• 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

    Simple and Effective

    • Written by from Homestead

    A great way to get your iPad content up where it can be seen. Attach to a VGA cable and display and you are ready to go. Great for making presentations where you have a display but don't want to be bothered with a projector. I've used mine on TV's, displays, and projectors and never had a problem.

    13 of 17 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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    Epic Product!

    • Written by from Ottawa

    This product is awesome! I use it at school a lot of times for my presentations and it does exactly what it is suppose to do... work! If you are thinking about buying this product, keep in mind that it is design to work with old monitors, projectors, televisions... and it may not work if you try to play an iTunes movie because they need an HDCP connection. To view any movie (SD or HD) on the big screen, buy an Apple composite AV cable to play your content on an HD or Analog television at a 480p resolution and for the true HD experience, buy the Apple component AV cable to play your content on an HDTV at 720p.

    (P.S. So far you are not able to view what you are seeing on your iPad on the big screen. Lets just hope Apple will modify the iOS software to support this feature.)

    25 of 39 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

    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

  • 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

    iPad: A Mobile Presentation Warrior

    • Written by from WAKEFIELD

    Turn your iPad into a mobile presentation platform with the new Apple VGA adapter. The adapter connects the iPad to TV’s, monitors, or projectors in a snap. With a 1024 pixel output, the iPad has plenty of punch for most conference room projectors.

    Not all apps are enabled, but most of the programs used for presentation purposes work fine. iWork’s Keynotes works like a champ as you would expect. Omnigraffle works great for impromptu flowcharting or mind mapping. Watch slideshows created in the iPad Photo gallery app. Youtube videos from the native app or through Safari play flawlessly.

    There are a few nice features when using Keynotes. The iPad becomes a remote control for the presentation. The presenter can see which slides have been completed and which slides are coming up. Slides can be switched by tapping the slide icon or by tapping on the forward and backward arrows. Touching and holding produces a laser pointer seen on the audience’s screen.

    The small size and connectivity through Wi-Fi and 3G make the iPad an ideal solution for out-of-office presentations. Why haul around a full-size laptop when everything you need can be loaded on your iPad?

    20 of 36 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great, but needs improvement

    • Written by from guadalajara

    It does a great job by reproducing movies and presentations, but it does not mirrors the display, it would be great if Apple in the next software could add that feature.
    (written while iOS 4.0)
    I sharply recommend it for everyone who uses keynote, it's great for that and watching movies on HD.

    20 of 24 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Come on guys, learn to read

    • Written by from Eden Prairie

    Apple.com CLEARLY states "Watch slideshows and movies on the big screen by connecting your iPad to a TV, monitor, projector, or LCD display that uses a VGA connector."

    SLIDESHOWS AND MOVIES. It never states anything about mirroring the ipads screen. sure, it'll be very cool if it did, but the product never advertised the feature. Please people, this is a great product, don't ruin the reputation by ranking it down because it didn't do a task not advertised at all.

    19 of 48 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Read the fine print!

    • Written by from Concord

    It does what it says it does on the box...good for Keynote
    If you want to project movies, etc - get the A/V cable that goes for $49

    16 of 22 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great adapter!

    • Written by from Thornton

    I am in a sales position where presentations are a critical part of my job. Not only does it work great but it has allowed me to bring many values of keynote into the mix for my boring PowerPoint presos. It is very nice being able to jump on an airplane without lugging my laptop when all i need is a simple preso. Additionally I have fond minimal issues moving a presentation from PowerPoint to Keynote. Small changes that do occur are easy to overcome with a few minutes of slight edits. TIP: try to make most edits prior to moving it to your iPad as it is a bit clunky for major edits on an IPAD.

    16 of 24 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Pretty good!

    • Written by from Morristown

    This is very useful to have around since you can display movies, slideshows, photos, etc. with it. It should mirror the iPad display for the thirty dollars that you're paying Apple though. In the end, if Apple releases a software update for this, EVERYONE will be satisfied!

    16 of 25 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works as advertised

    • Written by from Simpsonville

    Reading these reviews was a crack-up. Never in any of Apple's descriptions of how the iPad works with this product would one get the idea it can be used with virtually any app or function of the iPad. People get upset because it doesn't do what they THOUGHT it would do, based on their dreamy imaginations of a magical, Utopian product. Then when it doesn't live up to these dreams, they trash Apple like they've done something wrong. I give it 4 starts because I think it's overpriced (as are all of Apple's accessories), but it works exactly as advertised. And since I knew what it was for before I bought it, I am happy with it. It will do exactly what I need it to do.

    17 of 47 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Very, very good!

    • Written by from SAINT PAUL

    I am a professor who is interested on taking the ipad to lectures and presentations. This little connector is very useful. The laser feature built in Keynote is fantastic. It does what I need, get the ipad connected to a projector to show my slides without the weight of my bulky laptop. Perfect for my needs!

    37 of 65 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