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 VGA Adapter to connect your Mac to a standard analogue monitor, projector, or LCD that uses a VGA connector or cable. Review the documentation or check with the manufacturer of your monitor to make sure you're choosing the right adapter.
- Mini DisplayPort
- Compatible with Mac computers with Mini DisplayPort and Thunderbolt ports
Ratings & Reviews
Doesn't work with Samsung TV
I'm very disappointed with this. I bought a new MacBook last week and got the VGA adapter so I could use it with my TV as I did my I'm very disappointed with this. I bought a new MacBook last week and got the VGA adapter so I could use it with my TV as I did my old PowerBook G4 (via the Mini-DVI to VGA adapter). The new adapter worked fine when I connected it to an overhead projector, but it doesn't seem to send a readable signal to my Samsung LN40A650 television.
I tried booting in to Windows via Boot Camp and got the same result.
I guess I'll have to try the DVI adapter with a converter from DVI to HDMI to use this with my TV. A Mini DisplayPort to HDMI (or even regular DisplayPort, which can be directly converted without using audio) would be ideal, but there doesn't seem to be any sign of that. …
- Written by Jonathan M from Bryn Mawr
2874 of 4202 people found this useful
Output to my 22" Viewsonic is clear and crisp and setup with no effort. Seems to be of the same quality as the mini DVI to VGA ada Output to my 22" Viewsonic is clear and crisp and setup with no effort. Seems to be of the same quality as the mini DVI to VGA adapter which I used everyday for a year with out incident on my old macbook. Should be priced in the 14.99 - 19.99 range. …
- Written by Gary L from Richmond
1362 of 1676 people found this useful
I can not get this thing to output to my Samsung LN-4042H 40 inch LCD. The old miniDVI to VGA worked no problem with my old MacBoo I can not get this thing to output to my Samsung LN-4042H 40 inch LCD. The old miniDVI to VGA worked no problem with my old MacBook. I have checked and it is not a TV problem, so certainly something hardware or driver related. Also $29.99 for a video dongle seems steep to me. …
- Written by Alexander P from Burr Ridge
1741 of 2574 people found this useful
Computer to Projector Works Great!
The new Mac Book Pro Retina model has no DVI connection, as my older Mac Book Pro did. Needed to connect to an old Epson VGA proje The new Mac Book Pro Retina model has no DVI connection, as my older Mac Book Pro did. Needed to connect to an old Epson VGA projector. Made an appointment for the Genius Bar at my local Apple Store. They showed me how to connect to any VGA device by using the Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter. It was not apparent to me at first, that the Mini Display plug fit in the Lightning connector on the computer, but it does. The computer was already set up (default) to mirror the display, The Apple Store brought out a VGA display and it immediately mirrored the computer when plugged in. At home the Epson recognized the signal immediately and projected it on screen. It's a winner! This is all you need. Of course you still require your male to male VGA cable which is Blue to Blue and Apple considered this and made their VGA end on this adapter, Blue also.
You should already know this, but to repeat; VGA is Video Signal only. There is no audio signal in VGA.
On with the show! …
- Written by Timothy L from Owosso
Don't bother it is junk
I have a Lenovo ThinkVision L220xwC display that has been working perfectly for a number of connected to a Windows laptop using th I have a Lenovo ThinkVision L220xwC display that has been working perfectly for a number of connected to a Windows laptop using the VGA connector and a MacBook Pro connected with DVI. I am replacing the Windows laptop with a brand new Mac Mini and I bought this Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter so I could connect either the Mac Mini or MacBook Pro via VGA (and the other via DVI).
When the Mac Mini is connected to the display via the VGA adapter, the display frequently flickers, gets wavy lines and it basically unusable. When I switched the VGA adapter to the MacBook Pro it still happened but wasn't as bad - at least initially. Then the display resolution dropped from 1920x1200 to 1440x900 and made it unusable again.
The product is not fit to the task. …
- Written by Andrew T from Glenbrook
I use this device almost daily in different situations, both from my iMac, my Macbook air and a Mac mini, and it works. But some t I use this device almost daily in different situations, both from my iMac, my Macbook air and a Mac mini, and it works. But some times (not often) there is something not working in first try, but with a reboot or a reconnect it seems to fix it. …
- Written by Søren H from Holstebro
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Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
what cable do i use to connect my 2014 MacBook Pro Retina to an external monitor
- Asked by Joseph L from Winston Salem
- Dec 28, 2014
Found this in support:
1. Can I connect a Mini DisplayPort monitor or monitor using a Mini Displa Found this in support:
1. Can I connect a Mini DisplayPort monitor or monitor using a Mini DisplayPort adapter to a Thunderbolt port on my Thunderbolt-equipped Mac?
Yes. A Mini DisplayPort display or a display connecting with a Mini DisplayPort to VGA, DVI, or HDMI adapter will work just like it was connecting to a Mini DisplayPort connector when plugging in directly to the Thunderbolt connector on your Apple computer. Click here for more information on Mini DisplayPort connections and adapters. …
- Answered by Lynne C from Edinburg
- Feb 2, 2015
what cables do i use to connect my 2014 MacBook Pro Retina to 2 external monitors
- Asked by Coby C from Pleasant Grove
- Jan 30, 2015
what cable do i use to connect my 2013 MacBook Pro Retina to an external monitor
- Asked by John O from The Woodlands
- Dec 20, 2014
Can I connect my MacBook Pro to 2 external monitors?
- Asked by Joseph W from Billingham
- Oct 28, 2011
A note regarding the 13" MacBook Pro: You CAN use two Thunderbolt displays with the 13", same as the A note regarding the 13" MacBook Pro: You CAN use two Thunderbolt displays with the 13", same as the 15" and 17". The difference is that if you connect a second Thunderbolt display to the 13" then the internal display is automagically deactivated. The 15" and 17" will drive all three displays with no trouble. …
- Answered by Matthew S from Trumbull
- Jun 22, 2012
can i use the mini display port to vga adapter to daisy chain from thuderbold HD from a macbook air?
- Asked by Jonathan T from Los Angeles
- Nov 18, 2011
How do I get sound output from the TV (and not the laptop) when I connect my MacBook Air to a TV using Mini Display Port to VGA Adapter?
- Asked by Sanjay Kumar S
- Aug 24, 2013
The VGA cable does not carry audio, you must have a separate audio cable.
- Answered by Robert M from Menifee
- Nov 28, 2014