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 data projectors
This adaptor is very disappointing. I found that it works fine with some small (20 inch) Samsung monitors that have a VGA input bu This adaptor is very disappointing. I found that it works fine with some small (20 inch) Samsung monitors that have a VGA input but it doesn't work with any of the data projectors I have in my university department so I can't use my new MacBook Pro (unipart aluminium case) for Powerpoint presentations, which was one of the main reasons for buying the laptop. The problem seems to be that the laptop senses the data projector ( and scales down the laptop display to VGA) but the projector doesn't detect the laptop (and so fails to display the image from the laptop screen). My old MacBookPro (Intel core duo) works fine with all data projectors (using the DVI to VGA adaptor) and I'm now in the silly position of having to use the old laptop for all travel (conferences etc) plus teaching in the university. The wonderful looking new MacBook Pro has to stay at home. Apple needs to issue a firmware fix or a better adaptor as soon as possible. …
- Written by David C from London
604 of 807 people found this useful
Need clearer information
Why doesn't Apple make it much clearer that this is the kind of adapter needed to connect from a Thunderbolt port to a VGA cable? Why doesn't Apple make it much clearer that this is the kind of adapter needed to connect from a Thunderbolt port to a VGA cable? All this talk of mini this and that is very confusing - I already ordered VID ADPT MINI-DVI to VGA Adapter-GEN by mistake because of this! …
- Written by Alan W from Lancaster
292 of 347 people found this useful
Does not work with Samsung TV's, use the DVI adapter instead
This adapter does not work with my Samsung TV/Monitor and many others have said the same thing. If you have a Samsung TV/Monitor, This adapter does not work with my Samsung TV/Monitor and many others have said the same thing. If you have a Samsung TV/Monitor, the Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter works perfectly …
- Written by Syed R from WALLINGTON
422 of 615 people found this useful
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
1 of 1 people found this useful
Works absolutely fine.
I bought this for a presentation at church, using a borrowed Casio XJ-A256 projector with a Dell VGA cable.
Screwed the cable I bought this for a presentation at church, using a borrowed Casio XJ-A256 projector with a Dell VGA cable.
Screwed the cable to the adaptor, plugged the cable into the projector, turned on the projector, plugged the cable into the Mac (2010 MacBook Pro). Instant recognition. Set display for mirroring, connected the audio socket to my Pure Avanti radio.
Bingo! All worked first time. Presentation successful. Congregation wowed by a 10 minute film show. …
- Written by Nicholas B from Northampton
3 of 3 people found this useful
This adaptor does what it says, it provides a VGA socket for a Mac. It has been used with projectors and a range of displays, incl This adaptor does what it says, it provides a VGA socket for a Mac. It has been used with projectors and a range of displays, including my Samsung TV, without problems.
Slightly expensive for what it is. …
- Written by Geoffrey G from Uxbridge
2 of 2 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
Can you tell me how to keep the system working when connected to VGA output and the lid closed, i'd like to keep the system running on battery.
- Asked by Prithvi C from Albuquerque
Can I connect my MacBook Pro to 2 external monitors?
- Asked by Joseph W from Billingham
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
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
The VGA cable does not carry audio, you must have a separate audio cable.
- Answered by Robert M from Menifee
what cable do i use to connect my 2014 MacBook Pro Retina to an external monitor
- Asked by Joseph L from Winston Salem
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