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
2760 of 4000 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
1286 of 1585 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
1658 of 2438 people found this useful
It works perfectly
I had purchased a cheap Mini Displayport to VGA adapter knockoff from eBay trying to save a few dollars but it didn't work at all I had purchased a cheap Mini Displayport to VGA adapter knockoff from eBay trying to save a few dollars but it didn't work at all no matter how much I fiddled with it or which monitor I hooked it up to. Even though I was scared of these reviews, I went into Apple the next day and bought this adapter. I hooked it up when I got home and it worked.
No fuss. No sweat.
Sure I had to pay a little more, but it worked the first time I hooked it up. I don't know what all these other people are writing reviews on - perhaps Apple updated the adapter - but it works now so go out and buy it if you need it.
P.S. I hooked it up to a Sceptre monitor (non-Apple) and a Westinghouse TV... so it does work …
- Written by John K from SAINT LOUIS PARK
When it works, it works
We bought several of these for use in a school, many of them stopped working. They are expensive cables to work for only 1 month
- Written by Moira G from Mount Prospect
This is built to use for connecting to PC displays and projectors in a business setting. The complaints in other posts I see could This is built to use for connecting to PC displays and projectors in a business setting. The complaints in other posts I see could easily be addressed and the same thing accomplished if the user were to purchase an Apple TV which is intended for use with you guessed it a TV.
Works as intended! …
- Written by Elliot R from Davie
3 of 4 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
can I use this with MacBook Air?
- Asked by Leonor B from Bacolod
- Nov 6, 2011
Yes, you can. I was confused about it myself, but the thunderbolt connector that you have on your ma Yes, you can. I was confused about it myself, but the thunderbolt connector that you have on your macbook air can be used as a Mini DisplayPort.. So you don't need to buy any other converters, either. …
- Answered by Daniil C from Aventura
- Aug 15, 2012
I have a projector that I use for all my presentations. I worked with my PC's but now I own a mac what will work to connect my mac to my projector
- Asked by Terrie O from Portola
- Feb 28, 2014
Yes, this adapter will work, however, I would recommend you look at your projector and see if it has Yes, this adapter will work, however, I would recommend you look at your projector and see if it has a DVI port. This is the one slightly larger than the VGA. DVI will deliver better performance and will give you a digital signal so text and pictures are more vibrant. You might as well go with DVI since it is the same price as the VGA adapter. If your projector doesn't have DVI, VGA will work just fine. …
- Answered by Dylan M from Edmonds
- Mar 21, 2014
Can this adapter output a 1920x1080p (full HD) signal?
- Asked by Ben A from Toongabbie
- Apr 1, 2014
Using imac as a display?
- Asked by Dan B
- Jul 22, 2011
No, Target DisplayMode only accepts a DisplayPort signal. If your PC has DisplayPort output, you sho No, Target DisplayMode only accepts a DisplayPort signal. If your PC has DisplayPort output, you should be able to use a DisplayPort to miniDisplayPort cable to accomplish this. …
- Answered by Kevin W from San Antonio
- Mar 26, 2014
need cable to connect external backup to new iMac 21.5 usb port. Present cable to large to go for usb port
- Asked by Cynthia C from New Smyrna Beach
- Mar 11, 2014
Can I connect my MacBook Pro to 2 external monitors?
- Asked by Joseph W from Billingham
- Oct 27, 2011
I hate to go against someone else's answer, but I have a 13" MacBook Pro (early 2011), and it does h I hate to go against someone else's answer, but I have a 13" MacBook Pro (early 2011), and it does have Thunderbolt. All 2011 and later MacBook Pro's have Thunderbolt and all 2011 and later MacBook Air's have thunderbolt. If you have Thunderbolt, you can daisy chain you monitors together, like mentioned in the other answer. The Apple Thunderbolt Display is good for this, although a bit pricy ($999). …
- Answered by Teagan G from Pender Island
- Nov 24, 2011