• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not a practical design

    I feel Apple designers have foregone practicality of use for aesthetics.
    The adapter provided does not fit conventional vga plugs securley.
    The shoulder around the female plug prevents the use of standard fittings, leaving the screws unable to attach the two plugs together without the use of oversized screws. I have tried both supplied Data Projectors/Monitor cables from Sony and Canon with no avail. As well we use custom made leads for the projector these plugs and these are even more problematic due to the retaining flange that holds the plug plate in place.

    The only possible option has been for us to purchase adapters that work from a third party

    On the hole a poor design to the adapter. A recent outside presenter attended the school to give a presentation with their MacBook Pro and I had to hold the two plugs together with rubber bands. The adapters we had with the standard MacBooks before had the female socket standing proud and did not give any problems.
    As it is now the Ministry of Education position for supplying MacBook Pros in the future for Teachers I see the problem increasing.

    I feel that the adapters plugs have always had a weak link at both ends of these adapters plugs, due to the weight of cable connections and attaching plug. This puts a tremendous pressure on the Mac adapter interface and defiantly needs a redesign quickly.

    34 of 36 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful

    I use the adapter primarily for connecting to projectors for keynote presentations and, as you might expect, it works perfectly for that. Recently, I tried using it to connect to my Toshiba Regza 42RV535U 42" 1080p tv, and it is fantastic. I'm streaming Netflix movies with ease in beautiful quality and using every inch of screen space.

    What can I say, it does what it's supposed to do. Not sure what all the negative reviews are about (unless of course your adapter is DOA, in which case just have it replaced).

    13" MacBook Pro, Intel Core2 Duo 2.53 GHz, 4 GB RAM, OSX 10.5

    36 of 40 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not Work properly, can not support 1920x1080

    I am extremely disappointed with this adapter. i purchased it to use an older LCD I have that I verified still worked with my windows 7 laptop. I the adapter would bring the computer to a crawl with this monitor attached ( and later learned it did the same with 4 other monitors) to it and also no picture.(I was intending to extend my desktop to the lcd) I called Apple and they assured me it was the screen not the adapter, although the tech did tell me before the call was over to buy a new screen and make sure it is DVi because the VGA adapters are having problems. I eventually was able to get a picture of 800x600 resolution but could not go to the monitors full resolution. I tried 5 different monitors in total only 1 did it work correctly on.
    I bought 2 new LCD screens, the first was a Samsung and to my surprise it was a VGA only screen, so i tried it out and it would work, but only at 1440x900 not the 1920x1080 the screen supports. I brought back that screen and exchanged it for an ACER P236H which has VGA and DVI. I tried the VGA first, same result as the Samsung only 1440x1080 despite the screen resolution being 1920x1080. I brought back the adapter and exchanged it for the DVI one. The ACER monitor works without issue now at all resolutions up to 1920x1080. I am not sure what the issue is but it is without question something in the adapter or the software behind it. Either way it just isn't worth the frustration of messing with it. go DVI and save yourself the hassle.

    I haven't tested this theory, but if you must go VGA i would try using the DVI adapter with a DVI to VGA attached to it. the DVI adapter seems to be much more stable.

    38 of 45 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Why not redesign this adapter?

    As noted by others, the housing does not allow a proper attachment with a standard VGA cable. The female connecters are set too deep for the male VGA connectors to reach. I, like others, have resorted to the use of duct tape to hold the cable to the adapter. I don't understand why Apple does not listen to the suggestions and modify the design. (Used left over duct tape on iphone4 for good measure...)

    36 of 41 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Works but cheap quality and expensive

    Summary: Works on Macbook Pro with Samsung TV and projector. Cheap quality and expensive.

    Detail:
    I love how user friendly, virus-free, and stable Macs are, but I hate Mac accessories. All the cables that go with Mac products were cheap to produce and the quality shows it; but Apple marks up the price because they know you'll pay for it.

    The wrapping at the joints, like those found on the power adapter, headphones, or iPhone USB cables, end up splitting due to stress from wear even when handled with extra care. Cables from non-Apple devices are constructed so that they allow some flex to relieve some stress which adds life to the product (and reduces e-waste).
    The packaging for the adapter is unnecessary and wasteful - this adapter could have been sold as a loose item in a bin to reduce the usage of plastic and paper, and also reduce transportation costs and pollution by packing more items in a smaller space.

