• 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Computer to Projector Works Great!

    The new Mac Book Pro Retina model has no DVI connection, as my older Mac Book Pro did. Needed to connect to an old Epson VGA projector. Made an appointment for the Genius Bar at my local Apple Store. They showed me how to connect to any VGA device by using the Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter. It was not apparent to me at first, that the Mini Display plug fit in the Lightning connector on the computer, but it does. The computer was already set up (default) to mirror the display, The Apple Store brought out a VGA display and it immediately mirrored the computer when plugged in. At home the Epson recognized the signal immediately and projected it on screen. It's a winner! This is all you need. Of course you still require your male to male VGA cable which is Blue to Blue and Apple considered this and made their VGA end on this adapter, Blue also.

    You should already know this, but to repeat; VGA is Video Signal only. There is no audio signal in VGA.

    On with the show!

    9 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Streaming movies on any t.v. with a HDMI connection

    I love this adapter. The first time I used it required a few adjustments on display settings and usually each time I need to use the sound output selector settings. It's great for hotels when on vacation

    4 of 6 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works Great, Buy It!

    It literally took me 5 minutes to hook this thing up. I do not know why other customers have problems getting it to work. If I had to guess it would be their display settings and not this device. I recommend this product to anyone who needs a second monitor. Just incase anyone is wondering, I used it on my new ASUS monitor. Shipping was great also, got it the very next day!

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great adaptor

    I bought two of these when I got my new retina display MacBook to use with two Dell monitors I had sitting around and they work great! The only complaint I have is the threads for the screws. They're too low to be reached by the screws on one of my monitors and it comes loose every now and then.

    8 of 8 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Okay if the screws on the connecting cable are long enough

    I tried this recently purchased adapter connecting from the mini Display Port on an Early 2009 Mac mini to a VGA cable connected to a 1600x900 VGA monitor made by HP. The same monitor also has a DVI input, and I could detect no difference in the display between DVI input (before) and the VGA input from the adapter (after). Both were clear and steady. I also connected a mini DVI to single link DVI adapter to the same Mac mini at the same time to get a dual display with the second display being an Apple 23 inch Cinema Display from 2002. (All of this was done with OS/X 10.9.4 Mavericks.) Again, clear and steady displays all around.

    The only deficiency is that the female threads on the adapter are set too far back for the male threads on the VGA cable (also made by HP) to connect. I'm a bit surprised that Apple would let this slip through, so only four stars.

    5 of 5 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works perfectly as a VGA adapter for a second monitor

    I purchased this adapter so that I could use a second monitor with my MacBook Air, and it works perfectly. I would highly recommend it for this use.

    7 of 7 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    It works perfectly

    I had purchased a cheap Mini Displayport to VGA adapter knockoff from eBay trying to save a few dollars but it didn't work at all no matter how much I fiddled with it or which monitor I hooked it up to. Even though I was scared of these reviews, I went into Apple the next day and bought this adapter. I hooked it up when I got home and it worked.

    No fuss. No sweat.

    Sure I had to pay a little more, but it worked the first time I hooked it up. I don't know what all these other people are writing reviews on - perhaps Apple updated the adapter - but it works now so go out and buy it if you need it.

    P.S. I hooked it up to a Sceptre monitor (non-Apple) and a Westinghouse TV... so it does work

    5 of 5 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Proper Use!

    This is built to use for connecting to PC displays and projectors in a business setting. The complaints in other posts I see could easily be addressed and the same thing accomplished if the user were to purchase an Apple TV which is intended for use with you guessed it a TV.
    Works as intended!

    7 of 11 people found this useful