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17399 Mini Display Port to DVI 6-Feet Male Adapter Cable for Apple Laptops
Size Name: 6-FeetStyle Name: Single PackChange
Price:$10.66 + Free shipping with Amazon Prime
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on March 29, 2011
Size Name: 6-FeetStyle Name: Single PackVerified Purchase
The cable blocks both nearby ports (fw800 and one USB)on my 17" brand new MacBook Pro 2011 model. I can squeeze the fw-800 cable in when Display Port adapter is plugged-in, but after while it become uncomfortably bended. So the cable with adapter is now sitting in my desk drawer, I was afraid to damage my ports on this expensive machine and went back to the Apple adapter. I don't like it either because its cable is too short and gets in the way of other cables when bulky DVI connector is connected. Please let me know if you found any similar 6 feet cable which connector fits better into cramped ports on unibody Macs. Other than that, cable works well with my Dell 19" external monitor monitor. I can't wait for thunderbolt devices with ability daisy chain and connect all my devices using just one cable and thunderbolt port.
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on January 16, 2011
Size Name: 6-FeetStyle Name: Single PackVerified Purchase
the shipping was very slow, and more importantly, the Mini DisplayPort end is wide enough to block the usage of the USB port next to it on my MacBook Pro. I knew I was taking a chance on that but couldn't find alternatives. I can use an available port on my USB hub instead of the now unuseable port on the laptop, but it is annoying and worth considering if you are thinking about ordering this item.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on March 9, 2011
Size Name: 6-FeetStyle Name: Single PackVerified Purchase
The cable I received does not look like any of the product pictures (in February 2011). The one I received has a very large display adapter connector with about 2 inches of plastic. It's so large that it blocks the neighboring USB port on my aluminum MacBook (and likely would on a current MacBook Pro). The cable is very thick, and not as flexible as I would like (although it's OK). It does appear to be well made, and does work. I was hoping to be rid of the 6-inch adapter sitting near my MacBook, but no such luck -- going back to it so that I can use my USB port. I'll keep this around for a spare, but it won't get much use.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on May 26, 2011
Size Name: 6-FeetStyle Name: Single PackVerified Purchase
Cable works perfectly. I should say that some reviews state that the DisplayPort connector is big and covers USB port next to it. Maybe it was an issue with previous versions of this product, but in my case it fits perfectly and I'm able to occupy both USB ports on my 13.3" Macbook Pro with USB mouse and keyboard. Special thanks for customer service. It was excellent.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 24, 2013
Size Name: 6-FeetStyle Name: Single PackVerified Purchase
As many reviews have said, this is cheaply made. Why OH WHY did I think the one I ordered would be the exception!?!?! It's that "plastic toy out of a gumball machine" feel. And that would have been ok had the product actually worked. But alas, I got some flickering of wanting to work on the screen, then a solid signal, but as soon as I laid the laptop down, the connection failed. Touch the cable, it comes back. Exhale, it goes away. So, chalk this one up to experience. If you like to gamble on poorly made products, go ahead. As for me, I guess I will stick to more quality controlled products. Now to order the REAL mini Displayport to DVI adapter...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on August 9, 2011
Size Name: 6-FeetStyle Name: Single PackVerified Purchase
Pros: Not only does this cable support analog signal as opposed to Apple's adapter, it is 6' (long!) and much cheaper than Apple's.

Cons: Min-display port end is wide and some non-Apple USB plugs might not fit next to it in the USB port on MacBook Pro and Air.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on October 12, 2011
Size Name: 6-FeetStyle Name: Single PackVerified Purchase
For starters I have a 2010 13" MacBook Pro that I bring back and forth between work and home. I just leave the cable at work connected to my desk monitor. I plug it in every morning, putting most of the wear-n-tear on the MiniDisplay end. I used to own a cheaper knock-off of the adapter sold at the Apple Store, and it lasted about a good 8 months before video would flicker and what not if I bumped the cable. Finally it died after about 15 months. That is when I purchased this cable which seemed to be a bonus as I don't travel with it, so carrying around a 6-foot cord is not an issue, and it cuts out the middle-man of needing a short ~6" adapter and then a regular DVI cable. Overall, there are less variables in the connection to the monitor which I like.

