• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works fine but take cure if using gfxCardStatus

    • Written by from Værløse

    If you use gfxCardStatus then you may have to switch away from Intel only mode.

    Don't worry - nothing is broken. If your external display is not being detected while you're using gfxCardStatus, it means that you have a newer i5/i7 model, and you're currently on Intel Only mode. Switch to Discrete Only or Dynamic Switching to use the display. The Intel graphics chipset is incapable of outputting video through the Mini DisplayPort.

    17 of 20 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

    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

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't last long

    • Written by from tijuana

    I bought this item about 4 months ago and at first I was very happy with the product but because of the weight of the VGA cable you have to hook up, the adapter is always hanging and it looks like the middle wire of the adaptor got screwed up, now the picture quality is poor and usually I see lines on my screen.

    Apple should come up with something different....either a longer middle cable or eliminate the cable somehow.

    15 of 16 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    worked for a couple months

    • Written by from MARKHAM

    it works for a couple months and then just stops working out of the blue, will not buy this product again

    20 of 26 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works just fine

    • Written by from Fort Wayne

    I use this to connect to the VGA port of my Asus back-lit LED monitor. It works great. (I'm not sure what other's are saying that it doesn't work.)

    16 of 18 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

    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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works PERFECTLY!!!

    • Written by from Virginia Beach

    I bought this cable to give a presentation for a college class (yes my grade was riding on the presentation) and it worked perfectly. Not only did it automatically register the projector when I hooked it up but it changed the resolution to match the projector. I did not shut down or reboot, I just plugged it in and it worked like a MAC... Flawless.

    17 of 20 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Worthless? Or not?

    • Written by from Ashburn

    I connect my new MacBook Pro to an LG 22" display. It's resolution is 1680x1050. For some reason, It'll let me output 1680 to the monitor, but the display won't show anything but a black screen. VERY annoying, since my old MacBook with the miniDVI port or whatever worked PERFECTLY! Although one absolute upside to this port is that the connection is a TON stronger (the adapter won't just simply fall out like the miniDVI one) and that it actually supports the PowerSave mode for my display.

    18 of 22 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Overpriced - underperforming

    • Written by from Houston

    I was using the miniDVI to VGA adapter on my Macbook (black) just fine with a Hanspree 21 inch HDMI display. I recently got a Macbook pro and the old adapter didn't fit on the Mini Displayport on the Pro so got this VGA adapter. Now the text is fuzzy as I type this and it just doesn't work as well.

    22 of 30 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Simply didn't work

    • Written by from Brookline

    I bought this to hook up my new macbook to projectors. Tried to hook it up to a Dell projector and although the macbook seemed to recognize the display, the projector just kept displaying "searching for signal." Would love to find a solution.

    16 of 18 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not work with Samsung TV

    • Written by from Richmond

    all the LCD TV in the office are samsungs ... there's no way for me to connect for presentations!

    20 of 26 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Another problem with Samsung TV

    • Written by from Thorold

    I have a Samsung 530 series LCD tv and this adapter doesn't work with my macbook. The display system preferences panel detects that it's a Samsung tv, but the TV doesn't detect a signal. I tried an older macbook with the mini-DVI to vga adapter and it works perfectly, so it seems like apple messed up on this one. I have yet to see whether any display works. I hope it's just a software thing.

    17 of 20 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work

    • Written by from Markham

    This adapter failed to recognize either of two separate external monitors (one is a Samsung 22" syncmaster and the other a 22" HansG). My new macbook pro failed to recognized anything as being attached. The Mini DisplayPort to DVI adapter, however, works for both montiors.

    18 of 22 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great, only one nit

    • Written by from Alexander

    Works fine in my experience with Apple Displays (not saying it doesn't work with others; I haven't had the chance to try it). My only complaint would be the short length -- I would like to see the cable about two to three times as long, or at least have Apple offer up the adapter in various lengths.

    16 of 18 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Broke after less than a year

    • Written by from Evanston

    First it flickered a lot, and then finally it stopped working entirely. Have tested with multiple monitors, cables, and computers and it is definitely the adapter that is broken.

    One reviewer suggested that if we don't twist it, or leave it plugged in for more than an hour or two at a time, it will last. If that is the design specifications for these adapters, then the design specifications are wrong. Many modern professionals use their laptop as their primary computer. They plug it into their external monitor at the beginning of the workday, use it all day, and then unplug it and bring it home. When my workplace gave me a PC, I didn't even have to fiddle with cords; there was a dock I could trivially snap it into, and pop it out of. I didn't need a special dongle to connect it to a monitor, and I could use a monitor all day without difficulty. It is not unreasonable to expect to have that same kind of functionality in an Apple product, which is marketed as reliable and easy to use. I have to plug and unplug at least four things to dock my Mac. That's not easy to use, and it isn't reliable when one of those plugs keeps on breaking. Apple should be ashamed.

    13 of 13 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    People are silly for writing bad reviews because they failed to research

    • Written by from Chandler

    This product works great, I've had it for over a year. Use it somewhat regularly on my MacBook Pro 10.8.6.

    Here's an idea if you're looking for an adapter, know your computer or device! Don't just assume by breezing through descriptions that the first thing you find is what you need. With technology development the way it is, it's probably good to learn terminology of what you have so you know when it becomes obsolete (which, with Apple, could be any day! ;)). Also if you want to knock Apple for "overpriced" items, don't buy Apple- that simple.

    If you don't know what a mini displayport is, or if you just don't know what you have, take photos of the input devices on your computer and the device you're trying to connect it to. Show them to Apple Store employees and they'll find what you need. If you're ordering online and don't have access to an Apple store, go to Best Buy first. If you live in the woods and don't have access to either of these, do some research. Doesn't take much time!

    18 of 23 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works as advertised! (Also: why do some adaptors break!?)

    • Written by from Williamsburg

    I have had this product for over 2 years now and it still works flawlessly with my MacBook Pro's (late 2012 and mid 2013 models) and a variety of models (even some samsung monitors).

    Many reviews seem to mention that they stop working after some time. I have not had this problem but I would attribute the breaking adaptors to three reasons:

    1) People who twist the white adaptor cable when it is plugged in.
    (that 3 inch white connector cord looks very vulnerable) you may risk disconnecting some of the wires that connect the adaptor and the thunderbolt port. When it is plugged in make sure there is no tension on this small white cord!)

    2) People who damage the pins in the connector cable.
    The connector pins in any VGA male/male cable are very fragile. Do you disconnect of reconnect the pins frequently to different monitors? Maybe it is your VGA cable and not the adaptor. Or maybe you scratched up the female VGA port on the monitor or adaptor itself. Be gentle and always pull straight out of the socket (wrenching a VGA in its port, i.e. twisting when removing WILL DAMAGE PINS AND THE PORT. Get a new VGA cable first if the adaptor stops working because VGA cables are known to die over time.

    3) Overheating of the adaptor
    The more you use the connector for large periods of time the hotter it will get. Over heating the adaptor will decrease its longevity. I typically only use this for a few hours at a time, and unplug it from my computer when I am done.

    To summarize, I have used this product successfully for 2 years on more than a dozen different monitors and TV... it always worked for me! Take care of your adaptor and cables and you should have no problem with this device!!!

    16 of 19 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