• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Easy and fully functional

    • Written by from Silkeborg

    It is a major flaw in the screen industry that they never replaced VGA by mini-VGA as did Apple, but apparently they were looking out for another technology, like, e.g., HDMI. So Apple's frequent role as a game changer as we've seen in with the touch-screen technology for mobile phones, the mouse for personal computers, the wireless tablet to read newspapers (iPad), the easy-to-access store to buy legal software (AppStore), was not actualised here. As a consequence, we Mac users are all forced to use adapters to hook up to existing technology like the case of VGA screens. It's a pity, because mini-VGA was a good idea; easy, feasible, cheap.

    I've tried out Apple's Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter for two months now, and it works flawlessly. The cable connecting the two ends — VGA and mini-VGA — makes the whole issue of combining the connections easier, because the VGA cable in the other end that ports the image data to the television or external computer screen is cumbersome to deal with. Usually, VGA cables are big, clumsy and hard to twist.

    I used the Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter to connect both to a cheap 19'' computer screen and to my television set. The images turning up on my Sony Bravia 32'' flatscreen are excellent; I've never seen my television set present the world in such a beautiful way. The images are knife sharp as on a computer screen, but with a much more vivid colour depth. Whenever you have the chance, use your TV flatscreen to display your computer activities. And use the Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter to connect your Mac to the television set's VGA port.

    18 of 19 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't use VGA for an HDTV, use DVI/HDMI!

    • Written by from Littleton

    This adapter works well with my HP w2007 20" LCD monitor. The picture is crisp and steady. It's hard to distinguish from a DVI connection.

    I do find it's best to let the monitor sync itself when I plug it in and then just leave it and not fuss with it. If I hit the monitor's "Auto Sync" button the result is often a blurry display. If this happens, unplugging and plugging the adapter fixes it, as does performing a "factory reset" using my monitor's menu. I suggest trying these things if your monitor is having trouble getting a good sync.

    For those of you having trouble using this to connect a MacBook to an HDTV, let me offer this advice: Your HDTV probably has an HDMI port, so that's what you should be using, not VGA. Get the Mini DisplayPort to DVI adapter and also a DVI to HDMI cable. You will get a far better result. I use this method to connect my MacBook to a Panasonic HDTV and it works beautifully. Please, do yourself a favor and do not use the VGA port if your HDTV has HDMI (or DVI). Hope that helps!

    20 of 23 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't buy

    • Written by from Houston

    It just doesn't work. Screen is waving, changing colors. Often I cannot even choose the resolution I want for my external screen. I've tried with two diffrent screens, and none of them worked good. This cable behaves like the worst Microsoft product and Apple pretends not to see it.

    20 of 23 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    VGA adapter

    • Written by from Walnut

    I am new to MAC and just got my macbook a week ago. I've already used this adapter on 2 different projectors for different presentations I have given. It worked without any problems. I just hooked it up and it worked. Very simple (and I am definitely not computer savvy).

    17 of 17 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    works well but does not support maximum VGA refresh rates/resolutions

    • Written by from Fort Langley

    The adapter is an active adapter which converts a digital signal with pixel clocks up to 180 MHz to an analog signal. This one piece of information should be mentioned in the technical specifications because it directly relates to all the resolutions and frequencies allowed by the adapter. The FAQ has a mention of maximum screen resolutions but it's not precise.

    I have a Sony GDM-F520 that can support 2048x1536 at 85Hz. Using GTF timing, the adapter will allow 2048x1536 at 41 Hz which is too slow for the CRT (minimum 47 Hz). However, CVT-RB timings also work and will allow 2048x1536 at 51 Hz. It also allows 2100x1575 at 49 Hz. CVT-RB timing may cause an issue with the left and right edge positions on a CRT though.

    17 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Overall

    • Written by from St. Petersburg

    I have used this for a double screen setup on my mac. It has worked so far perfectly for about a year. I have not found any kinks in it.. Yet.

    18 of 20 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Absolutely Horrible

    • Written by from North Providence

    Has not been able to work with any monitor, TV, or display i have tried connecting it to. With the monitor i have it probably shows whats going on in the screen for around 2 to 3 seconds. I'm very disappointed in this product.

