• 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...


    60 of 66 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Product

    • Written by from delran

    I Love being able to watch movies and others on this. You can even show slide shows from it. Although, it only takes up about 80% of your tv screen horizontilly.

    11 of 30 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    It does what it says in the User Guide

    • Written by from Guardamar del Segura

    Lots of people are complaining because they don't see everything that is displayed on their iPad/iPhone on the television. Of course you don't! This is clearly explained in the iPad User Guide (and, I'm sure, in the iPhone User Guide) on page 131/

    "When the cable is connected to a TV or projector, an application that supports playing
    video to an external display will automatically use it when playing video. Of the built-
    in applications, Videos, Photos, and YouTube support external video display."

    So, only apps that support playing video to an external display will make use of the cable connection.

    9 of 20 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    And yet, mine worked perfectly

    • Written by from PITTSFORD

    This might have something to do with the fact that I actually read the documentation for the apps I wanted to use with this to see if they are supported. I use this for business projection, with Keynote and with Goodreader (to display PDF's). The documentation for both apps said that projection was supported and shazam! They both worked as advertised!

    At the end of the day, it's your money and your responsibility to research what you're buying. I guess you could believe some kid in the Apple Store, but just because they call them "Geniuses" does not mean that they are (although I'm sure they are very smart).

    Bottom line, it's only thirty bucks and it works just fine. Do your homework first, buy it if it fits your needs and then you won't need to slam the product with a one star review that it doesn't deserve.

    22 of 36 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Does what it says on the tin

    • Written by from Camberley

    So what does it do? You can play slide shows quite happily on your TV/monitor. You can play any movies you like unless they are copyright protected. You can play TV like BBC iPlayer ... I use a belkin bluetooth audio receiver to play the sound through my hifi whilst watching iPlayer on my big screen TV .. great! For the money it does what it says on the tin ... I'd love an HDMI out version, but we'll just have to wait to see if Apple comes up with that

    7 of 13 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    iPad VGA Adapter - Safari output to VGA

    • Written by from South Pasadena

    I've had my iPad for about a week. It's an amazing device, but for business and presentation purposes, limited by its inability to VGA project Safari browsing screens. Apple, if you want people to use iPad for business, this is a rush priority. Enable VGA projection of Safari output A.S.A.P.

    14 of 17 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Displays slideshow for Keynotes for iPad

    • Written by from New York

    I was interested primarily in using the iPad for displaying slideshows using Keynote. Keynote is of course the Apple iWorks presentation program that has been revamped to work on the iPad ($10). Keynote presentations display through the VGA connector to a projector only when you press the "play" button of Keynotes. When you do, the VGA connector will deliver the slide images to the projector while the iPad display changes to show a small control panel that allows you to advance or reverse the slides. If you press outside of the control box, it returns the iPad display to normal and you lose the VGA display.

    The iPad has certain limitations. When the VGA adapter is plugged into the iPad, there is no way to charge the iPad. However, given long battery life of the iPad, it should work for 10-11 hours from a fully charged iPad, longer that the longest conceivable lecture. The images were full resolution (1024x768) and may present problems with older projectors. The images displayed transitions, videos, jpeg images, omnigraffle images, a variety of fonts, etc. You cannot change the VGA resolution from the iPad. But, these were not serious limitations and I am planning to give most of my lectures using the iPad.

    19 of 22 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Just added Netflix

    • Written by from Baton Rouge

    Hey guys,

    Netflix just did an update to support VGA. This makes this product that much better. Just give it some time and all of the apps will support this product.

    13 of 19 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works as advertised

    • Written by from Fort Worth

    Come on people, don't blame a connector for a limitation of the iPad hardware/OS! My only complaint about this connector is that you can't charge the iPad while using it. Failure to mirror the iPad 'desktop' has nothing to do with the connector and everything to do with 'higher level' limitations. I would give 5 stars if I could charge my iPad at the same time.

    13 of 38 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works as stated by Apple

    • Written by from Frankfort

    This adapter allows you to connect your iPad to a VGA monitor so that, as Apple PLAINLY says, you can view presentations and videos. It works (presently) only with Keynote, YouTube, and videos. It sends your presentation / video to the monitor and uses your iPad as a control device.

    This is great for Keynote -- I've used it this way and the image on the VGA monitor (in my case, a 52" HDTV) was superb. The controller that is presented on the iPad during the presentation is very simple which is fine for me.

    The adapter does NOT project the iPad desktop to the VGA monitor, and Apple implies (doesn't say it clearly enough but implies) that. That's a limitation in the iPad OS that might / might not be changed in the future.

    If you want to do Keynote from your iPad, this is just what you need. I like it and I use it, and I'm in the process of moving all my Keynote presentations from my MacBook to the iPad.

    23 of 38 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works Great

    • Written by from Salisbury

    I was very impressed with the quality of picture the iPad produces when projected. Certainly there are some limitations, but it works great and produces a high quality image.

    6 of 22 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Can't help it if people don't ask before they buy

    • Written by from Durham

    I use it to bring presentations to meeting, and to play videos on my in car video system for my kids. On the latter it is a world better than lugging the family library of dvd's on a road trip. I have 40 gig of movies loaded, and it works just fine.

    For Presentations it works great. No boot up time. No power cables to laptop. Device sits on table where I can easily see it, and image projects just fine. For the things it is designed for, it works great.

    And I am sure seeing how the iPad isn't even a month old, plenty of developers will figure out new ways to take advantage of it.

    Should have only been $19.99 though. Hence not 5 stars.

    9 of 30 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    works great!

    • Written by from Mattoon

    Works as "advertised"! Plain and simple. It doesn't say slideshows and movies and "more" so I'm uncertain as to why everyone else seems to think they were led to believe it would "do more" than advertised. :P Works great with Keynote presentations, non-DRM videos/movies, and photo slideshows. Precisely what Apple claimed it would do. Others apparently saw something that was never there and are now complaining about it and giving FALSE reviews!

    10 of 53 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    It does work but...

    • Written by from Cheyenne

    Many people have complained that they can't get it to show up on a projector. The problem is that the only thing that appears IS the video. If you are looking for an active display or the home screen it will not show up. If you go straight to the particular video you want to view it will display it and play it with no issues. I too am an educator and simply tied it into our "doc cam" input using the iPad Dock Connector and it worked fine. It took some time to realize that no other screens will be displayed but the video worked fine.

    23 of 44 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't make the coffee either

    • Written by from Bedford

    I can't believe the number of people giving this a bad review because it doesn't do what they 'assume' it would do. Assume nothing - read the description! Why would you assume it will mirror the entire iPad UI? Do you want to plug it into your iPhone or iPod and expect it to mirror them too?
    It exists to be able to send Keynote presentations to a projector. It does that perfectly well. Other apps will no doubt come along that use it too, but it was never intended to make your iPad into an HTPC. Get an AppleTV or Mac Mini if you want to watch iTunes content on your TV.

    9 of 67 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Does what it says

    • Written by from Ingleside

    I'm happy with what this does for me, mainly because it does what the ad says it does. I can't understand people who aren't happy because the adaptor doesn't do what they had assumed, hoped, or wished it might or could do. It does what it says it does, end of story.

    9 of 41 people found this useful