• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    It works perfectly

    • Written by from SAINT LOUIS PARK

    I had purchased a cheap Mini Displayport to VGA adapter knockoff from eBay trying to save a few dollars but it didn't work at all no matter how much I fiddled with it or which monitor I hooked it up to. Even though I was scared of these reviews, I went into Apple the next day and bought this adapter. I hooked it up when I got home and it worked.

    No fuss. No sweat.

    Sure I had to pay a little more, but it worked the first time I hooked it up. I don't know what all these other people are writing reviews on - perhaps Apple updated the adapter - but it works now so go out and buy it if you need it.

    P.S. I hooked it up to a Sceptre monitor (non-Apple) and a Westinghouse TV... so it does work

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    When it works, it works

    • Written by from Mount Prospect

    We bought several of these for use in a school, many of them stopped working. They are expensive cables to work for only 1 month

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    It just works. Not

    • Written by from camberley

    I am a professional trainer I have been visiting customer's sites for over 15 years. Do you remember the overhead projectors and slides? I started with those...
    Since then I have used an array of PCs (Toshiba, Compac, IBM, Lenovo, Dell). I had never had a single instance where I was not able to connect to a projector and do a powerpoint presentation. Windows (95, XP, 7), Linux, it simply never has been a issue. As of late I decided that I should give mercy to my back by lightening the load I was carrying. I have met countless people raving about Apple products and I though to myself, if I was going to get myself a light laptop, I should use the reference in the matter hence the MacBook Air 2013. Without a doubt it is a beautiful machine until you try to connect it to a projector.

    I purchased the Apple MB572Z/A to connect to customer's projectors, in the space of 4 months I have been left without any ways of displaying my presentation 3 times. Needless to say when you are on the other side of the planet for a week and you cannot do your work because of shoddy design, you tend to get over sensitive about a piece of hardware that has costed you near to 2000 GBP (yes I god the support option bundled in).

    Being an electronic engineer by trade, I have done some extensive testing and here are my findings detailed for the poor souls who found themselves in the same situation than me.

    I am using the MacBook Air 2013 and I believe this is an essential point. I have purchased 3 different adapters the Apple one and two other brands. I also have done the test with a Dell PC using a display port too and finally I used separate cables of sort lengths and long length. It turns out it isn't directly related to the adapter but to the current that the MacBook Air has to drive on the Mini DisplayPort. Depending on the VGA cable impedance, the port had to drive more or less current. Regardless of the adapter used, my Dell can drive a projector using a long cable. When I use the MacBook air with the same cables as the one used by the Dell, The Macbook crashed and goes back to the login screen (requiring a PRAM reset). However if I shorten the cables, regardless of the adapter used or projector used, The MacBook had enough current to drive the signal.

    So the conclusion is rather a bitter one. It's a design fault on the internal driver logic of the MacBook Air. It is not able to cope with high impedance VGA cables unlike any other PC laptop I have ever used. So what is the solution I hear you ask?

    You can use the HDMI provided the projector is a new one, you can also take your own short VGA cable. However if you are like me and have to turn up on customer sites where the conference room have preset projectors (wall mounted) then you have to hope that Apple decide to acknowledge their engineering error and provide you with a replacement or maybe a buffered Mini Displayport adapter (I haven't seen any yet).

    I hope my misfortune/experiments will help some of you.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works perfectly!

    • Written by from Belvedere

    I ordered this after finding my old VGA monitor, had no money to buy a new one and needed to move my mac away from the shared TV room so I can actually use it. This adaptor was a live saver and can now use my mac mini after 2 months of it sitting turned on in the shared TV room.

    Thank you Apple for supporting legacy monitors!

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Proper Use!

    • Written by from Davie

    This is built to use for connecting to PC displays and projectors in a business setting. The complaints in other posts I see could easily be addressed and the same thing accomplished if the user were to purchase an Apple TV which is intended for use with you guessed it a TV.
    Works as intended!

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    SAMSUNG

    • Written by from West Orange

    I found that this worked with my Samsung, but I had to change my VGA cable. For some reason my Samsung smart TV did not recognise a generic VGA cable. When I bought a monster VGA cable, there was no problem.

    1 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor build quality

    • Written by from Taroona

    Buy the Chinese 3rd party adapter for a fraction of the price of this one, the build quality is the same if not better, and it looks pretty much the same! My official 'Apple' adapter didn't last 6 months, while I've had the Chinese one for over a year now. Seriously, if I didn't like the smooth OSX of apple so much I wouldn't buy their products, it's all garbage wrapped up nice.

    0 of 1 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    People are silly for writing bad reviews because they failed to research

    • Written by from Chandler

    This product works great, I've had it for over a year. Use it somewhat regularly on my MacBook Pro 10.8.6.

    Here's an idea if you're looking for an adapter, know your computer or device! Don't just assume by breezing through descriptions that the first thing you find is what you need. With technology development the way it is, it's probably good to learn terminology of what you have so you know when it becomes obsolete (which, with Apple, could be any day! ;)). Also if you want to knock Apple for "overpriced" items, don't buy Apple- that simple.

    If you don't know what a mini displayport is, or if you just don't know what you have, take photos of the input devices on your computer and the device you're trying to connect it to. Show them to Apple Store employees and they'll find what you need. If you're ordering online and don't have access to an Apple store, go to Best Buy first. If you live in the woods and don't have access to either of these, do some research. Doesn't take much time!

