• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Easiest way to go

    • Written by from Wichita Falls

    Ok.... so Apple decided to do a little bit of marketing strategies once again. The easiest way that I found is buy this minidisplayport to vga adapter and then buy a vga to vga extension along with it. It cost about $50 total, but it's better than paying $100 dollars for an extension without the vga attachment.

    17 of 24 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Good, but not great

    • Written by from Diamond Bar

    I bought the adaptor yesterday, and when i tried it out it didn't work on my samsung tv, wasted 29 bucks for it -.-

    21 of 48 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Will not allow rented HD movies to be played on external displays

    • Written by from ooltewah

    I continually get an HDCP error stating my TV is non-compliant. I had none of these problems on my old mbp with the standard DVI out. This is unacceptable. I might as well continue illegally downloading movies in this case. Ever wonder why people do that? So they don't have to get on here and write bad reviews for something they spent hard earned money on that doesn't do what it's supposed to do. Guess it's back to the old BT sites...

    Also, it will not allow me to mirror my display with my sharp TV like the last MBP. I end up with widescreen bars on the top and bottom and the only solution I've found it to disable mirroring.... you know, so I can watch my rented HD movies on my 15" screen and stare at my desktop on my 42" TV. Thanks so much apple. You rule.

    18 of 26 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Resolution Limited!!

    • Written by from Spartanburg

    Like the DVI-D adapter, the maximum resolution on this adapter is limited. The max I could get was 1920 x 1200 at 60Hz on my TV (Similar to MiniDP to DVI complaints) and 1600 x 1200 at 60Hz on my monitor. Very annoying to run 75Hz on the Mac Pro and then have to dumb down to 60Hz for the MacBook Pro (2010) over my KVM.

    Reports about the holes being too deep are valid as well. Had to apply a lot of pressure just to get 1/8th a turn in.

    It also has exhibited some weird wavy interference randomly.

    16 of 23 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    LIMITED USEFULNESS

    • Written by from Murray

    Before buying this adapter, I phoned the Salt Lake Apple Store to find out if this adapter about which so many critical comments had been posted, would work with PAGES, NUMBERS, and KEYNOTE. I was told it definitely worked with PAGES and NUMBERS, and PROBABLY with KEYNOTE since it worked with the other two. I purchased the adapter based on this information. It does not work on EITHER PAGES or NUMBERS, but DOES work on KEYNOTE.

    18 of 27 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't Last!

    • Written by from Beaverton

    Works great if you're only planning to use it on occasion. If you're planning to use it on a daily basis, you better bring a back-up! I purchased 25 for my business 4 months ago and have already had to replace 6. Not so good. I'd recommend looking into a non-Apple product.

    12 of 12 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointing - Works with difficulties

    • Written by from London

    The sockets in the VGA end are set in too deep and on majority of cables the screws in the plugs cannot catch the tread, resulting in the connection not being secure at all. The smallest movement of the cables cause break in connection.
    In terms of compatibility, it works with all VGA devises including projectors.

    20 of 21 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

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Works Fine at Times

    • Written by from SAINT AUGUSTINE

    It doesn't fit tightly on the projector cable, but that has not been a problem. The biggest problem is when I've been using the computer and the projector for a while during the school day, my computer screen will just go "white" and the only way to resolve the issue that I've found so far is to re-boot the computer which is a major inconvenience in the middle of a lesson as I have everything I need for the lesson open. It doesn't happen all the time which is why I went with 2 stars instead of 1, but it when it does, it wastes my instructional time which is very valuable in language arts.

    20 of 22 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not what i had hoped for.

    • Written by from McKeesport

    Being a new apple convert I assumed apple was seemless.... I was wrong!!!
    After using my existing external display with a windows laptop for the past year at
    1920X1200 i figured i could do the same with my new macbook pro. It didn't happen that way, the highest resolution i can get is 1600X1250 and it looks like garbage.

    So much for seemless integration!!!

    25 of 41 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Why not redesign this adapter?

    • Written by from Paradise

    As noted by others, the housing does not allow a proper attachment with a standard VGA cable. The female connecters are set too deep for the male VGA connectors to reach. I, like others, have resorted to the use of duct tape to hold the cable to the adapter. I don't understand why Apple does not listen to the suggestions and modify the design. (Used left over duct tape on iphone4 for good measure...)

