• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works perfectly

    Output to my 22" Viewsonic is clear and crisp and setup with no effort. Seems to be of the same quality as the mini DVI to VGA adapter which I used everyday for a year with out incident on my old macbook. Should be priced in the 14.99 - 19.99 range.

    1409 of 1734 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Review, on the road experience & tips on starting up the device

    In order to use this you should have a Macbook that has a Mini DisplayPort, always check the model of your Macbook before buying as you can easily end up buying the mini DVI to VGA adapter instead of this or have a mini DVI connector older gen Macbooks.

    In terms of whether it's compatible with projectors and LCD TV, so far I used it on two LCD TVs, both work flawlessly (LG and Samsung). The trick here is MAKE SURE THE MAC BOOK IS OFF/SHUTDOWN, attach the adapter to the Macbook, follow by the VGA connector. Once those are ALL CONNECTED, switch ON your Macbook. The OS will detect the port and enable the external screen normally. It's an IMPORTANT step, if you miss it the screen WILL BE BLANK, trying to click on detect screens in preference probably wont work as well.

    When it works, you might want to switch to mirror mode, you can configure that in the display preference. I use that for presentations as I have to get a view on what I was presenting every now and then in front of me. Best resolution in mirror mode probably is nearer to the 720p (1280 x 720), which is a HD standard resolution, less distortion for what you try to display on the TV/Projector.

    On the technical side, the adapter contains a Digital to Analog signal convertor (that's why it's a bit long, there is a circuit board and ICs in it), which may only be enabled if it detects a screen attached during initial boot up.

    Another note is that there is a mini Displayport to HDMI adapter available on (Check Apple/Amazon). These are digital links which will probably provide better compatibilities or resolution to any HDMI capable HD TV. Some will even allow audio on the TV via adapter.

    My 2 cents is for Apple to provide simple picture/graphical guide for users (on package or at display) or ask Apple store staffs to guide buyers. This can be very frustrating for normal users who isn't aware of the (simple) startup procedures.

    Thanks for reading! Hope it helps :-).




    Cheers,
    Zen

    437 of 447 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good, but needs a firmware update

    This adapter worked quite well for me, but then it began cutting out
    or flickering. I did a web search and learned that Apple now has a
    firmware update for the adapter which you can download.
    Just plug in your computer with its power supply and with the external
    VGA display connected, and run Software Update. So this problem
    might explain some of the less-than-positive reviews.

    51 of 57 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    It does what it is supposed to do

    Works with my Samsung TV.

    Design is better than old mini-DVI and mini-VGA versions, but I sure would have been happier if I didn't have to buy yet another adapter.

    40 of 45 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works but.....

    The adaptor works, but why not simply make a mini display port to hdmi cable? It would be cheaper and eliminate the big ugly connector needed to hook 2 disparate cables together. Come on Apple. After creating the beauty that is the new MacBook, you shortcut the cables?

    32 of 34 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked perfectly with my Macbook Unibody and Samsung R8 TV.

    I don't usually write reviews but I feel that some people might be getting misinformed by some of the reviews already posted.

    This adapter worked perfectly with my Samsung R8 LCD tv. I plugged it in, the TV detected my Macbook and it worked straight away (and looked awesome!).

    I can only speak from my experience here with the combination of using a Macbook Unibody and Samsung R8, I don't doubt that this adapter might not work with some Samsung tv's, but given that the R8 is very popular model I thought I'd better mention how well this adapter worked for me.

    29 of 30 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Complete plug and play device.

    I purchased this adapter so that I could extend my MacBook Pro display onto an old NEC 1770V LCD. As soon as I plugged everything in, the Mac instantly recognized the device and brought up the display settings. Two or three clicks later, everything was running perfectly fine.

    My only complaint is the price. $30 is a little much, but I'm completely satisfied with the product.

    30 of 34 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    A little expensive but works as expected

    Almost $30.00 seems a little high, but cheaper than a new monitor and dual screen desktops are the way to go.
    I wish the lead on the adapter was a bit longer say 2 inches, with all the plugs on the left side of the aluminum MacBook, its a little cramped getting all the cables to fit nicely without a big rats nest of cables coming out the side of the MacBook.

    26 of 27 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works perfectly fine for me.

    No issues. Plugged everything in and i worked. No loose connections or trouble that everyone else seems to have mentioned. Very secure. I use it every day to dock my MBP to a Dell LCD.

    My only compaint that the adapter is even needed. Apple, I like you a lot, but play nicer with other manufactuers. Use more common technologies.

