• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Caveat Emptor

    • Written by from Huntsville

    Read all the fine print before you purchase. It is great at what it does. Many reviewers expected more than what it is designed to do.

    It is only listed as compatible with iPad, iPad 2, and iPhone 4. Mirroring is only supported by iPad 2. VGA is video only, so have a 3.5mm plug or external speakers handy for audio. Protected content, like a movie purchased from the iTunes Store, is not supported because DRM cannot be maintained on the other side of the VGA signal.

    I've had situations where the video signal blinks when a video gets started. Pause the playback and allow the VGA display to synchronize with the iPhone. Then resume the playback. I keep it in my laptop bag as a backup for conference rooms with a VGA connection to the projector intended for laptops. Many KVM cables used in conference rooms include 3.5mm plugs for audio. Keep an Apple AV Composite cable handy as well. The two together provide a pretty universal capability for projecting or displaying video content from the iPod App.

    92 of 94 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Mirroring works fine on my iPad 2

    • Written by from Cheltenham

    I already ordered this before reading the reviews, but when I read them, most of them were talking about how they couldn't mirror EVERYTHING that was showing on the iPad screen, but I just decided to test it out anyway. I used this to connect my iPad to a projector, and it did exactly what I expected it to do - it mirrored everything on my iPad 2 perfectly!
    It also works with my Sony BRAVIA TV which also has a VGA Port, and again, it mirrors everything perfectly.
    I'm not sure why other reviews are saying that it only mirrors videos and power points and supported apps, but maybe that's just for the first gen iPad.

    84 of 92 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Apps support adapter for viewing websites, documents, etc.

    • Written by from SURREY

    The iPad dock-to-VGA connector works fine, but you need an app to view more than just Keynote, slides, or video files with it.

    I've got three different ones installed: Expedition, Projector, and Web2VGA. I can display PDF, Word, Pages, Excel, Numbers, and other documents on a larger screen or through a projector via these apps, as well as display Internet browsing. These apps work in conjunction with email, DocsToGo, MobileMe, etc., to allow you to open a file in the app of your choosing. I haven't decided yet which one I like best, and they seem to work a little differently from each other so I'll probably keep them all.

    These apps also work with the Apple Component adapter cable, too.

    Now that I've found this solution to the limited built-in output options of the iPad, I'm very happy with this adapter. Just don't plan to watch HD movies on your new HD LED TV through the VGA cable. You won't be happy with the analog output on your big screen TV...

    ea/

    60 of 66 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    No way to charge

    • Written by from Westwego

    I make heavy, almost constant use of my iPad in my class (sometimes four hours at a time). I can't connect to an external power supply while I'm using my adapter. It's a great product but that one missing idea really puts me back at square one. It's fantastic for shorter periods of time.

    51 of 55 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works as advertised (read the fine print)

    • Written by from Sherbrooke

    I bought this to hook up to projectors and displays for presentation duties over at client’s places with my iPad2. Works great and impresses a lot by itself. But read the fine print! Mirroring is not available with every device it works with...

    55 of 71 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    What will the VGA Connector do?

    • Written by from Augusta

    The VGA connector will display the following: 1) Your Youtube videos. If you are using the ipad dock then the speaker output on the ipad dock will not supply sound. You will have to use the audio output on the ipad itself. Hopefully, Apple will allow the use of the dock to have sound output while using the VGA connector. Even though the connection to have a sound output is on the back of the dock, you cannot use the VGA connector and speaker output on the dock at the same time. 2) The VGA connector will also display Keynote for your presentations. 3) The VGA connector will allow you to display your podcasts and videos. However, it will not allow you to display your purchased movies from itunes. I have been able to see about 5 minutes of my movies before the restriction is activated. However, this does demonstrate that the VGA connector is capable of displaying our movies if Apple will permit it to do so in the next version or software update. I have the 64GB 3G and I have spent the last few days playing with the VGA connector. Also, with the Youtube videos, it will not show until you actually activate a video in Youtube. Once the clip start showing it will transition through the VGA connector. It does what it is suppose to do but it can do a lot more and I am expecting Apple to make some upgrades to this adaptor and the ipad dock in the very near future.

