• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works perfectly

    • Written by from Richmond

    Output to my 22" Viewsonic is clear and crisp and setup with no effort. Seems to be of the same quality as the mini DVI to VGA adapter which I used everyday for a year with out incident on my old macbook. Should be priced in the 14.99 - 19.99 range.

    1345 of 1657 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Review, on the road experience & tips on starting up the device

    • Written by from London

    In order to use this you should have a Macbook that has a Mini DisplayPort, always check the model of your Macbook before buying as you can easily end up buying the mini DVI to VGA adapter instead of this or have a mini DVI connector older gen Macbooks.

    In terms of whether it's compatible with projectors and LCD TV, so far I used it on two LCD TVs, both work flawlessly (LG and Samsung). The trick here is MAKE SURE THE MAC BOOK IS OFF/SHUTDOWN, attach the adapter to the Macbook, follow by the VGA connector. Once those are ALL CONNECTED, switch ON your Macbook. The OS will detect the port and enable the external screen normally. It's an IMPORTANT step, if you miss it the screen WILL BE BLANK, trying to click on detect screens in preference probably wont work as well.

    When it works, you might want to switch to mirror mode, you can configure that in the display preference. I use that for presentations as I have to get a view on what I was presenting every now and then in front of me. Best resolution in mirror mode probably is nearer to the 720p (1280 x 720), which is a HD standard resolution, less distortion for what you try to display on the TV/Projector.

    On the technical side, the adapter contains a Digital to Analog signal convertor (that's why it's a bit long, there is a circuit board and ICs in it), which may only be enabled if it detects a screen attached during initial boot up.

    Another note is that there is a mini Displayport to HDMI adapter available on (Check Apple/Amazon). These are digital links which will probably provide better compatibilities or resolution to any HDMI capable HD TV. Some will even allow audio on the TV via adapter.

    My 2 cents is for Apple to provide simple picture/graphical guide for users (on package or at display) or ask Apple store staffs to guide buyers. This can be very frustrating for normal users who isn't aware of the (simple) startup procedures.

    Thanks for reading! Hope it helps :-).




    Cheers,
    Zen

    407 of 416 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    The Problem with Reviews

    • Written by from Richardson

    The problem with product reviews is most people who submit reviews are those with a problem. This products works fine. Plugged it in and it worked. A product this simple is not usually commented on because there is not much to go wrong. I read a few reviews before I bought it but I had no problems. Does what it is supposed to do.

    136 of 174 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.

    59 of 65 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great...

    • Written by from Davenport

    ...on my Viewsonic.

    I also have the Mini DisplayPort to HDMI for my big Vizio screen. That works fine too.

    I only wish they were cheaper. C'mon Apple, if you are going to use a custom port design, can't you at least bring it down to $19?

    52 of 52 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Does what it needs to do.

    • Written by from Avondale

    I bought the adapter to use with my Macbook Pro and Samsung Tv. Initially, had some difficulty figuring out how to actually get my video to transfer to my TV. I looked on my TV settings and did not show the adapter being recognized. I did however notice my macbook screen flicker blue when I connected the adapter. I realized that the macbook and TV were recognizing each other at different times. To make it work follow these steps:
    1. Turn off TV and Macbook(can just close cover and let it hibernate)
    2. Connect the Adapter to TV and Mac
    3. Turn TV on first VERY IMPORTANT
    4. Turn on Macbook (flip cover open)
    5. Look at settings on Macbook to see what display output you have.
    I opted to use TV as another monitor, so I just dragged my Safari window over.
    This worked for me....
    Side note: did not realize sound was going to be coming through Computer than TV.
    This product does what it supposed to but APPLE should have gave "some" direction to getting the adaptor to work.

