Every Mac with a Mini DisplayPort allows you to connect an external display or projector using an adaptor. 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 Adaptor 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 adaptor.
- Mini DisplayPort
- Compatible only with Mac computers with Mini DisplayPort.
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 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
2625 of 3741 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 pter 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
1180 of 1460 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 k. 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
1568 of 2282 people found this useful
Can't Play Itunes because of "High bandwidth digital content protection"
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 H DCP 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. …
- Written by Zane K
3 of 7 people found this useful
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. …
- Written by Alan H from Cockatoo
works well but does not support maximum VGA refresh rates/resolutions
The adapter is an active adapter which converts a digital signal with pixel clocks up to 180 MHz to an analog signal. This one pie ce 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. …
- Written by Joe V from Fort Langley
9 of 10 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
- Asked by Hasan N from Iselin
- May 5, 2013
The Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adaptor works with my MacBook Pro's Thunderbolt ports. Other Mini Displa yPort adaptors should also work. …
- Answered by Joe V from Fort Langley
- May 7, 2013
Will this work with a late-2011 Mac Book Pro 15 inch? I'm confused about whether it has a thunderbolt port or a mini displayport, or are they the same
- Asked by Tim O from Brighton
- Apr 17, 2013
- Asked by Corinne V from Columbia
- Mar 16, 2013
You would have to buy a Mini display port to VGA adapter. On the left side of your mac there should be 2 tiny ports that are mini display ports. buy that piece and plug it in to one of them. But don't forget you need a computer cord to plug the 2 together. After the projector is connected to your laptop, it should turn as a blue screen on the mac. then you must go to setting, go to displays, and turn display mirroring on till the projection comes on. then you are ready to go …
- Answered by Bryce Y from Laurel Springs
- Mar 26, 2013