• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Might not work between MacBookPro 8,1 and display LG W2353V

    • Written by from LEANDER

    LG W2353V (a 1920x1080 native) did not correctly identify through the "Mini DisplayPort to VGA" adapter, but *did* through the "MiniDisplayPort to DVI" adapter, when used with a new MacBook Pro 8,1 (early 2011).

    Using the VGA adapter, the W2353V only identifies as "VGA" and I am unable to use the higher resolutions. (I think "VGA" might be a fallback when it can't identify the device).
    I found a solution: Using "Mini DisplayPort to DVI" adapter instead (with a DVI cable) *worked* - I was able to test it because when I purchased my MBP8,1 I also purchased both adapters). The W2353V has three ports on it: VGA, DVI, and HDMI.
    I did also test using the "Mini DisplayPort to DVI"
    inline with a long Belkin DVI to HDMI cable I already owned, and that also worked
    with the MBP8,1:
    W2353:
    Resolution: 1920 x 1080 @ 60 Hz
    Pixel Depth: 32-Bit Color (ARGB8888)
    Mirror: Off
    Online: Yes
    Rotation: Supported
    Television: Yes
    .

    I do not know why the Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter is unable to identify this particular display.
    I do know that this same display works fine (gets recognized) by my older MBP 2,1
    using a DVI to VGA adapter of that same era. (That's an old full-sized DVI to VGA
    adapter by Apple, though, not this new Mini DisplayPort, and also talking to an older MacBook Pro 2,1)

    This testing was done with both MBPros (the old 2,1 and the new 8,1) running
    Snow Leopard 10.6.8 plus all latest updates (including firmware) through today (07/22/11).
    Hope this helps someone - who like me, is buying the latest MBP, and needs to
    use it with the same external display as the older MBP.

    18 of 18 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Nothing but flicker!

    • Written by from Mesquite

    Just bought the Mini DP to VGA Adapter and plugged into one of my 23" HP2338h displays. After about 10 minutes of being powered on I get nothing but flicker. I tried my second HP2338h display with another VGA cord and I am getting the same flicker after a few minutes. My resolution for the external monitor is set to 1920 x 1080. Not sure if this is a problem with the adapter or the core i7 imac 27" 2011. Calling apple support!

    12 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Rubbish

    • Written by from Leamington Spa

    My old MacBook pro played nicely with both my Xerox external monitor and Toshiba TV. The image was crisp and sharp, not as good as the MacBook screen but pretty good nonetheless.

    With my new MacBook Pro plus this adapter my external monitor looks rubbish. The screen is off centre, the resolution is stretched (yes I've tried different settings and continue to search the forums for a fix) and text is really blurry. As for the TV I get nothing, nada. A blank screen and a 'Video format not supported' error message.

    This is all rather poor and annoying. I expect better from Apple for the sort of prices we pay - please sort it out!

    16 of 20 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work properly!

    • Written by from Coimbatore

    I got this for my 15' High End Macbook Pro for connecting to my Samsung 23" monitor. Disappointingly it supports all the resolutions but does not support the native 1920 x 1080 resolution. The display is visible but the screen is moved to the sides leaving a big black bar in left of the screen.

    33 of 48 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointing result

    • Written by from Leeds

    Used this to plug my new Macbook Pro 13" to AG Neovo F419 external monitor.
    Nothing wrong with the monitor. It works fine with other laptops including old Macbook Pro 15".

    Now it flickers continuously and is completely unwatchable. Why??!!

    14 of 27 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Biggest piece of junk apple has released yet

    • Written by from northbridge

    "It just works..."

    No it doesn't just work, this plug despite the high price constantly fails and requires rebooting reconnecting and much browsing of forums to try and figure out solutions to the problems it creates. Fuzzy screen, constant drop outs of the signal, not recognising he signal, wont attach to lots of DVI cables or other devices, you need to buy different adapters for that, all at VERY high prices, great for apple's bottom line terrible for users of apple products.

    19 of 33 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Blurry Display from MacBook Air 11"

    • Written by from Berkeley

    Well, I bought this one since my monitor had a DisplayPort and a VGA port. So, the only easy way to connect my MacBook Air 11" to the monitor was to use the Apple Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter. It turns out that often the screen becomes blurry and then comes back to normal. By often I mean every couple of minutes. It is very inconvenient when concentrating on something and your full 23" display goes blurry. I tried another monitor which had a DVI port and used the same MacBook Air. It worked fine. So, bottom line is that there is some issue either with the VGA Adapter or with the MacBook itself (though less likely) when using VGA. I wouldn't recommend it unless you are desperate and have no other alternative. As much as possible, go for DVI. Thanks.

