• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    USB-C to VGA multiport adaper

    I have a one year old MacBook and recently got an older Dell monitor (E170SB) with a VGA cable that I wanted to connect. After a lot of snooping on the net, I settled on this Mac Multiport (despite the somewhat hight price, $49). Glad I did. It works fine. The monitor has no problems (note you can set Displays in System Preferences to optimize for it), charging is as usual, and I noticed no difference in connecting to and using two different (older) USB drives. Only problem so far was that one USB thumb drive was too wide to be connected at the same time as the VGA connector.

    So I'm bewildered by all the negative reports. Not my experience at all.

    Maybe I should mention that as soon as I plugged the Multiport in, I was prompted to upgrade some software (even before I connected anything to it but the Macbook, IIRC).

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I wish I could give 0 stars

    I bought this for a MacBook 12inch .. worked fairly ok. Switched it over to a MacBook pro 15inch - nothing but issues. Resets constantly on all ports - whereas the USBC to USBA works fine. Stay clear of this product.

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    VGA output is unstable

    "For some unknown reason, the video on an external monitor glitches periodically to a low resolution and the only way to reset it is to change the resolution to some other value and then back to best for monitor setting. " This Adapter **sometimes** works for me. Most of the time it does not. The external monitor flickers, and adjusts itself continuously. On a good day, I can get several hours of work without any problems. The next day, the external monitor becomes unusable and even blacks out. Poor video timing signals out of the adapter ?

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    AwesomeQ! Works very well!

    Purchased the USB-C VGA Multi-port Adapter to use on my new MacBook Pro 13" with Touch Bar. This works excellent. I conduct a lot of teacher training workshops and therefore do lots of presentations and show lots of videos. The adapter has been working fine. I only really need this one adapter during workshops as it has the USB 3, USB-C Charging slot and VGA all in one. I use the USB 3 to plug in my back HDD and I have all three slots busy during all of my workshops. This adapter works very well and am very happy with it.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Multiport Adapter - works fine with new MacbookPro

    I bought the USB-C VGA multiport adapter with my new MacBookPro (with function keys and only two USB C ports).
    Set up the MacBook Pro in the Covent Garden Apple Store (helpful, intelligent staff) and used it to run a Powerpoint presentation (with VGA cable to external monitor) in Dubai the next day. Everything worked FINE.
    I have now run courses in six different locations, with different screens and VGA adaptors in each place, and had only one problem: at the third venue I closed the lid of my Macbook before going to lunch. On return I lifted the lid of the MacBook, screen came to life immediately ... but had intermittent flashing black windows opening and closing. Minor panic ... but after disconnecting the multiport adapter and reconnecting, everything worked fine.
    Also, having read negative comments about having to have an external adapter in the first place, I was pleasantly surprised with how easy was to tuck the adapter (with VGA, USB and Power cables connected) around the back of my MacBook so that they didn't get in the way at the side.

    4 of 4 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best compared to others

    Went to Best Buy and picked up the same thing but by Insigna brand. Actually bought 2 different ones by that brand just to make sure it worked for my MacBook 12 inch. This was important due to me using it to run a 15,000 lumen projector advertisement for a big brand client. THe insignia adapters cost more than this adapter now costs. THe projection looked low resolution the first 2 nights and after testing everything with frustration I went to Best Buy and bought the Apple brand. As soon as I plugged into the mac, it asked to install an update, restart and then another update and restart. The image ended up looking high resolution and all issues were cleared up.

    I learned my lesson to only buy Apple gear versus the other junk even though the price is close to the same. I see a lot of negative reviews about this adapter on this site but it seems Apple has cleared up the issues, whatever they were. If i can run a 500 inch screen using this thing, you should be able to run a monitor.

    6 of 6 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Waste Of Money!!

    not worth it at all,makes screen blink in and out and heats up, losing faith in you apple

    24 of 24 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Various problems but no alternatives

    The positive is that this adapter works all of the time for an Apple extended keyboard, most of the time when driving a VGA monitor and some of the time for thumb drives and other external hard drives.

    For some currently unknown reason, the video on an external monitor glitches periodically to a low resolution and the only way to reset it is to change the resolution to some other value and then back to best for monitor setting.

    I have found it best to not use this adapter with external USB drives of any kind. Sometimes the drive decides to unmount in the middle of a read or write operation--Not good for data integrity or drive performance.

