• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work with data projectors

    • Written by from London

    This adaptor is very disappointing. I found that it works fine with some small (20 inch) Samsung monitors that have a VGA input but it doesn't work with any of the data projectors I have in my university department so I can't use my new MacBook Pro (unipart aluminium case) for Powerpoint presentations, which was one of the main reasons for buying the laptop. The problem seems to be that the laptop senses the data projector ( and scales down the laptop display to VGA) but the projector doesn't detect the laptop (and so fails to display the image from the laptop screen). My old MacBookPro (Intel core duo) works fine with all data projectors (using the DVI to VGA adaptor) and I'm now in the silly position of having to use the old laptop for all travel (conferences etc) plus teaching in the university. The wonderful looking new MacBook Pro has to stay at home. Apple needs to issue a firmware fix or a better adaptor as soon as possible.

    607 of 811 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Need clearer information

    • Written by from Lancaster

    Why doesn't Apple make it much clearer that this is the kind of adapter needed to connect from a Thunderbolt port to a VGA cable? All this talk of mini this and that is very confusing - I already ordered VID ADPT MINI-DVI to VGA Adapter-GEN by mistake because of this!

    294 of 351 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not work with Samsung TV's, use the DVI adapter instead

    • Written by from WALLINGTON

    This adapter does not work with my Samsung TV/Monitor and many others have said the same thing. If you have a Samsung TV/Monitor, the Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter works perfectly

    423 of 617 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very poor

    • Written by from Camberley

    I've got one of these to connect my Macbook Pro to my Samsung TV but as with everyone else, the TV doesn't recognise the output from the laptop. (It works find with my Dell laptop and Windows XP).

    The result is that the adapter is useless.

    260 of 399 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works fine with all projectors that have a vga input

    • Written by from København V

    I am a professional in the video industry and I can tell you that I have used a macbook Pro with countless video projectors out there. And this adapter will work just fine. If you have problems with the projector look into the menus of the projector to find the vga input. The problem is most definitely not the adapter (as long as it's not defect of course).

    79 of 82 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    It works - always...

    • Written by from HARTFIELD

    I deliver training programmes round the world in all sorts of venues. Projectors provided by hotels, conference centres or client meeting rooms always have a VGA connection (never a Mac port) and, in the last four years, my MacBook has always connected without problems using this adaptor. It does what it says - at £21 you might argue it's expensive for a bit of cable with a connector, but if you're being paid to present stuff on the screen it's not exactly expensive

    54 of 55 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    This does work with data projectors

    • Written by from Sheffield

    Don't be put off by previous reviews saying this adapter doesn't work with data projectors. I've tried it with my new MacBook Pro and can confirm it works with at least 3 different brands of data projector cnnected via VGA type (3 rows of 5 pin) connectors. There may have been a problem, presumably now fixed.

    54 of 57 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great with projectors

    • Written by from Eastleigh

    I work at a uni and often need to present data on a projector and have never had a single problem with any of them. Works seamlessly every time.

    45 of 48 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    samsung problems

    • Written by from Staines

    Bought this for a Sony monitor which it works perfectly with.

    I thought I'd give it a go on my Samsung TV. With my original cable that I had for my TV it would not work, so I checked the pins in the cable. I noticed there was one missing which was not missing in my Sony cable. When I use the cable with all pins it works perfectly with my Samsung TV.

    Make sure you have a full compliments of pins in your VGA lead is my advise and you are unlikely to have any problems.

    42 of 43 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Just buy it!!!

    • Written by from LONDON

    If you think that you need this converter just buy it!! After reading all the reviews I was bit confused but the cable working perfect with my "Sumsung"!! You should atleast give a try before second thought as Apple got 17 days return policy!!!

    Peace!!

    41 of 48 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    How to Make It Work! (on samsung T220 at least)

    • Written by from Vaerloese

    SOLUTION: get a hold of a bunch of normal VGA cables and connect them directly to the display (this is of cause impossible with roof mounted projectors), try all the cables until you find one that works and then hold on to it with you life! This will sort out the problem, especially for those with Samsung monitors.

    For those interested here is the EXPLANATION WHY:
    I got myself a Samsung T220 monitor and out of the box it didn't show a picture using the Apple MiniDisplayport -> VGA adaptor (also tried the apple mini displayport -> DVI, didn't help either, but others have reported it to work).
    After hours of reading on forums it turns out that the problem is that some monitor and projectors require VGA pin 5,6,7,8 and 10 (or a combination hereoff) to be grounded or at least connected. Normally this is not a problem - therefor the cable manufacturers dosent always ground these, and sometimes even connect these pins. In my understanding Apple could have solved much of the problems by making grounding these pins directly in the adaptor. Anyhow, the solution is as described above; get a hold of a bunch of normal VGA cables and connect them directly between the monitor and the VGA adaptor, when you find one that work because it got all the grounds and conenctions hold on to it with your life! As a rule of thumb when looking for a VGA cable: it needs to be thick as this is a sign it got all 15 wires inside the cable.
    Hope it helps.

    38 of 42 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works with Samsung TV after firmware update!

