• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Dont try and use with dvi-vga adapter!

    • Written by from Dublin

    When buying my Macbook I had the bright idea that I would only buy this adapter and then use one of the many dvi to vga adapters that I already own to "adapt" the dvi to vga when I needed it. Unfortunately Apple was one step ahead of me and have removed the holes in this dvi socket that pass through the vga connection. Ergo you are forced to buy yet another overpriced adapter from them in order to use a vga monitor! After buying vga and dvi adapters plus another adapter to connect to a TV you have ended up spending almost 60 euro on top of the already high cost of an apple machine! Most laptops and pc's come with at least 2 of these connections built in! I am very disappointed with Apple's actions in designing this product and hope for better service from them in the future.

    947 of 1300 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    DVI-D, not DVI-I

    • Written by from HOLYWOOD

    The adapter works well enough, but make sure you know what you're buying; it's a DVI-D adapter, which means you can't use a VGA adapter on the end.

    655 of 906 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Tight-fisted Apple

    • Written by from Bath

    Included with the 12" Powerbook but buy an iMac and you have to pay extra. The port is useless without one so why bundle it with one machine but not the other?

    593 of 914 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works with my HD TV

    • Written by from BOLTON

    Yes this cable works with My HD Tv perfectly but you do need a separate cable that connects hdmi to DVI. I got the Second cable in currys for a cheaper price than it is on here, as it costs twice as much on here, so good luck, but all the same, picture is crystal clear. Good Buy.

    150 of 161 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Misleading selling by Apple

    • Written by from BANBURY

    I purchased this to connect it to a DVI monitor (previously connected to our X-serve); the purpose for which it is advertised. As supplied It does not fulfil that purpose.

    The monitor has a DVI connector. That connector does not fit the adaptor. There are four pins in the connector that the adaptor has no corresponding holes for. From subsequent web research it seems these pins are for VGA signal. I know they aren't required, but they're there and I don't want to cut them out!

    Apple should say the adaptor will not fit most DVI connector equipped screens unless you either cut away those pins or drill extra holes in the adaptor. Currently I'm £14 down on the purchase of the adaptor and unable to connect my screen. No apology from Apple!

    107 of 131 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Does exactly what it's supposed too...

    • Written by

    Nice little product, worked a treat for linking my 20" Intel iMac up to a 20" Samsung display. Very simple and no setup required. It would be nice if it was available as a wire (maybe 0.5m) so there was no need for a DVI cable.

    70 of 77 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works a treat

    • Written by from Burnley

    Does exactly as advertised. I use it with my MacBook to connect to a Samsung monitor and haven't had any problems. The only thing that caused some confusion is that the DVI that is created is a female version, so with my monitor I needed a male to male DVI cable (to lengthen the connection) rather than the male to female that I expected.

    68 of 81 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great for output to HD TV!

    • Written by from LONDON

    I bought one of these with an XTREMEHD HTMI>DVI adapter cable to hook up to my Sony Bravia.

    I have a 2.4Ghz 20" iMac and a Sony Bravia KDL26S201OU 26" LCD TV and as soon as I plugged it in the screen flashed a couple of times on my iMac and I was up and running!

    The Displays section recognised the TV and the colour profile and automatically set it up for 1080i. The only observation is that the 'overscan' setting makes the picture go off screen at the top and the bottom so I disabled that.

    Great bit of kit for previewing my video when I'm editing with Final Cut ^^

    94 of 133 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Yes, you need one and yes, it works. That doesn't make it a good product.

    • Written by from TURKU

    The connector itself is barely satisfactory. It's poorly designed: heavy enough and loose enough to work its way out of the mini-DVI port, unless resting on a flat surface (which your lap isn't). It's ignorant: the mac will switch to dual-display mode as soon as the adapter is connected, even if the display at the other end is turned off. It's short: the cable is barely 6 cms, room enough only to bend, so this was a wasted opportunity for an extension. And as others have noted, the adapter is DVI-D not DVI-I, meaning you cannot attach a readily-available DVI->VGA adapter to it but have to buy yet another proprietary connector instead. (Contrary to what one commenter implied, this was not necessary to support dual-link cinema displays; DVI-I supports dual-link just as well as DVI-D.)

    Then, yet another gripe about the connector's existence: there is ample room on even the smallest macbook (let alone iMac) to accommodate a full size DVI-I port, which takes care of DVI and VGA. Even if these mini-DVI connectors had a compelling reason to exist, Apple should have just bundled them with the macbook; like they do for the macbook air and the like they apparently used to for the powerbook. After the premium I paid for the macbook in the first place it's insulting to be nickel-and-dimed for adapter cables as well.

    84 of 114 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Does what it says on the tin But...

    • Written by from yeovil

    Too short, and expensive thats why Ive Dropped 2 Stars!
    But it works, and my Black MacBook (late 2008) when
    Connected to my Dell 24" Displays in that screens Native Resolution.
    Overall I'm Very pleased with this product and would recommend it.

    55 of 66 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Too expensive, should come in the box.

    • Written by from Leominster

    Ok, I'm sure this adapter will do what it needs to do for many years to come, but it should come in the box with new MacBook. Apple seem to have really cut down on the stuff they include in the box nowadays - my good old G4 PowerMac came with all sorts of cables included, five years ago.

