• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not work with Mac Mini

    • Written by from Milano

    I bought this adapter some time ago for my MacBook (white, 2007) and it worked flawlessly.
    Then I bought a new Mac Mini (2009) and it didn't work. After some googling I found that Apple had dropped support for analog signals in the mini-DVI port.
    Very bad.

    55 of 67 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    What an unbelievably bad and unnecessary product this is

    • Written by from Helsinki

    Thank you Apple for first of all NOT making a standard VGA port on the Macbook, but instead making it necessary to spend an astonishing 18 euros ($25!!) on a useless dongle, to be able to connect it to an RGB port. And yes, you still need to, it's actually quite rare for a conference room to have something with an HDMI, let alone a DVI connection!

    Second, it's unbelievably finicky, and almost impossible to get it to stick to the mini-DVI port without falling off.

    And the worst part - it just broke down. Didn't take even a year.

    72 of 109 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Fragile and unreliable

    • Written by from elstree

    The Mini DisplayPort IMHO is a disaster!
    Received two new MacBook Pro's a couple of weeks ago. First time one was used we had problems with Dual-link DVI display
    Second unit developed a fault with its Mini DisplayPort to VGA connector (no blue displayed - very embarrassing during a client presentation!)
    Apple need to deal with this

    27 of 47 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Should We Abandon All Hope?

    • Written by from Abilene

    Unfortunately, the Apple Mini-DVI to VGA adapter is an abomination. From the humble beginner, to the fanatic, to the ardent professional Apple provides amazing computing power but this item's numerous negatives diminishes that functionality enough to make you question Apple's commitment.

    1. Fitment issues: deplorable connectivity/attachment to the machine, and it is not universal.
    2. Adapter length is ludicrously too short.
    3. Prone to frequent and various image distortions
    3. The coupe de grace, the functional life expectancy is appallingly short.

    Apple customers want, need, expect and demand superior products but this 'adapter' wreaks of red herring! Apple & Apple customers, I beseech you, this is the proverbial straw!

    26 of 28 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Fragile

    • Written by from Sherwood Park

    I had this adapter for approximately 1 month when the cord started to short out and drop colours. This adapter is junk. One of the few Apple products that has truly disappointed me.

    42 of 51 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    works for Powerbook G4 and MacBook?

    • Written by

    My old computer is a PowerBook G4 12" and my new one is a MacBook with Intel Core 2 Duo. The overview for this adapter says it's compatible with both. However, both of these have very different mini DVI ports. I have an adapter that was bought a long time ago that fits the PowerBook G4 DVI port but does not fit the MacBook port. So, the overview is clearly misleading and somebody's still bound to be screwed over. Despite the review about different PowerBooks having different DVI ports, they still haven't thoroughly clarified the issue.

    I suggest that no one buy this product and keep leaving one-star reviews until they fix this and put up some more pictures of the DV-side of the adapter so you can at see for yourself if it looks compatible with your port.

    105 of 121 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Good Luck Getting the One You Need

    • Written by from Guaynabo

    As someone baptized in Mac Religion and having set up my new company only with Mac equipment it is SOOOOOOOOO frustrating to find that every time a new version of a MacBook comes out they change the mini-DVI output configuration.

    One of my various Macs is a black core-duo MacBook fromk about 2 years ago. I went and bought the mini-DVI to VGA adapter and find that IT DOES NOT FIT MY MAC BOOK. NO WHERE on the packaging does it say that the mini-DVI end fits only certian versions of Mac Book. And I cannot find where I can find which one to buy (or even if back issue ones are for sale).

    I have to use this computer as my back up for projecting presentations but I can't without the adapter. What do I have to do - buy a brand new Mac Book and get the adapter the same day????????????????

    94 of 117 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    can't use it; way too short.

    • Written by from Langley

    I can't believe that Apple can be so brilliant and so stupid at the same time. What good is cord that's only 2 inches long? I would have to dangle my MacBook from the VGA input at the back of the TV!, with the lid open! (It's at least 12 inches from the VGA input to the stand the TV sits on. Get real Apple.

    32 of 129 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Inconveniently flimsy

    • Written by from Jackson

    I am currently living and working outside the US, where there are no Apple retail stores. I need to use my Macbook with multiple projectors daily, so when my video output showed signs of discoloration and intermittent failure, I nearly panicked. I guess can order a new one, but they are terribly expensive and difficult to find where I am. Besides, I've only had my adapter for about 3 months--will a new one last as long? It seems they just aren't built to last.

    If not for this fatal flaw, I would have given the adapter at least 4 stars in quality and workability. In short, I'm sorely disappointed.

    25 of 30 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    When it works, it works well, but...

