• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Design Flaw: Check before buying!

    • Written by from Hawthorne

    The adapter cannot be secured to a VGA cable. You can tell just by looking at the holes; the first few millimeters of the holes are smooth plastic and the threads are recessed. This results in the adapter not having the ability to be secured to the cable, and every time it moves, the video becomes distorted. After discovering the flaw, I went back to the Apple store and looked at the rest of the Mini DisplayPort VGA adapters...they all had the same flaw. Wait until they fix this before you buy one.

    76 of 85 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't detect displays and poor color and resolution

    • Written by from Oshkosh

    I just got my new MBPro and had to present at a meeting. I assumed that this adapter would just be plug and play into a Panasonic LCD projector. I was wrong.

    I plugged it in and chose (Detect Displays) which it did but the resolution and color were terrible. I grabbed my colleagues HP laptop and it worked just fine and the color was great.

    Very concerned as I use this laptop for presentations and spent a lot of money on it. Thankfully my old Macbook Pro (which always worked) is still in my office so I can switch back. Disappointed.

    67 of 70 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Works but is poorly engineered

    • Written by from Hawthorn Woods

    The adapter works, but it adds to the clutter due to apple's putting all the connectors on the left. To make up for the poor placement of the display port, this cable should be at least a foot long to get some of the clutter behind the computer. the display port (usually always connected when on the desktop) is the front most port, getting in the way of the USB ports (which usually get plugged in and out). A 3-6 foot cable would be better to clean the cable mess.

    73 of 87 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Display Adapter Mis-Use

    • Written by from CAlgary

    There seems to be confusion about the Apple VGA adapter that changes from the video port to VGA. In general TV's cannot be run on this connection. Computer monitors are not not like TV's as far as signal type and pin-outs go. This adapter was meant to connect to another analog computer monitor or similar device like a projector, not a connection to a digital TV. Some of the newer LCD TV's have the electronics to do both TV and VGA computer type displays. I won't get any more Technical than that. Apple should give more detail about how and when to use this adapter.

    58 of 64 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great...

    • Written by from Davenport

    ...on my Viewsonic.

    I also have the Mini DisplayPort to HDMI for my big Vizio screen. That works fine too.

    I only wish they were cheaper. C'mon Apple, if you are going to use a custom port design, can't you at least bring it down to $19?

    52 of 52 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    WORKS WITH CORRECT SETTINGS

    • Written by from Bixby

    I read a lot of the reviews about how this adapter didn't work and I must admit my first experience wasn't successful either. Check the following: Go to system preferences and look under "display." Click on the "detect displays" button on lower left. If that doesn't help make sure "mirrored" is checked. My problem was trying to display too high of a resolution on my TV thru the VGA hookup. Once I set the resolution to 640 X 480 everything worked perfectly!

    Mac Book Pro
    2.8 GHz Core 2 Duo
    4 GB 1067 MHz DDR3

    55 of 58 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Saved My Business School Presentation

    • Written by from Powder Springs

    This adapter saved my bacon by allowing me to connect my new 13" Macbook Pro to the classroom's projector VGA plug and present my term paper! My laptop doesn't have the VGA connection like the Windows PCs that most of the students were using. I didn't have to reboot my mac to activate the mini displayport; it automatically worked when i made the connection. Warning: There were two students in my class with older mac laptops and this Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter wouldn't fit in their macs. I bought my 13" macbook pro (MB990LL/A) in August so it's important to get the right adapter for your mac. If unsure, I recommend taking your mac into an Apple store or other retailer to get the right adapter.

    59 of 66 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter won't work with Samsung LCD TV

    • Written by from San Jose

    My aluminum Macbook with the Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter won't work with a 46 inch Samsung LCD TV. Apparently lot's of users are having this problem. The Samsung TV won't even switch to the VGA PC mode with the Mini DisplayPort connected, in order to get the Samsung TV in the PC mode you have to unplug the DisplayPort, put the TV in VGA PC mode, and then you can plug in the Mini DisplayPort, but it still won't display any video from the MacBook. My Samsung TV worked fine in this mode with a Windows XP laptop, and displayed 1080p fine. It appears to be a problem with the DisplayPort Adapter, and it's inability to either drive the VGA signals or send the proper serial data stream informing the Samsung TV of it's resolution.
    To get around the problem I had to buy the Mini DisplayPort to DVI adapter along with an HDMI to DVI cable. With this solution my Samsung TV worked fine with the cable plugged into the HDMI port, and it displays perfectly in 1080p mode. I think this is the only solution for the vast number of MacBook users out there trying to drive LCD TV's.

    52 of 53 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    MacBook Air (2012) restart to connect to external VGA monitors

    • Written by from Chassell

    I am confirming another review and post regarding the Thunderbolt video connection to VGA adapter on a week old 2012 MacBook Air. After an afternoon of disappointment attempting connections to several different monitors using several different cables and thoughts that the adapter was broken or not compatible with the Thunderbolt port, I concur that there must be a software/firmware error in the 2012 MacBook Air related to the Thunderbolt port so that it will not connect to *any* external monitor using the VGA adapter without rebooting the machine with the monitor attached. I confirmed this tonight.

