• 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

    Junk

    Physically, the design of this adapter barely allows you to get a good solid connection to a VGA cable. Apple was too concerned with making it pretty and the flush surface just gets in the way. It does NOT work at all with my Samsung plasma HDTV, and when connected to my smaller Toshiba 720p TV, the picture periodically drops for a second or two every several minutes. This new Mini DisplayPort they stuck us with on the new MBP's is just a FAIL all around from everything I read.

    28 of 31 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    A little expensive but works as expected

    Almost $30.00 seems a little high, but cheaper than a new monitor and dual screen desktops are the way to go.
    I wish the lead on the adapter was a bit longer say 2 inches, with all the plugs on the left side of the aluminum MacBook, its a little cramped getting all the cables to fit nicely without a big rats nest of cables coming out the side of the MacBook.

    26 of 27 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    pointless

    This is completely useless equipment. I opened this, plugged it in, and the computer is incapable of detecting my 24inch VG2030 monitor. Older Macbooks work just fine. If you own a new Macbook pro, chances are you can't use your VGA monitor. This is merely another attempt by apple to force us to buy THEIR products and not use our own.

    31 of 37 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work with Samsung SyncMaster 940MW monitor

    No matter what resolution I try, the SyncMaster ignores the MacBook Pro. Like the other reviewers, I guess I'll have to try DVI. This is a 19" 1440x900 monitor which had no problems with the older Macbook and Powerbook.

    31 of 37 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works fine with my Samsung TV

    I followed the manual and it linked up fine. I even have sound.

    28 of 32 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    DOES NOT WORK ON SOME MONITORS

    I am a new Mac User and am getting extremely frustrated with the workaround I had to do in order to show a display on my Sony Tv. Luckily being an engineer I was able to figure out how to get it working in two hours... but it is only a temporary fix, as soon as I unplug it it wont work again.


    When I first plugged my Macbook Pro (Late 2011 Lion 10.7.2) into my 40" Sony TV (KDL-40SL150) via VGA it wouldn't connect for some reason. I know it wasnt the VGA cable, as I had directly unplugged it from my desktop. I also know ti wasnt my Mini DisplayPort to VGA as I tested it on a Samsung SyncMaster 204BW and it worked immediately. After banging my head against the wall I found that if I mirrored the display, unplugged it from the monitor into my tv, and selected the correct resolution 1280x960 @60Hz that it would show up on my Sony TV. But every time I clicked the box to turn off Mirroring it stopped functioning. I found that I had to show displays in the menu bar and then after I unclicked Mirror Displays I could go up to the monitor and return the resolution to 1280x960.


    This FINALLY got it to work. Unfortunately every time I reset/close my computer I would have to redo this nonsensical process.


    It is obvious that the Macbook CAN display to my TV, but it wont. Is there a program where I can set it up, and then save teh settings so I just have to click a button to get it all working? Is there a way to Force Detect? This is crazy!


    Also the strange thing is I went to the Hardware Settings for the Display and it showed the following:

    Intel HD Graphics 3000:


    Chipset Model: Intel HD Graphics 3000

    Type: GPU

    Bus: Built-In

    VRAM (Total): 384 MB

    Vendor: Intel (0x8086)

    Device ID: 0x0126

    Revision ID: 0x0009

    Displays:

    Color LCD:

    Resolution: 1280 x 800

    Pixel Depth: 32-Bit Color (ARGB8888)

    Main Display: Yes

    Mirror: Off <----- IT IS MIRRIRORD

    Online: Yes

    Built-In: Yes

    Display Connector:


    Why is there nothing for the display connector?



    I looked in the Thunderbolt section and it says no device is connected... this is nonsense!


    Port:

    Status: No devices connected

    Link Status: 7

    Port Micro Firmware Version: 2.1.1


    Please give me a work around for this. How can I manually set resolution to 1080? How can I save the monitor configuration so I dont have to do this every time?


