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 with Mac computers with Mini DisplayPort and Thunderbolt ports
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 This is the Mini-DisplayPort to DVI-D single-link adapter.
DVI-D single-link means that ONLY DIGITAL signals will be output, with 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
2325 of 2492 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 We know the Mini DisplayPort can output an analog signal because there's a Mini DisplayPort to VGA adapter. So why does this adapter 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
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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 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 connect 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
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By far the worst thing about my macbook
I absolutely hate the mini displayport. Have gone through at least 10 mini displayport to dvi adapters since purchasing my macbook I absolutely hate the mini displayport. Have gone through at least 10 mini displayport to dvi adapters since purchasing my macbook pro. It doesn't matter if it is an apple cable or not. Horrible product that makes running multiple monitors an incredibly frustrating experience. I teach and cannot rely on this to use in my class so instead of being able to take my laptop with me (the whole reason I bought it in the first place) I have to leave it at home and email my presentations to a campus computer. Really cannot express how much disdain I have for this "product" …
- Written by Jacob S from Costa Mesa
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I've been using one of these for a couple years to connect a Dell U2412 monitor to my Mid 2011 Mac Mini. I have a second monitor I've been using one of these for a couple years to connect a Dell U2412 monitor to my Mid 2011 Mac Mini. I have a second monitor (same model) connected via an HDMI to Mini DIsplayPort adapter. Both monitors are running at their native 1920x1200 resolutions, and I have had no problems whatsoever.
A friend recently bought a cheaper Mini DisplayPort to DVI adapter online for his MacBook Air, and he had problems with noisy video (i.e. lots of sparkly pixels). I tried his adapter with my setup, and I saw the same thing on my monitor. He then bought another type of adapter from Best Buy, and it had exactly the same problem. He's headed to the Apple Store now. …
- Written by John C from Madison
Great inexpensive solution for adding professional monitors to my MBP
I use a late 2013 MBP as a capture station for my digital camera (professional photographer) and require a properly calibrated mon I use a late 2013 MBP as a capture station for my digital camera (professional photographer) and require a properly calibrated monitor to review images as I'm shoot (Eizo CG223W). This is an inexpensive option that easily allows me to do that, works flawlessly. …
- Written by David S from New York
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
where is the mini display port on my MacBook Pro
- Asked by William M
- Mar 9, 2011
If you have a newer Macbook Pro, the mini display port is actually the Thunderbolt port. You can plu If you have a newer Macbook Pro, the mini display port is actually the Thunderbolt port. You can plug any mini display port connector into the Thunderbolt port. …
- Answered by Jason S from Waverley
- Jun 19, 2011
how can i hook up my mac book pro to my tv
- Asked by Lj R
- Oct 20, 2009
I found through Apple support that Macbooks made before 2010 do not support sound using the hdmi min I found through Apple support that Macbooks made before 2010 do not support sound using the hdmi mini 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
can this adapter plug into a thunderbolt port off a thunderbolt external drive. The drive would be connected to the computer through thunderbolt
- Asked by Kyle W from Little Canada
- Feb 9, 2014
Can I connect a DVI cable to my Macbook Pro Retina Display?
- Asked by Jarett E from Clarksville
- Jul 30, 2013
- Asked about: Mac
Does the mini-display adapter work with the new thunderbolt Macs?
- Asked by John Mark A from Palo Alto
- May 11, 2011
Yes Thunderbolt port can do a display and a fast transfer from a hardrive to your laptop
- Answered by Carole S from Arnold
- Jul 18, 2011