• 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

  • 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.

    1410 of 1735 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

    438 of 448 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Thunderbolt to VGA as well!

    I didn't realize that Mini DisplayPort is backwards compatible with Thunderbolt display technology. In other words, if you have a Thunderbolt-enabled Mac and need to display to a VGA display, this cable will do the trick.

    295 of 302 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    This does work with data projectors

    Don't be put off by previous reviews saying this adapter doesn't work with data projectors. I've tried it with my new MacBook Pro and can confirm it works with at least 3 different brands of data projector cnnected via VGA type (3 rows of 5 pin) connectors. There may have been a problem, presumably now fixed.

    55 of 59 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

  • 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome!

    I bought this to use in my classroom with my MacBook so I could connect it to the projector for large class presentations. It works great and I've never had an issue with it. The price is right as well, not too expensive for a teacher buying her own technology to use in the classroom. :)

    47 of 50 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    EEBKAC

    Error exists between keyboard and chair. People give these products a bad review because they buy the wrong item, then say it doesn't work. This display port plug-in works perfectly with the products it is SUPPOSED to work for.

    69 of 95 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    No problems

    I bought the adapter for a 2011 13" MBP, and it works fine so far with an ASUS monitor, and an LG HDTV. No problems, no flickering, very simple product. I think the ones who has problems with flickering, and such, the problem is NOT in the adapter, but the Mac's VGA. Anyway, a recent update for MacBook Pros featured a fix for external displays, and Intel graphic cards.

    43 of 45 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    samsung problems

    Bought this for a Sony monitor which it works perfectly with.

    I thought I'd give it a go on my Samsung TV. With my original cable that I had for my TV it would not work, so I checked the pins in the cable. I noticed there was one missing which was not missing in my Sony cable. When I use the cable with all pins it works perfectly with my Samsung TV.

    Make sure you have a full compliments of pins in your VGA lead is my advise and you are unlikely to have any problems.

    42 of 43 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