• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Every one of these I've had has been perfect.

    • Written by from Bellevue

    First, word of the wise, if you don't know what you're buying, just head to an Apple Store; they're everywhere, and the staff is overwhelmingly helpful! That out of the way, my team at work has probably two dozen of these floating around between personal and team use, and I've never even heard of one going bad or coming defective. I wouldn't even leave a review, but this should have 5 stars next to it.

    Furthermore, before getting my position here, I'd never even used a MacBook before, and I was still easily able to figure out what was what by looking at a DVI adapter, and looking at the hole in my MacBook Pro to plug in to. Another pro tip, if you're SUPER new to this stuff, take a picture of the plug from your external monitor, and the ports in your MacBook. Take those snaps to the store and I can almost guarantee you can't mess up.

    1 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I hate this thing

    • Written by from Saint Paul

    The connections are too loose and the DVI adaptor cable is too rigid and too short so I'm constantly fiddling with the connections to keep the signal going to the monitor. A sneeze or a pin drop or sometimes nothing at all is enough to break the video connection and it can be very difficult to get back.

    Whoever at apple invented this thing and the lame 30 pin connector should be demoted or fired. It is not a reliable connection at all.

    6 of 12 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    3 stars is about right..

    • Written by from Pickering

    Cutting out support for DVI-I (with 9+9 pins + 4 extra pins above/below the blade at the left) was really a bad choice here. I have a monitor that tails out DVI-I (and the cable is hardwired to the monitor itself..) and there was no need to cut support for it by not providing 4 holes for the cable to actually fit into this adapter.

    My only choice is to use my (one and only) DVI-I to DVI-D adapter (which I just happened to have!) and I lucked out on this one, but again cutting out support for DVI-I was just unnecessary.

    5 of 7 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Audio & Video by the Mac people whatever

    • Written by from Evansville

    SImple as. I went through some of the pains as many others review here. Having macs for years but never using a display. Having my most recent Intel core duo 2007 mac book and wanting to hook it up to most anything, I finally I bought the apple mini dvi to RGA, the mini dvi to svideo & composite(RCA), and this mini dvi to dvid. Also found I was dealing with an apple female connector and that for most applications had to buy a male dvid to hdmi. Awesome now i can pretty much hook it up to anything. What i found out later was that it didn't matter whether I had the DVI option or not...No sound goes out the video port on macs...Lame. No matter which you use you will always be hooking up both a video adapter and an 1/8 to 1/8 male stereo plug to som headphone jack on whatever you want the sound to come out of. SO having option to hook it up to hdmi does nothing but supposedly give you a better quality video signal. One which I can't tell on anything I have played it on. Used apple for years but unless you are willing to spend 8 grand on apple tv and apple movies you can't use front row easily with regular tv products or simply plug it into yout AUDIO VIDEO system and enjoy..you must use 2 cables.

    5 of 10 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    All DVI are not Equal...

    • Written by from Nokomis

    I, like others, have learned the hard way that this adapter, which I bought for my MacBook, only outputs DVI-D, as per another of the reviews. I should have read the reviews in advance. Lesson learned.

    81 of 89 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great, poor quality cable though

    • Written by from Wayne

    I use this adapter to connect my 2008 MacBook to a "DVI to HDMI Adapter" which then connects to my HDTV. The product works great and I've never had a problem getting it to display everything properly on my TV. However, the connection from the "Mini DVI to DVI Adapter" to my MacBooks Mini DVI port is very poor (it's not a tight connection)...it can easily be knocked or pulled out. I just wish Apple would have made the connection more solid, other than that it works great.

    78 of 83 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    mini-dvi's are not all equal

    • Written by from Ann Arbor

    I give two thumbs down to Apple for making such a ridiculous number of ports and adaptors. I got this cable and dodged the first bullet, which was connecting it to the DVI cable on my monitor. BUT, the mini-dvi end does not work on my MacPro. APPLE has two different kinds of mini-dvi ports!

    107 of 155 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    This works well with my Macbook

    • Written by from Monona

    This adapter works well with my Macbook and an external monitor. (I had to get a dvi cable to attach it to the monitor but that was not a problem.) For me the idea of screws to hold the connection in place would not work well for this adapter because I have to unplug my laptop to take to my office and screwing it in on out would be a nuisance. I was concerned when I bought the adapter because I have never used an external monitor which I needed to connect via an adapter so I am quite pleased with its functionality.

    57 of 66 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    DVI is a DVI is a DVI ... NOT!!!

    • Written by from Kenilworth

    The packaging on this product says, "Mini-DVI to DVI adapter". So, you'd think that means you can connect it to a DVI cable or device, right? Wrong-o, incompatibility breath. The DVI connector (female) consists of a grid of holes and a flat blade opening, but that blade opening is too narrow to accommodate the wider pin blade found on some other DVI items, such as, by golly, the Apple-branded DVI-to-VGA cable!

    Another commenter on this page mentioned that DVI has variations, but such subtleties are ***NOWHERE* to be found in the labeling on the package for this cable.

    So, one Apple DVI cable (male) cannot connect to another Apple DVI cable (female)!!!! And there is nothing on the packaging that warns you? What the hey, Apple?

