• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Buyer Beware

    I recently purchased this from the apple store to be used when I give lectures. On the very first attempt to use it the picture flickered a bit but was otherwise OK. When the class ends I walk over to my second lecture and plug in my computer and the adapter and NOTHING happens. I try again and the screen on my mac goes dark then nothing. I have all my students walk back over to the last calssroom and the thing still doesn't work. My first lecture of the year was a real stinker as a result. Very disappointed. I spent the extra $20 because I thought I was buying quality... I was wrong. Go buy a generic knockoff. At least when it breaks you only spent $6

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Just as unreliable as the off brand dongles

    This particular dongle for Display Port/Thunderbolt is very quirky. It will work fine for our School's projectors for a brief period. We have bought dozens over the past 6 years for our schools and have also bought some from off brand sites. These brand names will all work initially but often give out at the same rate as the off brand dongles (3-6 months). Trying another dongle from a (big online) brand name competitor that has high reviews so fingers crossed.

    As we don't require going into high resolution projector displays XGA/WXGA is the most common, or lower resolution so the off brand ones are just as good (aka break as often) as the name brand dongle. If going into a higher resolution display, this my be the best choice.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't Seem to Work At All w/ Newest Mac mini

    I've been using an HP monitor with my old (Intel) Mac mini for a few years with no issue. Time to get a new Mac, so I bought another mini, since I have a set of peripherals (mechanical keyboard, mouse, and the previously mentioned monitor) that I'm very happy with. New mac is here, boots up with only two VGA resolution options. Not ideal, but not the end of the world. I performed my updates, restarted the mini (as prompted) and now the monitor is getting "no signal" errors. Tried 2 other monitors, no signal. All 3 work on my old mini, literally 2 feet away. Ridiculous.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Stopped working after about 5 months.

    I paid a high premium to get a brand name apple product, and the result was very disappointing. Product worked fine from March- September 2015. I always used it with extremely care and never bent or twisted it. It rarely left my desk. One day I go to use it in my class, and it stopped working all together. I had to improvise a whole day of classes since the lessons I planned could not be used. I spend hours trouble shooting my computer, trying different projectors and different VGA cords. At the end of the day, bought another generic adapter and it works great. I will be unlikely to ever pay more for an original apple product again. I hope when I bring it to the Apple Store they will replace it.

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Is there a better quality solution?

    Im having a crisis of faith with apple in a big way... one of my biggest annoyances is the cables... this adapter in particular.

    So its goes like this, you use it for a while... the screen goes black once an hour or so, this slowly becomes unbearable, it gets violently thrown in the bin and i make the pilgrimage to buy another from apple... so my problem is that im paying a premium here and these things dont last... is there a 3rd party option thats better quality?

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Flickers beyond belief!!

    Just bought a new Samsung monitor to hook up my Macbook Air for use at home. Tried to plug in this adapter and all it does is flicker on the screen whenever I'm in the process of doing something.
    Terrible product!
    Would not recommend!!

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't bother it is junk

    I have a Lenovo ThinkVision L220xwC display that has been working perfectly for a number of connected to a Windows laptop using the VGA connector and a MacBook Pro connected with DVI. I am replacing the Windows laptop with a brand new Mac Mini and I bought this Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter so I could connect either the Mac Mini or MacBook Pro via VGA (and the other via DVI).

    When the Mac Mini is connected to the display via the VGA adapter, the display frequently flickers, gets wavy lines and it basically unusable. When I switched the VGA adapter to the MacBook Pro it still happened but wasn't as bad - at least initially. Then the display resolution dropped from 1920x1200 to 1440x900 and made it unusable again.

    The product is not fit to the task.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    not the correct thing to link macbook with Dell screen

    There are many Apple reps who tell you this is the right cord to attach a Macbook to a Dell screen. This is not the case. It drops the resolution of the Dell screen massively.
    Apparently you need a Mini Display port cable instead.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not like an apple product

    Bought one, only used once. replace a new one, still not wok well. And the connecting part is very hot. I am afraid of bring my mac to classroom. Apple needs to fix this problem.

    13 of 20 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very disappointing

    Less than two months after purchase and I need to replace it. The Apple tech support team ruled out all other possible problems that might be preventing a mirrored display. They determine I should invest in an Apple TV device.

    17 of 20 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Broke after less than a year

    First it flickered a lot, and then finally it stopped working entirely. Have tested with multiple monitors, cables, and computers and it is definitely the adapter that is broken.