    42 of 46 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    utility to ghost fingertips when screen is touched

    • Written by from Courtenay

    I teach the iPad to classs of seniors, and I must say the VGA display adapter works very well for me. I particularly appreciate its ability to rotate the VGA image In step with the orientation of the iPad.

    However, there's another feature I would like to see. At present, the students can only see where my fingers are if I am typing on the screen keyboard. They cannot see what I am doing if I drag, swipe, pinch, spread, or twist an object on the screen.

    Ideally, I would like a utility that positions and moves ghosted finger marks whenever I touch the screen in any way.

    40 of 44 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Used for Training

    • Written by from Wichita

    Our company purchased the VGA cable to link our iPad 2 with our projector and it works very well. The only draw back we have had, the connection to the iPad 2 is rather weak and tends to unplug itself when slightly moved causing loss of signal.

    40 of 45 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    How it works

    • Written by

    If you read the item description it says it only works for mirroring on ipad 2+ and iPhone 4s+ so make sure that you have the right device before complaining it doesn't work. I was thinking it would mirror with my ipad 1 but i didn't read carefully enough either and it only works on movies. also if i plug in the screen will be to one side... to fix it all i need to do is unplug and plug in again for it to be adjusted right.

    34 of 36 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Does what I expected it to do...could do more but does what I needed

    • Written by from Derwood

    First, I'm amazed at some of the complaints, especially from those working in education.
    The person complaining about the 10 cm cable.... LOL! Get a six foot male-male cable from Radio Shack.

    I do many day trips for work and instead of flying up and down the coast with a laptop, I can now just bring my iPAD for presentations.

    Keynote isn't perfect but gets the job done. Not having the slide deck on the screen doesn't bother me. For those who claim they can't face their audience I have to ask them what's the difference between occasionally looking at the projection versus looking at your display? In either case, you're not looking at your audience. Besides, you should have a feel and flow for your presentation in the first place thereby minimizing the time looking at a slide. Everyone is different but during my technical presentations I usually have a laser pointer which I use to for work flow,features, etc. on the projector screen so there's really no option for me there. I suppose some lecture situations would not want to turn around,

    Keynote isn't perfect. More font support would be nice but this review is for the adapter not the Keynote application.

    Fortunately I did not have a bad cable like some other folks had.
    Plugged it into the iPAD, connected the cable from the projector, brought up my presentation in Keynote and I was off and running. Can't ask for more than that!
    Videos from you tube work like a champ on my flat screen monitor too.

    This cable met my expectations. I can do day trips with a 1.5 pound computer instead of lugging a laptop through airport security!

    The ability to project more than the presentations and video would be nice as would displaying the on both the screen and projector but would probably require a new graphics chip or some other way to split the frames to two outputs. IF I need that capability then I lug my laptop with me. The iPAD is a tablet/large PDA and I don't expect it to do much more than it does.

    Oh, and with all due respect, for those who do presentations with their iPhones: Cool idea but don't criticize a cable when you're using a smart phone to do presentations. Like an uncle of mine once told me, use the right tool for the right job.

    Last, couldn't give it the 5th star because $30 is a bit much. Otherwise, it met my expectations fully.

    50 of 69 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    It works well, if you use it for presentations

    • Written by from San Diego

    This device works well, no complaints. You have to use it in conjunction with an Application and I've used it with Keynote, Numbers, Good Reader and to play videos onto the projector. It does require knowing how to use it.

    It is not a Mirror of the Desktop as stated by the others, but with Keynote it has a finger tip laser system that I think is awesome. Hold you finger on the iPad screen and a laser pointer (simulated) appears on the projection screen.

