• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works perfectly!

    • Written by from Monterrey

    It does what it says it will do. It does it perfectly.

    The problem for folks saying that it does not fit certain models is because they bought the wrong product. They bought a mini, when they needed to be buying a micro. Two different word with different meanings.

    43 of 51 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple can fix this but hasn't

    • Written by from Coon Rapids

    Apple can fix this easily by any one of these options (but first inform buyers that the new mini-DVIs do not fit the old mini-DVIs): 1) Clearly state that the adapter is DVI-D and will not work with DVI-I, or 2) require the purchase of both mini-DVI->VGA and mini-DVI->DVI-D (for $25 total), or 3 (best)) manufacture and sell a mini-DVI->DVI-I adapter. After 2+ years of this problem being known, no one I talked to at Apple today was even aware that DVI-D vs. DVI-I exists! This is just wrong. Yet Apple's VGA->DVI connecter is DVI-I. Apple, will you fix this problem and also send at no charge the other adapter to everyone who was schnookered by your opaqueness (really, false advertising)?

    60 of 85 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    This is for DVI-D ONLY

    • Written by from Toronto

    Be careful - this adapter can only be used with DVI-D connectors. There is a difference - you can see examples on Wikipedia - search for "Digital Visual Interface".

    DVI-I and/pr DVI-A connectors/cables will NOT work with this adapter.

    35 of 37 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Pay attention...

    • Written by from Vernon

    Get the right cable people. The connector is DVI-D because DVI-I is digital AND analog to remain compatible with VGA (analog) SOURCE devices. Since I would assume the output on the MacBook and iMac is digital only there is no need to cause issues with the cable fitting but not being a compatible interface. Get a DVI-D cable for your monitor (without the 4 pins) and you'll be fine, since any monitor with a DVI input should accept DVI-D. If you really need to blame someone besides yourself blame the people who created the DVI interface for creating something that would work with what you already had for a while and not force everyone to buy all new stuff all at once.

    55 of 77 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    very misleading description

    • Written by from Santa Barbara

    As other reviewers have noted this adaptor does not work with the more common DVI-I cables. It is only designed to work with the DVI-D cable.

    What's even more confusing is that the picture on the package incorrectly shows a DVI-I plug not the DVI-D plug!

    Apple should list it as a Mini-DVI to DVI-I adapter and correct the picture on the package!

    Talk about misinformation

    42 of 51 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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Why no DVI-I

    • Written by from Huntsville

    The usefulness of this adapter is seriously limited by the fact that goes to DVI-Digital rather than DVI-Integrated. The mini-DVI connector on the macbook carries both, why can't apple just include the extra wires in this adapter? There's no reason why not to, and I have to buy two over-priced proprietary adaptors rather than just one.

    71 of 110 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    needs an adapter...usually

    • Written by from Encinitas

    unless you have a brand new apple monitor that will take DVI-D, you gotta buy an adapter. I found a great one for about 10 bucks, which connects the DVI-I of your monitor to the DVI-D of apple's adapter. annoying, but it works.

    it's called a DVI-D dual link male to DVI-I dual link female adapter. (i can't post the url on here for some reason).

    also, take care as to whether your plugs are dual link or single link (i.e. whether or not they have a gap in the pins or a full three rows of 8).

    many thanks to apple for the hours of confusion and adapter hunting.

    45 of 58 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Does What It Says

    • Written by from Natick

    Does what it says it does, simple as that. I wish the cord was about 6" longer, though. I have a 20" iMac with a 20" cinema display as an extended desktop. Besides for an issue with the 20" CD's power supply/cord design this combo is more than ideal.

    And to people buy the wrong cables: Yes, I understand Apple does complicate this a bit more than they should. But that doesn't mean if you know nothing about a product you should just assume it works. Ask someone of proper technical expertise, visit an Apple store and ask an employee, call up Apple, just don't assume you can get lucky and then get all mad when you don't. You wouldn't buy a counter-top for your kitchen without knowing the proper measurements I hope...

    35 of 39 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Easy to use

    • Written by from Papillion

    I bought this along with a DVI to HDMI adapter and it works great to view macbook video on my 46" HDTV. I also bought a headphone to RCA output for audio.

    33 of 35 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Las Vegas

    So just like my title this is an adapter, basically to keep imacs and other products neat and clean, Apple has made the DVI port small, the full DVI-D port and VGA ports are big and clumsy and wouldn't look sleek. SO Apple figured they would keep them small and of course proprietary because its cleaner looking and because there is no such DVI-D or VGA connector thats small in the industry. SO again Apple developed a new type of DVI-D socket to keep it small and clean at the rear or sides of their computers. Now since this is an adapter all it has to do is convert the socket type to a standard DVI-D adapter which is female, like that located on any other device that has the DVI socket. So this adapter does not need to be longer etc. or any other convenience. Again, this adapter needs to provide the consumer with a standard DVI-D receptacle like found on PC computers and Tv's DVI standards call for female ends to be located on devices, and cables are to be male on both ends. DVI-D and HDMI are both the same, onlY HDMI carries sound as well. Analog signals are older and require a different connector all together, eventually they will be phased out, no new LCD had an analog VGA or Analog DVI port. They all have HDMI or DVI-D which again are both the same. Ofcourse you will need an HDMI to DVI-D adaptor if your TV has HDMI, or you can buy a MALE DVI-D to HDMI Male and ofcourse the adaptor on this page.

