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75 of 80 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 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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54 of 59 people found the following review helpful
on June 25, 2012
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
on November 30, 2009
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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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on March 22, 2011
** 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.

I didn't bother trying to return this knockoff cord, I'll keep it for use at home and then use the Apple one everywhere else. But I learned my lesson... In trying to save a few dollars, I ended up wasting money and having to buy the real thing in the end. Don't make the same mistake. Just buy the real thing straight from Apple, unless you know for sure that your screens send the EDID.

(MacBook Pro 17" mid-2010)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on December 22, 2011
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on September 17, 2010
The price should have given it up, this adapter is not the original one. I compared it to an Apple adapter and this one is bigger. That really is not an issue, the problem is the performance. I have a MBPro 13 inch connected to a 22 inch LG display and from time to time the screen goes dark for a few seconds and another times it flickers a little bit. We bought 2 of these adapters at my office and they both suffer from the same problem. I have used the original Apple adapter with the same set up and nothing like that ever happened.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on July 22, 2009
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 19, 2012
"Yes it works in the Thunderbolt port." I was surprised our new iMacs did not have a display port. so after much reading, I decided the Thunderbolt port really was multifunctional. I ordered this adapter, plugged it in to a Thunderbolt port, and it worked beautifully.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on March 23, 2011
I just got a new MacBook Pro (older i7's) and I needed this to run some presentations. I bought it from Amazon (not a third party fullfilled by Amazon, not a third party, just Amazon) and it arrived quickly using free shipping. I was surprised how easily it worked, even on Windows! It literally is plug and play. Connect the Displayport to your Mac and the VGA cable to the VGA port. Once both are plugged in, the Mac adjusts itself for the best configuration. Easy as that! The only (very) minor issue is that if you shift the adapter around too much, the signal will be temporarily lost, but will restore itself quickly.

I have not experienced any issues after two months of usage. Connections are solid. Recommended for anybody with a Mac!
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