• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Elastic band not included

    • Written by from Kendal

    A poorly designed product from Apple. It functions OK but the receptors for the stabilising screws from a standard VGA cable don't engage with the screws so you need a couple of firm elastic bands to hold it together. Very disappointing that a company that is so design oriented should make such a clumsy design fault in a standard connector.

    5 of 9 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    It's alright, BUT:

    • Written by from Lesmurdie

    I suppose the larger body is to help protect the VGA socket, but now you have to make sure the securing screws on the VGA cable are long enough to reach into the securing nuts. Because of their unreliability I always have a new spare with both my projectors.
    I have four different VGA cables I use and two of them now need to be replaced as I can't risk the connection coming apart while doing professional presentations.
    Apple seem to be lowering themselves like all the rest - making changes for the sake of it while not thinking them through properly.

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    2 have died on me so far!

    • Written by from Cochran

    We use these at our church to display song lyrics on a screen. So far, we go through about one of these cable each year. Not cool apple. Not cool.

    20 of 21 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor start

    • Written by from Winchester

    The kit works but only the third conversation with Apple Tech guys sorted my MacBook Pro 13" (late 2011 model) software. I had to turn the machine off, hold down three keys for a minute, reboot while holding down four other keys and finally the computer sent a signal that the monitor recognised. If System Preferences - Display does not offer you Appearance, you will have to get on the phone; good job it's a freephone number from a landline.

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    unreliable

    • Written by from New York

    My adapter works great when hooked up to a second monitor (read: when I don't have an audience) -- but after only a few months of use, it has completely stopped working properly when hooked up to a projector. Totally embarrassing when I'm in front of clients.

    12 of 16 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked Great For A Year

    • Written by from Guelph

    Worked great for a year hooked up to mutiple projectors and external monitors then out of the blue it stopped working properly and is no long covered under warrenty.

    6 of 8 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Instructions?????!!!!!!!

    • Written by from Burbank

    Just bought this thing it embarrassed me in my meeting as the VGA screen drew BLANK! So much for it just Works???

    I returned it to best buy and they said I had to go to preferences and turn it on to detect it.
    Instructions in bold would be nice or web references.

    But no!!! Thanks apple

    By the way iCards is weak

    9 of 32 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    This would be great if it worked properly

    • Written by from Henderson

    I have a brand new 2012 Macbook Air. I needed to connect it to the LCD projector in my classroom. It will project but the thunderbolt port connection is loose - it doesn't fit in there tightly at all and so it loses the connection all the time and then it's really hard to get it working again. Very problematic when you're trying to teach a group of 40 high school students. I don't have time for technical issues. FAIL

    31 of 42 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Stopped working!!!

    • Written by from tulsa

    I had it for a month and it worked fine then it began to short out. It would flicker and then it totally stopped working. I did not even use it often.

    122 of 143 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    inconsistant with multimedia projectors

    • Written by from Rawalpindi

    I find it quite inconsistent in its performance. Sometimes it works perfectly and other time the moment I connect it my macbook pro gets hanged showing the beachball.

    30 of 37 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Poorly documented

    • Written by from Berkeley

    The documentation says this adapter lets you connect your computer to any "standard analog" device. Does any manufacturer describe its product as a "standard analog" device? So, the buyer doesn't know whether Apple warrants the adapter as compatible with any particular target device.

    I have a Samsung 450 (LN32D450G1D), and its (nearly incomprehensible) documentation describes it as a "digital" device, so I can't assert that this adapter should work with it. And it doesn't. My MacBook Pro (early 2011) doesn't recognize the Samsung monitor when connected via this adapter. But my ancient G4 PowerBook (2001) works just fine with the Samsung when directly connected with the same VGA cable (for which no adapter is required).

    If Apple were more helpful, it would post a compatibility table with each such adapter and let users fill in "yes" and "no" for any combination of host and target device.