    The biggest negative is that there are no documented alternatives that do not have similar poor reviews. I guess this line of netbooks, oh, sorry, premium Apple notebooks with USB-C really isn't meant to be used with any external peripherals ... other than a charger and a set of ... headphones ...

    20 of 20 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor!

    Bought this genuine product after having tried a cheaper alternative that didn't work well with many monitors; unfortunately this is not much better!

    I needed it to perform with a VGA projector this morning to show a PowerPoint presentation to a client and the screen kept going black then coming back on. It's done this before with other devices and when in use the image doesn't always fill the connected screen correctly when using in second monitor, rather than mirrored mode (mirrored is worse as the adaptor often defaults devices to 800x 600!

    Yes, before someone asks I'm fully up to date with drivers etc. and the same screens and devices all work seamlessly with my old MacBook Air and apple VGA adaptors.
    Yes I've tried various settings to correct issues without success.

    This is a major problem as with a new MacBook I've no other way of connecting screens and projectors that don't have a HDMI output.

    If Apple support read this I'd be happy to hear their views as to why this product appears so flawed, and how I can get these issues addressed given it is soooo expensive!

    34 of 35 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor quality - uninspiring design - a reluctant 'must-have'

    I have a sleek aluminium Macbook with this piece of white plastic sticking out of it. The VGA adapter is the only way to guarantee a connection to most screens without having to carry a pocket full of similar very expensive adapters. Couldn't the gurus of Apple come up with something that at least looks as if it was designed to go on a Macbook?

    Technically not very good - My new Apple DVD USB drive has had issues drawing enough power from the single USB socket

    And it has now broken - the VGA still works but power does not go through it. It is only a couple of months old.

    A very poorly designed expensive product.

    23 of 23 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works fine.

    Ironic, this same product gets 5/5 stars on Amazon yet all the hate on Apple.com. It does what it's supposed to do.

    16 of 26 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    very average

    My main complaint is that no matter what I do, just can't get my computer to connect to a monitor. I think the vga component of the adapter doesn't work very well.

    Power is fine. USB input works most of the time, however does not connect to my toshiba harddrive for some reason.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    update ruined it

    functioned pretty well, until update came, installed it, and now via-port is dead. thanks for nothing.

    29 of 30 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    can;t connect to power port

    I tried connecting this to USB-C power adapter which came along with laptop and from there I tried connect USB-C charging cable to laptop to charge and USB cable to charge phone and It wont work

    It works only if we connect to laptop..which is big failuer

    22 of 23 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very slow USB

    I bought this mainly for the VGA port so I could use my MacBook for presentations. I also needed the USB-A port for thumb drives and Time Machine backups to an external USB hard drive. The problem I had is with the USB-A port. The USB-A port gives very slow transfer speeds with any device I plug in. The Apple site says it can do 5 GB per second but the best I can get is about 5 MB per minute. A Time Machine backup would take two days at that speed. The direct USB-C to USB-A adapter might be better for this as another review suggests, but you can't also charge the computer at the same time so you risk running out of battery.

    28 of 29 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Causes purple haze on some monitors

    Using the USB-C VGA multipart adapter with my 12" Macbook and Viewsonic VX2270 causes a purple haze to be shown and adjusting the monitor and macbook display settings doesn't resolve this issue. It would be nice to either have Apple list monitors they have tested with their products or update the graphics driver to display proper external monitor calibration. If you are opting for a multipart adapter buy the HDMI one as long as your monitor supports HDMI which most newer TVs, Monitors and projectors do.

    55 of 62 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    premature failure

    My multiport adapter now fails to provide USB connections. Two different USB disk drives plugged into the adapter never show up in Finder, so I cannot back up or save things to a flash drive. This is only a month after I acquired it. Also, the adapter runs hot. Something is wasting a lot of power.

    67 of 72 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not there yet

    I bought this adaptor with my new MacBook anticipating that I would need it. Several months later, I see I was correct, but two major gripes remain:

    1) charging through the adaptor is very slow. While it seems like power in should be close to power out, less a little lost along the way, in fact my laptop needs a couple hours longer to charge through the adaptor.

    2) data rate: I use an external hard drive and have compared running a USB portable hard drive through the simple USB-A/USB-C adaptor and through this multipart adaptor. Using the simple cable, the data throughput rate is very high. Through the multiport adaptor, it is very, very slow. I would use the simpler cable, but the charge on the laptop does not make it through a full backup, since the HD is also drawing some power.

    All told, I am glad to have the laptop, but am experiencing some of the regret of an early adopter.

    149 of 157 people found this useful