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Apple Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter MB572Z/A (Retail Packaging)

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Technical Details

  • Connector Details: 1 x Proprietary; 1 x 15-pin HD-15 Female
  • Compatibility: Apple MacBook

Product Details

  • Item Weight: 2.1 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B001IF252M
  • Item model number: MB572Z/A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (212 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 16, 2008

Product Description

The new MacBook, MacBook Pro, and MacBook Air each have a Mini DisplayPort that 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 MacBook, MacBook Pro, or MacBook Air 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.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Since this is one of the only adapters you can get, and its from Apple, of course it works great.
dblbass09
Apple's display adapters are always a bit pricey to begin with, but this one does not perform very well with typical budget monitors available nowadays.
Stevan Eidson
I would have expected nothing less from apple and cannot say anything more than -- it works really well.
Mark P. McDonald

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

75 of 79 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Burnham VINE VOICE on March 18, 2009
My home display uses DVI (which is a far more modern standard than VGA), but I often need this adapter for running presentations. Other reviewers have complained about several problems with this adapter. However, Apple recently released a firmware update, which you can download at [...] and run (you must have the adapter plugged in and connected to a display) to solve everything. After that, it should work perfectly.
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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Rodney Lynch on June 25, 2012
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This is being sold as an Apple product,in retail packaging, which it IS NOT. This seller (Superlite Electronics Co., Ltd.) is blatantly lying to you, and apparently Amazon it okay with this. I have complained to Amazon, without any response yet. I will update this review if I get a response. Don't bother buying this cheap knock-off, it will not work with most devices due to its cheap construction. It also does not send the identifier to the display, causing even more compatibility problems.

***Update 6/25/12, 10:30 PM***

I had a chat session with Amazon tonight and they are looking into this matter.

I had to order a NEW adapter that was both Sold & Fulfilled by Amazon to insure I would receive the OEM Apple adapter.

Amazon said they will be investigating my claims against this seller (Superlite Electronics Co., Ltd.) to determine further actions needed.

DO NOT BUY any items sold by Superlite Electronics Co., Ltd., unless it expressly states that it is a 3rd party or generic part.
They obviously cannot be trusted to list an HONEST & ACCURATE description of the items they are selling.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By JTWoods on November 30, 2009
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I bought this for my daughter who is at college and has her own flatscreen TV in her room. She wanted to be able to hook up her Mac laptop to her TV so that she could watch either DVD's played on her laptop or streamed programs from Hulu. She was able to get this hooked up and is really happy with the setup.
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24 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Richard W. Carter on March 22, 2011
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** I bought mine from xcessbuy; the following review MIGHT not apply to the other sellers... But be aware there are knockoffs out there! **

I bought this hoping it would be the official Apple one; but alas, it is a knockoff. This is only obvious when you put it next to the real thing and it's visibly wider and with a longer, cheaper-made cord than the official Apple adapter. But in functionality, you might have problems and I would advise you to rethink risking your money to save a few dollars.

Part of the VGA standard is that devices can transfer an EDID, an identifier telling the computer about the screen's possible resolutions and so on. Some displays do not transfer this EDID; usually they are older, but sometimes this is done on purpose, for example the projectors at my school do not send the EDID on purpose (according to the IT guy).

Why does this matter? The knockoff cable won't detect a screen if it doesn't send an EDID. I bought this for the specific purpose of presenting in my classes, only to find it didn't detect the projector. I went home and it worked on my Dell LCD monitor (it's pretty old) and my little Toshiba TV (I think 18"). The firmware update mentioned in another comment didn't detect this adapter at all because it's a fake; looking in System Profiler, the knockoff's firmware version is "0.00" so it doesn't even pretend to be an official Apple one.

I still needed to hook my MBP to the projectors at school, so I broke down and drove to my local Apple store, where I purchased a real MB572Z/A adapter. I then went straight to a classroom to try it, and it worked flawlessly with the projector system. I double-checked and indeed the knockoff did nothing and the Apple adapter just worked, every time.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tech Specialist on December 22, 2011
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This adapter is a must-have if you're an Apple Macbook user. It allows you to quickly and easily connect your display to an external monitor or projector via a VGA cable (not included). Make sure that your Macbook model features the Mini Display Port, as this is only available on newer Apple computers. Some of the older models feature a different connection and require a different adapter for VGA use. If you're unsure... simply click on the Apple logo in the top left corner of your screen and then select "About this Mac". This will bring up a screen that provides you the exact model # of your machine. From there, simply use Google to search for the specs on your model #.

Connecting it to your display:

After connecting this to your external display via VGA cable, you will need to share your computer screen in order for it to display properly. In order to do this:

1) Click on the Apple Logo in the top left corner.

2) Select "System Preferences > Display"

3) Click the check-mark next to "Share Display"
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By S. Sharon on July 22, 2009
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No complications or special instructions. I bought it to hook my 13" Macbook Pro (mid-2009) to my 40" Samsung 1080p LCD TV. Works just like it should. I know some people are having a hard time pairing new macbooks with Samsungs using these adapters, but luckily I was not one of them! If you need it, just buy it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Bojan Tunguz HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 16, 2010
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Apple seems to be changing their display standards every couple of years or so, and it can be rather confusing to keep up with their latest setups. I recently bought a Mac Mini, and since that machine doesn't come with any peripherals I needed to provide my own. The low-end Mac monitors these days cost almost 40% more than my new Mac, so it would be quite an overkill to get it. Fortunately I have a couple old VGA-connectible monitors lying around, so I decided to use one of these. However, Mac Mini (as well as most new Macs) does not come with an adapter for VGA input, so I needed to buy it separately. The adapter is Mac's own product, and it comes in a very durable yet easy to open package. The quality of the manufacturing for this adapter is pretty high, as one would expect from most Apple products. The only problem that I have with it is that I was unable to screw-in both of my VGA cable's screws, but even without it the attachment works fine. I'd also wish that the price of this cable adapter were lower. I think about half the current price would be fair for this product.
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