    • Written by from greenwich,

    I work at a school and these get destroyed very easily. We have about 15 iMacs and any number of MacBooks using these connections to work with SMARTboards, projectors, etc. and we have had to replace, on average, one every two-to-three months.

    They should either have a longer cord, or no cord at all between the connections for better reliability

    17 of 21 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Useful but very fragile

    • Written by from Fort Collins

    I had an ibook and the adapter worked pretty well and came with my computer, then I bought my MacBook and I had to buy this, I use it pretty often and after 3 months it is not working anymore. I will have to buy another one,

    16 of 21 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    AWFUL!!!

    • Written by from Columbus

    This product is not useful at all. I bought this product and I am returning it in the same day. The cable is way too short. I wanted to hook my macbook up to a bigger screen, but the cable did not reach from my laptop to my screen. It was such a waste. It was extremely hard to plug into with the two screws on the end. Overall this thing is a piece of junk. I would not recommend this product to anyone

    21 of 116 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointed

    • Written by from Miami

    I have two major problems with this cable. 1) Cord is too short. Should be at least 3-4ft long so in a normal situation it could reach the floor. 2) Unit does not connect with computer, just slides in loosely. When you factor in 1 that it puts the puts the bulk of weight right by computer and 2 the loose connection, that equals cable falling out it you even touch it or move computer a fraction of a inch. Being that I'm using this on a macbook(laptop) in closed lid mode cable falling out equals mac going to sleep. When plugged in works great but feels like you're using an ethernet cable with a broken tab. Sneeze and you're offline.

    33 of 62 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Absolutely Terrible

    • Written by from Appleton

    This is the worst product of all times except for Windows 98. I bought it and it worked for 3 months then stopped working, completely. Absolute junk.

    110 of 219 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Shoddy quality for such an expensive cable

    • Written by from Portland

    My mini-DVI to VGA adapter is terrible. It worked fine for a few months, but then started having problems. The color channels don't all stay connected.. sometimes the screen turns green or magenta or blue. It's truly a poor piece of equipment. I haven't even moved it from its original location.. it stays connected to my laptop 99% of the time. And, of course, since this is apparently a proprietary specification (mini-DVI), I'm forced to buy another one of these terrible cables. Thanks Apple for pulling a Microsoft on us!

    171 of 256 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    doesn't work

    • Written by from LINLITHGOW

    the really annoying thing is that I waited 2 weeks for this as apparently Apple can't supply them, and some of their authorised stores only order on demand. resorted to bidding (and losing) on eBay, and THEN found that an authorised dealer had stock. It came wihtin 2 days.
    BUT... it doesn't work. DoA I asume, the monitor doesn't get the signal and there's no mirroring preference, which I assume only shows up when the display is detected. (the VGA monitor worked fine with the non-mini DVI adapter I had with my old iBook.)
    This only adds insult to the injury that it cost £20 for something that should really be included in the box.

    141 of 319 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Works but not durable

    • Written by from Martinez

    Mine worked fine but began having problems within 6 months of purchase. The cable has poor connections; you get just certain colors unless you fiddle with it and get it into just the right position Poor quality; not very reliable.

    154 of 256 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poorly Made

    • Written by from St. Thomas

    Great concept for sure, plugged it in a off I went. Depsite this however, I give it a thumbs down as I am now on my 3rd adapter after the first to shorted within 2 months of use. First symptoms are a blue tinge on the external monitor or some flickering, both of which are resolved with a wiggle of the cable. This however, only works for a couple of weeks until it stops working altogether. I took apart the second adapter after it went bad and you can clearly see where the wiring is coming apart from any bending that may occur. If I could find another supplier for this I would. Not up to Mac's usual manufacturing standard.

    65 of 91 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Just doesn't work

    • Written by from North Vancouver

    I bought the Mini DVI to VGA adapter so I could show my photos on my projector. The projector doesn't 'see' my MACBOOK and the MACBOOK doesn't see my projector. Rebooted, fired up the projector first then MACBOOK first, every possible combination, but no luck... blew an hour trying to get the thing working. BOOHOO, had a bunch of people over to see my pics of Europe and it was just a big bust. This is a passive device so hard to understand why it wouldnt work.

    37 of 71 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Mini DVI to VGA Adaptor

    • Written by from San Francisco

    I can't get the new Mini DVI to VGA adaptor to sync with my Sharp projector when connected to my MacBook. I see the projector in the Display preferences, but it cannot find my MacBook to project it. I have had success with connecting my 14" iBook to the projector. That connector is different however to the one sold for the MacBook.

    I'm frustrated and disappointed.

    24 of 40 people found this useful