    What REALLY ticks me off is that I bought this at the Apple Store (Old Orchard, IL) where TWO different Apple people told me that this cable is just what I needed so as to provide the flexibility of either mini-DVI to DVI (with this cable alone) or mini-DVI to VGA (in conjunction with the DVI-to-VGA cable I already had). Grrrrrr!

    Now another hour wasted going back to the Apple Store to return this cable.

    131 of 188 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    It works but....

    • Written by from Winnipeg

    My only complaint is that the mini-dvi end does not "click" into place. the weight of the adapter and the large end of the monitor cable tends to pull it partially out. If I pick up my Macbook, it will usually fall out. Apple would be well served to put a locking mechanism onto cables of this type in the future. Even something along the lines of their magnetic power cable.

    56 of 64 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Mini-DVI to DVI adapter needs thumscrews

    • Written by from Ann Arbor

    The design of the mini-DVI to DVI adapter is seriously flawed. A direct DVI connector has thumscrews to maintain a tight connection. The mini-DVI adapter tries to rely on friction alone to hold it in place. However, if the computer is placed near the rear edge of a desk, the weight of the cable will cause the mini-DVI connection to become partially or completely disconnected. It would be good if Apple or a third-party would produce an adapter that would stay connected.

    51 of 55 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    PITA, Apple part again..

    • Written by from rochester

    Well I wanted to break out of my MacBook and purchase only 1 adapter to break out with and allow me to use for an external monitor. So, I chose the mini-DVI to DVI and if I needed to convert to SVGA I could use the typical adapter I use with all other computers I might hook up to my HDTV. Well, Apple does not like efficient functionality as much as mutiple revenues of each of there little typically non-standard trinkets! The trouble I encountered is that the DVI side does not match the 4 little pins at the ground side(large flat pin) of the connector. They have filled that with plastic to inhibit this connection. This facilitates the need to buy the official SVGA connector to break out in this manner. simply, annoying.

    47 of 73 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Why can't Apple standardize their ports?

    • Written by from Caldwell

    This is the 2nd time I've bought the wrong adapter. If Apple is going to use their own proprietary ports, the least they can do is make all their own products the same silly proprietary port.

    73 of 107 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't Stay Connected

    • Written by from San Diego

    It's white. It's pretty. But it doesn't stay connected. What's the deal?

    Apparently, it was designed by the same geniuses that came up with the connection for the power supplies.

    52 of 128 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    too short!

    • Written by from copenhagen

    this cable is way too short to be useful

    60 of 221 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    works fine but...

    • Written by from grand prairie

    i got this adapter when i bought my mac mini and it does what is supposed to but it does fall out of the port on my mini quite often. i have my computer on the keyboard part of my desk because theres no room on my desktop for it. its probably because of how short the platform for the keyboard is and the dvi cable does tend to hang there. if they put screws on the mini dvi side that would be perfect. and the whole digital only problem did get in the way once. it took me quite a bit of frustration to finally realize that my analogue cable wouldn't fit into it. and why isn't there a hdmi adapter? that would be amazing. work perfect on my 46" samsung instead of a series of adapters.

    40 of 48 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Length

    • Written by from Radstock

    It is rubbish. Its much too short. It put pressure on my £1800 Macbook connector now the socket is damaged

    35 of 89 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    does exactly what Apple says it does

    • Written by from Marionville

    I bought the adapter, dual-link cable, and a Mitsubishi monitor, and never had a problem with anything. All I did was plug everything in and then went to the display prefs and set how I wanted the monitor and Macbook display to be.

    FYI, do your homework first before buying this adapter. Wikipedia has an excellent page on digital visual interface, and Apple still has specs on all their Macs. If not, you certainly can find it out from someone on the net.

    Any downsides to this? Possibly could be cheaper since it's for older Macs, and maybe a little bit smaller. After all it's an adapter not a cable.

    54 of 63 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I'm a Mac, but buying cables to match is exhausting

    • Written by from FAYETTEVILLE

    Really, my MacBook is the best computer I've ever bought, but buying cables to connect to my Sony Bravia TV is exhausting. I've now bought three different configurations to make this happen and none of them work, and I've been in IT for over 4 years.

    Bottom Line: Mac--just let us know the exact model of computers that your cables work with and what they do. If someone has a MacBook, and they want to hook their computer up to a TV, let them know what they need to buy "exactly" to make that happen. Like the following:

    1. Computer Type: MacBook (Model#) 2. Specific Function: Connect to TV (HDMI) 3. Cables Needed: DVI to DVI (Model #) to DVI to HDMI (Model #)--Just an example

    I expect better service from the easiest to use computers in the world. Is that too muck to ask? Does anyone at Mac read these reviews and fix anything? It's 12 DEC 2009, lets see if they actually do what their customers need.

    199 of 240 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I'd give it a zero

    • Written by from Banja Luka

    First of all, I did NOT buy the wrong adapter. This is the only Apple solution for getting graphics out of iMac to my HDTV (via DVI - HDMI cable, of course). Apple, do you realize how ugly, bulky and loose it looks like at the rear side of my iMac now? Seriously, for $19, you could at least make a LITTLE longer version of it (at least not to get stuck in the cable hole), or (better yet) provide an option of mini-DVI to HDMI. You're losing it big time, lately.

    88 of 129 people found this useful