    Nothing wrong with the minidisplay to VGA adapter as an interface. It is perhaps not the most ideal design, but it works. Apple, c'mon guys. The company generally makes good stuff but you've got to get the bar raised again or you've lost it... Professor of EE...

    52 of 54 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    3rd adaptor in 4 years

    • Written by from Peterborough

    I have used the first style MacBook in 2006, which had a mini-DVI port. I had to buy an adaptor for that one. Then I switched to a MacBook Pro, which has normal DVI port, so another adaptor. Recently I got the new unibody MacBook Pro, which comes with mini-DVI port. I thought that my old mini-DVI-to-VGA adaptor from my Macbook would work, but no! So I have had to buy a third adaptor in order to use my MBpro for presentations ... that is annoying. Why not using the same ports in all models - Apple?

    Back in 2006, the adaptors cost only 25 bucks. I love Macs, but find it outrageous that I have to buy new dongles all the time in order to use my MacBooks with standard peripherals such as projectors.

    63 of 76 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Mini Display Port to VGA Adapter

    • Written by from hudson

    For those of you giving poor reviews because of the adapter "Not Working", enter "displays" into spotlight, then "Detect Displays"

    Seriously you guys, you went out and spent $29.99, it takes 1 minute to set this thing up...

    67 of 85 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    No go with 50" Samsung

    • Written by from Louisville

    Brand new Macbook Pro Late 2008 using this cable to my 50in Samsung TV - MBP finds the display in the Sys Prefs/Displays but no signal detected on TV. Not sure if the fault is the Mac or the TV? Either way it stinks it doesn't work.

    51 of 55 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    EEBKAC

    • Written by from Madison

    Error exists between keyboard and chair. People give these products a bad review because they buy the wrong item, then say it doesn't work. This display port plug-in works perfectly with the products it is SUPPOSED to work for.

    68 of 90 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    VGA plug thumbscrews won't fit!

    • Written by from Midland

    I often give presentations at work, and others in my Fortune 30 sized company are jealous of my MacBook Pro. Until I try to plug into the projector, that is. The thumbscrews on any of the projectors I've tried in the last year won't work in the Apple adapter, and the connection is so loose that the projector display often goes to "blue screen". This always results in comments from the crowd like "cheap Apple products"...

    Very frustrating and so unlike Apple. I sure hope they remedy this soon.

    49 of 52 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't Last

    • Written by from Hooper Bay

    Anyone who writes a a positive review of this product must work for Apple.

    First, with the money it costs to buy a Macbook, you should expect it to come with a VGA port already installed. Why should anyone need to pay an additional 30 dollars for an adapter? It's an inconvenience.

    Second, these adapters do not hold up very long. I use mine every day. After two months of teaching, it is already starting to black out. They aren't built to handle the long haul. I have this problem every year. Last year, I went through 3 adapters.

    Someone at Apple needs to wake-up and learn to make a durable product that will last.

    64 of 82 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Same as others

    • Written by from Clinton

    My JVC tv worked just fine with my old macbook using the mini DVI to VGA. No luck with this product and my new macbook pro. I used the same resolution as before and got nothing. I thought I was upgrading!

    48 of 50 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Does what it needs to do.

    • Written by from Avondale

    I bought the adapter to use with my Macbook Pro and Samsung Tv. Initially, had some difficulty figuring out how to actually get my video to transfer to my TV. I looked on my TV settings and did not show the adapter being recognized. I did however notice my macbook screen flicker blue when I connected the adapter. I realized that the macbook and TV were recognizing each other at different times. To make it work follow these steps:
    1. Turn off TV and Macbook(can just close cover and let it hibernate)
    2. Connect the Adapter to TV and Mac
    3. Turn TV on first VERY IMPORTANT
    4. Turn on Macbook (flip cover open)
    5. Look at settings on Macbook to see what display output you have.
    I opted to use TV as another monitor, so I just dragged my Safari window over.
    This worked for me....
    Side note: did not realize sound was going to be coming through Computer than TV.
    This product does what it supposed to but APPLE should have gave "some" direction to getting the adaptor to work.

    52 of 59 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good, but needs a firmware update

    • Written by from Oakland

    This adapter worked quite well for me, but then it began cutting out
    or flickering. I did a web search and learned that Apple now has a
    firmware update for the adapter which you can download.
    Just plug in your computer with its power supply and with the external
    VGA display connected, and run Software Update. So this problem
    might explain some of the less-than-positive reviews.

    51 of 57 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poorly designed connectors

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    I do a lot of video work and these adapters don't securely connect to most VGA cables I've used. The two threaded holes are too deeply recessed so the VGA cable bolts don't connect (sorry for the weird terminology, but Apple appears to have censors that block the word "s see are ee double u). I end up needing to tape the two cables ends together to keep them attached.I never had this problem with Apple's DVI/VGA adapters. My recommendation: don't waste your money.

    48 of 52 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome!

    • Written by from Austin

    I bought this to use in my classroom with my MacBook so I could connect it to the projector for large class presentations. It works great and I've never had an issue with it. The price is right as well, not too expensive for a teacher buying her own technology to use in the classroom. :)

    45 of 48 people found this useful