Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter

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  • Overview

    Every Mac with a Mini DisplayPort allows you to connect an external display or projector using an adapter. You can use an external display as your main workspace or to extend your desktop, or you can work in mirrored mode with a projector so you can view what your audience sees.

    Use the Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter to connect your Mac to a standard analog monitor, projector, or LCD that uses a VGA connector or cable. Review the documentation or check with the manufacturer of your monitor to make sure you're choosing the right adapter.

    System Requirements

    Compatible with Mac computers with Mini DisplayPort and Thunderbolt ports

  • 2.0 Average
    2 out of 5 stars
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    • 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 otherwis 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

      • Written by Marco A from Chicago

      17 of 18 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Buyer Beware

    • 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 ov 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.

      • Written by AtlNCS A from Atlanta

      13 of 14 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Just as unreliable as the off brand dongles

    • 4.0 out of 5 stars

      Bad mini display port?

      I use a mini display to vga adapter to use a Proxima Projector. Only use it 2 time a year for watching movies outdoors. I was having problems with the proxima n I use a mini display to vga adapter to use a Proxima Projector. Only use it 2 time a year for watching movies outdoors. I was having problems with the proxima not connecting so bought another new adapter (both are apple brand). Had same problem with new adapter but it seems that the port may be bad because I can get it to connect by strategically adjusting the mini display cable "just right" in the port. Before you start messing with PRAM and the like, you may have a physical issue as I do...

      • Written by Dan I from East Amherst, NY

      5 of 8 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Bad mini display port?

    • 4.0 out of 5 stars

      Bad mini display port?

      I use a mini display to vga adapter to use a Proxima Projector. Only use it 2 time a year for watching movies outdoors. I was having problems with the proxima n I use a mini display to vga adapter to use a Proxima Projector. Only use it 2 time a year for watching movies outdoors. I was having problems with the proxima not connecting so bought another new adapter (both are apple brand). Had same problem with new adapter but it seems that the port may be bad because I can get it to connect by strategically adjusting the mini display cable "just right" in the port. Before you start messing with PRAM and the like, you may have a physical issue as I do...

      • Written by Dan I from East Amherst, NY

      4 of 7 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Bad mini display port?

    • 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 p 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.

      • Written by Mitchell D from Sacramento

      3 of 11 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Does absolutely nothing

    • 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 otherwis 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

      • Written by Marco A from Chicago

      16 of 17 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Buyer Beware

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