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
544 of 726 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
397 of 574 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
177 of 200 people found this useful
It just works. Not
I am a professional trainer I have been visiting customer's sites for over 15 years. Do you remember the overhead projectors and s 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. …
- Written by David C from camberley
2 of 2 people found this useful
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 r 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! …
- Written by Daniel S from Belvedere
Not much cop at all
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 othe 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 …
- Written by Andy G from Harlow
1 of 2 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
I have a projector that I use for all my presentations. I worked with my PC's but now I own a mac what will work to connect my mac to my projector
- Asked by Terrie O from Portola
Yes, this adapter will work, however, I would recommend you look at your projector and see if it has Yes, this adapter will work, however, I would recommend you look at your projector and see if it has a DVI port. This is the one slightly larger than the VGA. DVI will deliver better performance and will give you a digital signal so text and pictures are more vibrant. You might as well go with DVI since it is the same price as the VGA adapter. If your projector doesn't have DVI, VGA will work just fine. …
- Answered by Dylan M from Edmonds
can I use this with MacBook Air?
- Asked by Leonor B from Bacolod
Yes, you can. I was confused about it myself, but the thunderbolt connector that you have on your ma Yes, you can. I was confused about it myself, but the thunderbolt connector that you have on your macbook air can be used as a Mini DisplayPort.. So you don't need to buy any other converters, either. …
- Answered by Daniil C from Aventura
Can this adapter output a 1920x1080p (full HD) signal?
- Asked by Ben A from Toongabbie
Using imac as a display?
- Asked by Dan B
No, Target DisplayMode only accepts a DisplayPort signal. If your PC has DisplayPort output, you sho No, Target DisplayMode only accepts a DisplayPort signal. If your PC has DisplayPort output, you should be able to use a DisplayPort to miniDisplayPort cable to accomplish this. …
- Answered by Kevin W from San Antonio
need cable to connect external backup to new iMac 21.5 usb port. Present cable to large to go for usb port
- Asked by Cynthia C from New Smyrna Beach
Can I connect my MacBook Pro to 2 external monitors?
- Asked by Joseph W from Billingham
I hate to go against someone else's answer, but I have a 13" MacBook Pro (early 2011), and it does h I hate to go against someone else's answer, but I have a 13" MacBook Pro (early 2011), and it does have Thunderbolt. All 2011 and later MacBook Pro's have Thunderbolt and all 2011 and later MacBook Air's have thunderbolt. If you have Thunderbolt, you can daisy chain you monitors together, like mentioned in the other answer. The Apple Thunderbolt Display is good for this, although a bit pricy ($999). …
- Answered by Teagan G from Pender Island