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 with Mac computers with Mini DisplayPort and Thunderbolt ports
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
2428 of 2607 people found this useful
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
1881 of 2294 people found this useful
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
1374 of 1555 people found this useful
One functioned, one did not
Purchased 2 adapters for dual monitor setup with mac mini (2014). One functioned as intended, the other did not work at all - trie Purchased 2 adapters for dual monitor setup with mac mini (2014). One functioned as intended, the other did not work at all - tried with several cables, both monitors, and into both thunderbolt ports on the mac mini. BTW, the adapter worked with both single-link and dual-link DVI-D cables. …
- Written by Jim R from Mossley
Works exactly as it should
Please understand the technical difference between DVI-D and DVI-I before writing a negative review here. If you did't the differe Please understand the technical difference between DVI-D and DVI-I before writing a negative review here. If you did't the difference before buying the product - you shouldn't be buying it and you certainly shouldn't be reviewing it! …
- Written by Donald A from San Antonio
0 of 1 people found this useful
Using it between Mac Mini and a 20" Cinema display, works Perfectly.
- Written by jess munk T from rønne
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
can I use mini displayPort cable to connect up my Ipad mini to computer monitor only.
- Asked by Annie P from Oakville
- Nov 18, 2014
No, the iPad mini has a Lightning connector. You need either the Lightning Digital AV Adapter or the No, the iPad mini has a Lightning connector. You need either the Lightning Digital AV Adapter or the Lightning to VGA Adapter to connect to a monitor. …
- Answered by George V
- Nov 28, 2014
How do I connect two monitors to my 13-inch MID 2012? I only have one Mini Display Port - the other is a firewire port.
- Asked by Joanne G from Santa Barbara
- Nov 25, 2014
- Asked about: Mac
can i hook my mac book air (early 2014) to tv?
- Asked by Steve H from Fortuna
- Oct 25, 2014
Mini Display extension cable. This adapter is too short and makes the beautiful Mac Book Pro look Gerry rigged on my desk.
- Asked by Steven W from Bradford
- Dec 31, 2009