    27 of 30 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    works with new mac mini

    Okay I got this mainly so I could use it with my old iogear kvm switch (vga only no dvi) and use my new 2009 mac mini and my pc machine at the same time.
    First thing I did was connect it directly to my Acer x243w via vga cable to make sure it worked correctly and it did except that at 1900x1200 resolution part of the screen was cut off! So I tried the miniport firmware update on Apple's website but when I ran it it said I already had a newer firmware 1.03 and the one I downloaded was only 1.0.
    Anyways, that didn't help so I got the bright idea of manually hitting the autoadjust button on my LCD monitor and that did the trick and got the screen recentered at 1900x1200! The display looks as sharp and clear as using the default DVI that the mini comes with and no strange flickering or any other problems mentioned by others.
    So after all that I tried my old KVM switch and it also works great still so I"m happy since I can now use my mac and pc at the same time. Also can now use 2 monitors with my macmini now ;)
    Reason I knocked off a star was for high price and plastic where screws are supposed to go in don't work too good.

    24 of 25 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    It's fine

    It converts your Mac's HDMI signal to VGA. Done. That's it.

    If it doesn't work, you have a monitor that doesn't support the refresh rates of your Mac's graphics card.

    Or, if you assume VGA carries an audio signal (!?) which VGA never has since it's inception (unless your hack the hardware yourself to do so), then you might be disappointed.

    But your disappointment stems from ignorance, not the fault of the product.

    32 of 43 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't use VGA for an HDTV, use DVI/HDMI!

    This adapter works well with my HP w2007 20" LCD monitor. The picture is crisp and steady. It's hard to distinguish from a DVI connection.

    I do find it's best to let the monitor sync itself when I plug it in and then just leave it and not fuss with it. If I hit the monitor's "Auto Sync" button the result is often a blurry display. If this happens, unplugging and plugging the adapter fixes it, as does performing a "factory reset" using my monitor's menu. I suggest trying these things if your monitor is having trouble getting a good sync.

    For those of you having trouble using this to connect a MacBook to an HDTV, let me offer this advice: Your HDTV probably has an HDMI port, so that's what you should be using, not VGA. Get the Mini DisplayPort to DVI adapter and also a DVI to HDMI cable. You will get a far better result. I use this method to connect my MacBook to a Panasonic HDTV and it works beautifully. Please, do yourself a favor and do not use the VGA port if your HDTV has HDMI (or DVI). Hope that helps!

    20 of 23 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    VGA adapter

    I am new to MAC and just got my macbook a week ago. I've already used this adapter on 2 different projectors for different presentations I have given. It worked without any problems. I just hooked it up and it worked. Very simple (and I am definitely not computer savvy).

    17 of 17 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    great product

    this product works great for what its supposed to do, but apple really needs to just switch to hdmi

    19 of 22 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works with Samsung SyncMaster 210T

    I connected my new 15" MacBook Pro to Samsung SyncMaster 210T LCD display and it worked. It recognized with no problem. Of course, it is overpriced.

    19 of 22 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great, only one nit

    Works fine in my experience with Apple Displays (not saying it doesn't work with others; I haven't had the chance to try it). My only complaint would be the short length -- I would like to see the cable about two to three times as long, or at least have Apple offer up the adapter in various lengths.

    16 of 18 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Just the connection I needed

    This adapter was just what I needed to connect my new MacBook to our Toastmasters club's Epson projector. The projector's VGA cable plugged into the VGA adapter securely enough without my having to use the screws.

    14 of 15 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good But,

    Very good and does what it is supposed to. The only thing bad about it is that the screws from my VGA cable won't go in to it. It might only be my cable, but it might also be the adapter. Over all good picture and a decent value.

    16 of 19 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Really good

    Try to connect your mac with any video and you'll be very satisfied of this. You can instantaneously get two screen in which work - you can drag and drop your open windows directly on the other screen - and naturally mirror your desktop if you want. 4 stars because although it is really a good product costs too much.

    12 of 12 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great

    I would have preferred MiniDisplay to HDMI, but as it doesn't look like happening for a while, VGA is the next best thing for me (I do not have a DVI slot on my Telly).
    I think I will tweak it to hopfully give me the best quality, but on first impressions I am liking what I see! HD looks good and the colours are vibrant,

    My only negative is that it doesn't quite fill the screen (Sony Bravia 26"). I have 1 inch or so either side of the screen which is black. Does any one know how to change it? Perhaps a little tweaking will help?!?

    On the whole very impressed!

    13 of 14 people found this useful