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Kanex XD HDMI to Mini Displayport Converter- iMac 27 inch to HDTV

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  • Converts HDMI input to DisplayPort format
  • Work, play, and enjoy your Apple iMac 27-inch with the Kanex XD
  • Playback audio/video with a single cable solution to Apple iMac 27-inch
  • Full screen playback with 2-channel audio pass-through support
  • Toggle between iMac 27-inch OSX and HD playback by using Hot Key-command+F2
  • Toggle volume and brightness controls through your wireless bluetooth keyboard
  • Utilizes a Die-Cast A380 aluminum chassis that is designed to dissipate heat
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Product Description

Product Description

Turn your Apple iMac 27 inch into a HDTV. Connect and play Blu-Ray DVD, PS3, and Xbox games at HD format. Fully utilize the backlit LED display to work and play hard. Audio pass through is enabled for a full screen HD experience.

From the Manufacturer

The Kanex C247m is perfect for those who want to utilize the Apple Cinema Display with legacy Mac models that are equipped with a mini-DVI port. The C247m will actively convert the video signal from mini-DVI and integrate audio using USB. The USB pass-through also works with the iSight camera, and provides power to the adapter.

So bring your MacBook and Mac Mini that still uses mini-DVI up to speed with this unique solution. Extend your desktop and view all your content on the beautiful Apple Cinema Display and at the same time utilize the display's built-in speakers for superb audio. It even works with the iMac 27-inch! The C247m is truly a one-of-a kind confidante.

Work Hard and Play Hard

Play all your favorite games from the PS3 and the Xbox 360 on the iMac. Eliminate the need for an additional TV that is expensive and takes up space when you can simply connect your consoles to the 27-inch iMac and Apple Cinema Display.

Two displays in one

Fully utilize the backlit LED of the 27-inch iMac to work and play hard. Use command+F2 hotkey to toggle between the OS and target display mode so you can maximize efficiency.

Award Winning Performance

Winner of Macworld's Best of Show Award 2010, the Kanex XD provides stunning performance and quality. Offering excellent design and features unparalleled, Kanex XD provides premium results as a solution connecting your HDMI source to your iMac and Cinema Display.

Technical Specifications

  • Input: HDMI
  • Output: Mini DisplayPort
  • Maximum Resolution of 1920x1200@60Hz
  • 1920 x 1200 @ 60Hz on 24-inch Apple LED Cinema Display*
  • 1280x720 @ 60Hz on 27-inch iMac and Apple LED Cinema Display*
  • Supports uncompressed digital LPCM 7.1, 5.1 or 2 channels
  • Supports compressed digital Bit-Stream (Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus and DTS-HD Master Audio)
  • Power: 5V DC Power Supply
  • Dimensions: 3.2 inches (L) x 2.1 inches (W) x 1 inch (H))

Package Content

  • Kanex XD
  • 3ft Mini DisplayPort cable M/M
  • 3ft HDMI cable M/M
  • 5V Power Supply

Product Information

Product Dimensions 8 x 15 x 13.5 inches
Item Weight 13.8 ounces
Shipping Weight 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
ASIN B003LGOWNQ
Item model number HDMDPUS
Customer Reviews
3.4 out of 5 stars 92 customer reviews

3.4 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #135 in Electronics > Accessories & Supplies > Audio & Video Accessories > Video Converters
#1,973 in Electronics > Accessories & Supplies > Television Accessories
#3,137 in Electronics > Televisions & Video
Date first available at Amazon.com May 20, 2010

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By Busy Executive TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 23, 2010
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One of the chief reasons I purchased a 27" iMac was the hope of using it as a monitor for several other PCs. Like many people, I regularly use several different computers, but I don't have the desktop space to fit monitors for each of them. The beautiful display on the iMac and the promise of an external video input seemed to be just what I needed.

