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 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 t 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
497 of 658 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, the Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter works perfectly …
- Written by Syed R from WALLINGTON
372 of 537 people found this useful
I've got one of these to connect my Macbook Pro to my Samsung TV but as with everyone else, the TV doesn't recognise the output fr om the laptop. (It works find with my Dell laptop and Windows XP).
The result is that the adapter is useless. …
- Written by Graham F from Camberley
244 of 371 people found this useful
It Works! Samsung owners, read your manual first!!!!!!!
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. …
- Written by Ram S from London
3 of 4 people found this useful
Small, light and works
So far this adapter has worked 100% of the time, and I use video projectors quite a bit in many different locations.
- Written by Matti O from Tampere
7 of 7 people found this useful
Rarely do I bother to write a review, but I bought this after seeing the negative comments (really needed it), but it worked excel lently when I used it. In case I did something different, the VGA output was converted using a splitter into a Composite output which was sent to the projectors (not samsung so I don't know whether this would work). On the whole pretty good. …
- Written by Xav I from Farley Green
4 of 6 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
- Asked by Hasan N from Iselin
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
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
- Asked by Corinne V from Columbia
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