• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    SECOND Mini to VGA I've purchased

    This is the second Mini Port to VGA adapter I have purchased within 8 months or so and I have never been able to return for a refund or to swap product, which is VERY IRRITATING! Apparently, if you remove it and try to reattached, it decides not to register that it's hooked up. My macbook does as my info goes to the other screen but my BRAND new Samsung monitor just can't read it.

    I also purchased a Mini Port to HDMI... SAME PROBLEM!... However, I never replaced this item because I can't afford it....

    Definitely can't afford to keep purchasing the SAME product from APPLE that goes out within a month or two.

    Come on APPLE!!! I'm a believer, I have a MacBook Pro, and Ipad and and Iphone... I'd really like to connect my flat screen monitor or TV to my EXPENSIVE, awesome gadgets, as that's why I bought Apple... BUT THIS BAD PRODUCT IS MAKING MY PRODUCTIVITY TERRIBLE!!!!

    Please offer support for someone like myself with these constantly failing accessories you make... Provide a solution to me to ease my frustration...

    26 of 30 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    mac mini - A1347 thunderbolt - worked with samsung tv monitor le19r86bdx

    mac mini - A1347
    okay, just to advise some people I went completely agains the reviews because I did not wanted to buy a new monitor. samsung tv monitor LE19R86BDX 720p.
    Also went thru apple support over the phone, they advised me to try pressing shift on the keyboard on boot, also unplug from mains and press power button for 10seconds, which did not help with hdmi cable.
    1) hdmi did not work (mode not recognised)
    2) hdmi to vga adapter did not work (mode not recognised)
    3) mini displayport to vga (worked flawlessly with 1440x900)

    hope helps people with samsung tv/monitor

    23 of 24 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works Great

    This cable gives me dual screens on my MacBook Pro (2009) via an older LCD HP1702 monitor.

    Just plugged everything in and it works great at a good resolution on the HP1702.

    Not a lot more to say really :)

    25 of 28 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Can't attach correctly to VGA Cables

    I do a lot of presentations with a MacBook Pro and a projector in different places and I can never attach tightly my VGA cables; the holders are to far from the edge. I have to use tape all the time to make sure it doesn't unplug and there is risk of poor color displaying if it is not plugged correctly. I'm not happy with it and I don't have other options. I hope you guys fix the problem.

    25 of 28 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work with HP w2408h

    I bought this after trying the Displayport to DVi, and then converting it to HDMI. The result was lots of interference and a poor connection, so i thought i'd "downgrade" to the VGA. IT DOESN"T EVEN WORK!! Seems like this new displayport is a scam to get people to purchase apple's monitors. DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT!!

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  • 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.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Bad overall quality.

    I only had it for a month and then it would stop working. Bad quality for such an expensive adapter.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not work

    i'm very disappointed. I spent the whole day trying to connect it from my macbook pro to my samsung monitor with no luck. I thought I was doing something wrong. I took the mini displayport to VGA adapter out and connected the screen to my hp laptop and it worked right away. So It seems like the problem is with the mini displayport. It says that its not connected. I'm not sure what the problem is but I wouldn't recommend it. Hope apple fixes the problem.

    26 of 31 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    significant number of these break after a short time

    I work in a school district where we have had to replace many of these where they just stop working. It gets expensive very quickly. This is a poorly constructed product, and you risk having it just die on you for no good reason.

    22 of 23 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    bad work

    if you connect to a TV samsung it works only if you turn on first the tv and then the MAC.

    But going deeper it seem a driver problem.
    On vista and 7 installaed on boot camp it works everytime!!!!!!!!

    Apple, please check the external VGA to a samsung monitor

    23 of 25 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    oh.

    on my 3rd exchange in 2 weeks because it stopped working...... again.........Also the fact that I have to even give this one star is an over statement of its quality. Get a different adapter.

    26 of 31 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    May have trouble syncing with monitors at higher resolutions

    I have a late-2010 13" MB Air and use this adapter with various monitors. It appears that the VGA timings or signal strength on the laptop are marginal at higher resolutions (1600x1200 and above). The effect is that you periodically get zig-zag bursts across the entire screen. This is the analog VGA signal slipping between scanlines.

    The reason I'm mentioning this on the adapter page is that the build quality of the adapter appears to contribute to this. Perhaps there isn't proper shielding. In any case, I have tried three of these adapters and some are worse than others.

    Hopefully this issue can be fixed in the MB Air so that VGA is more usable at higher resolutions.

    Variables I have eliminated by trying different options: monitors, VGA cables, computer (2009 Mac Mini has no problem with same monitor and cable), USB or no USB attached, wireless networking disabled, and locations (home and office). Things that definitely fix it: using a DVI adapter or resolutions under 1600x1200 with VGA.

    So, if you have a single monitor, get the DVI adapter instead. If you're doing presentations, you have to use VGA but switch to a lower resolution.

    21 of 21 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great!

    Excellent little adaptor, although an HDMI port on every apple computer would be preferred. But then again, we don't live in a perfect world. After purchasing a VGA to HDMI cable, I finally can see the content of my 13 inch laptop on the 40 inch LCD tv. It's great! I can watch movies, browse the internet from the couch via the lovely track pad, it works! You can view mirror image or use the tv as a second display. After a year, it's worth the $35.

    26 of 31 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Does the job...but

    It works fine, but is overpriced and frankly scary. I enjoy the ease of a small and simple connector. It is easier than the DVI ports of old from Apple, but it borders on extremely breakable. It has the same problem as old iBook power connectors. It just seems like if I move my computer too much, it will break off in the port. I'd much prefer some sort of magnetic connector. Get on it Apple.

    30 of 39 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.

    20 of 20 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Pricey (no surprise) but "just works" perfectly for business use

    Enter conference room.
    Connect VGA from projector to "Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adaptor."

    Turn on projector and connect displayport to MacBook Pro. Boom.. the image on your mac is now on the big display and everyone is looking at it. The screen on the MacBook Pro will likely shrink to the resolution of the projector. At first you are not happy about losing your screen resolution. Then you realize your MacBook Pro figured out it needed to downsize and did it for you automatically. It just worked.

    I have also connected to a number of non-tv, old-fashions VGA displays with success.

    22 of 24 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    2 have died on me so far!

    We use these at our church to display song lyrics on a screen. So far, we go through about one of these cable each year. Not cool apple. Not cool.

    21 of 22 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Unreliable ...

    Like others, I too work as a traveling teacher in a school district that uses a lot of Apple hardware. I have also been through three of these adapters since the school year started. They all just stopped working. At what... 40 bucks a pop, with no useable tech budget, that adds up fast. I wish I could recommend an alternative! Tough to recover from 30 blank stares when the lesson starts and the tech doesn't work...

    23 of 26 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    This would be great if it worked properly

    I have a brand new 2012 Macbook Air. I needed to connect it to the LCD projector in my classroom. It will project but the thunderbolt port connection is loose - it doesn't fit in there tightly at all and so it loses the connection all the time and then it's really hard to get it working again. Very problematic when you're trying to teach a group of 40 high school students. I don't have time for technical issues. FAIL

    31 of 42 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.

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