courier to pick up the device and refunded to my credit card. Excellent service, Poor Product. Not sure if the new firmware update solved this problem, but until now, I cannot enjoy using macbook on my 40" TV via vga port in the year of 2009~

    5 of 7 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

    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

    Not impressed

    • Written by from Guildford

    Bought this to take to client meetings — Fell at first hurdle: Connected, then failed immediately.

    16 of 32 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very dissapointed

    • Written by from Fairbanks

    I just bought a brand new mac book with this adapter hoping that I would be able to hook it up to the 23 inch samsung syncmaster 2333HD display I got for Christmas. The computer seems to acknowledge the monitor, having the correct name on the window when I hit "detect display" but the display will only read "check signal cable" the display works with other computers and even the vga adapter on my 2005 ibook. The macbook adapter works with my old crt external but not with this new display. This seems to be something of a trend based on the other reviews and I am very dissapointed. I'm going to try and see if the dvi adapter works but still, very disappointing. This is unacceptable.

    30 of 36 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

    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

    Doesn't work with the Samsung LN46A550

    • Written by from Kanata

    Rats, I wish I read these reviews before purchasing this adapter. I cannot get this to output to the Samsung.

    21 of 23 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Absolute Joke

    • Written by from orland park

    I just bought a new 13" 2.4GHz MacBook unibody along with this adapter. I was trying to connect my Samsung 32" LCD to my computer, and needless to say, the TV does not even recognize the MacBook. This is my first Mac, so it definitely leaves a sour taste in my mouth and doesn't give me too much confidence in the reliability of other Apple peripherals. This is an absolute joke-- frustrating and disappointing. I just wish I could rate this zero stars.

    19 of 19 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Blinking monitor with my Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter

    • Written by from Denens

    Dear Apple,
    I am fan of your products, but this is getting strangely disappointing.

    I have a 26" Benq monitor, and with my previous MB Pro it was already pretty complicated to synchronize it in full external screen definition. You needed a trick: put the Mac in standby, then open and close fast, etc...

    Now, with my new MB Pro and the Mini Displayport to vga adapter, not only you didn't fix this problem, but I am experiencing constant blinks (every 3-5 minutes).

    I have noticed that there are many other unanswered complaints regarding this matter.

    I am tired of searching for forums throughout the net; is there any way I can get a feedback about this?

    THANKS

    19 of 20 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Problems, be careful!

    • Written by from MADRID

    This adapter has problems. Maybe the apadter or maybe the macbooks. When I plug it to my toshiba 23 TFT display it doesnt recognize the right res. and when it does (primary display) it flashes to black (very weird) from time to time: useless for a business presentation. Waiting for Apple's answer. First see the forums, before buying:
    Do not buy it until a fix.

    Thanks

    13 of 16 people found this useful