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 DVI Adapter to connect an advanced digital monitor, such as the 20- or 23-inch Apple Cinema Display, that includes a DVI connector. Review the documentation or check with the manufacturer of your monitor to make sure you're choosing the right adapter.
- Mini DisplayPort
- Compatible only with Mac computers with Mini DisplayPort
Ratings & Reviews
DVI-D Single Link (Digital only, 1920x1200@60Hz)
This is the Mini-DisplayPort to DVI-D single-link adapter.
DVI-D single-link means that ONLY DIGITAL signals will be output, wi th the maximum supported resolution at 60Hz being 1920x1200 (2.75 megapixels to be exact).
The adapter easily plugs into the Mini-DisplayPort jack of new aluminum unibody Macbooks and Macbook Pros, and the other end is female DVI-D. Be aware that you cannot physically fit your DVI-I cables into the DVI-D female end. However, since all 24 pins are open, DVI-D dual-link cables can physically fit just as well as DVI-D single-link cables, and can be used to carry the SINGLE-LINK signal to your TV or monitor.
I was surprised how light-weight this adapter is; a plus for carrying around. I was worried that the relatively heavier cables would pull the plug out from the notebook, but the adapter fits quite snugly in the Macbook Pro. The two screws on the DVI cable I used could not reach their holes in the adapter (female end is not deep enough), however, it was not a concern since the cable still fit tightly into the adapter.
So, if you dont have a DIGITAL display larger than 1920x1200, this adapter will be fine. Since HDTV is 1920x1080 this adapter is good enough for me. If you are looking to drive larger digital displays, get the dual-link adapter instead. Also, remember that analog is not supported with this adapter. …
- Written by Vernon T from North York
2212 of 2367 people found this useful
DVI drops Analog signal, DVI-D only
We know the Mini DisplayPort can output an analog signal because there's a Mini DisplayPort to VGA adapter. So why does this adapt er drop the analog signal and go strictly to DVI-D (Digital only) instead of DVI-I (analog & digital)? The old MacBook Pro's had DVI-I. So this adapter is not a replacement to what used to come standard on MacBook Pros! I'm left very frustrated. …
- Written by David J from Gray
1804 of 2169 people found this useful
Be sure of your pinouts
This is a DVI-D (single-link) connector - look up DVI on Wikipedia, if you're not sure of the difference. You can NOT simply conn ect to a DVI-I connector, like Apple's own DVI-VGA adapter, because of the extra pins in DVI-I.
With the correct cabling, it seems to work just fine. …
- Written by Aaron M from Salamanca
1270 of 1427 people found this useful
I use it with my 2012 Macbook Pro (non-retina) and Asus PA248Q (1920x1200) and it works like a champ. I have not experienced any problems. Plug it in and it works. …
- Written by Michael K from Honolulu
Broke within a few Months
Worked just fine on all of my monitors but broke with in a few months. The apple store kindly replaced it without question when I visited them in person with an emailed receipt. The break seemed to be a connection issue, when the dongle was touched when plugged in it would lose its connection if you touched or moved the computer. …
- Written by Karen N from Charlestown
0 of 3 people found this useful
No Analog signal
Cannot use this with any analog adapter.
I wanted to plug into my projector, didn't have an HDMI cable on hand so decided I cou ld use my DVI to composite adapter along with this Thunderbolt to DVI.
NO GO. This does not allow analog connectors. The move to phase out analog is probably to enforce DRM, Shame because I'm an artist creating my own content and I had to come up with a very hack solution to get MY content projected out of MY laptop.
This adaptor is useless with your DVI to VGA or DVI to Composite or any other DVI-A connector.
Very frustrating that the new MBPs only equipped with Thunderbolt and USB makes it very hard to get any signal in or out of it without the need to buy a whole bunch of new types of cables or interfaces. …
- Written by Joe F from Montreal
10 of 21 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
If you have a newer Macbook Pro, the mini display port is actually the Thunderbolt port. You can plu g any mini display port connector into the Thunderbolt port. …
- Answered by Jason S from Waverley
- Jun 19, 2011
I found through Apple support that Macbooks made before 2010 do not support sound using the hdmi min i port adapter. You must use a vga cable to the headphone jack in addition to the mini hdmi adapter to hear sound through your media center. This solution does work for us. …
- Answered by Eileene T from Honeoye Falls
- Feb 12, 2011
- Asked by John Mark A from Palo Alto
- May 11, 2011
Yes Thunderbolt is fully backwards compatible with Mini Display products.
- Answered by Dustin W from Prather
- Jul 21, 2011
- Asked by Robert M from Glen Ridge
- Dec 14, 2009
- Asked by Lukasz L
- Nov 3, 2012
- Asked by Dylan K
- Dec 1, 2009