Well, as most people figured out, the fly in the ointment is that Apple only includes their Mini DisplayPort (MDP) input on the iMac, and few computers can output this type of video. Even more disappointing, converting from things like VGA, DVI or HDMI isn't straightforward - it's not just a fancy cable...you need more serious conversion. Enter the Kanex XD, one of the first affordable ways to convert HDMI into the MDP input needed by the iMac.

My intent was to put the Kanex behind a simple HDMI video switch, and for my older systems that lack HDMI (or DVI), add a VGA to HDMI converter. The switch lets me select among as many feeds as I want, and now I have a way to connect just about any video source to my iMac. HDMI comes through natively, DVI can be converted to HDMI with a simple cable, and VGA goes through my converter (I use the excellent Atlona VGA to HDMI scaler). Yes, there are issues with sharing the keyboard and mouse, but that's for another review.

The Kanex XD basically does what it says it will. You plug it into the back of your 27" iMac, attach an HDMI video source, press Command + F2 on your iMac keyboard - and viola, you've got external video on your iMac. Still, while I'm thankful to have achieved this much, I have three complaints about the unit:

1. The included documentation is rather sparse. There's more information on the Kanex web site, but it's not particularly clear either.

2.
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So the Kanex XD is pretty awesome, it's exactly what I was looking for. I can now connect my PS3 into my iMac and watch movies and play games effortlessly. There are a couple reasons why I chose this product over the leading competitor the Belkin AV360. First off, price. I was able to snag this off Amazon for much less then the AV360. Also, in terms of design, I love the way this device looks and the lights on the sides much more then the Belkin. I also chose the Kanex because it came with a gold plated HDMI cable. Unfortunately, it's a bit short for me, but I do appreciate the HDMI cable included. Other than that, the two products serve the exact same purpose, connecting an HDMI device into your iMac 27". I've had no problems setting it up, as well as no lag. Picture quality is good. And this has been bothering me so much, no matter what HDMI adapter you get, THE IMAC WILL ONLY SUPPORT 720P. This isn't because of the Kanex XD or the Belkin AV360, it is because the iMac can only accept 720p signals through the mini display port. Until Apple updates their software, users are stuck with 720p. Once they do make the switch, this device would be able to support the 1080p signals giving you the FULL HD experience. So, while others are complaining that this device only transmits 720p signals they are completely wrong. It's Apples fault, not Kanexs. I also tried connecting the Kanex to my friends 21.5" iMac,and unfortunately it did not work. Just in case anyone was wondering. Hope this helps anyone's decision! I definitely recommend this product to any iMac 27" user. Thanks!
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The Kanex XD HDMI to Mini DisplayPort Converter for 27 inch iMac allows the user to successfully connect a HDMI equipped source such as a laptop to the Apple 24" LED Cinema Display. While this nifty Kanex device is advertised for the 27" iMac it has absolutely no trouble with the 24" LED display. Yes, the Kanex is the proverbial missing piece. There is but one caveat -- the 24" LED Cinema Display ONLY accepts a resolution of 1920 x 1200. If your source is not capable of outputting this resolution, then this adapter is not the problem. Your source is the problem.

My search began several months prior to this review and my goal was simple -- find a device or adapter which will convert video signal from HDMI to Mini Displayport. At least, I thought this was a simple goal. There is a considerable amount of misinformation out there, as there always is, regarding the correct hardware, software or adapters (yes, plural) required to make this absolutely gorgeous display work outside of its native environment. Well, the search ends here and the answer is the Kanex XD. The following is a brief description of the hardware and software I am currently using so that you may reference your setup to my own:

Computer: 17" HP Laptop with Windows 7 Ultimate 32-bit
Display Adapter: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4500/5100 Series
Available Video Outputs: HDMI (female), VGA (female)
Display: Apple 24" LED Cinema Display
Screen Resolution: 1920 x 1200

Finally, I would like to point out that Windows automatically recognizes most of the additional features the display offers including a 3-port USB hub, USB audio for the built in speaker(s), microphone and iSight camera.
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