    One reviewer suggested that if we don't twist it, or leave it plugged in for more than an hour or two at a time, it will last. If that is the design specifications for these adapters, then the design specifications are wrong. Many modern professionals use their laptop as their primary computer. They plug it into their external monitor at the beginning of the workday, use it all day, and then unplug it and bring it home. When my workplace gave me a PC, I didn't even have to fiddle with cords; there was a dock I could trivially snap it into, and pop it out of. I didn't need a special dongle to connect it to a monitor, and I could use a monitor all day without difficulty. It is not unreasonable to expect to have that same kind of functionality in an Apple product, which is marketed as reliable and easy to use. I have to plug and unplug at least four things to dock my Mac. That's not easy to use, and it isn't reliable when one of those plugs keeps on breaking. Apple should be ashamed.

    18 of 18 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Fails after a short while

    I've gone through two of these that have failed and now am on my third one. When they work they work great, then they just stop working. Usage was only for presentations so they were not receiving heavy usage.

    15 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    When it works, it works

    We bought several of these for use in a school, many of them stopped working. They are expensive cables to work for only 1 month

    24 of 25 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    It just works. Not

    I am a professional trainer I have been visiting customer's sites for over 15 years. Do you remember the overhead projectors and slides? I started with those...
    Since then I have used an array of PCs (Toshiba, Compac, IBM, Lenovo, Dell). I had never had a single instance where I was not able to connect to a projector and do a powerpoint presentation. Windows (95, XP, 7), Linux, it simply never has been a issue. As of late I decided that I should give mercy to my back by lightening the load I was carrying. I have met countless people raving about Apple products and I though to myself, if I was going to get myself a light laptop, I should use the reference in the matter hence the MacBook Air 2013. Without a doubt it is a beautiful machine until you try to connect it to a projector.

    I purchased the Apple MB572Z/A to connect to customer's projectors, in the space of 4 months I have been left without any ways of displaying my presentation 3 times. Needless to say when you are on the other side of the planet for a week and you cannot do your work because of shoddy design, you tend to get over sensitive about a piece of hardware that has costed you near to 2000 GBP (yes I god the support option bundled in).

    Being an electronic engineer by trade, I have done some extensive testing and here are my findings detailed for the poor souls who found themselves in the same situation than me.

    I am using the MacBook Air 2013 and I believe this is an essential point. I have purchased 3 different adapters the Apple one and two other brands. I also have done the test with a Dell PC using a display port too and finally I used separate cables of sort lengths and long length. It turns out it isn't directly related to the adapter but to the current that the MacBook Air has to drive on the Mini DisplayPort. Depending on the VGA cable impedance, the port had to drive more or less current. Regardless of the adapter used, my Dell can drive a projector using a long cable. When I use the MacBook air with the same cables as the one used by the Dell, The Macbook crashed and goes back to the login screen (requiring a PRAM reset). However if I shorten the cables, regardless of the adapter used or projector used, The MacBook had enough current to drive the signal.

    So the conclusion is rather a bitter one. It's a design fault on the internal driver logic of the MacBook Air. It is not able to cope with high impedance VGA cables unlike any other PC laptop I have ever used. So what is the solution I hear you ask?

    You can use the HDMI provided the projector is a new one, you can also take your own short VGA cable. However if you are like me and have to turn up on customer sites where the conference room have preset projectors (wall mounted) then you have to hope that Apple decide to acknowledge their engineering error and provide you with a replacement or maybe a buffered Mini Displayport adapter (I haven't seen any yet).

    I hope my misfortune/experiments will help some of you.

    26 of 32 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor build quality

    Buy the Chinese 3rd party adapter for a fraction of the price of this one, the build quality is the same if not better, and it looks pretty much the same! My official 'Apple' adapter didn't last 6 months, while I've had the Chinese one for over a year now. Seriously, if I didn't like the smooth OSX of apple so much I wouldn't buy their products, it's all garbage wrapped up nice.

    0 of 1 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not working with Samsung at all

    it would be nice if apple set at catalogue with the devices that working with that, or to say: attention this adapter is not working with Samsung devices.

    20 of 29 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not much cop at all

    Can't do up screws into adapter- very poor design. I had to give it 1 star as Apple's reviewing software won't let me proceed otherwise it would be zero

    5 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Can't Play Itunes because of "High bandwidth digital content protection"

    You can't play itunes videos through it. I wish I could leave a review of less than 1 star. To play HD itunes videos you need a HDCP connection, aka digital. Screen output should be cut and dry. Once the computer outputs analog video, it should have nothing more to do with it and it should be able to play all files through it. Other HD videos play just fine, it is just a problem with itunes being overcomplicated. Don't buy this if you want to have anything to do with itunes videos.

    20 of 36 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Can't use!

    Can't use with my PHILIPS 15" monitor, my HDTV.
    Mark my words if your monitor was so old.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't really work

    I purchased this specifically to demo software from Windows 7 via Bootcamp. This adapter will connect me to customer projectors but only in 640x420 resolution so is completely useless. I have spent hours on forums and updating drivers with no success. Apple have been no help at all.

    2 of 4 people found this useful