• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    What a joke!

    • Written by from Colchester

    Don't buy this unless you ONLY want to show slideshows. Waste of money and a frustration when you're trying to present using the toy, um...i mean, iPad. How pointless.

    And to anyone who suggest we should "get a grip"... Maybe Apple should just make it easier to use their products without trying to control what everyone does with it. Yeah, I FOOLISHLY assumed I'd be able to share my screen with a VGA monitor with a cable that connects to a monitor. How foolish.

    67 of 72 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Really should have read more reviews!

    • Written by from Sterling

    I am kicking myself for not looking at the reviews to find out the limitations of this connector. The ability to not be able to mirror the device is ridiculous. At least let me display from Pages and Numbers! Also, I wish Apple would put this information in the overview of the product. Unless I missed it, I couldn't find the official limitations other than a support article.

    34 of 37 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Get A Grip

    • Written by from Littleton

    This has got to be one of the most amazing comment threads I've ever read. First, before I read even one review I understood from the description of this product that it was very limited in what it would output. Do people see the picture of the dongle and without reading a word think "golly, this will work just like my laptop/projector".

    Its certainly obvious that they don't read the reviews, as these comments have been up here for a month..sheesh.

    Although the thought of paying $30 bucks for a $2 part sends shivers up my spine, we've all been doing that for a long long time, have we not? I own 345 phone charges, cables, earphones, usb cords, etc. (that replaced the 345 that I've lost).

    Doing some research, one finds that hey...some people are writing some pretty nice API's for the video output of the iPad. By the time my adapter arrived I had already download a GREAT tabbed browser that outputs flawlessly to my screen, I've also download other apps that work equally as well for other functions.

    So...get a grip. Read the write-up and if you want to have fun with the iPad on your flatscreen or projector at work, buy the darn thing and be happy happy happy.

    42 of 92 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    diapointing

    • Written by from Granville

    I too have been sucked into thinking I could use adapter with Documents to Go to display my Powerpoint presentations...not! Come on Apple be different then the rest and make this work for the majority of business applications.

    32 of 34 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

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    I should've read the reviews!!

    • Written by from Kanata

    What a waste! I thought I could project my home screen and everything I do... I can't! Very, very disappointed!

    49 of 58 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Short cord

    • Written by from Quezon City

    The cord is too short. If ur TV is high on the wall u need a separate stand for ur iPad right next to it! Is there any way apple can extend the cord?

    29 of 39 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't Purchase!!!!

    • Written by from Shoreview

    This is a joke...It doesn't work like it should. Can't mirror your desktop to a larger monitor....Come on apple what is wrong with you...Get me a dock that will project my Iphone screen to a monitor so I can use a normal keyboard and mouse...oh are you scared you won't sell any computers then...well I won't be buying a computer because I have my Iphone that will do everything I want. Just let me do it on a normal monitor, keyboard and mouse.

    note: Better yet let me bluetooth or WiFI direct to a monitor, keyboard and mouse...imagine walking in your home or office with your phone in your pocket and have a wireless connection to you 27" monitor, 50' flatscreen TV, wireless keyboard and mouse without touching your phone or taking it out of your pocket...you can have the same set up at home and at the office...sweet...answer calls with bluetooth headset...Come on Apple you can do it what is the problem...Jump this thing forward don't just sit and sell you current product then make it obsolete then sell another product...get rid off all the computers and Ipod stuff and let my iphone loose!

    31 of 43 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not working

    • Written by from Woburn

    I bought it at a recommendation of one of the "geniuses" at the Apple store, who assured me that I could watch Netflix and display slideshows using this VGA adaptor. Needless to say, neither works. Apple's obsession with what we can and cannot do with their products is sickening.

    24 of 29 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    The Chicken/Egg guy is completely wrong

    • Written by from Madison

    On no other device does the developer of each application have to write code which is aware of which display you're using. The only thing that would make sense would be if Apple supported mirroring in iOS without making the developer think about it. They completely screwed this one up. This product is nigh-useless unless you somehow magically know in advance that you won't ever want to project video from anything other than the pre-arranged apps... and why would you ever think that?

    38 of 45 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    A Case of the Chicken or the Egg (don't blame Apple for this one)

    • Written by from Rolling Hills Estates

    The VGA Adapter works. The iOS allows apps to output to either the display screen, to the external device, in either mirror or independent modes.

    Here is the problem, and the source of all disappointment from customers who bought this cable early: to encourage software developers to write code that takes advantage of this new feature, there needs to be a customer base with the cables, or at a minimum, Apple needs to start shipping the cable so that customers can buy it. What should come first, the software or the hardware? It is a problem of the chicken and the egg.

    Developers are writing code to make this work. If they aren't, by all means, put their feet to the fire, but don't blame the hardware folks.

    If there should be negative reviews, or demands for new features, these ratings, and these emails, should be sent to the software developers. And, in this case, the developers of Keynote are squarely in the cross hairs. Of all apps, Keynote should be the one that works as presentation software should, with independent displays.

    35 of 64 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    i'm soooo upset!

    • Written by from vail

    This is absolutely ridiculous!
    I just bought this cable to connect the iPod touch to a projector and it turns out it doesn't work -even though it is supposed to-! Why do you keep making things so difficult? can i get a refund for this or am i stuck with a useless cable?!?!

    61 of 67 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Cannot mirror iPad display? (Product Management got overpowered)

    • Written by from San Francisco

    From a product management, I would have said:

    1) Mirror the display to the VGA screen (this will take care of 99% of the use cases, and will work with any applications)

    2) Allow applications to support dual screen mode (which is a very nice to have).

    Interestingly, Apple Product Managers seem to have been overpowered by something or someone that told them to first worry about the 1% usecase, and then eventually solve the 99% one.

    I could not have imagined that this adapter did not support mirroring without having read these reviews.

    To bad for us, we are back to project from a PC/Mac.

    37 of 39 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    ** Works only for video and power points **

    • Written by from Ypsilanti

    ADVISE - Works only for video and power point displays

    25 of 27 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    A waste of money

    • Written by from Houston

    First cable was bad and then found out the replacement won't play movies downloaded from iTunes. Useful for some QuickTime movies and Keynotes if you want the hassle of using Keynotes or getting your stuff into Keynotes.

    Product should come with this warning: "Doesn't project 90% of what you want to see on a monitor."

    15 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Absolutely useless -- save your money

    • Written by from Youngstown

    I wish I'd read the many reviews from teachers who indicated that this product does not work. I teach at a university and this cable simply does not do what its $30 price tag suggests. I needed this cable to view web pages on an overhead and basically to show pretty much anything I wanted to show via my iPad -- the $700 "computer" that I bought to use IN THE CLASSROOM. The "iFad" joke from "The Simpsons" is now making much more sense. I still need a laptop to do what I need to do in the classroom, so the Apple iPad is living up to its pop culture image as nothing more than a punchline.

    40 of 49 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Misadvertised and unusable

    • Written by from Heesch

    - Won't do what it advertises to do, which is projecting the iPad screen on an external device
    - 10 CM cable???? What am I going to do, sit at the back of my computer and hold the iPad there?

    30 of 36 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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Useless - avoid like the plague!

    • Written by from LIVERPOOL

    ...at least until Apple sort out mirroring. Here's the thing - I'm a teacher at a Study Support Centre, involved with hundreds of children, teachers and leaders from different schools and organisations and I CAN'T SHOW APPS TO THEM ON MY WHITEBOARD! I have up to 30 children/teachers at a time watching me demo apps on my iPod touch at worst, iPad at best. How stupid! Can't give zero rating either - doubly stupid!!

    17 of 22 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