• 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

    Poorly designed connectors

    • Written by from Los Angeles

    I do a lot of video work and these adapters don't securely connect to most VGA cables I've used. The two threaded holes are too deeply recessed so the VGA cable bolts don't connect (sorry for the weird terminology, but Apple appears to have censors that block the word "s see are ee double u). I end up needing to tape the two cables ends together to keep them attached.I never had this problem with Apple's DVI/VGA adapters. My recommendation: don't waste your money.

    48 of 52 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not work.

    • Written by from escondido

    I previously had my HP PC connected to my Vizio TV which worked fine. When I connected the MacBook via the adaptor it showed my screen saver but nothing else. I tried to modify the display characteristics e.g. refresh rate in the system preferences but could not get it to work. I can't find anything online to help either.

    12 of 24 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does NOT work!!! Very disappointed..

    • Written by from Athens

    I bought this adapter for my new Macbook for an important occasion. It arrived on time but does NOT work when I tried to connect it with projectors. I borrowed one before and it worked perfectly. Just don't know why this one does NOT...very frustrated...

    32 of 59 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Bad Product

    • Written by from Bellevue

    So I bought this from the Apple store today so I could use it at home.

    When I got home, I booted up my Unibody-Aluminum Macbook, plugged the adapter into my computer, plugged in the VGA cable from my HP Pavilion monitor. Then my Macbook lagged a couple of seconds before the Display settings opened up, nothing is displayed on the external monitor at this point. On the Display settings, I set the resolution for the 2nd monitor to the appropriate numbers. After lagging for another couple of seconds, it adjusted the resolution of my Macbook, instead of the external monitor (which still wasn't displaying anything). I then tried to connect/reconnect the adapter to see if it was a connection problem and then my Macbook just froze, forcing me to shut down the laptop by holding the power button. I tried this thrice more, and nothing seemed to appear on my 2nd monitor.

    13 of 27 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    This Adaptor is a piece of junk!

    • Written by from Sicklerville

    i bought this adaptor new, and when i connect it to my Westinghouse LCM22w2 monitor, i get a blank screen with an occasional flicker. this ia a piece of junk. i bough a 3rd party one, though and it worked fine

    23 of 37 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Junk

    • Written by from Arlington

    Physically, the design of this adapter barely allows you to get a good solid connection to a VGA cable. Apple was too concerned with making it pretty and the flush surface just gets in the way. It does NOT work at all with my Samsung plasma HDTV, and when connected to my smaller Toshiba 720p TV, the picture periodically drops for a second or two every several minutes. This new Mini DisplayPort they stuck us with on the new MBP's is just a FAIL all around from everything I read.

    28 of 31 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Piece of junk

    • Written by from Marburg

    Such a junky piece of hardware. Dropping the analog output and only putting DVI-D through. Do they want to have people buy two overpriced adapters, one for VGA and one for DVI?! It seems so :(

    29 of 45 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work...

    • Written by from Forestville

    Doesn't work, and can't seem to find the latest (May '09) firmware update. My previous MacBook Pro adapters worked great to VGA, S-video, and composite video. With the new PowerBook Pros with Mini DisplayPort there is no longer an analog output from the video card, and this adapter does NOT do the trick. I give up!

    21 of 38 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Flicker and Fuzy Screen

    • Written by from Greenwood Village

    With my Dell 2405 monitor after the firmware update the screen still flickers and the image is fuzy. This on a new Mac mini with 4 GB ram and 2.26 processor.

    18 of 29 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Screen blinking intermittently even after firmware update

    • Written by from DURHAM

    I have a Samsung 2253bw monitor, and I was having the same problem others have described. Every two minutes or so, the screen blanks for about 3 seconds and then comes back on. I wrote down the timing once, the interval can be less than a minute and up to at least 10 minutes. I was psyched when I saw the firmware update for this exact problem, but not psyched when it was not fixed afterwards; there is no improvement. Also, I was generally annoyed to have to pay $30 to output to ANY device, since when this machine came out there was no device on the market that had a mini DP input -- not that it comes with a mini DP cable anyway.

