• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Problems, be careful!

    • Written by from MADRID

    This adapter has problems. Maybe the apadter or maybe the macbooks. When I plug it to my toshiba 23 TFT display it doesnt recognize the right res. and when it does (primary display) it flashes to black (very weird) from time to time: useless for a business presentation. Waiting for Apple's answer. First see the forums, before buying:
    Do not buy it until a fix.

    Thanks

    13 of 16 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

    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.

    10 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    variability

    • Written by from Nottingham

    This is a very good connector. First one I had (cheaper copy) only worked for 6 months. This one is excellent, connects data projectors (3 to date) and lots of monitors All on my 2 year old MBP. However my sons New MBP does not recognise data projector or monitors immediately if at all. My conclusion is that this has something to do with the new MBP (mountain lion) combo. Same setup on my old MBP mountain lion works fine.
    Would help if apple could at least provide a workaround in the short term.

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works Perfectly

    • Written by from Buckingham

    Ok, it didn't connect automatically like i was hoping, but after going into displays and clicking detect displays, it found the projector within 5 seconds. Now i can give high quality presentations direct from my mac without needing to export to a Microsoft Powerpoint. Cheers.

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Absolutely Fantastic

    • Written by from Grimsby

    Bought this product when purchasing a new iMac for the study in my house. I had also bought a new LG TV to go with it, i decided it might be pretty nice to wall mount the TV above the mac, and using it as an extended desktop when I need to focus on work and the TV shouldn't be on.

    Constant praise should be given to apple for making such a seamless product, I switched the TV onto the VGA input, and connected the minidisplay port to the mac. Instantly I had an extended desktop.

    It even allows me to tell the mac where the second monitor is, above it. This seems to be a problem for many Windows users that you cannot have an extended desktop above the original and dominant screen.

    Overall, just five stars for absolute satisfaction, and just thank you Apple! For making such a superb product, (although the wire is a touch short).

    14 of 20 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Seamless

    • Written by from WALLASEY

    Despite reviews from others suggesting this does not work with data projectors, it worked perfectly with mine. First time, no hassle, no fuss, no problems.

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent bit of kit

    • Written by from Peterborough

    This works perfectly with a Panasonic TX-32LZD81 freesat LCD TV. Great for catching up TV programs or just large screen surfing. Don't make the mistake of getting the larger Display port connection, this fits the old Macbook and some desktops.

    10 of 12 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    It just works. Not

    • Written by from camberley

    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.

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Adapter

    • Written by from Birmingham

    Bought this adapter in September 2011 to use my Mac during presentations and it has been excellent. Abosultely no problems with it. Quality of the images are great and it doesn't slow down the speed of the presentation, so everything happens in real time, without delay.

    Great bit of kit. Would definately recommend!

    9 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Connecting a MacBook (white) to a projector

    • Written by from Swaffham

    Old iBook G4 worked fine with Benco projector. USing Apple adaptor and VGA prot on porjector.
    New MacBook (Jan 2009) did not work with projector.
    Eventually have benn able to resolve:
    Instead of conencting to the VGA port on the projector I now connct to the DVI. However I bought a thrid party an adaptor to connect the vga lead to the projector dvi. The Apple one is the incorrect DVI plug for the projector. Works perfectly. Can now use my new laptop for presentations.
    This has taken me 18 months to resolve.
    Hope this helps others.

    13 of 19 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Intermittent Success!

    • Written by from Stockton on Tees

    This worked fine for my MacBook Pro for the first two days with my LG monitor and now it just flashes up the display every so often, after restarting, unplugging various times it still will not work so I am left rather frustrated with it! I bought a new monitor so it would work as a dual screen with my laptop especially - not happy!

    7 of 7 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good but ....

    • Written by from london

    on 1920 x 1080, picture keeps vibrating. Had to reduce resolution to get a steady picture. also doesn't give me a full screen, instead 2 black bars on both sides !!!

    I use the adapter with a Sony BRAVIA Full HD TV KDL-40W4500

    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works Perfectly- even on Samsung TV!

    • Written by from Arundel

    I was a little worried about buying this after reading the reviews, but figured that having worked as an AV technician, I'd be able to make it work, even if it wasn't as simple as the Mini-DVI on my old PowerBook G4.

    It arrived today. I plugged it into my Samsung TV to test it. It worked- I plugged it in, it worked. I checked mirroring the display still worked fine. It did. (I usually use a split screen, but the mirror is useful at times).

    I can only conclude that the most common problem with this bit of kit is "user error". It sits much more securely in the socket than the mini-DVI did, which frequently fell out, and works without an issue. I look forward to using my Mac at work for my presentations, as I've been stuck with their old Windows PC for months.

    Only downer is the price- but since it stops the problem of dead/damaged VGA ports common on Windows PCs, I can't complain too much. I'd sooner pay £21 to replace the adapter than £££ to replace the port.

    Well done, Apple. This MacBook Pro user is delighted (again!)

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    I got my MacBook Pro 17" with my 37" mon

    • Written by from Littlehampton

    This is great to have must be the best thing for you device

    11 of 16 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work with LCD data projector

    • Written by from Stillorgan

    As with other reports, the data projector refuses to recognize the MacBook Pro when I plug the cable in. I've used Detect Displays in the Displays control panel, but still no joy. The only thing that works is rebooting the machine with the display plugged in. The same projector had no problems with my old white MacBook via a mini-DVI to VGA adaptor. This is simply not acceptable for a laptop that cost over 2000 Euro. Do Apple ever actually *test* any of these things? I can't understand why they abandoned the perfectly-adequate mini-DVI for the mini-DisplayPort on their most recent machines.

    11 of 16 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    as good as it should be

    • Written by from Swadlincote

    read these reviews as it seems this does not work for all monitors/tvs but i have had high resolution, quality display through both my samsung tv and sony monitor using this product

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great for me

    • Written by from IPSWICH

    I use it with my MacBook and a data projector, and a 52" Samsung TV. Just lost mine and replacing straight away.

    Lost 1 star as a bit pricey.

    8 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    This lead is fine!

    • Written by from LONDON

    This is the correct lead for connecting a MacBook with a mini display port to a data projector, and it works fine.

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    GREAT

    • Written by from Hornchurch

    Bought this for my MacBook Air 11" and it worked within a few seconds of connecting it all up. Works perfect. Full HD (1920 x 1080 at 60 Hz). Would highly recommend.

    10 of 15 people found this useful