Build Quality: the cable looks a little cheap, but overall it feels sturdier than the last adapter. I do not use FireWire 800, so I cannot attest to it blocking the FireWire port. But it does not block any USB cables, USB memory card adapters, etc. that I plug in next to the MiniDisplay. Some people complain about the screws not being notched on the DVI side, but they seem to suffice. Again, I am not constantly moving this cable in and out of different monitors. And if I were, I would just buy 2 of these cables, which is still cheaper than buying 1 from Apple. Mind you the Apple adapter only gets a 3-star rating, according to their online store.

Video Quality: The video quality seems great. Perhaps the old adapter was just on the way out, but even when it did work, the edges of the monitor seemed dim. I thought maybe this monitor was dying with the old cable, but now I know it is not.

Bottom Line: Cheap price, great quality (so far), and unless there is some incompatibility with Thunderbolt ports, I can't see any reason not to get it. Also, someone complained about the shipping being slow, I have a Prime Account, so I would not know. I ordered it on Friday and got it on Monday, with Free 2-Day shipping. You can't beat that.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on August 4, 2011
Size Name: 6-FeetStyle Name: Single PackVerified Purchase
Since it seems a lot of people are getting versions of this that don't match the picture, I thought I'd share my positive experience. Having read the reviews, I took a risk and bought this anyway, and it 1) arrived 2 days later (w/Amazon Prime) and 2) is exactly as pictured. The connector is the normal size, and does not block either of the neighboring ports. The build quality definitely seems lower than official Apple products, but as day 2 it is functioning perfectly.

Mine shipped from Cable Matters, Inc. in August 2011.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Size Name: 6-FeetStyle Name: Single PackVerified Purchase
When I decided to buy Mac mini I knew that I would use it with an old Dell monitor. Since I only had a VGA cable at the time I bought the Mini-dvi To VGA Adapter in order to hook these two to each other. Overall I have been fairly satisfied with the experience, but all along I was considering using the DVI-D port instead. This particular adapter/cable seemed to be the right choice for me, both in terms of the price and the functionality. As soon as I had connected my Mac mini to my Dell monitor with this cable I was able to see a very noticeable difference in terms of the picture quality. The colors were crisper and the text much sharper. It almsot feels like I had gotten a whole new computer! I was also able to connect this monitor to my MacBook Air, and it all worked flawlessly once the right display settings were chosen. However, due to the thickness of the DVI-mini end of the cable one of the uSB ports on MacBook Air was practically made inaccessible. I don't intend to use this cable with the laptop all that much, but if this is your primary intended use you may want to consider this point. The length of the cable (6 ft) is more than adequate for most regular home/office configurations.

This promptness of shipping for this item left something to be desired, especially since no tracking/shipping information was given. If you need this cable ASAP should consider other buying options.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2011
Size Name: 6-FeetStyle Name: Single PackVerified Purchase
Pluses:
The cord has some length to it, which was nice, so I didn't need an extension. Worked as intended for a little over a month.

Minuses:
I bought this cable a little over a month ago so I can use two monitors for my Macbook Pro (laptop screen and external). While I didn't have much of an issue with the cable blocking USB ports (Some skinny USB devices plugged in just fine, such as my Mac mouse, but some flash drives were wider and had trouble fitting. This is more so Mac's design problems rather than this cable's.), I did have a few other problems.

Immediately when plugged in I noticed that the screen quality looked as if I had used a VGA cable. The quality wasn't horrible by any means, but it didn't look as crisp as when I use my PC to DVI cable to the same monitor. If you can tell the difference in the on screen quality between VGA and DVI, then I wouldn't recommend this cable. I do graphic design for a living, so I found myself working mostly on the laptop monitor just for the better quality image. Which defeated the purpose of buying the cable in the first place.

About two to three weeks after owning this cable, I began to have signal issues from the Macbook to the monitor. To correct this, I had to gently move the cable around like an antenna until I got my picture back. This progressively got worse every day I used it and had to play with it longer and longer to get the single to work. Before this issue, I used this cable very gently and only moved it about 2 or three inches every day to connect to my laptop, otherwise it didn't move around. Eventually the cable stopped working altogether (as in today).

Since the cost of returning this product exceed the cost of buying a new one, I decided to disassemble it to see what the issue is. Within the circuitry in the connection that connects to the computer, a small wire broke loose from its tiny circuit board. Maybe this was due to the cord twisting? Not sure.

Summary: The quality wasn't as good as I expected a DVI cable to have and the cable died on me a little over a month of gentle use. If you want a higher quality signal, don't get this cable. If you do get this cable, be very gentle with it!
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