    THe new HDMI cable sounds great for Mirroring the desktop, but none of the projectors I'm using in most meeting rooms have a HDMI input yet. So either way HDMI or VGA there are limitations.

    I bought both. VGA for Projectors, and HDMI for connecting to LCD TV sets.

    34 of 38 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Does What It Says

    • Written by from CALGARY

    The picture output from Keynote, YouTube and even the iTunes app is great. I tried it with both a widescreen and 4:3 display and it was good at auto-sensing, although I recommend you go into Settings > Video and set the aspect ratio (Widescreen or Standard) before you plug in the connector for the best results. Keynote still opts to stretch to fill a widescreen rather than use pillarbox, but hopefully that will be an option in a future software release. Really, the only thing that would make this more useful would be more software that supports the video out, and we should see improvements in this when iOS 4.3 is released.

    36 of 42 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Yes, it works!

    • Written by from Tucson

    I was a little unsure by reading a few other reviews. However, I tried it out on my iPad 2 and my optima projector, and had no difficulties viewing a ppt presentation through the slideshark app with all its animations, various websites through the safari browser, and even a video that I had converted and stored onto my iPad through iTunes. Would have given 5 stars but I though $29.99 was a little steep for an adaptor. Still, it works!

    30 of 31 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    VGA adapter

    • Written by from Paris

    it is working perfectly with ipad2 and iphone 4S
    Apps videos photos, everything

    33 of 38 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    iPhone 4S or an iPad 2 will Mirror all apps

    • Written by from Dittmer

    This VGA connector mirrors everything when it is connected to a iPhone 4S or an iPad 2 running iOS 5. I knocked a star off becouse it does not charge while you are using it like the HDMI adapter does. I hope Apple will redesign this down the road

    29 of 32 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked better than I thought.

    • Written by from Corona

    I purchased this to allow me to show information from my iPad 2 onto the screen for my students to see. Based on the reviews I didn't expect much, but to my surprise it allowed everything to be projected. Games, grades, drawing programs, you name it... except movies bought from iTunes. I'm not happy with that, but this product was well worth the cost.

    26 of 27 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    It does what AirPlay does

    • Written by from Concord

    This is a somewhat older product that I feel should be disconitunued. It does NOT simply mirror what's currently on your iPad/iPhone, it has the same limitations AirPlay does. It can only mirror movies, files from iWork (such as slide shows and presentations), photo galleries, and music. You can already do all this natively on your device with air play (it's that symbol that appears when you're doing something that enables it). However you will need something that can receive AirPlay (blu tooth, wifi, etc).

    If you want to mirror the image exactly get the adapter that looks just likes this, but with a hdmi output. Although they look the same the hdmi allows for exact imaging of everything on your device (as in you can see the home screen and swipe and everything, look it up on YouTube)

    30 of 35 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    VGA Works Fine with iPad 2 and up

    • Written by from Leesburg

    We use a number of VGA adapters on our iPads at an elementary school. We occasionally secure them to the iPad with some duct tape, but otherwise everything works fine with our Promethean Boards.

    33 of 43 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    READ This...

    • Written by from San Francisco

    This product only MIRRORS with iPhone 4s or IPad2, older devices (iPhone 3G, 3GS, 4, iPad1) will not Mirror under any circumstances and will be frustrating to use.
    This is the feature that sold me on upgrading to the 4S as its really really cool, and its fhe way iOS and movies and apps and everything was meant to be. But I recommend getting the apple tv which does,it all wirelessly.
    These adapter are not well suited for the devices, they're bulky and clumsy and the wire falls out easily, but did serve a purpose prior to the wireless mirroring on the new devises.

    24 of 27 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works as advertised

    • Written by from San Francisco

    Simple, works, provides a second screen for those applications that support it. I'm surprised it doesn't mirror by default, but apps that do presentations (goodreader, keynote, etc) do the right thing...just make sure you're charged up before your talk.

    30 of 42 people found this useful