• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Okay if the screws on the connecting cable are long enough

    • Written by from Nashua

    I tried this recently purchased adapter connecting from the mini Display Port on an Early 2009 Mac mini to a VGA cable connected to a 1600x900 VGA monitor made by HP. The same monitor also has a DVI input, and I could detect no difference in the display between DVI input (before) and the VGA input from the adapter (after). Both were clear and steady. I also connected a mini DVI to single link DVI adapter to the same Mac mini at the same time to get a dual display with the second display being an Apple 23 inch Cinema Display from 2002. (All of this was done with OS/X 10.9.4 Mavericks.) Again, clear and steady displays all around.

    The only deficiency is that the female threads on the adapter are set too far back for the male threads on the VGA cable (also made by HP) to connect. I'm a bit surprised that Apple would let this slip through, so only four stars.

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    SAMSUNG

    • Written by from West Orange

    I found that this worked with my Samsung, but I had to change my VGA cable. For some reason my Samsung smart TV did not recognise a generic VGA cable. When I bought a monster VGA cable, there was no problem.

    2 of 3 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.

    16 of 17 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works better than HDMI

    • Written by from Singapore

    I recently purchased a Mac mini (the one with the fusion drive) and hooked it up to my Toshiba TV via HDMI. The display was a letdown coz it could ramp up to 1080p or 1080i - which is HD display.

    My TV did not have a DVI input.

    I could not get my latest mac mini to go 1920 X 1080 - when my company laptop could do so. Apple support could not help much.

    I eventually pulled out an OLD 2009 Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adaptor from my white macbook, hooked it up to my mac mini's thunderbolt display port and it worked. The resolution is even better than HDMI, the only small problem is that I have to link the audio separately.

    13 of 13 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works with MacBook Pro 13" Retina (and old Samsung monitor)

    • Written by from New York

    Some reviewers reported problems with this adapter; I bought it anyway as the Apple site indicated it would work and I didn't see any alternative.

    It works great. At least for me. I'm using it to hook up my old Samsung SyncMaster 175v VGA monitor to my new MacBook Pro 13" Retina (using the Thunderbolt port). I am not using it for sound. (Some reviewers were disappointed that the adapter did not work for sound; I wouldn't expect it to but have not looked into that.)

    Two critiques: First, I don't think Apple is very clear that the Thunderbolt port can be used as a "Mini DisplayPort." (It can be, but it wasn't immediately obvious as it should have been.) Second, at nearly $30, I feel like I'm being gouged a bit. Mr. Cook, I already paid a premium for my Macbook. (Not to mention my iPads, iPhones, iPods, other Macbook....)

    I also laughed a little at the classic Apple packaging -- totally over the top. This being just an adapter, I would have been ok with less ornate packaging, especially if you could have sold me this thing for $9 instead of $29 -- or made it in the USA.

    I would give it 5 stars but deducted one for value -- this thing should be less expensive.

    23 of 27 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Does the job

    • Written by from Raleigh

    PROS
    -Works perfectly
    -Feels well-made/high-quality

    CONS
    -a bit high priced

    2 of 4 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor Design - Why fix what ain't broke?

    • Written by from Greenville

    Works flawlessly transmitting video, but as others have said, the female port on this adapter is recessed flush with the casing and standard screws on a male VGA cable aren't long enough to reach the threads on the adapter. I have to use rubber bands to secure the adapter to the VGA cable (thankfully, the rectangular design of the adapter makes this easy). I even attached some #4-40 standoff screws to the adapter threads, hoping this would avoid having to use rubber bands. Unfortunately, with the standoff screws in place, the VGA cable pins could not now reach the female port, as the port is recessed too far. You would need shorter screws. Not worth the hassle, so I'll use rubber bands to avoid the cable coming unplugged. I love Apple products, but sometimes you have to wonder what they're smoking with certain design changes.

    36 of 37 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Adapter

    • Written by from Hamilton

    I connected my new iMac to my Sony HDTV using this adapter. The installation was easy and the TV mirrors my monitor display extremely well without any major settings. However, the first adapter that I received from the Apple Online Store was defective. It did not work at all. I exchanged the adapter for another one at the closest Apple Store and the new adapter works perfectly.

    28 of 31 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Really good

    • Written by from Cagliari

    Try to connect your mac with any video and you'll be very satisfied of this. You can instantaneously get two screen in which work - you can drag and drop your open windows directly on the other screen - and naturally mirror your desktop if you want. 4 stars because although it is really a good product costs too much.

    12 of 12 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice product

    • Written by from San cristobal

    Hi everyone, I'm using this with Samsung 15" LCD TV LE15S51BPX/XEU - Silver/Black and works like a charm. I'm not sure if this thing will go in a month or two like others say but def it works for me and my MBP 13 inches late 2011. probably not the best construction but if it works then we are all set. actually i want to know if someone have one that worked for at least more than a year.

    15 of 16 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    ?Reliability, great support.

    • Written by from Vancouver

    I teach at a University and a couple of times, students have instantly fried this adapter by plugging it into the Ethernet port. This seems to instantly render these things useless. However, the bright side is that Apple has provided exceptional, no questions asked, instant support.

    20 of 25 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

    It's fine

    • Written by from San Diego

    It converts your Mac's HDMI signal to VGA. Done. That's it.

    If it doesn't work, you have a monitor that doesn't support the refresh rates of your Mac's graphics card.

    Or, if you assume VGA carries an audio signal (!?) which VGA never has since it's inception (unless your hack the hardware yourself to do so), then you might be disappointed.

    But your disappointment stems from ignorance, not the fault of the product.

    31 of 42 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    It's OK

    • Written by from Decherd

    I bought this for my mac to connect to my Sony 44 inch LCD tv. It hooked up good and the picture was clear and crisp. My biggest thing about it is that there is no sound coming from the TV and my surround sound. If its HDMI output adapter, then the sound should work.

    14 of 28 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works Well, TV might be problematic

    • Written by from Bloomington

    I bought the minidisplayport-vga adaptor for my Sanyo tv, hooked it up, and it works great. The only real problem comes within the resolution options for a second screen on the Mac OS, so there really isn't a problem with the adapter. Either way, it isn't too fuzzy, it stays connected, and is overall a good product to own.

    15 of 16 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 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

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    works well

    • Written by from Boise

    I think that it worked really well.

    15 of 20 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works, but you need to set up the resolution

    • Written by from Rockville

    I struggled for about 20 minutes to make it work with a macbook pro an infocus projector, was about to give it up and return the adapter to the store when I realized that macbook pro is a high resolution monitor, and infocus projector has low resolution (as the majority of the projectors).

    So after I lowered the resolution everything worked great.

    18 of 18 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Never had an issue with VGA connectivity

    • Written by from Tallahassee

    This adapter has proven reliable for us. My only issue is that the perfectly flat "face" of the VGA connection requires relatively long screws on the joining VGA head. Shorter screws don't have enough "bite" to ensure a secure connection, which is a problem not found on the earlier VGA adapters. Stylish and clean, but functionally not quite as easy to get a firm attachment depending on the VGA cable.

    11 of 15 people found this useful