    I've never seen a monitor with a Mini DVI input, so if you want to add a 2nd display to your MacBook (which is pretty likely with its 13" display) you're going to need this adapter (assuming most people are using DVI now). Ok, MacBooks are at the budget end of Apple's computers, but they aren't exactly cheap, so please Apple - stop trying to rip us off even more. I like your computers, but get a bit sick of paying ridiculous prices for your extras!!

    To top it off, I was charged a fiver for postage and the thing arrived via second-class royal mail post after FIVE DAYS! Sort it out Apple - we're getting a bit sick of this.

    77 of 113 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    99% Perfect

    • Written by

    This Product douse what it says on the tin, Absolutely Brilliant to have with a MacBook with an External Display, Its Quality is just like plugging your monitor into a normal DVI Port. 1% off because of the cable being a tad short but no big problems.

    48 of 60 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Another Be Careful Comment

    • Written by from Telford

    I bought this after reading all the comments about it not having the extra slots for a VGA adapter, since I was planning on using it on a DVI monitor anyway, but found out that my DVI cable needs those slots too. Before you buy I'd recommend looking at your DVI cable ends. If it has pins above and below the horizontal bar, this won't fit it.

    Fortunately for me I also have a VGA monitor and I bought the mini DVI to VGA adapter at the same time, which has worked perfectly.

    72 of 112 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Just Works

    • Written by from Burntisland

    Ordered one of these with my new MacBook and it arrived in the box with the computer. Works great - turns the Mini DVI port into a DVI port. Runs fine with my Samsung and Dell LCD TVs. Remember though, this cable doesn't carry audio.

    Worked with my iMac Core Duo too.

    62 of 92 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    A DVI-D adaptor that does what it is supposed to do

    • Written by from Newport Pagnell

    I bought a Dell monitor with DVI-D cable bundled because I couldn't afford a cinema display for my MacBook :-( Then bought the mini-DVI to DVI adaptor, plugged it into the Dell cable and voila - it all works perfectly. No drivers, no mess, just instant gratification. An adaptor that does exactly what it says on the tin.

    Shame it's not bundled with the MacBook, but I suppose Apple can't be expected to supply cabling and adaptors for every conceivable configuration. I have a drawer full of unused cables from previous Macs and other computers and I can't think of a use for them except landfill :-(

    Even better if the MacBook had been supplied with a standard DVI-D port.

    Overall though - it works perfectly. Just check that it's right for your set-up before you rush to buy.
    RB

    129 of 227 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Does the job well

    • Written by from South Shields

    This came as an add-on cost for my Macbook but was just what I needed to connect it to the HDMI socket on my TV (with a DVI-HMDI crossover cable that cost twice as much!). DVI-D - in case you are wondering.

    128 of 230 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    look before you buy

    • Written by from gateshead

    I bought this to connect a Dell Ultrasharp U2412M silver 24" second display to my iMac 24" 2.8 Ghz core 2 duo.
    Works like a charm and very pleased with the quality of the display output.
    There are a few people complaining about incompatibility issues but as long as you do your research and look at the pic gallery of the pinouts there is no excuse for getting the wrong connector.

    34 of 45 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    This is a DVI-D not a DVI-A or DVI-I adapter

    • Written by from Tonbridge

    This adapter is a DVI-D so will ONLY carry a digital signal, therefore you cannot use it in conjunction with a DVI to VGA adapter. If you want analogue then buy the Mini DVI to VGA adapter. Simple as.

    DVI-D = Digital Video Interface - Digital
    DVI-A = Digital Video Interface - Analogue

    The reason that Apple make it DVI-D not DVI-A is so that you can use it to get a Full HD output for a 23" or 30" Apple HD display or any other HD display.

    Why would you want analogue DVI anyway?

    For me the product works perfectly, it makes sense to be a cable and not a chunky adapter that will inevitably be knocked and put stress on the connection. Nice.

    I hope this helps some people.

    52 of 81 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not compatible with other DVI connections from Apple!!

    • Written by from BANBURY

    I bought this in the hope of being able to cover all bases when connecting a monitor. I already have a DVI to VGA adapter that came with, and fits my Mac Pro. I bought this MINI DVI to DVI adapter to for my MacBook so that I could use it with a DVI capable monitor if available. If not available, I was hoping to then connect my current DVI to VGA adapter on top of this to enable me to plugin a VGA monitor. Basically, in order to get a VGA screen to work I would plug in my MINI DVI to DVI, then connect my DVI to VGA to that so it is two adapters connected together. THEY'RE NOT COMPATIBLE THOUGH!! There is an alternative but at £95...

    Two Apple products that don't fit together. That's just stupidity!

    Every DVI cable or connection I have from Apple is a DVI-I Single or Dual, but this is a DVI-D Dual. Small, but vital differences which make them incompatible.

    Even the packaging shows the product to be a DVI-I Single adapter, but what is enclosed is doesn't match the packaging!! This is not like you Apple, sort it.

    48 of 73 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Might not be what you think

    • Written by from London

    Turns out that not all Apple DVI products are created equal. Bought this at the Apple store in London on Saturday since they don't stock the mini-DVI-to-VGA adaptor, thinking that I could just plug it into my existing DVI-VGA adaptor. No such luck, this one lacks the 4-pins-around-the-flat-thing interface.

    Yet another example of why I love Apple products (usually) but hate buying from Apple themselves. You'd think that a company that so prides itself on design would take a bit more care with the customer experience.

    This adaptor probably does what it says if the two things at either end are compatible. Just because you bought everything from Apple doesn't mean that they are... caveat emptor.

    52 of 82 people found this useful