    36 of 41 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Works perfect, over priced

    • Written by from Toronto

    The adapter works perfect for projects and presentations with my MacBook, never had a problem with it. The only problem is the price. I use to have the old black MacBook and at that point the adapter was $25, still expensive and overpriced, but not as bad as $34 for basically the same thing for a new computer.

    However, being on Stage Crew for school and running assemblies and doing presentations for classes, this was a mandatory buy because macs do not have ports suitable for projector cables.

    This cable would not be necessary if Apple would put a VGA port on their macs like every PC has, its just a cash grab.

    23 of 27 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    connectors cant be secured

    • Written by from Newport News

    The housing shoulder it to large. when connecting a cable the screws don't even reach the threads inside the housing. this is a very poor housing design. it dose what they say it dose but i would not trust this adapter during an important presentation. you have no way to secure the connector to your cable because the screws just wont reach.

    19 of 26 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Something wrong

    • Written by from ARLINGTON

    It gives me a buzzing sound when I connect this to my Optoma projector...

    I know this is just a video connection but I have no idea why when I make this connection the audio on my speakers (Bose acoustimass 6) connected through my receiver produces this buzz sound....

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Works fine, but...

    • Written by from Geneva

    The metal female threads are set too deep within the plastic piece to receive the male bolt of most VGA connectors. It's frustrating because, without being threaded together, the adapter often falls off the connector in mid-presentation. I think Apple put aesthetics over function on this one. LIke all Apple products, it looks great, but making the female receiver flush and uniform with a thick, white plastic facing renders it useless when it comes to threading. Apple is sometimes guilty of design arrogance and I think this is one example of their purist design philosophy negatively effecting usability.
    End of rant.

    25 of 27 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Works half the time when using as only video output

    • Written by from Dearborn

    There are numerous circumstances where the external display will not work. If you plug it in after you were in a session it will extend the desktop from the laptop display to the external monitor, however if you want to only use the external monitor it will not work reliably. More often than not the display will flicker, go on and off, or will not sync.

    One way to get it to work every time is to power off your MB, hook everything up, power it on, and shut it immediately! If you don't, you will run into problems.

    Lastly, often times when it goes to sleep the display will not wake up. It will initially appear that it is going to work, show the desktop, but then it will go black. It will continue to cycle on and off until you power it off, turn it back on, and shut it immediately.

    This kind of performance with an external display for a laptop as absolutely ridiculous; there are those of us that need to use an external display for work, presentations, and the like. I can't believe after all this time (over a year) this still isn't resolved.

    21 of 22 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work on my Sony TV

    • Written by from Foxboro

    I got this cord to connect my 15'' mbp to my Sony LCD TV and when I did (with a double ended male VGA cable to plug into this cable and the TV) my desktop background was the only thing to show on the TV. When I opened apps on the mac and tried to watch a movie nothing other than the background showed on the TV.

    However when I opened window's vista up with bootcamp everything appeared on the TV and I was able to watch movies just fine, so I think it might just be that Sony TVs are not mac compatible and from another customer's review, Samsungs aren't either.

    Bottom line, if you're trying to hook a mac pro up to a TV, try something different.

    13 of 32 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    bought two both did not work!

    • Written by from swanage

    I have bought two of these in late november 2009. neither of them worked well when I plugged them in, if the screen was pixilated and flickered allot. I did a search on google and found that there was a firmware update in march 2009. It was on a third party site, no mention of it on the apple site. I ran it once and it did not recognise the adapter so I ran it 4 or five times, suddenly the adapter started working fine. I then bought another adapter and had to do the same process to get that to work. These adapters were bout from a flagship apple store, you would expect them to 1 update the firmware themselves and 2 make a patch that actually works properly then charge a reasonable price for these adapters. It's been nine months since the firmware update, I doubt an apple store keeps stock for 9 months, it's a total disgrace.

    7 of 16 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Too expensive

    • Written by from TETONIA

    this adaptor is too expensive for the length of cable. (See other reviews) With all the other problems with firmware and failure to run on some TVs apple developed a clunker. But unfortunately only one on the market, no third party choices.

    26 of 47 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    CRTs

    • Written by from Wharton

    Apparently few users have CRT monitors anymore.
    I was thankful that this device worked but it's a little buggy and I can no longer get the highest resolutions I did before on my Electron22BlueIV. That's very disappointing.

    7 of 13 people found this useful