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 VGA Adapter to connect your Mac to a standard analog monitor, projector, or LCD that uses a VGA connector or cable. 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
Doesn't work with Samsung TV
I'm very disappointed with this. I bought a new MacBook last week and got the VGA adapter so I could use it with my TV as I did my I'm very disappointed with this. I bought a new MacBook last week and got the VGA adapter so I could use it with my TV as I did my old PowerBook G4 (via the Mini-DVI to VGA adapter). The new adapter worked fine when I connected it to an overhead projector, but it doesn't seem to send a readable signal to my Samsung LN40A650 television.
I tried booting in to Windows via Boot Camp and got the same result.
I guess I'll have to try the DVI adapter with a converter from DVI to HDMI to use this with my TV. A Mini DisplayPort to HDMI (or even regular DisplayPort, which can be directly converted without using audio) would be ideal, but there doesn't seem to be any sign of that. …
- Written by Jonathan M from Bryn Mawr
2793 of 4064 people found this useful
Output to my 22" Viewsonic is clear and crisp and setup with no effort. Seems to be of the same quality as the mini DVI to VGA ada Output to my 22" Viewsonic is clear and crisp and setup with no effort. Seems to be of the same quality as the mini DVI to VGA adapter which I used everyday for a year with out incident on my old macbook. Should be priced in the 14.99 - 19.99 range. …
- Written by Gary L from Richmond
1318 of 1621 people found this useful
I can not get this thing to output to my Samsung LN-4042H 40 inch LCD. The old miniDVI to VGA worked no problem with my old MacBoo I can not get this thing to output to my Samsung LN-4042H 40 inch LCD. The old miniDVI to VGA worked no problem with my old MacBook. I have checked and it is not a TV problem, so certainly something hardware or driver related. Also $29.99 for a video dongle seems steep to me. …
- Written by Alexander P from Burr Ridge
1687 of 2494 people found this useful
I bought two of these when I got my new retina display MacBook to use with two Dell monitors I had sitting around and they work gr I bought two of these when I got my new retina display MacBook to use with two Dell monitors I had sitting around and they work great! The only complaint I have is the threads for the screws. They're too low to be reached by the screws on one of my monitors and it comes loose every now and then. …
- Written by Jesse H from Clarence Center
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Okay if the screws on the connecting cable are long enough
I tried this recently purchased adapter connecting from the mini Display Port on an Early 2009 Mac mini to a VGA cable connected t I tried this recently purchased adapter connecting from the mini Display Port on an Early 2009 Mac mini to a VGA cable connected to a 1600x900 VGA monitor made by HP. The same monitor also has a DVI input, and I could detect no difference in the display between DVI input (before) and the VGA input from the adapter (after). Both were clear and steady. I also connected a mini DVI to single link DVI adapter to the same Mac mini at the same time to get a dual display with the second display being an Apple 23 inch Cinema Display from 2002. (All of this was done with OS/X 10.9.4 Mavericks.) Again, clear and steady displays all around.
The only deficiency is that the female threads on the adapter are set too far back for the male threads on the VGA cable (also made by HP) to connect. I'm a bit surprised that Apple would let this slip through, so only four stars. …
- Written by Steven E from Nashua
Not like an apple product
Bought one, only used once. replace a new one, still not wok well. And the connecting part is very hot. I am afraid of bring my ma Bought one, only used once. replace a new one, still not wok well. And the connecting part is very hot. I am afraid of bring my mac to classroom. Apple needs to fix this problem. …
- Written by 少华 王 from 兰州
3 of 4 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
Other than "the B is a newer one," - what is the difference between the MB572Z/B and the MB572Z/A?
- Asked by Alex D from Exton
- Aug 7, 2014
Can I connect my MacBook Pro to 2 external monitors?
- Asked by Joseph W from Billingham
- Oct 27, 2011
A note regarding the 13" MacBook Pro: You CAN use two Thunderbolt displays with the 13", same as the A note regarding the 13" MacBook Pro: You CAN use two Thunderbolt displays with the 13", same as the 15" and 17". The difference is that if you connect a second Thunderbolt display to the 13" then the internal display is automagically deactivated. The 15" and 17" will drive all three displays with no trouble. …
- Answered by Matthew S from Trumbull
- Jun 22, 2012
There is a USB ethernet adapter for that. I have 13inch MBA and been using the adapter for a while
- Answered by Dharma S
- Aug 14, 2012
Can this VGA adapter connect my new macbook pro to a projector via thunderbolt?
- Asked by Lidan W from Los Angeles
- Mar 27, 2012
I have a Apple LED Cinema Display 24 for my 13' MacBook, I bought a MacBook Air..the monitor plug doesn't fit on it. can I buy an adaptor to fit?
- Asked by Anna Marie M from Marcy
- Jun 9, 2014