• 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

    Works perfectly!

    • Written by from Belvedere

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not much cop at all

    • Written by from Harlow

    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

    1 of 3 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked with Samsung instantly

    • Written by from Southwark

    Connected a 2010 MBA (OSX 10.6.8) to an old 2008 Samsung VGA monitor, not feeling hopeful after reading the reviews here. Came on immediately, works perfectly, I had to do absolutely nothing. Brilliant.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    It Works! Samsung owners, read your manual first!!!!!!!

    • Written by from London

    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.

    12 of 14 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Small, light and works

    • Written by from Tampere

    So far this adapter has worked 100% of the time, and I use video projectors quite a bit in many different locations.

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked Well

    • Written by from Farley Green

    Rarely do I bother to write a review, but I bought this after seeing the negative comments (really needed it), but it worked excellently 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.

    5 of 7 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Elastic band not included

    • Written by from Kendal

    A poorly designed product from Apple. It functions OK but the receptors for the stabilising screws from a standard VGA cable don't engage with the screws so you need a couple of firm elastic bands to hold it together. Very disappointing that a company that is so design oriented should make such a clumsy design fault in a standard connector.

    4 of 8 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

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Need clearer information

    • Written by from Lancaster

    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!

    200 of 231 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    inconsistant with multimedia projectors

    • Written by from Rawalpindi

    I find it quite inconsistent in its performance. Sometimes it works perfectly and other time the moment I connect it my macbook pro gets hanged showing the beachball.

    30 of 37 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Problems connecting to a data projector

    • Written by from Birmingham

    Like many other users of this product, I also am having problems using it. It simply doesn't work. It is not user error as has been suggested by one of the other reviewers. I have tried all the suggestions made by some of the other users.

    35 of 45 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Does work with Samsung TV!

    • Written by from Carshalton

    Just thought I'd say in response to other reviewers using Samsung TVs that this adapter works fine. Just make sure you are on mirror settings which is under System Preferences - Display - Arrangement, and you should be fine!

    11 of 11 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    VGA adaptor for MBP 13inch

    • Written by from Hereford

    I bought a MBP In July, to date i have had one visit to store and two calls from support yet the thunderbolt port still fails to synch. As a tutor and student, the one thing I hate is being embarrassed. After borrowing other windows systems for presentations, Apple has allowed this to occur now, as they fail to rectify the fault! Be very aware the cable to attach MBP to VGA often doesn't work. The forums support this! The fault is there, but they fail to advise before purchase and don't help after...

    4 of 4 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

    It works - always...

    • Written by from HARTFIELD

    I deliver training programmes round the world in all sorts of venues. Projectors provided by hotels, conference centres or client meeting rooms always have a VGA connection (never a Mac port) and, in the last four years, my MacBook has always connected without problems using this adaptor. It does what it says - at £21 you might argue it's expensive for a bit of cable with a connector, but if you're being paid to present stuff on the screen it's not exactly expensive

    42 of 43 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent product

    • Written by from Worcestershire

    I have never had a problem with any of these and have used multiple different ones in multiple different places, hooked up to projectors - yes they work fine with it, Samsung TV's - yes they also work with it - i use on every day. Does exactly what it was designed for and looks sleek at the same time

    24 of 28 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not consistent! - Work around required.

    • Written by from London

    First time I tried it no problem - wiring my MacBook Air up to a Dell MP3400 so I thought great - silly me! Next time same set up but although the Mac changed screen resolution the projector did nothing! MAJOR PAIN! Like I had people over and it just would not work! Finally I found the only work-around - and so far this does work every time. You have to turn your Mac completely off. Make sure the projector is ON - plug the projector into your Mac and then turn your Mac on. In that order and only in that order - and then when your Mac comes on about 10 seconds later the projector will pick up the signal and you're in business. Not that impressed though! You would think Apple would have gotten this sorted.

    22 of 27 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Brilliant

    • Written by from Rugby

    Abit over price but the build quality is fantastic! Brilliant for extending your screen or using in with keynote!!

    2 of 2 people found this useful