• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work with Samsung TV

    I'm very disappointed with this. I bought a new MacBook last week and got the VGA adapter so I could use it with my TV as I did my old PowerBook G4 (via the Mini-DVI to VGA adapter). The new adapter worked fine when I connected it to an overhead projector, but it doesn't seem to send a readable signal to my Samsung LN40A650 television.

    I tried booting in to Windows via Boot Camp and got the same result.

    I guess I'll have to try the DVI adapter with a converter from DVI to HDMI to use this with my TV. A Mini DisplayPort to HDMI (or even regular DisplayPort, which can be directly converted without using audio) would be ideal, but there doesn't seem to be any sign of that.

    2924 of 4295 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work with data projectors

    This adaptor is very disappointing. I found that it works fine with some small (20 inch) Samsung monitors that have a VGA input but it doesn't work with any of the data projectors I have in my university department so I can't use my new MacBook Pro (unipart aluminium case) for Powerpoint presentations, which was one of the main reasons for buying the laptop. The problem seems to be that the laptop senses the data projector ( and scales down the laptop display to VGA) but the projector doesn't detect the laptop (and so fails to display the image from the laptop screen). My old MacBookPro (Intel core duo) works fine with all data projectors (using the DVI to VGA adaptor) and I'm now in the silly position of having to use the old laptop for all travel (conferences etc) plus teaching in the university. The wonderful looking new MacBook Pro has to stay at home. Apple needs to issue a firmware fix or a better adaptor as soon as possible.

    616 of 820 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very poor

    I've got one of these to connect my Macbook Pro to my Samsung TV but as with everyone else, the TV doesn't recognise the output from the laptop. (It works find with my Dell laptop and Windows XP).

    The result is that the adapter is useless.

    260 of 399 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Useless

    I've bought this part twice trying to get my Unibody Aluminum Macbook to work with my Samsung LN40A550 40" LCD. Does not work. The Macbook finds the monitor, and even shows supported resolutions and refresh rates, but the TV acts like no signal is getting to it.

    Come on, Apple. It's only the most popular television / monitor brand out there. Let's get a fix on the way, please. Or, at least acknowledge the issue.

    102 of 119 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Product Limitations Not Clearly Stated.

    The limitations of this adaptor are not mentioned anywhere on the store page.

    Only by digging though support does one find out that "VGA displays that use higher refresh rates (such as 85 Hz) at resolutions of 1600 x 1200 or greater may not generate video properly until you lower the refresh rate."

    "May" the DAC chip on the adaptor is either designed and the firmware is written to support 1600 x 1200 @ 85 Hz or it is not.

    The solution is simply to make technical specifications available to the buyer or at least provide the above warning amongst the overview.

    83 of 89 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Design Flaw: Check before buying!

    The adapter cannot be secured to a VGA cable. You can tell just by looking at the holes; the first few millimeters of the holes are smooth plastic and the threads are recessed. This results in the adapter not having the ability to be secured to the cable, and every time it moves, the video becomes distorted. After discovering the flaw, I went back to the Apple store and looked at the rest of the Mini DisplayPort VGA adapters...they all had the same flaw. Wait until they fix this before you buy one.

    76 of 85 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't detect displays and poor color and resolution

    I just got my new MBPro and had to present at a meeting. I assumed that this adapter would just be plug and play into a Panasonic LCD projector. I was wrong.

    I plugged it in and chose (Detect Displays) which it did but the resolution and color were terrible. I grabbed my colleagues HP laptop and it worked just fine and the color was great.

    Very concerned as I use this laptop for presentations and spent a lot of money on it. Thankfully my old Macbook Pro (which always worked) is still in my office so I can switch back. Disappointed.

    67 of 71 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Works but is poorly engineered

    The adapter works, but it adds to the clutter due to apple's putting all the connectors on the left. To make up for the poor placement of the display port, this cable should be at least a foot long to get some of the clutter behind the computer. the display port (usually always connected when on the desktop) is the front most port, getting in the way of the USB ports (which usually get plugged in and out). A 3-6 foot cable would be better to clean the cable mess.

    73 of 87 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't Last

    Anyone who writes a a positive review of this product must work for Apple.

    First, with the money it costs to buy a Macbook, you should expect it to come with a VGA port already installed. Why should anyone need to pay an additional 30 dollars for an adapter? It's an inconvenience.

    Second, these adapters do not hold up very long. I use mine every day. After two months of teaching, it is already starting to black out. They aren't built to handle the long haul. I have this problem every year. Last year, I went through 3 adapters.