    Besides the negative environmental impact of cheaply produced electronic accessories, you have to consider the financial aspects of Mac accessories. Having spent close to $3000 on a Macbook Pro, it would be nice if Apple offered some complimentary accessories with the initial purchase. But for argument sake, let's say that it would intact additional cost as a whole to Apple products. Selling a single adapter for $35 that only cost pennies to produce is a bit much. This accessory should be priced more reasonably at about $5. Because the mini-display port is an propriety technology, consumers have little choice but to pay whatever price determined by Apple .

    What I would like to see from Apple in the future is that they produce higher quality accessories, reduce the environmental impact, and price their accessories more reasonable. On the plus side, it works out of the box without any hassle as expected.

    35 of 39 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't carry the quality Apple is know for...

    I've bought 2 of these adapters, and both burned out within the first 4 months of using them. What is really awful about this situation, is that you are forced to either continually buy these adapters, or purchase an Apple TV so you can use airplay mirroring. Apple should really improve the quality of their adapters. As awesome as airplay is, there are still many people whom use VGA cables. Requires much less setup time, than connecting an Apple TV to wifi. Especially if you travel and do presentations. I will not buy another adapter until they have improved the quality.

    38 of 46 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very good adapter

    Hello,
    Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter is very good.

    31 of 32 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Never Been More Pleased

    I ordered this yesterday afternoon, and it arrived this morning. Hooked it right into my Thunderbolt port on my 15 inch MacBook Pro w/ Retina...works excellent. Love the shipping speed and the cord worked right out of the box. Great job Apple.

    31 of 32 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

  • 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Perfect Product

    Although you have to plug the VGA end in before you plug in the mini display port, the Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter works great in my 2012 Macbook Pro. I run it through the thunderbolt port and it works great.

    29 of 29 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    OK for low resolution

    This mini adapter works well for small external monitor but when it comes to 1900x1200 external monitor, the display start to give an annoying jitter. Proven with 2 separate purchased Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapters and two 1900x1200 24" different made monitors with a 15" MacBookPro i7 QuadCore.

    Note: There is no problem with my Sony notebook VGA output for these monitors.

    34 of 39 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works with Samsung TV after firmware update!

    Plug adapter into your machine and connect up to the display then run software update to download the firmware. Works beautifully with tv now :)

    29 of 29 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    TO ALL SAMSUNG LCD OWNERS

    This adapter works just fine, just change the VGA cable that you got with Samsung LCD. It misses some wires in it, and this is why this displayport adapter wont work with it.

    P.S.
    Apple should test this issue and write a notice somewhere, cause many users waste a lot of time experimenting this.

    36 of 43 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Can Apple Help??

    Can Apple weigh in on this? I have a Samsung LCD and the VGA cable I have worked fine with my PC. Then I bought this when I got a new 13" aluminum Macbook and it doesn't work. Lots of people say it has to do with grounding pins on the VGA cable, but why does that same cable work with my PC? Why doesn't the Macbook work? Help!

    33 of 37 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

    Unreliable

    I am a university professor and I use my adapter three times a week, four hours a day. I have gone through three in since September. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don't...not a good situation when you have to lecture to 200+ students and there are no images to display.

    32 of 36 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works as advertised

    I purchased this last week with some trepidation due to mixed reviews here. I tried it out on projectors and displays at work. Here are my results:

    Displays: Dell U2410 and HP LA2205wg both were auto detected and worked fine
    Projectors: Panasonic LB30U, Panasonic PT-L735U and Optima DLP were auto detected and worked fine.

    I am using a late 2011 15" Macbook Pro running Mountain Lion (10.8.2) with the auto switching of graphics enabled. I went from one display/projector to the next without rebooting or fiddling with the display settings. I never had any difficulties at all.

    I am pleased with my purchase so far.

    29 of 30 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    works fine SOMETIMES

    this cable works fine. i use it everyday on a projector the problem is this is my 4th one in 2 years! this cable is very sensitive you cant twist it and bend it if you do its like the cables in the inside is twisting up inside. APPLE needs to fix all their cables and prices cause all of this ain't worth it

    30 of 32 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Works...for 2 months

    I had just bought one, and was apprehensive about it. But it worked beautifully with everything I hooked it up with, including my 46" SAMSUNG TV(yeah, samsung, ). after a month of light use and lugging it between home and school, it just crapped out. Just like that. no warning or anything. Doubleyou-tee-eff, Apple. Also $30? Fo-real? Apple...$10. No more than $10.

    30 of 32 people found this useful