    • Written by from GLASGOW

    Plug adapter into your machine and connect up to the display then run software update to download the firmware. Works beautifully with tv now :)

    29 of 29 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked perfectly with my Macbook Unibody and Samsung R8 TV.

    • Written by from Plymouth

    I don't usually write reviews but I feel that some people might be getting misinformed by some of the reviews already posted.

    This adapter worked perfectly with my Samsung R8 LCD tv. I plugged it in, the TV detected my Macbook and it worked straight away (and looked awesome!).

    I can only speak from my experience here with the combination of using a Macbook Unibody and Samsung R8, I don't doubt that this adapter might not work with some Samsung tv's, but given that the R8 is very popular model I thought I'd better mention how well this adapter worked for me.

    29 of 30 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    No problems…

    • Written by from HAILSHAM

    Have purchased 3 for my art department staff. There have been no issues with using external monitors or projectors/smartboards. I have used one to connect my MBP to HD TV which also works fine. Tempting fate?

    32 of 38 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Problems connecting to a data projector

    • Written by from Birmingham

    Like many other users of this product, I also am having problems using it. It simply doesn't work. It is not user error as has been suggested by one of the other reviewers. I have tried all the suggestions made by some of the other users.

    37 of 49 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    inconsistant with multimedia projectors

    • Written by from Rawalpindi

    I find it quite inconsistent in its performance. Sometimes it works perfectly and other time the moment I connect it my macbook pro gets hanged showing the beachball.

    30 of 37 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Need to project using VGA? hold off on MacBookPro

    • Written by from Morgan Hill

    As a previous reviewer said, it's unclear whether it is this DtoA converter (it's far more than an adapter, folks) or the latest Mac Book Pro's video hardware, but there are problems with Mini DisplayPort to VGA.

    I teach for a living, and never know what I will find in the classroom. This was the wrong purchase for me, as it is completely unreliable with VGA projectors. If you need to hook up using VGA, wait until Apple can address this problem or make another purchase.

    Sad, because my prior Apple laptop experience has been next to flawless. I hope they can fix it soon or I will be asking them to take this purchase back.

    33 of 43 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent product

    • Written by from Worcestershire

    I have never had a problem with any of these and have used multiple different ones in multiple different places, hooked up to projectors - yes they work fine with it, Samsung TV's - yes they also work with it - i use on every day. Does exactly what it was designed for and looks sleek at the same time

    26 of 30 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works Great

    • Written by from Woodley

    This cable gives me dual screens on my MacBook Pro (2009) via an older LCD HP1702 monitor.

    Just plugged everything in and it works great at a good resolution on the HP1702.

    Not a lot more to say really :)

    25 of 28 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    It just works. Not

    • Written by from camberley

    I am a professional trainer I have been visiting customer's sites for over 15 years. Do you remember the overhead projectors and slides? I started with those...
    Since then I have used an array of PCs (Toshiba, Compac, IBM, Lenovo, Dell). I had never had a single instance where I was not able to connect to a projector and do a powerpoint presentation. Windows (95, XP, 7), Linux, it simply never has been a issue. As of late I decided that I should give mercy to my back by lightening the load I was carrying. I have met countless people raving about Apple products and I though to myself, if I was going to get myself a light laptop, I should use the reference in the matter hence the MacBook Air 2013. Without a doubt it is a beautiful machine until you try to connect it to a projector.

    I purchased the Apple MB572Z/A to connect to customer's projectors, in the space of 4 months I have been left without any ways of displaying my presentation 3 times. Needless to say when you are on the other side of the planet for a week and you cannot do your work because of shoddy design, you tend to get over sensitive about a piece of hardware that has costed you near to 2000 GBP (yes I god the support option bundled in).

    Being an electronic engineer by trade, I have done some extensive testing and here are my findings detailed for the poor souls who found themselves in the same situation than me.

    I am using the MacBook Air 2013 and I believe this is an essential point. I have purchased 3 different adapters the Apple one and two other brands. I also have done the test with a Dell PC using a display port too and finally I used separate cables of sort lengths and long length. It turns out it isn't directly related to the adapter but to the current that the MacBook Air has to drive on the Mini DisplayPort. Depending on the VGA cable impedance, the port had to drive more or less current. Regardless of the adapter used, my Dell can drive a projector using a long cable. When I use the MacBook air with the same cables as the one used by the Dell, The Macbook crashed and goes back to the login screen (requiring a PRAM reset). However if I shorten the cables, regardless of the adapter used or projector used, The MacBook had enough current to drive the signal.

    So the conclusion is rather a bitter one. It's a design fault on the internal driver logic of the MacBook Air. It is not able to cope with high impedance VGA cables unlike any other PC laptop I have ever used. So what is the solution I hear you ask?

    You can use the HDMI provided the projector is a new one, you can also take your own short VGA cable. However if you are like me and have to turn up on customer sites where the conference room have preset projectors (wall mounted) then you have to hope that Apple decide to acknowledge their engineering error and provide you with a replacement or maybe a buffered Mini Displayport adapter (I haven't seen any yet).

    I hope my misfortune/experiments will help some of you.

    22 of 26 people found this useful