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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 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.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 6.9 x 2.8 x 1 inches
Item Weight 2.1 ounces
Shipping Weight 2.1 ounces
ASIN B001IF252M
Item model number MB572Z/A
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4.1 out of 5 stars 238 customer reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #1,155 in Electronics > Accessories & Supplies > Computer Accessories > Computer Cable Adapters
#1,156 in Electronics > Accessories & Supplies > Audio & Video Accessories > Connectors & Adapters
Date first available at Amazon.com October 16, 2008

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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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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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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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** 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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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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"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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I have a Dell XPS 15 L502X laptop which only has a Mini DisplayPort. I often use my laptop for presentations and so I needed a Mini DisplayPort to VGA adapter to be able to connect to most overhead projectors.

Initially, I made the terrible mistake of purchasing the lower cost Cables 99 Mini Displayport to VGA Cable Adapter for Apple Macbook, Macbook Pro, iMac, Macbook Air, and Mac Mini. The Cables 99 adapter cost less, but resulted in noisy images, regardless of the display device which was connected to my computer. In contrast, this Apple adapter worked right out of the box and produced sharp images.

I have been very pleased with the Apple Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter and highly recommend it despite the higher cost than the knock off adapters. The images are sharp and it has worked flawlessly.
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