    52 of 59 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good, but needs a firmware update

    • Written by from Oakland

    This adapter worked quite well for me, but then it began cutting out
    or flickering. I did a web search and learned that Apple now has a
    firmware update for the adapter which you can download.
    Just plug in your computer with its power supply and with the external
    VGA display connected, and run Software Update. So this problem
    might explain some of the less-than-positive reviews.

    51 of 57 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.

    37 of 38 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    It does what it is supposed to do

    • Written by from Tualatin

    Works with my Samsung TV.

    Design is better than old mini-DVI and mini-VGA versions, but I sure would have been happier if I didn't have to buy yet another adapter.

    40 of 45 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Worth the money

    • Written by from West orange

    If your complaining over price WHY buy a MAC??? Anyway I purchased even though many people had complaints. Let me say it works perfectly with some adjustments.

    First make sure you request the right cable.

    Second update update update your OS.

    Third if you don't understand multi display settings then take a class. They do offer them free you know!

    Fourth Check your projector/TV to see what IT can support. You would be amazed what changing a resolution can do.

    38 of 43 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works but.....

    • Written by from Woodbridge

    The adaptor works, but why not simply make a mini display port to hdmi cable? It would be cheaper and eliminate the big ugly connector needed to hook 2 disparate cables together. Come on Apple. After creating the beauty that is the new MacBook, you shortcut the cables?

    32 of 34 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Complete plug and play device.

    • Written by from Marietta

    I purchased this adapter so that I could extend my MacBook Pro display onto an old NEC 1770V LCD. As soon as I plugged everything in, the Mac instantly recognized the device and brought up the display settings. Two or three clicks later, everything was running perfectly fine.

    My only complaint is the price. $30 is a little much, but I'm completely satisfied with the product.

    30 of 34 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

    Threaded holes too deep

    • Written by from Newport Beach

    The adapter works just fine. I have used it to connect to several different projectors and have not had any problems. The only complaint I have is the threads meant to secure the adapter are set in too deep. None of the VGA cords I have tried have a long enough screws to reach into the adapter for a secure connection. Most of the time the fit between the VGA cord and the adapter is snug enough not to fall out but it would be nice if you could secure them better, especially if it were to be a more permanent installation.

    27 of 29 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    A little expensive but works as expected

    • Written by from Pelham

    Almost $30.00 seems a little high, but cheaper than a new monitor and dual screen desktops are the way to go.
    I wish the lead on the adapter was a bit longer say 2 inches, with all the plugs on the left side of the aluminum MacBook, its a little cramped getting all the cables to fit nicely without a big rats nest of cables coming out the side of the MacBook.

    26 of 27 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works perfectly fine for me.

    • Written by from Arlington

    No issues. Plugged everything in and i worked. No loose connections or trouble that everyone else seems to have mentioned. Very secure. I use it every day to dock my MBP to a Dell LCD.

    My only compaint that the adapter is even needed. Apple, I like you a lot, but play nicer with other manufactuers. Use more common technologies.

    27 of 30 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    works with new mac mini

    • Written by from Farmersville

    Okay I got this mainly so I could use it with my old iogear kvm switch (vga only no dvi) and use my new 2009 mac mini and my pc machine at the same time.
    First thing I did was connect it directly to my Acer x243w via vga cable to make sure it worked correctly and it did except that at 1900x1200 resolution part of the screen was cut off! So I tried the miniport firmware update on Apple's website but when I ran it it said I already had a newer firmware 1.03 and the one I downloaded was only 1.0.
    Anyways, that didn't help so I got the bright idea of manually hitting the autoadjust button on my LCD monitor and that did the trick and got the screen recentered at 1900x1200! The display looks as sharp and clear as using the default DVI that the mini comes with and no strange flickering or any other problems mentioned by others.
    So after all that I tried my old KVM switch and it also works great still so I"m happy since I can now use my mac and pc at the same time. Also can now use 2 monitors with my macmini now ;)
    Reason I knocked off a star was for high price and plastic where screws are supposed to go in don't work too good.

    24 of 25 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

    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

    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