    There is however one suggestion I do have for Apple. Make a new connectors capable of both DVI-D and Analog DVI so its completely error proof. Basiclly a DVI-D and Analog DVI on the single side of the "Y" cable and the other ends of the "Y" cable should conect to both Analog and Digital ports on the mac. Since both Analog and Digital DVI can be present on the same DVI port either format will work once both conections are conected to the mac.

    39 of 48 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Perfect for hooking up secondary display

    • Written by from Rochester

    This adapter works beautifully to connect me to my 19 inch lcd and more recently a Dell 24inch S2409. Connection is firm and have never had any issues.

    As a warning to those who are complaining about lack of DVI-I support, DVI-I has digital and analog pins for when your graphics card reaches it's digital resolution and has to 'step down' to an analog signal to go bigger. Your mac will push 1920x1200 all digital with no issue. If you need more pixels, just buy the VGA adapter.

    34 of 39 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    hdmi rules

    • Written by from petham

    i have a mini dvi to dvi cable that is the attached via an adaptor to hdmi to my tv. it looks wicked and the sound is great via optical. however it would all be a lot simpler if apple had a hdmi output on the side of the mac book/ imac. or even better, take the next step and start producing large tv's with a mac built in.

    34 of 39 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    To the person below me who thinks he's not an idiot.

    • Written by from Newport Beach

    DVI is a digital video signal.

    VGA is an analog video signal.

    Even if the pins match up, the display won't be able to render the picture because you're feeding it a digital signal when it's looking for an analog one.

    Get a DVI to HDMI cable and watch everything work.
    Or, get a Mini-DVI to Composite Video Adapter and then go VGA from that.

    But DONT come here with your uninformed posts and trash an adapter I have used countless times in proffessional home theater applications without fail.

    137 of 246 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works Great with LCD Projection HDTV

    • Written by from Helotes

    I bought this adapter at a local Apple Store and a Monster HDMI-DVI cable on eBay to connect my MacBook to my Hitachi LCD Projection HDTV. This setup works flawlessly, and the MacBook immediately detected and displayed my new extended desktop on my HDTV with the correct native resolution. I use this setup primarily to show iPhoto slide shows and do iChat video chats. I have a separate digital optical cable to plug into my home theater system for the latter. A word of advise: if you want to pay a fraction of the cost for HDMI/DVI cables, buy them online at places like eBay. I bought my 8ft Monster HDMI/DVI cable for $25 after shipping. The same cable sells for >$125 at most retail stores.

    38 of 48 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Does what it's meant to

    • Written by from North Vancouver

    Can't fault it for what it's meant to be. However there's some confusion over using this with a DVI-VGA adaptor. Technically this is possible. However, if you look at the adapter's DVI end there's a flat blade connector. The issue is that it's quite large on this adapter, and doesn't fit certain DVI - VGA adaptor, including (I think) Apple's own. Perhaps this is to encourage you to buy another cable from Apple. However, this is a DVI connector. If you want to connect to VGA, then go buy that one instead or as well as.

    123 of 219 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Deceptive advertising

    • Written by

    actually, the title should read, "lots of details purposely omitted by apple so you will buy more merchandise"

    There are two different sizes of Mini-DVI ports on Macs. Be very very careful when you are ordering.

    the iBook G4 1.2 GHZ uses a smaller Mini-DVI port than later generations.
    (it's what I have)
    I bought the Mini-DVI to Video adapter only three weeks ago at the Apple Store in a mall. Then it was easy to see the two different versions.

    I went back today to buy this Mini-DVI to DVI Adapter, and Apple had pulled all other versions off the shelf, so you can only get the later versions for newer machines. (typical Apple move)

    No information on apple.com about the generation difference.
    No information available to Apple Store employees.

    I'd suggest you bring your machine to the store and make sure any adapter fits.
    If there was any reliable information on line (particularly from Apple, where it SHOULD be, but isn't) then I'd say just be careful with matching your machine's specs. But, since they are being deceptive by leaving information out you should NOT buy this adaptor unless you can actually get to a store and try it out.

    I suspect that Apple's marketing team has determined that enough people will just give up and buy a new machine. Be careful. You want to buy some hardware, not a fashion.

    If someone finds a place that reliably shows the difference between generations of laptop Mini-DVI ports, particularly if you find the correct adaptors, please please please post here.

    Until then, be very careful out there people.

    39 of 52 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Stop Confusion and Hysteria!!

    • Written by from PARK FOREST

    After reading all of the reviews here twice, and winding up confused and a bit fearful, I went to the Apple Store with my DVI cord in hand from the new Samsung 225BW monitor that I had just had delivered from Amazon. The Apple Store salesperson looked at me like I was nuts. Of course the mini-DVI-DVI adapter would work perfectly with the DVI cable from the Samsung monitor--and it did--strictly plug and play.

    50 of 74 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works Great with Macbook

    • Written by from Media

    This product met all expectations for my use ... which means that I was able to plug the adapter into the Macbook, connect the DVI-HDMI cable my 46" HDTV (Sharp LC46D62U), and have it work with little fuss.

    I did have to play around with the settings to get a 1080p resolution working, but that's more an issue with OS X Tiger and not the adapter itself.

    41 of 56 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Mini-DVI to DVI

    • Written by from Newton

    This product worked great. I have absolutely no complaints. I plugged it in and it worked immediately - very easy and perfect.

    30 of 35 people found this useful