Every Mac with a Mini DisplayPort allows you to connect an external display or projector using an adapter. You can use an external display as your main workspace or to extend your desktop, or you can work in mirrored mode with a projector so you can view what your audience sees.
Use the Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter to connect an advanced digital monitor, such as the 20- or 23-inch Apple Cinema Display, that includes a DVI connector. Review the documentation or check with the manufacturer of your monitor to make sure you're choosing the right adapter.
- Mini DisplayPort
- Compatible only with Mac computers with Mini DisplayPort
Ratings & Reviews
DVI-D Single Link (Digital only, 1920x1200@60Hz)
This is the Mini-DisplayPort to DVI-D single-link adapter.
DVI-D single-link means that ONLY DIGITAL signals will be output, wi This is the Mini-DisplayPort to DVI-D single-link adapter.
DVI-D single-link means that ONLY DIGITAL signals will be output, with the maximum supported resolution at 60Hz being 1920x1200 (2.75 megapixels to be exact).
The adapter easily plugs into the Mini-DisplayPort jack of new aluminum unibody Macbooks and Macbook Pros, and the other end is female DVI-D. Be aware that you cannot physically fit your DVI-I cables into the DVI-D female end. However, since all 24 pins are open, DVI-D dual-link cables can physically fit just as well as DVI-D single-link cables, and can be used to carry the SINGLE-LINK signal to your TV or monitor.
I was surprised how light-weight this adapter is; a plus for carrying around. I was worried that the relatively heavier cables would pull the plug out from the notebook, but the adapter fits quite snugly in the Macbook Pro. The two screws on the DVI cable I used could not reach their holes in the adapter (female end is not deep enough), however, it was not a concern since the cable still fit tightly into the adapter.
So, if you dont have a DIGITAL display larger than 1920x1200, this adapter will be fine. Since HDTV is 1920x1080 this adapter is good enough for me. If you are looking to drive larger digital displays, get the dual-link adapter instead. Also, remember that analog is not supported with this adapter. …
- Written by Vernon T from North York
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DVI drops Analog signal, DVI-D only
We know the Mini DisplayPort can output an analog signal because there's a Mini DisplayPort to VGA adapter. So why does this adapt We know the Mini DisplayPort can output an analog signal because there's a Mini DisplayPort to VGA adapter. So why does this adapter drop the analog signal and go strictly to DVI-D (Digital only) instead of DVI-I (analog & digital)? The old MacBook Pro's had DVI-I. So this adapter is not a replacement to what used to come standard on MacBook Pros! I'm left very frustrated. …
- Written by David J from Gray
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Be sure of your pinouts
This is a DVI-D (single-link) connector - look up DVI on Wikipedia, if you're not sure of the difference. You can NOT simply conn This is a DVI-D (single-link) connector - look up DVI on Wikipedia, if you're not sure of the difference. You can NOT simply connect to a DVI-I connector, like Apple's own DVI-VGA adapter, because of the extra pins in DVI-I.
With the correct cabling, it seems to work just fine. …
- Written by Aaron M from Salamanca
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Good, but not recommended for use with Wacom Cintiq 21UX.
Ordered this item so I can connect a Wacom Cintiq 21UX to my 27" iMac. It works, but the Cintiq would show streaks and blinking p Ordered this item so I can connect a Wacom Cintiq 21UX to my 27" iMac. It works, but the Cintiq would show streaks and blinking pixels. It would get worse especially after waking up from sleep. I got in touch with Wacom and they said that they know about this issue and will not recommend this adapter for use with Wacom Cintiqs. Rather, use Kanex iAdapt DVI adapter instead. I have that one and it works perfectly. …
- Written by Rodolfo Rey M. S from Airdrie
Works fantastic! True plug-n-play!
I have a MacBook Pro w/Retina and wanted to connect my SAMSUNG SyncMaster 22". My SyncMaster has VGA and DVI, obviously, I wan't I have a MacBook Pro w/Retina and wanted to connect my SAMSUNG SyncMaster 22". My SyncMaster has VGA and DVI, obviously, I wan't to hook it up to the DVI port of my monitor. This cable works like a charm. I'm also using my old Logitech wireless Wave keyboard with no issues at all.
I also recommend using the BookArc to hold your MacBook Pro, very sweet. …
- Written by Joel J from Burien
If you can, use a DisplayPort cable instead...
I used this adaptor for quite a while.... Picture quality going from my MBP to my 22" Dell monitor was poor. Shadowing under tex I used this adaptor for quite a while.... Picture quality going from my MBP to my 22" Dell monitor was poor. Shadowing under text, blurry colors, etc. Completely unusable for the Photoshop work I needed to do. The Dell monitor when connected to my Windows PC via DVI was crystal clear.
As a test, I bought a $10 DisplayPort-to-MiniDisplayPort cable and brought my MBP into the office and connected it to several 22" Dell and HP monitors we had with DisplayPorts on them... Wow! What a difference!!!! As perfect as you would want an external display to be!
BTW - All of the monitors I tested against were priced under $200 - as was my monitor at home. They are noting but "average" monitors you would mass deploy in a typical office setting - they were not $1000 displays. So I do consider this an (forgive the pun) apples-to-apples comparison. The only differences between the units was the presence of a DisplayPort port or not.
The only resolution I tested at was 1680x1050 - as this is the native resolution of all the monitors I have access to.
No doubt to me - if you have the option of connecting via DisplayPort, then do so. While this adapter does "work", it does not work nearly as well as native DisplayPort. …
- Written by Robert M from Elmhurst
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Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
I found through Apple support that Macbooks made before 2010 do not support sound using the hdmi min I found through Apple support that Macbooks made before 2010 do not support sound using the hdmi mini port adapter. You must use a vga cable to the headphone jack in addition to the mini hdmi adapter to hear sound through your media center. This solution does work for us. …
- Answered by Eileene T from Honeoye Falls
If you have a newer Macbook Pro, the mini display port is actually the Thunderbolt port. You can plu If you have a newer Macbook Pro, the mini display port is actually the Thunderbolt port. You can plug any mini display port connector into the Thunderbolt port. …
- Answered by Jason S from Waverley
Dongle to attach my 13-inch macbook pro (bought in May 2012) to a projector?
- Asked by Ricki G from Tolland
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Does the mini-display adapter work with the new thunderbolt Macs?
- Asked by John Mark A from Palo Alto
Yes Thunderbolt port can do a display and a fast transfer from a hardrive to your laptop
- Answered by Carole S from Arnold
This has the proper pins for DVI-D Dual-Link. Will this work with a 2048x1152 display?
- Asked by Robert M from Glen Ridge
This is a single link adaptor. The connector is female, and has holes to allow you to connect a dual This is a single link adaptor. The connector is female, and has holes to allow you to connect a dual link cable so that you don't have to buy a single link cable. With single link (165 MHz pixel clock), you could get 2048x1152 at 63 Hz. Your monitor may or may not support that. …
- Answered by Joe V from Fort Langley
what max resolution it supports? is it just up to 1080p?
- Asked by Lukasz L