• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Bad mini display port?

    I use a mini display to vga adapter to use a Proxima Projector. Only use it 2 time a year for watching movies outdoors. I was having problems with the proxima not connecting so bought another new adapter (both are apple brand). Had same problem with new adapter but it seems that the port may be bad because I can get it to connect by strategically adjusting the mini display cable "just right" in the port. Before you start messing with PRAM and the like, you may have a physical issue as I do...

    0 of 2 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    works well but does not support maximum VGA refresh rates/resolutions

    The adapter is an active adapter which converts a digital signal with pixel clocks up to 180 MHz to an analog signal. This one piece of information should be mentioned in the technical specifications because it directly relates to all the resolutions and frequencies allowed by the adapter. The FAQ has a mention of maximum screen resolutions but it's not precise.

    I have a Sony GDM-F520 that can support 2048x1536 at 85Hz. Using GTF timing, the adapter will allow 2048x1536 at 41 Hz which is too slow for the CRT (minimum 47 Hz). However, CVT-RB timings also work and will allow 2048x1536 at 51 Hz. It also allows 2100x1575 at 49 Hz. CVT-RB timing may cause an issue with the left and right edge positions on a CRT though.

    18 of 19 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works with MacBook Pro 13" Retina (and old Samsung monitor)

    Some reviewers reported problems with this adapter; I bought it anyway as the Apple site indicated it would work and I didn't see any alternative.

    It works great. At least for me. I'm using it to hook up my old Samsung SyncMaster 175v VGA monitor to my new MacBook Pro 13" Retina (using the Thunderbolt port). I am not using it for sound. (Some reviewers were disappointed that the adapter did not work for sound; I wouldn't expect it to but have not looked into that.)

    Two critiques: First, I don't think Apple is very clear that the Thunderbolt port can be used as a "Mini DisplayPort." (It can be, but it wasn't immediately obvious as it should have been.) Second, at nearly $30, I feel like I'm being gouged a bit. Mr. Cook, I already paid a premium for my Macbook. (Not to mention my iPads, iPhones, iPods, other Macbook....)

    I also laughed a little at the classic Apple packaging -- totally over the top. This being just an adapter, I would have been ok with less ornate packaging, especially if you could have sold me this thing for $9 instead of $29 -- or made it in the USA.

    I would give it 5 stars but deducted one for value -- this thing should be less expensive.

    23 of 27 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Does the job

    PROS
    -Works perfectly
    -Feels well-made/high-quality

    CONS
    -a bit high priced

    2 of 4 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor Design - Why fix what ain't broke?

    Works flawlessly transmitting video, but as others have said, the female port on this adapter is recessed flush with the casing and standard screws on a male VGA cable aren't long enough to reach the threads on the adapter. I have to use rubber bands to secure the adapter to the VGA cable (thankfully, the rectangular design of the adapter makes this easy). I even attached some #4-40 standoff screws to the adapter threads, hoping this would avoid having to use rubber bands. Unfortunately, with the standoff screws in place, the VGA cable pins could not now reach the female port, as the port is recessed too far. You would need shorter screws. Not worth the hassle, so I'll use rubber bands to avoid the cable coming unplugged. I love Apple products, but sometimes you have to wonder what they're smoking with certain design changes.

    37 of 38 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Adapter

    I connected my new iMac to my Sony HDTV using this adapter. The installation was easy and the TV mirrors my monitor display extremely well without any major settings. However, the first adapter that I received from the Apple Online Store was defective. It did not work at all. I exchanged the adapter for another one at the closest Apple Store and the new adapter works perfectly.

    28 of 31 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Really good

    Try to connect your mac with any video and you'll be very satisfied of this. You can instantaneously get two screen in which work - you can drag and drop your open windows directly on the other screen - and naturally mirror your desktop if you want. 4 stars because although it is really a good product costs too much.

    12 of 12 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Nice product

    Hi everyone, I'm using this with Samsung 15" LCD TV LE15S51BPX/XEU - Silver/Black and works like a charm. I'm not sure if this thing will go in a month or two like others say but def it works for me and my MBP 13 inches late 2011. probably not the best construction but if it works then we are all set. actually i want to know if someone have one that worked for at least more than a year.

    15 of 16 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    ?Reliability, great support.

    I teach at a University and a couple of times, students have instantly fried this adapter by plugging it into the Ethernet port. This seems to instantly render these things useless. However, the bright side is that Apple has provided exceptional, no questions asked, instant support.

    20 of 25 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    great product

    this product works great for what its supposed to do, but apple really needs to just switch to hdmi

    19 of 22 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.

    32 of 43 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    It's OK

    I bought this for my mac to connect to my Sony 44 inch LCD tv. It hooked up good and the picture was clear and crisp. My biggest thing about it is that there is no sound coming from the TV and my surround sound. If its HDMI output adapter, then the sound should work.

    14 of 28 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Does what it needs to do.

    I bought the adapter to use with my Macbook Pro and Samsung Tv. Initially, had some difficulty figuring out how to actually get my video to transfer to my TV. I looked on my TV settings and did not show the adapter being recognized. I did however notice my macbook screen flicker blue when I connected the adapter. I realized that the macbook and TV were recognizing each other at different times. To make it work follow these steps:
    1. Turn off TV and Macbook(can just close cover and let it hibernate)
    2. Connect the Adapter to TV and Mac
    3. Turn TV on first VERY IMPORTANT
    4. Turn on Macbook (flip cover open)
    5. Look at settings on Macbook to see what display output you have.
    I opted to use TV as another monitor, so I just dragged my Safari window over.
    This worked for me....
    Side note: did not realize sound was going to be coming through Computer than TV.
    This product does what it supposed to but APPLE should have gave "some" direction to getting the adaptor to work.

    52 of 59 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Work Perfectly Fine

    Just bought this and a samsung sa550 for my macbook. I plugged it in and it worked. I have to say that those people having problems with it, it is most likely a user problem and not a hardware one.

    17 of 18 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Dont See Why People Complain?

    I really like this adapter it gives me a chance to put my puny 13" MBP on a 27" 1920x1080 screen. It formats the orientation correctly, unlike my old windows machine wear I had to use a lower res. because windows wouldnt change the orientation. So overall I love this adapter it does what its meant to which is make your Mac have a external display. Stop complaing :)

    11 of 14 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Needed Accessory

    Great product! I have an old 19" monitor at home that use with my macbook to help me with my research projects.

    16 of 17 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Worth the money

    If your complaining over price WHY buy a MAC??? Anyway I purchased even though many people had complaints. Let me say it works perfectly with some adjustments.

    First make sure you request the right cable.

    Second update update update your OS.

    Third if you don't understand multi display settings then take a class. They do offer them free you know!

    Fourth Check your projector/TV to see what IT can support. You would be amazed what changing a resolution can do.

    38 of 43 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works good, but macbook pro freezes

    i bought mine a couple of months ago, and i love it. It is great for doing projects on multiple screens it makes things so much quicker...once and a while when attached to another screen, my macbook pro freezes thats the only down side :(

    15 of 15 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Just the connection I needed

    This adapter was just what I needed to connect my new MacBook to our Toastmasters club's Epson projector. The projector's VGA cable plugged into the VGA adapter securely enough without my having to use the screws.

    14 of 15 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Could be better

    I bought this about a year ago and never had any problems up until about a month ago when it stopped working completely. It would appear that the wiring inside of it is junk or there is a bad connection in the adapter itself.

    9 of 11 people found this useful