    The only reason this works is because it thinks my TV is my SyncMaster monitor! Ridiculous!!! Is this some plot to get us to by Thunderbolt Displays???

    30 of 36 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    it works just fine ...

    Not sure why all these negative reviews about that adapter. For me it worked fine both on a projector or a large LCD TV. There's one tip to get it to work on a TV which is to buy male/male VGA cable ($7-8) to hoke it to the adapter on one side and the TV on the other side. I'm happy with purchase.

    24 of 24 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful

    Works great for all of the presentations I do at school. No fail yet, even after 200 presentations. If you want HD, buy the dvi, it's what I use for my television, and it's much nicer (Can do 1080p) and it's cheaper.

    25 of 26 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works as advertised

    This item works just like the description says it works. Every time I connect an external monitor or projector, it works. I've never lost a connection or anything.

    32 of 40 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works perfectly fine for me.

    No issues. Plugged everything in and i worked. No loose connections or trouble that everyone else seems to have mentioned. Very secure. I use it every day to dock my MBP to a Dell LCD.

    My only compaint that the adapter is even needed. Apple, I like you a lot, but play nicer with other manufactuers. Use more common technologies.

    27 of 30 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very dissapointed

    I just bought a brand new mac book with this adapter hoping that I would be able to hook it up to the 23 inch samsung syncmaster 2333HD display I got for Christmas. The computer seems to acknowledge the monitor, having the correct name on the window when I hit "detect display" but the display will only read "check signal cable" the display works with other computers and even the vga adapter on my 2005 ibook. The macbook adapter works with my old crt external but not with this new display. This seems to be something of a trend based on the other reviews and I am very dissapointed. I'm going to try and see if the dvi adapter works but still, very disappointing. This is unacceptable.

    30 of 36 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    If I could give it zero stars I would

    Same problem as the others. Just flat-out DOES NOT WORK on Samsung TVs.

    Gives me immense confidence, by the way, that the Dual-DVI adapter will work when it comes out 12 weeks late. NOT.

    26 of 28 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    No Video on Samsung LCD

    This is so disappointing. Apple has a mini display port and a mini display port to VGA adapter. I can connect many PC's with Windows to my Samsung LCD via VGA but not my new mac book air. Also there is no warning for Samsung LCD compatibility problem.
    Why Apple is not making a solution for this issue???

    27 of 31 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome!

    I have a Vizio and it works just fine. It goes up to the full 1920x1080 resolution. It has a tight fit so you know it wont come unplugged but sometimes its a little to hard to unplug. Overall, great buy.

    24 of 25 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    works with new mac mini

    Okay I got this mainly so I could use it with my old iogear kvm switch (vga only no dvi) and use my new 2009 mac mini and my pc machine at the same time.
    First thing I did was connect it directly to my Acer x243w via vga cable to make sure it worked correctly and it did except that at 1900x1200 resolution part of the screen was cut off! So I tried the miniport firmware update on Apple's website but when I ran it it said I already had a newer firmware 1.03 and the one I downloaded was only 1.0.
    Anyways, that didn't help so I got the bright idea of manually hitting the autoadjust button on my LCD monitor and that did the trick and got the screen recentered at 1900x1200! The display looks as sharp and clear as using the default DVI that the mini comes with and no strange flickering or any other problems mentioned by others.
    So after all that I tried my old KVM switch and it also works great still so I"m happy since I can now use my mac and pc at the same time. Also can now use 2 monitors with my macmini now ;)
    Reason I knocked off a star was for high price and plastic where screws are supposed to go in don't work too good.

    24 of 25 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Does what it's says on the tin

    Works great with mid-2009 MacBook pro and Sony TV.

    25 of 28 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    doesn't work with new MBA 2012

    Issues with refresh rates and external screen divided in 2! Apple please correct this.

    26 of 30 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    doesn't work

    I have tried using this VGA adaptor a few times but it never works. The VGA adaptor for the iPad works fine. What's the deal with this?

    25 of 28 people found this useful