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HDE Mini DisplayPort to VGA Female Adapter for Mac

by HDE
3.6 out of 5 stars 604 customer reviews
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  • Mini DisplayPort male connector & VGA female connector
  • Length: 18cm / 7in, Use with VGA cable (sold separately) to connect external displays
  • Supports resolution up to 1920 x 1200 @ 60Hz; Generic/Aftermarket item.
  • Compatible with some versions of MacBookTM, MacBook AirTM, MacBook ProTM, iMacTM, Mac MiniTM, & Mac ProTM desktops and also the 24-inch Apple® Cinema Display
  • HDE® is a registered trademark and is the only authorized seller of HDE branded products
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: HDE
  • Model Number: HDE-Z07

Product Description

Connect an external display to your Mac using this Mini Display Port to VGA adapter. It's even color-coordinated to Apple­ computers! This cable is short, only 18 centimeters in length, and is intended to be used with a separate VGA cable (not included). Compatible with some versions of MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac, Mac Mini, & Mac Pro desktops and also the 24-inch Apple Cinema Display. You MUST verify your display port type before purchase!! Please note, this is a generic/aftermarket item. Apple is now licensing Mini Display Port technology, so this item also works with Toshiba Satellite Pro S500; Tecra M11, A11 & S11.

Product Details

  • Item Weight: 2.1 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces
  • ASIN: B002WUVAVE
  • Item model number: HDE-Z07
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (604 customer reviews)
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Size: 1 PackColor: Minidisplay port to VGA Verified Purchase
Depending on which Amazon.com merchant you buy this mini Displayport to VGA adapter from, you might get different looking products. I've posted pictures of the adapter received from one Amazon.com merchant and another from HDE. For both, my order arrived quickly.

In my original review of the product, purchased from the first merchant and at around 10+ days of ownership, I stated that it was working just fine. The plastic material was of fair-to-equal quality compared to the original genuine-Apple adapter. Unfortunately, about 2 months later, it had started to fail. I suspect the reason had to do with the cable, which is thinner than the original genuine-Apple adapter. It could also be due to the fact that I have to plug/un-plug this unit 5x a week.

In any case, I decided to give the generic adapters one last try... This time ordering from HDE, since I saw a couple positive reviews. When I received it, I was pleasantly surprised that this one looked quite similar to the genuine-Apple adapter (I've uploaded a new product picture). The cable is noticably thicker. It has been working well so far and compared to my previous generic adapter, this one appears to provide a slightly better - clearer - picture.

*** UPDATE on 2/6/2011 ***
It has been over 9 months since I purchased my adapter from HDE, and yes, it's working (but with a caveat for some Macbook owners). I'm now posting an update to my original review because a recent Mac OSX system update to 10.6.4+ seems to have affected the function of all of my generic mini displayport adapters. After testing several from different retailers (e.g.
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Size: 1 PackColor: Minidisplay port to VGA Verified Purchase
I bought this item from HDE knowing full well that it was a generic and that several people have had problems with the adapter failing. I, too, received an adapter dead on arrival. It came in an HDE bag (which on further pondering, leads me to believe I was sent an adapter returned by someone else). After calling tech support at HDE, I was sent a new adapter free of charge. Just make sure that you have tested at least a known working monitors and a known working VGA cables and tell the customer service representative this (as an IT worker, I know this helps with diagnosing the problem). Two days later, I received my replacement adapter. This time, it was in a silver, vacuum-packed package with protective shrink-wrap. This adapter works perfectly, and hence I gave it a four star review.

If you are willing to save some money while running the risk of getting a defective product, I highly recommend this generic from HDE. (If not, get the one from Apple). As a side note, if you are having problems with your adapter, try restarting your computer with it plugged in. I was able to get my defective one to work this way while I was waiting for a replacement.
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Size: 1 PackColor: Minidisplay port to VGA Verified Purchase
I was actually preparing to give very a positive review for this adapter. Then it quit working... DURING THE MIDDLE OF A BIG PRESENTATION. No bends in the cable, no impacts, no nothing - just quit working. I bought the official Apple adapter just to make sure it wasn't my laptop - it worked perfectly.

I love a good bargain as much as anyone, but I'm willing to shell out an extra $20 for the official Apple version even it if it is just 25% more reliable.
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Size: 1 PackColor: Minidisplay port to VGA Verified Purchase
This is a short lived piece of junk.

Sort of worked for a few months, making a usable but incredibly dim image even the monitor cranked up to maximum brightness with Dell LCD monitor and my MacBook Pro. Don't waste money, time, or landfill capacity on this. (Well, OK. If no one buys them, they still get landfilled, but don't waste packing material and petroleum transporting this useless thing.)

After it broke (and I, like others, hardly ever unplugged mine, maybe three times before it failed), I thought about getting the actual Apple adapter, but the reviews for that on Apple's website are decidedly mediocre. Plus $30 for something that Apple really should just ship with the computer is just asinine. Very obnoxious of Apple, so I refused to buy that similarly reviled piece of (more expensive) junk.

Found this minidisplay-port to DVI-D cable <http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003OBXHPC> and it's SO much better. Check your monitor for a DVI-D port and if it has one, don't bother with those useless adapters. Image quality is vastly improved with the DVI-D over VGA, too. Much much better than the adapter + VGA cable option in every way.
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Size: 1 PackColor: Minidisplay port to VGA Verified Purchase
We ordered a bulk lot of 100 Mini DisplayPort to VGA adapters from NiceEShop, at $8.14 each (we're a college IT department, and deploy one adapter with every Apple laptop that goes out). The adapters have a very high failure rate, around 10% - a few DOA, more failing after a couple days in service. We returned 70 of these unopened and paid shipping ourselves. We're still trying to get the vendor to credit us for the returned items a month after shipping them.
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Size: 1 PackColor: Minidisplay port to VGA Verified Purchase
I saw P Shih's review about choosing sellers carefully so I ordered the one from HDE. I was happy with it for about 2 and a half months but it all of a sudden just stopped working. I used this everyday for my external monitor and my MCP hardly leaves my desk (so I used the adapter daily but rarely physically handled it).
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