    12 of 14 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Got the limit

    • Written by from Sydney

    It works fine when i use it to connect to the projector using 15m vga cable but it doen't work when i use 30m vga cable. :(

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not working with Samsung at all

    • Written by from Las vegas

    it would be nice if apple set at catalogue with the devices that working with that, or to say: attention this adapter is not working with Samsung devices.

    8 of 16 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not much cop at all

    • Written by from Harlow

    Can't do up screws into adapter- very poor design. I had to give it 1 star as Apple's reviewing software won't let me proceed otherwise it would be zero

    1 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works as advertised! (Also: why do some adaptors break!?)

    • Written by from Williamsburg

    I have had this product for over 2 years now and it still works flawlessly with my MacBook Pro's (late 2012 and mid 2013 models) and a variety of models (even some samsung monitors).

    Many reviews seem to mention that they stop working after some time. I have not had this problem but I would attribute the breaking adaptors to three reasons:

    1) People who twist the white adaptor cable when it is plugged in.
    (that 3 inch white connector cord looks very vulnerable) you may risk disconnecting some of the wires that connect the adaptor and the thunderbolt port. When it is plugged in make sure there is no tension on this small white cord!)

    2) People who damage the pins in the connector cable.
    The connector pins in any VGA male/male cable are very fragile. Do you disconnect of reconnect the pins frequently to different monitors? Maybe it is your VGA cable and not the adaptor. Or maybe you scratched up the female VGA port on the monitor or adaptor itself. Be gentle and always pull straight out of the socket (wrenching a VGA in its port, i.e. twisting when removing WILL DAMAGE PINS AND THE PORT. Get a new VGA cable first if the adaptor stops working because VGA cables are known to die over time.

    3) Overheating of the adaptor
    The more you use the connector for large periods of time the hotter it will get. Over heating the adaptor will decrease its longevity. I typically only use this for a few hours at a time, and unplug it from my computer when I am done.

    To summarize, I have used this product successfully for 2 years on more than a dozen different monitors and TV... it always worked for me! Take care of your adaptor and cables and you should have no problem with this device!!!

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great DisplayPort to VGA Adapter

    • Written by from FREMONT

    As I have found in the past, Apple products always perform excellent right out of the box with fit and function designed to work perfectly.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked with Samsung instantly

    • Written by from Southwark

    Connected a 2010 MBA (OSX 10.6.8) to an old 2008 Samsung VGA monitor, not feeling hopeful after reading the reviews here. Came on immediately, works perfectly, I had to do absolutely nothing. Brilliant.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    works great with LG monitor

    • Written by from Tucson

    THis product worked great from my mac mini to LG 27" IPS LED monitor

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Can't Play Itunes because of "High bandwidth digital content protection"

    • Written by

    You can't play itunes videos through it. I wish I could leave a review of less than 1 star. To play HD itunes videos you need a HDCP connection, aka digital. Screen output should be cut and dry. Once the computer outputs analog video, it should have nothing more to do with it and it should be able to play all files through it. Other HD videos play just fine, it is just a problem with itunes being overcomplicated. Don't buy this if you want to have anything to do with itunes videos.

    14 of 26 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Absolutely Brilliant

    • Written by from Cockatoo

    This is just perfect for what I needed to do when doing presentations and the customer doesn't have an HDMI capable TV. Works like a charm on my Macbook Pro 13" Retina.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    works well but does not support maximum VGA refresh rates/resolutions

    • Written by from Fort Langley

    The adapter is an active adapter which converts a digital signal with pixel clocks up to 180 MHz to an analog signal. This one piece of information should be mentioned in the technical specifications because it directly relates to all the resolutions and frequencies allowed by the adapter. The FAQ has a mention of maximum screen resolutions but it's not precise.

    I have a Sony GDM-F520 that can support 2048x1536 at 85Hz. Using GTF timing, the adapter will allow 2048x1536 at 41 Hz which is too slow for the CRT (minimum 47 Hz). However, CVT-RB timings also work and will allow 2048x1536 at 51 Hz. It also allows 2100x1575 at 49 Hz. CVT-RB timing may cause an issue with the left and right edge positions on a CRT though.

    15 of 16 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Pricey (no surprise) but "just works" perfectly for business use

    • Written by

    Enter conference room.
    Connect VGA from projector to "Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adaptor."

    Turn on projector and connect displayport to MacBook Pro. Boom.. the image on your mac is now on the big display and everyone is looking at it. The screen on the MacBook Pro will likely shrink to the resolution of the projector. At first you are not happy about losing your screen resolution. Then you realize your MacBook Pro figured out it needed to downsize and did it for you automatically. It just worked.

    I have also connected to a number of non-tv, old-fashions VGA displays with success.

    18 of 20 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    It Works! Samsung owners, read your manual first!!!!!!!

    • Written by from London

    Great product, works perfectly. Those Samsung owners complaining that this product doesn't work on Samsung TV's, well, perhaps you should have read your manuals first. Samsung has restricted certain modern TV's to use DVI, not VGA. So it's a Samsung Support Issue! Don't blame Apple for it not working. Remember folks, VGA only supports picture, you need a separate stereo/phono cable for audio.

    12 of 14 people found this useful