    21 of 26 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Mini DisplayPort to VGA on the VIZIO 240 HZ 46" 3D tv

    • Written by

    It works. Oddly enough you need to plug a VGA cable into the"RGB" port on the TV. Then you must select the input not the COMP-1 or COMP-2/RGB port but just the simple RGB which you must scroll down past the 4 HDMI selections. This is easy to miss and seems all wrong but it works GREAT! Now I want the 70" monitor!!!

    19 of 22 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    great product

    • Written by from Ojai

    this product works great for what its supposed to do, but apple really needs to just switch to hdmi

    19 of 22 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works Great

    • Written by from Columbia

    Title says it all. It does what's needed (for me at least). Im using a LG Flatron and it works just fine. Only wish it had a longer cord. The short distance between the MiniDisplay and VGA ports is small enough that it interferes with my USB devices on my MacBook Pro 13"

    18 of 20 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I'm saying the same thing as everyone else is?

    • Written by from Philadelphia

    I've bought two of these and I'm not happy. Twice it has just abruptly stopped working for no reason. It worked great at first both times. Now I need another one (or something comparable... Again.

    20 of 24 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Work Perfectly Fine

    • Written by from Newport News

    Just bought this and a samsung sa550 for my macbook. I plugged it in and it worked. I have to say that those people having problems with it, it is most likely a user problem and not a hardware one.

    17 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Adapter

    • Written by from West Saint Paul

    This adapter works perfectly. I use it to connect my 13" MBP to my 23" Samsung monitor as well as 46" Samsung TV. Both the monitor and TV support 1080p, so when I connect my mac to either one it puts out 1920x1080 at 60 hz which looks crystal clear. I believe some of the problems people are having with this is that they are using the adapter to connect their macs to monitors or televisions that do not support macs so the picture is either distorted or does not come through clear. This is a great product and I would recommend it to anyone, however do your research to be sure that the monitor or tv you are trying to connect your mac to is supported.

    17 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great with my new macbook and HD tv

    • Written by from Doral

    Bought this when i upgraded my macbook to my macbook pro, because i had the old mini display dongle for the old mac, but now i need to edit on my new pro, so viola! and it works amazing on my HD tv,

    17 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works GREAT!

    • Written by from Grand Terrace

    I have used this cable to show presentations, slide-shows, watch movies and many other things through projectors, monitors, and TVs from all walks of life!
    Great Investment!
    =D

    18 of 20 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    VGA to Samsung TV

    • Written by from Knoxville

    I have read the review of this product not working with Samsung TVs. I have a Samsung UN46C9000 LED/LCD 3D TV. This adapter works VERY WELL with my TV. It gives a very clear and sharp picture with no hint of pixelation or other video artifacts.

    I highly recommend it!

    19 of 22 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked perfectly

    • Written by from dubai

    I connected to my Panasonic 42" plasma easily the picture is perfect

    19 of 22 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Can't understand the bad reviews

    • Written by from Stony Brook

    It worked perfectly for me. Come on, this is just a VGA adaptor, it has no reason not to work properly as people have been reporting. I agree that the initial resolution was bad, but this is a matter of adjusting the resolution and color properties in the System Preferences/Displays. It has a nice wizard to help you.

    17 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding!

    • Written by from Daytona Beach

    I just bought a new 15" Macbook Pro in July 2009 and I wanted to hook up the monitor from my HP Desktop. After reading all of the reviews on this site I was very skeptical about this product, but I decided to buy it anyway. It worked perfectly. All of the connectors fit snug and flush without effort, and the Macbook Pro detected and turned on the HP monitor in seconds. I didn't have to open system preferences or change any settings. It was truly plug and play.

    23 of 30 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Non-functional right out of the bag!

    • Written by from Austin

    Test it at the store before you take it home or order a couple of them if you are buying online. I got one of these the day I was scheduled to do a presentation (with an LCD projector). Wrong move. It was completely non-functional right out of the bag. How does such a simple product like this leave the factory like that?!?

    FWIW, I tested the adapter with a dual input Viewsonic monitor that I use with another computer. The VGA input and cable work with the other hardware, and the MacBook Pro video output works with the monitor's digital input. That tells me that the brand new VGA adapter is the problem.

    19 of 22 people found this useful