• 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works like a charm

    I never write reviews on the web, however I thought this time it was worth it.

    I had my doubts about this product after reading the previous reviews. Half the people were saying that it didn't work properly on this screen, that projector...
    Which got me wondering. How can this be ? How can Apple release a product that only half works, slap a 30€ price tag on it, and get away with it ?

    So I decided to buy one, despite the negative feedback, and I couldn't be happier.
    I'm using this adaptor for a 2010 Macbook Pro 15, and have successfully got it working on both screens I have tried: a Dell VideoProjector, and a PackardBell 19 inch monitor. And my god does this make a difference when working with multiple windows. The screen extension setting means you work on your normal laptop (normal resolution, normal everything), and have another monitor beside it, as big as you like. No more looking for windows.

    I have only had it for a day, let's hope it still works a couple of weeks from now !

    To put it simply: completely worth the 30€.

    16 of 19 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    1 year later...

    Still works great!!! Wish it had a longer cord, but still works to project my screen onto the Smartboard in my Elementary classroom and College classroom. Only thing... I need two because I tend to forget to take the one from my day job to my night job!

    8 of 13 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

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Works perfect, over priced

    The adapter works perfect for projects and presentations with my MacBook, never had a problem with it. The only problem is the price. I use to have the old black MacBook and at that point the adapter was $25, still expensive and overpriced, but not as bad as $34 for basically the same thing for a new computer.

    However, being on Stage Crew for school and running assemblies and doing presentations for classes, this was a mandatory buy because macs do not have ports suitable for projector cables.

    This cable would not be necessary if Apple would put a VGA port on their macs like every PC has, its just a cash grab.

    23 of 27 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    connectors cant be secured

    The housing shoulder it to large. when connecting a cable the screws don't even reach the threads inside the housing. this is a very poor housing design. it dose what they say it dose but i would not trust this adapter during an important presentation. you have no way to secure the connector to your cable because the screws just wont reach.

    19 of 26 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Something wrong

    It gives me a buzzing sound when I connect this to my Optoma projector...

    I know this is just a video connection but I have no idea why when I make this connection the audio on my speakers (Bose acoustimass 6) connected through my receiver produces this buzz sound....

    9 of 10 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

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Works fine, but...

    The metal female threads are set too deep within the plastic piece to receive the male bolt of most VGA connectors. It's frustrating because, without being threaded together, the adapter often falls off the connector in mid-presentation. I think Apple put aesthetics over function on this one. LIke all Apple products, it looks great, but making the female receiver flush and uniform with a thick, white plastic facing renders it useless when it comes to threading. Apple is sometimes guilty of design arrogance and I think this is one example of their purist design philosophy negatively effecting usability.
    End of rant.

    25 of 27 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good But,

    Very good and does what it is supposed to. The only thing bad about it is that the screws from my VGA cable won't go in to it. It might only be my cable, but it might also be the adapter. Over all good picture and a decent value.

    16 of 19 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works Well With My Mac Mini (Late 2009)

    The only problem I've had with the product is when using with older VGA connection cables, where the side-screws aren't long enough to reach the hole, but the VGA signal still goes through with no problems.

    11 of 14 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works well

    The price seems rather steep, unfortunately there is no other cheaper alternative.
    Works effortlessly and there have not been any problems so far at all!

    15 of 18 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    works great

    I use this adapter everyday at work - and disconnect it several times a week - and reconnect it. I have not had problems. Some of the issues described I believe are related to changing display settings (mirror display etc) The best use of this cable for everyday workflow is to make use of two screens- the laptop and the external monitor next to each other. It is important with all kinds of cables to avoid too much pressure on the port or the cable.

    17 of 19 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    brilliant product as usual

    very good product from apple works perfectly on tvs and projectors
    a *

    12 of 16 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    It does the job

    Bought the item to play .avi's form my macbook to my Sharp HDTV. Good to go!

    Made the first mistake of buying a mini-dvi to VGA adapter but guess what.. they don't work with the new macbooks. Luckily Apple now displays images of the connection plugs so now you shouldn't go wrong.

    9 of 11 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Works half the time when using as only video output

    There are numerous circumstances where the external display will not work. If you plug it in after you were in a session it will extend the desktop from the laptop display to the external monitor, however if you want to only use the external monitor it will not work reliably. More often than not the display will flicker, go on and off, or will not sync.

    One way to get it to work every time is to power off your MB, hook everything up, power it on, and shut it immediately! If you don't, you will run into problems.

    Lastly, often times when it goes to sleep the display will not wake up. It will initially appear that it is going to work, show the desktop, but then it will go black. It will continue to cycle on and off until you power it off, turn it back on, and shut it immediately.

    This kind of performance with an external display for a laptop as absolutely ridiculous; there are those of us that need to use an external display for work, presentations, and the like. I can't believe after all this time (over a year) this still isn't resolved.

    21 of 22 people found this useful