    Someone at Apple needs to wake-up and learn to make a durable product that will last.

    67 of 85 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    No go with 50" Samsung

    Brand new Macbook Pro Late 2008 using this cable to my 50in Samsung TV - MBP finds the display in the Sys Prefs/Displays but no signal detected on TV. Not sure if the fault is the Mac or the TV? Either way it stinks it doesn't work.

    52 of 56 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    It comes off about once a day.

    The display adapter is so small and lacking any fasteners it falls off very easily just from the weight of the VGA cable.

    I ended up just taping the adapter to the Mac.

    Its such a obvious design flaw. Because of this I cannt really recommend using a Mac for mission critical assignments. Once the cable falls out, it often crashes the system.

    Just a little shake of the table or someone bumping into the Mac will cause the adapter to slip out, losing all work on the system. Even with the tape the adapter slowly comes lose.

    51 of 62 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    VGA male will not attach to this piece of junk

    Piece of *censored* - non-standard holes are set back too far for any standard male VGA plug to attach. This means your cables will work loose and come apart. *censored* *censored* - expensive overpriced *censored*, Steve.

    47 of 56 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    How to Make It Work! (on samsung T220 at least)

    SOLUTION: get a hold of a bunch of normal VGA cables and connect them directly to the display (this is of cause impossible with roof mounted projectors), try all the cables until you find one that works and then hold on to it with you life! This will sort out the problem, especially for those with Samsung monitors.

    For those interested here is the EXPLANATION WHY:
    I got myself a Samsung T220 monitor and out of the box it didn't show a picture using the Apple MiniDisplayport -> VGA adaptor (also tried the apple mini displayport -> DVI, didn't help either, but others have reported it to work).
    After hours of reading on forums it turns out that the problem is that some monitor and projectors require VGA pin 5,6,7,8 and 10 (or a combination hereoff) to be grounded or at least connected. Normally this is not a problem - therefor the cable manufacturers dosent always ground these, and sometimes even connect these pins. In my understanding Apple could have solved much of the problems by making grounding these pins directly in the adaptor. Anyhow, the solution is as described above; get a hold of a bunch of normal VGA cables and connect them directly between the monitor and the VGA adaptor, when you find one that work because it got all the grounds and conenctions hold on to it with your life! As a rule of thumb when looking for a VGA cable: it needs to be thick as this is a sign it got all 15 wires inside the cable.
    Hope it helps.

    38 of 42 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Another user with Samsung issues

    This connector also does not work with my Samsung LCD TV, at ANY resolution output. Model LN-T4065F.

    I suppose I'll try the DVI version, then go DVI-->HDMI.

    33 of 36 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Rubbish

    Just acquired a new Macbook pro (really nice bit of kit). Connected it to my Samsung 22" monitor via this converter. Now get the old blank sync screen every five mins. Makes me want to put my head through the screen. Is there anything I can do to fix this?... After reading the other reviews appears not. Please fix this Apple!

    31 of 33 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    These ALWAYS Break!

    I love Apple products and I am a lifetime user, but I must say, Apple adapters and cables are BEYOND DISAPPOINTING. I have already purchased 3 of these adapters and 2 have broken on me within 4 months of purchase. This is ridiculous.

    30 of 32 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor quality

    I have used up to 3 adaptors within a year. It is too easily broken and i have to buy a new one every few months. Very poor quality.

    35 of 43 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointing for Sure

    Used this for a few months without issue. Just returned from a big training that was seriously compromised b/c the adaptor projected a purple hue on the screen. It was determined with some troubleshooting it was the adaptor - not my macbook, or the company's state of the art projection equipment. I changed adaptors and it worked fine. VERY disappointing!!! As others have said - probably the FIRST Apple product I really dislike and at $30 for the cable -what a waste as I know go in search of replacing it with a new one only 4 months later. APPLE REVISIT YOUR SUPPLIER ON THIS ONE PLEASE! There is clearly a theme here on how mediocre this product is and I disregarded the negative comments here before I bought it and clearly paid the price literally......!

    39 of 51 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't fit in Mac Book Pro

    Connector fits Mac Book, but not the Mac Book Pro. Big disappointment!

    41 of 55 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work on 4 out of 5 displays!

    This a a terrible product cuz it doesn't work on anything other than an LG TV.
    Tried a BenQ 17" monitor...no go.
    Skyworth TV...no go.
    Sanyo TV...no go.
    Acer 24" monitor...no go.
    DLP projector...no go.

    How basic is it to demand a computer outputs properly to another monitor for presentations or videos...!?!?!

    37 of 49 people found this useful