- Connector Details: 1 x Proprietary; 1 x 15-pin HD-15 Female
- Compatibility: Apple MacBook
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Apple Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter MB572Z/A (Retail Packaging)
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***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.
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.Read more ›
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"
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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When searched for this product it came up under dongle for the iPad and it does not work with the iPad disappointedPublished 4 months ago by Gregory Gammon
I ordered it based on how it looked since the description was not clear. It ended up being the wrong product. I had to request permission to return it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Wrong VGA adapter, didn't fit the iPad mini. Returned to seller next day.Published 11 months ago by Johnny Sandel
This product is perfectly fine itself. I just dont like the philosophy of Apple that you need to buy extra things for whatever you would like to do. Read morePublished 13 months ago by sunny