Every Mac with a Mini DisplayPort allows you to connect an external display or projector using an adapter. You can use an external display as your main workspace or to extend your desktop, or you can work in mirrored mode with a projector so you can view what your audience sees.
Use the Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter to connect an advanced digital monitor, such as the 20- or 23-inch Apple Cinema Display, that includes a DVI connector. Review the documentation or check with the manufacturer of your monitor to make sure you're choosing the right adapter.
- Mini DisplayPort
- Compatible with Mac computers with Mini DisplayPort and Thunderbolt ports
Ratings & Reviews
DVI-D Single Link (Digital only, 1920x1200@60Hz)
This is the Mini-DisplayPort to DVI-D single-link adapter.
DVI-D single-link means that ONLY DIGITAL signals will be output, wi This is the Mini-DisplayPort to DVI-D single-link adapter.
DVI-D single-link means that ONLY DIGITAL signals will be output, with the maximum supported resolution at 60Hz being 1920x1200 (2.75 megapixels to be exact).
The adapter easily plugs into the Mini-DisplayPort jack of new aluminum unibody Macbooks and Macbook Pros, and the other end is female DVI-D. Be aware that you cannot physically fit your DVI-I cables into the DVI-D female end. However, since all 24 pins are open, DVI-D dual-link cables can physically fit just as well as DVI-D single-link cables, and can be used to carry the SINGLE-LINK signal to your TV or monitor.
I was surprised how light-weight this adapter is; a plus for carrying around. I was worried that the relatively heavier cables would pull the plug out from the notebook, but the adapter fits quite snugly in the Macbook Pro. The two screws on the DVI cable I used could not reach their holes in the adapter (female end is not deep enough), however, it was not a concern since the cable still fit tightly into the adapter.
So, if you dont have a DIGITAL display larger than 1920x1200, this adapter will be fine. Since HDTV is 1920x1080 this adapter is good enough for me. If you are looking to drive larger digital displays, get the dual-link adapter instead. Also, remember that analog is not supported with this adapter. …
- Written by Vernon T from North York
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DVI drops Analog signal, DVI-D only
We know the Mini DisplayPort can output an analog signal because there's a Mini DisplayPort to VGA adapter. So why does this adapt We know the Mini DisplayPort can output an analog signal because there's a Mini DisplayPort to VGA adapter. So why does this adapter drop the analog signal and go strictly to DVI-D (Digital only) instead of DVI-I (analog & digital)? The old MacBook Pro's had DVI-I. So this adapter is not a replacement to what used to come standard on MacBook Pros! I'm left very frustrated. …
- Written by David J from Gray
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Be sure of your pinouts
This is a DVI-D (single-link) connector - look up DVI on Wikipedia, if you're not sure of the difference. You can NOT simply conn This is a DVI-D (single-link) connector - look up DVI on Wikipedia, if you're not sure of the difference. You can NOT simply connect to a DVI-I connector, like Apple's own DVI-VGA adapter, because of the extra pins in DVI-I.
With the correct cabling, it seems to work just fine. …
- Written by Aaron M from Salamanca
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Totally Humpty Dumpty BS
I bought one from Staples. Used it for about 5 minutes and then it started making the image flicker. Now it just flickers the imag I bought one from Staples. Used it for about 5 minutes and then it started making the image flicker. Now it just flickers the image every 5 seconds, making it impossible to watch anything on a projector / TV. …
- Written by Daming W from Ottawa
Too fragile for daily setup
I've gone through 2 of these adapters in the past three months. They simply do not stand up to the stresses of being packed up and I've gone through 2 of these adapters in the past three months. They simply do not stand up to the stresses of being packed up and handled everyday. Recommend to try other brands. …
- Written by Ashton W from Mordialloc
These reviews are out of date
Virtually all monitors now are using digital DVI not the now defunct analogue which has been left to VGA connections. So there is Virtually all monitors now are using digital DVI not the now defunct analogue which has been left to VGA connections. So there is no compatibility issues.
There are independent makes that fit a bit tighter at the mini port side, but these adapters will fit the DVI cable that comes with your monitor. …
- Written by Andre L from Stamford
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Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
can i connect hd tv to my macbook air?
- Asked by Mary S from Weston
- Jul 25, 2015
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What Cables do I need to connect a NEC PA272W monitor to MacBook Pro Retina laptop?
- Asked by Sara R from Santa Monica
- Jul 16, 2015
Does the mini-display adapter work with the new thunderbolt Macs?
- Asked by John Mark A from Palo Alto
- May 12, 2011
Yes Thunderbolt port can do a display and a fast transfer from a hardrive to your laptop
- Answered by Carole S from Arnold
- Jul 18, 2011
I want to connect my iPad Air 2 to a VGA projector, which connector do I need please?
- Asked by Ann H from Maidenhead
- Apr 20, 2015
- Asked about: iPad
How do I connect two monitors to my mac mini? What cables do I need please help?
- Asked by Dawn A
- Sep 1, 2014
Assuming you are using a recent Mac Mini with a HDMI port and a Thunderbolt port: Connect to one mon Assuming you are using a recent Mac Mini with a HDMI port and a Thunderbolt port: Connect to one monitor using a standard HDMI cable. Connect to the second monitor using a MiniDisplay/Thunderbolt to HDMI adapter with an HDMI cable. Hope this helps! …
- Answered by Cody S from Shreveport
- Apr 22, 2015