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
2374 of 2547 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
1863 of 2266 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 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
1356 of 1533 people found this useful
Fails after a short while
I've gone through two of these HDMI adapters and am now on my third one. When they work they work fine, but then they just stop w I've gone through two of these HDMI adapters and am now on my third one. When they work they work fine, but then they just stop working. Life was around 1 year or less. Usage was only for the occasional presentation so they did not get heavy usage. …
- Written by Mike G from La Mesa
0 of 3 people found this useful
Does not support DVI-I
If you have four pins around the long flat pin on your DVI, this adapter will not fit your cable.
- Written by Sean F from Minneapolis
0 of 3 people found this useful
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
4 of 10 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
Does this adapter support 2560x1440 ??? (Why is this so hard to figure out. Can someone from Apple print what is supported on the box.)
- Asked by John B from Santa Clarita
- Jun 13, 2014
Will this adapter support 1024X768 resolution via an HDMI converter?
- Asked by Jonathan G from Edina
- Apr 8, 2014
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 do I hook up my macbook air to my TV?
- Asked by David R from Santa Fe
- Dec 12, 2010
IF your MBA is a late 2010 (ie. Latest) model, the Mini DisplayPort will carry audio as well as vide IF your MBA is a late 2010 (ie. Latest) model, the Mini DisplayPort will carry audio as well as video. So - IF your TV has a HDMI port, you would be better off buying a Moshi Mini DP to HDMI adapter, so the audio can play through the TV. …
- Answered by Fraser A
- Apr 13, 2011
Can I use the Thunderbolt Display as the only display without having to connect the magSafe to my Macbook Air?
- Asked by Yago F from Scottsdale
- Mar 27, 2012
Don't worry about this at all. Keep that port plugged in. OSX has an ingenius feature that stops the Don't worry about this at all. Keep that port plugged in. OSX has an ingenius feature that stops the laptop from drawing power once the battery is full. There is no need therefor to unplug your magsafe port. …
- Answered by Shantanu J from Sunnyvale
- Aug 20, 2012
Is this adapter the correct one to connect a new MB Pro Retina to the 20-inch Apple Cinema Display, or do I need the dual link DVI adapter?
- Asked by Ian M from Elora
- Jan 26, 2014
I was interested in this question because I have a 20" Apple Cinema Display (DVI) model A1081 connec I was interested in this question because I have a 20" Apple Cinema Display (DVI) model A1081 connected as an external monitor to my MacBookPro3,1 and was considering what would happen when I upgrade to a Retina MacBookPro model. The connector on the A1081 20" Apple Cinema Display is a Male DVI-D (Single Link) so this adapter would be the correct choice. The dual link DVI adapter would work, because it is mechanically equivalent, however it would be overkill in terms of cost and functionality. Note: I have not actually done this yet, I have simply reviewed the specifications and done some other research. Look up "DVI" on Wikipedia and you can see drawings of the connectors. …
- Answered by Bruce T from Long Valley
- Apr 25, 2014