    20 of 20 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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Bad connection design

    • Written by from Lewes

    The mini output works fine, but the Achilles heel of this adapter is the thick plastic that encases the VGA side of the plug, so the VGA connector will not securely thread in to the adapter so the cable is easily disconnected when one shifts their laptop slightly or if cables are bumped.

    30 of 33 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Useless under Boot Camp

    • Written by from Seattle

    I've tried to connect my MirrorBook Pro (2.53 GHz) to an external display under Boot Camp in XP, and then Vista. XP refuses to drive the monitor at any higher than 800x600. Under Vista it's even worse - max of 640x480. This was *AFTER* applying the Firmware update.

    Working on an external monitor was to be my primary method of using this machine, as the shiny screen is good for migraines and not much else.

    I have, no joke, 6 Apple video dongles that I've accumulated over the years. This is far and away the worst of the bunch, and the most trouble I've had trying to get a Mac to talk to a monitor, ever.

    30 of 41 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Mini DisplayPort Falls Short

    • Written by from Austin

    I am a first time Mac user and was a little hesitant. After purchasing a MacBook Pro I was very impressed and excited. I was so excited that I wanted to display this on my LG TV. My previous laptop did this with out any effort. So I went out to my local Apple store and picked up this little number. After I plugged it in and did a screen detection I was not able to get any picture. I called Apple for some trouble shooting. They were as lost as I was. I pulled out my e-harmony remote and forced the input setting on the TV to the RGB/PC. Low and behold there was my screen. It displays but not well. Falls short with the resolution settings. TV is 720p and I have to set the resolution to lower than this in order to display the full picture. When I do that iMovie and other applications will display bigger than what is on the screen and wont adjust any lower. I tried everything. The screen also goes blank and readjust frequently. Pretty disappointed. Love the Mac but Apple could of done better than setting the display port for only their products. Classic Apple.

    11 of 18 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Have a backup computer for you presentation

    • Written by from Durham

    Because, like many here, I too have been unable to connect to several LCD projectors with this connector and a 15" MBP and a 13" MB. We tried two different mini display port to VGA adapters. Same results with each.

    13 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Therapy for me to READ

    • Written by from Olathe

    After years of debate, last week I approved purchases for our office to move to a MAC platform. Everyone has been raving about the new Mac Books....until we tried to use them in either of the conference rooms where HDTVs are located. Yeah, did not see that comming.

    Just wanted to point out, although it does not solve the MAJOR MAC BOOK ISSUE, it is nice to hear that it's not just our office plagued with this issue. APPLE, fulfill your legacy and fix this....please.

    20 of 36 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Can Apple Help??

    • Written by from Providence

    Can Apple weigh in on this? I have a Samsung LCD and the VGA cable I have worked fine with my PC. Then I bought this when I got a new 13" aluminum Macbook and it doesn't work. Lots of people say it has to do with grounding pins on the VGA cable, but why does that same cable work with my PC? Why doesn't the Macbook work? Help!

    33 of 37 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    This adapter screwed a major presentation for me today

    • Written by from Stockholm

    Prior to january this year, I had never (10 years) had any problems with getting my Mac to recognize an external display. However, four weeks ago at a MAJOR presentation (research grant funding) my colleague's Macbook air failed to recognize the projector. Thank god we had brought my machine as a backup, and the presentation went fine. Today, the same thing happened to me at an important event. While we didn't lose money, it was _quite_ embarrassing to appear as a 10-year old who doesn't know how to connect a projector, and I had to give my presentation without slides (nobody else had Keynote '09 on a Mac). Apparently there are a number of people claiming this adapter either does not have all ground pins correctly connected, or that it has physical issues that prevents some VGA cables from sliding all the way in.

    This is a major issue right now, since there are no other miniDP->VGA adapters out there. For now, I would not recommend anybody to trust a new Macbook for a critical presentation - the next critical time I will play it safe with Powerpoint, just in case...

    124 of 141 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Pathetic - re-syncs

    • Written by from Atlanta

    I upgraded from a $700 2 year old Toshiba laptop to a $2000 macbook pro 15". After buying this $29.95 part, I found that my monitor keeps going dark re-syncing.

    I also found my brand new bluetooth mighty mouse doesn't scroll up. Do I have to get an appointment at a store with a genius to simply do a return of the mouse?

    18 of 29 people found this useful