• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does absolutely nothing

    I've tried everything from the official apple adapter to several knock-offs, nothing works. Apple even decided to hide the "detect display button (you have to press the right "option" button on keyboard to get it to pop up), but even then, still cannot detect any external displays. Just like the company, this product is absolute trash. This is the last time I try to troubleshoot stuff like this on their horribly designed, overly-expensive products. Goodbye forever, apple-trash.

    3 of 9 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

    14 of 15 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.

    9 of 10 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

    Long Ordeal

    I bought this expensive item and it only worked for a short time before causing problems. Worked intermittently, screen went black, needed cold-starts to reconnect, then finally fail to connect under the proper screen resolution.
    It took several weeks to get Apple to diagnose and I'm still waiting for the replacement to be shipped. Will the new one also fail in short order? I suspect it will. In the meantime, I can't do my usual work without the monitor.

    19 of 24 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Can't attach correctly to VGA Cables

    I do a lot of presentations with a MacBook Pro and a projector in different places and I can never attach tightly my VGA cables; the holders are to far from the edge. I have to use tape all the time to make sure it doesn't unplug and there is risk of poor color displaying if it is not plugged correctly. I'm not happy with it and I don't have other options. I hope you guys fix the problem.

    25 of 28 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Fix For External Display Problems

    I've had the same problem as others have posted using the adapter with an iMac on a Sampo/Net TV monitor. The monitor would just make a fast clicking noise and nothing would display regardless of the resolution setting or resetting the PRAM.

    The solution is to use a VGA cable that's missing a pin (Pin 9).

    10 of 13 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't fit in Mac Book Pro

    Connector fits Mac Book, but not the Mac Book Pro. Big disappointment!

    41 of 55 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Flawed Design

    I agree with previous users that the design of this adapter prevents a good connection when using a MacBook Pro for presentations. I have had three talks now where the slides looked awful. This is the largely the same PPT talk that I have given previously on my old MB Pro laptop, where I never had this problem.

    I hope Apple can fix this soon.

    38 of 51 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    VGA Adapter

    I have now purchased 2 of these and neither one fits my computer. I have given the model number of my MacBook and have been assured it is the right product only to find it does not fit.

    15 of 35 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    CANNOT PLAY HD MOVIES WITH THIS ADAPTER

    I'm sure there are people like me out there who don't search Apple's support site for issues you would never expect to become problems, but here's my experience. I rented an HD movie on iTunes and found that HD movies can't snyc to iPhones. Ok, didn't see that posted anywhere, but ok. So I go buy this Apple adapter to get my computer screen to show on my HD TV (maybe not true HD, but that's besides the point). So after I connect the adapter to the extension VGA cable and my Mini DisplayPort, I open iTunes and press play for this HD movie. Behold, a message pops up stating that I can't play this movie on this "unauthorized" TV. I'm no tech wiz but my computer screen shows up fine and I should be able to put anything on my MacBook screen on any monitor or TV in my house. This just puts a dark could over Apple and these extremes they go to to control everything. People that pay for movies shouldn't have to be bothered with stuff like this. FYI I've obtained this movie by other means and will purchase fewer movies from iTunes in the future. As for the adapter, there is a limit to it's usefulness if Apple software controls what you can connect it to. You agree? So I give it one star for being a neat looking white thing for $30.

    18 of 27 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    horrible

    have had it for 6 months and it shorts out several times a week, giving me snow.
    useless and very annoying.
    and yes, its installed properly.

    9 of 18 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Poor Display Quality

    First I thought it was my projector, but when I used a PC with the VGA cable it was clear and contrast was perfect. There can't be anything wrong with my new mac, it's new! Every time I set up my Mac to my Projector the contrast resolution is dark, no matter how much I change the setting of my projector. It definitely the mini DisplayPort

    11 of 16 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Do not use for presentations

    This makes the macbook pro a horrible/useless product for important presentations. You NEVER know if the VGA output to the projector will work or not. I've pinpointed the problem to the VGA cable between the adapter and monitor/switcher/projector. Some cables work, others dont. But more often than not, you CANT change that cable.

    I'm fed up with the poor quality of Apple products lately. But no VGA output that works? This is ridiculous. DO NOT BUY.

    16 of 23 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    It is not working for me

    This item is giving me a lot of headaches since I cannot get it to work with my new macbook... I have tried with 4 different monitors and at least 6 VGA cables and the best result that I got was a single day of trouble-free video, the first day.. after that it's been a nightmare and the monitors keep turning off and on, or not turning on at all.

    I've tried everything that I could think off: the firmware update (that is not working for me), software updates, restarting, shutting down, searching the forums for hours looking for a solution and even posting my own (still unanswered) question in the support forums.

    I wouldn't recommend anyone buying this product until the company comes up with a solution, there seem to be many people with the same issue.

    24 of 29 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    ratio problems. no wide screen support

    i just got it yesterday. VGA apparently does not support widescreen. connected it to my 19 inch HDTV and was only able to get half the resolution capable of my tv and could not set it to wide screen on the computer part so all i got a was poor, stretched picture quality.

    12 of 17 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Didn't work

    I am changing from PC to Mac and bought this to connect to my MacBookPro to the television. The adapter was to be used with the cable that had, previously, gone directly into my PC as it had a VGA port. Unfortunately, after we settled in for a movie on a snowy winter night, all we could get was a partial screen. No sure what the solution is, can't find a cable that goes directly from VGA to the display port.

    20 of 27 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    MINI DVI. A WASTE

    i am extremely dissappointed, PLEASE CHECK SPECIFICATIONS ON YOUR MAC BEFORE BUYING CABLES LIKE THESE.YOU WOULD THINK ALL MACS ARE BUILT THE SAME WAY UNTIL SOMETHING YOU HAVE WAITED FOR A WHOLE MONTH DOES NOT FIT. APPLE SHOULD SHOW SPECIFICATIONS, NOT JUST PICTURES..DO NOT BUY..DO NOT BUY

    28 of 139 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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Junk

    Not only was the actual connection to the vga cable horrible, it caused my display to be messed up. When I attempted to change the display back to the original settings, system preferences would not quit and the computer would not turn off normally.

    20 of 25 people found this useful