    38 of 44 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Adapter Not the Issue

    • Written by from Cottonwood

    Just got the new MacBook Pro and the adapter will not work. It worked fine on my MacBook. I think it's the computer not the adapter. Just today had to make a presentation and could not get the adapter to work with my MacBook Pro. Fortunately, another teacher loaned me her computer, a MacBook. Plugged in the very same adapter and it worked perfectly. Hard to give this adapter a good rating when it doesn't work with all computers that it is designed for. Here's a thought how about creating an adapter that works with your new line of MacBook Pros. Loyal customer for many years. Hard to recommend your products when you can't fully use them. The ability to project my computer screen using an LCD is essential.

    46 of 52 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not work on my MacBook Pro

    • Written by from Horsham

    Blurb implies it will connect any Mac with a Mini Display Port to VGA. I still use 3yr old MacBook and it works fine into VGA plug on my Sony & Panasonic TV. But my brand new expensive MacBook Pro just says "no signal". I am not inclined to experiment with other expensive adaptors which may or may not work, Apple I am not happy with the quality of your information.

    11 of 13 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    works fine SOMETIMES

    • Written by from Highlands Ranch

    this cable works fine. i use it everyday on a projector the problem is this is my 4th one in 2 years! this cable is very sensitive you cant twist it and bend it if you do its like the cables in the inside is twisting up inside. APPLE needs to fix all their cables and prices cause all of this ain't worth it

    30 of 32 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Works but not reliable

    • Written by from Georgetown

    I bought this mini display to VGA adapter with my MacBook Pro 13" in July 2011. It was great until April 2012. Just short of 10 months it's not working anymore. This accessory certainly doesn't reflect the reliability of the Apple brand. I still enjoy my MacBook Pro but unfortunately I am not able to do projector presentations and my large screen monitor will be sitting idle for a while. I wonder if a non Apple branded compatible is any better. Well, it is certainly a lot cheaper to throw if it fails ...

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    It failed on me...

    • Written by from Halifax

    I had the adapter for 6 months and used it daily. All of a sudden it just stopped working. It did get some heavy use, and I suspect that the wires inside wore out from the constant bending, but it should have lasted longer than 6 months.

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not consistent! - Work around required.

    • Written by from London

    First time I tried it no problem - wiring my MacBook Air up to a Dell MP3400 so I thought great - silly me! Next time same set up but although the Mac changed screen resolution the projector did nothing! MAJOR PAIN! Like I had people over and it just would not work! Finally I found the only work-around - and so far this does work every time. You have to turn your Mac completely off. Make sure the projector is ON - plug the projector into your Mac and then turn your Mac on. In that order and only in that order - and then when your Mac comes on about 10 seconds later the projector will pick up the signal and you're in business. Not that impressed though! You would think Apple would have gotten this sorted.

    22 of 27 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Stupid !

    • Written by from Geneva

    The most stupid thing about apple is it's stubborn head when it comes to connecting mac to screens, HDMI is the standard get over it, seriously !

    I do not care about thunderbolt I don't care about the mini display I want to work my screen on the go.

    I've bought this connector to use it with projectors, then I bought a full HD screen why do i have to buy another convertor to HDMI.

    Apple be realistic about this matter, I hope you do someday.
    PS: USB2 will survive for the next 10 years the main reason is that it covers the need of exchanging the data, thunderbolt is another high end connection but not preferable standard.

    28 of 62 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    loose connection

    • Written by from Gravenhurst

    Connection is VERY loose ... slightest touch and it disconnects! And that's oodles of fun ... really.

    But ... I need the cable. When in doubt duct tape. :)

    18 of 18 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointing

    • Written by from HANWELL

    This is the first time I have been disappointed with a Mac product. The product worked great for the first three months then stopped working with no apparent reason or any warning. Steep price for something that doesn't stay working. Had no problem with the earlier version for my MacBook. Disappointed with this one.

    34 of 42 people found this useful