    16 of 22 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Absolutely unreliable, waste of money and time

    • Written by from London

    I wanted to use my MBP for presentations but NONE of the displays, projectors or TVs which I tried to connect with this adapter could be detected without a reboot. So each time I connect a new display I have to restart with CMD+OPT+P+R buttons pressed to make it work. And if I disconnect it for a while then I need to restart again.

    That's a real disappointment and this just adds to a bunch of reasons why I won't recommend my friends to buy a Mac. Apple products reliability is a total myth.

    17 of 33 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very disappointed

    • Written by from Oulu

    It was simply a waste of money. And a lot of money for a totally non-functional adapter.

    This adapter does not work with any data projector or TV I have tried. All support I can get is "it should work". Well, it doesn't. Many people complain on the internet about this product not working and Apple still sells it. And charges so much!

    18 of 28 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work with Sharp Aquos TV

    • Written by from Minato-ku

    I bought this adapter expecting to be able to hook up laptop up to my 46" Sharp Aquos TV. Alas this is not the case. I did review the specs before purchasing but guess I got it wrong. Too bad, was looking forward to playing with this function.

    26 of 38 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointed.

    • Written by from Brighton

    Previously used a Mini DVI to VGA adaptor for presentations and screening film clips on my Macbook without problems. After upgrading to a Macbook Pro, I bought this adaptor only to find that it delivered dim, washed out images. Black and white films are an indecipherable mess. Tested on multiple systems with the same result. An inferior product, and I'm not sure there's any alternative.

    23 of 29 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Did last - should last eyars

    • Written by from Falls Church

    Died after only a few weeks use on a Mac Air to 23" screen. Very low impact use. It should have lasted years!
    Seemed to be a loose connection inside.
    Not user repairable

    18 of 21 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Dissapointing...... No support for 1920x1440

    • Written by from Huizen

    Bought a new mac mini to use it with my home theater setup. Old mac mini with the intel graphics chipset can do up to 1920x1440 on analog VGA output. (via dvi to vga adapter). New setup with this cable can do max 1920x1200.... And even that doesnt work properly. Signals seem to be distorted....

    Waste of money.

    26 of 33 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Adapter broke from light use

    • Written by from Washington

    I was never able to properly attach either of my 2 VGA cables but now the adapter will only work if it is placed in absolutely the right position and once touched, the connection fails and my screen refreshed--even a small bump on the desk is enough to do it. There is no reason for this and I am going to try a non-Apple adapter next.

    10 of 12 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't Work

    • Written by from Camarillo

    I was using a Macbook Pro 10.6.5 and an LG TV. Didn't work. I would use my Windows computer and it worked, I then tried my Macbook Pro and it didn't. I think its the cable, not the Macbook.

    12 of 17 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    2 Major Problems

    • Written by from Greenwich

    I am surprised that this adapter does not live up to Apple's usual high standard of quality.

    First, one wonders why a $30 device that is essential for almost all Mac Mini users is regarded as an option. It seems to be an underhanded attempt to gouge customers.

    Second, a simple device such as this should be able to attach to a VGA cable correctly. It does not. The thumb screws on my VGA cable are not long enough to reach the corresponding sockets on this Apple adapter. This means that the VGA cable will work itself loose. (When it does get loose, by the way, the Mac Mini somehow forgets the correct resolution of my HP 1440 x 900 display. After hours of trying to reset the resolution, I accidentally stumbled on the cause when I touched this Apple VGA adapter. Now I have to use Scotch tape to hold the cable and adapter together!)

    This is not the level of quality I have come to expect from Apple, and I have tempered my enthusiasm for the company's products accordingly.

    104 of 118 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    VGA male will not attach to this piece of junk

    • Written by from Richmond

    Piece of *censored* - non-standard holes are set back too far for any standard male VGA plug to attach. This means your cables will work loose and come apart. *censored* *censored* - expensive overpriced *censored*, Steve.

    47 of 56 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

    Long Ordeal

    • Written by

    I bought this expensive item and it only worked for a short time before causing problems. Worked intermittently, screen went black, needed cold-starts to reconnect, then finally fail to connect under the proper screen resolution.
    It took several weeks to get Apple to diagnose and I'm still waiting for the replacement to be shipped. Will the new one also fail in short order? I suspect it will. In the meantime, I can't do my usual work without the monitor.

    19 of 24 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Can't attach correctly to VGA Cables

    • Written by from Montreal

    I do a lot of presentations with a MacBook Pro and a projector in different places and I can never attach tightly my VGA cables; the holders are to far from the edge. I have to use tape all the time to make sure it doesn't unplug and there is risk of poor color displaying if it is not plugged correctly. I'm not happy with it and I don't have other options. I hope you guys fix the problem.

    25 of 28 people found this useful