• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    POS

    This adapter can't make up it's mind if it is going to work in normal mode or if it is going to pick a mode at random.

    Every time I wake up my Mac it decides which mode it is going to be in. Totally unreliable and inconsistent behavior.

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Buyer Beware

    I recently purchased this from the apple store to be used when I give lectures. On the very first attempt to use it the picture flickered a bit but was otherwise OK. When the class ends I walk over to my second lecture and plug in my computer and the adapter and NOTHING happens. I try again and the screen on my mac goes dark then nothing. I have all my students walk back over to the last calssroom and the thing still doesn't work. My first lecture of the year was a real stinker as a result. Very disappointed. I spent the extra $20 because I thought I was buying quality... I was wrong. Go buy a generic knockoff. At least when it breaks you only spent $6

    9 of 9 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Just as unreliable as the off brand dongles

    This particular dongle for Display Port/Thunderbolt is very quirky. It will work fine for our School's projectors for a brief period. We have bought dozens over the past 6 years for our schools and have also bought some from off brand sites. These brand names will all work initially but often give out at the same rate as the off brand dongles (3-6 months). Trying another dongle from a (big online) brand name competitor that has high reviews so fingers crossed.

    As we don't require going into high resolution projector displays XGA/WXGA is the most common, or lower resolution so the off brand ones are just as good (aka break as often) as the name brand dongle. If going into a higher resolution display, this my be the best choice.

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't Seem to Work At All w/ Newest Mac mini

    I've been using an HP monitor with my old (Intel) Mac mini for a few years with no issue. Time to get a new Mac, so I bought another mini, since I have a set of peripherals (mechanical keyboard, mouse, and the previously mentioned monitor) that I'm very happy with. New mac is here, boots up with only two VGA resolution options. Not ideal, but not the end of the world. I performed my updates, restarted the mini (as prompted) and now the monitor is getting "no signal" errors. Tried 2 other monitors, no signal. All 3 work on my old mini, literally 2 feet away. Ridiculous.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Stopped working after about 5 months.

    I paid a high premium to get a brand name apple product, and the result was very disappointing. Product worked fine from March- September 2015. I always used it with extremely care and never bent or twisted it. It rarely left my desk. One day I go to use it in my class, and it stopped working all together. I had to improvise a whole day of classes since the lessons I planned could not be used. I spend hours trouble shooting my computer, trying different projectors and different VGA cords. At the end of the day, bought another generic adapter and it works great. I will be unlikely to ever pay more for an original apple product again. I hope when I bring it to the Apple Store they will replace it.

    10 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Is there a better quality solution?

    Im having a crisis of faith with apple in a big way... one of my biggest annoyances is the cables... this adapter in particular.

    So its goes like this, you use it for a while... the screen goes black once an hour or so, this slowly becomes unbearable, it gets violently thrown in the bin and i make the pilgrimage to buy another from apple... so my problem is that im paying a premium here and these things dont last... is there a 3rd party option thats better quality?

    6 of 7 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Flickers beyond belief!!

    Just bought a new Samsung monitor to hook up my Macbook Air for use at home. Tried to plug in this adapter and all it does is flicker on the screen whenever I'm in the process of doing something.
    Terrible product!
    Would not recommend!!

    7 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not like an apple product

    Bought one, only used once. replace a new one, still not wok well. And the connecting part is very hot. I am afraid of bring my mac to classroom. Apple needs to fix this problem.

    14 of 21 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very disappointing

    Less than two months after purchase and I need to replace it. The Apple tech support team ruled out all other possible problems that might be preventing a mirrored display. They determine I should invest in an Apple TV device.

    18 of 21 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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Fails after a short while

    I've gone through two of these that have failed and now am on my third one. When they work they work great, then they just stop working. Usage was only for presentations so they were not receiving heavy usage.

    16 of 16 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    When it works, it works

    We bought several of these for use in a school, many of them stopped working. They are expensive cables to work for only 1 month

    26 of 27 people found this useful

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    Not working with Samsung at all

    it would be nice if apple set at catalogue with the devices that working with that, or to say: attention this adapter is not working with Samsung devices.

    20 of 29 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Can't Play Itunes because of "High bandwidth digital content protection"

    You can't play itunes videos through it. I wish I could leave a review of less than 1 star. To play HD itunes videos you need a HDCP connection, aka digital. Screen output should be cut and dry. Once the computer outputs analog video, it should have nothing more to do with it and it should be able to play all files through it. Other HD videos play just fine, it is just a problem with itunes being overcomplicated. Don't buy this if you want to have anything to do with itunes videos.

    20 of 37 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Better description would have been helpful

    Like others who've posted here, I'm having to return this item because it's the wrong size for my MacBook. Before ordering, I checked 'About this computer' but it didn't say what kind of display hardware I had (just told me that no display was connected), so I examined the photos of the adapter and, as it looked the same as the display port on my MacBook, I assumed that it would fit okay. When it arrived, though, it was way too small (mini, I guess).

    So, for anyone who has a plain old white MacBook like mine - it DOES NOT HAVE A MINI DISPLAY PORT, so don't waste your time and money ordering this.

    I feel annoyed with Apple for not explaining the difference between an ordinary display port and a mini one. I'm not a techie and I don't want to have to go and dig out all the literature before buying a small accessory - I expect there to be enough information within the product description for me to make the right choice.

    And I still don't know which (if any) adapter's compatible with my MacBook.

    47 of 119 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't carry the quality Apple is know for...

    I've bought 2 of these adapters, and both burned out within the first 4 months of using them. What is really awful about this situation, is that you are forced to either continually buy these adapters, or purchase an Apple TV so you can use airplay mirroring. Apple should really improve the quality of their adapters. As awesome as airplay is, there are still many people whom use VGA cables. Requires much less setup time, than connecting an Apple TV to wifi. Especially if you travel and do presentations. I will not buy another adapter until they have improved the quality.

    38 of 46 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    "short" term use

    i bougt this 4 months ago. it worked great at first but the vga has a short. it seems the adapter was made poorley . if there is a cheeper alternative i strongly suggest looking into it. brand isn't everything.

    28 of 30 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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Shorted out

    The adapter shorted out just before a public presentation. Unreliability isn't cool. I suggest Apple sell these in pacts of six, and at the current price of 1.

    34 of 35 people found this useful

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    Burnt Out Within 9 Months

    I used this thing a lot and it eventually burnt out like a bad fuse. As best I can tell, all brands are equally worthless. I expected it to last as long as my macbook will, but it looks like this is just the beginning, and I'll be replacing these adapters until someone gets it right.

    21 of 23 people found this useful