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Mini DisplayPort Male to DisplayPort Female Adapter
Convert a Mini DisplayPort connection to full sized DisplayPort using this Mini DisplayPort Male to DisplayPort Female Adapter from Monoprice!
This adapter sports a male Mini DisplayPort connector and a female DisplayPort connection. You can plug it into the output of a laptop or PC with Mini DisplayPort output and connect it to a DisplayPort monitor using a standard DisplayPort cable.
I do have two small issues to raise against this product and it echoes the previous review.
The width of the DisplayPort interface on the adapter prevents the use of the USB port immediately to the right of the mini DisplayPort on the current line of MacBooks (Pros, Air, etc), hindering a machine that already suffers from connectile deficiencies. Granted most modern monitors double as USB hubs, but those are usually situated around the sides and back of the monitor, rather than close at hand.
The weight of the adapter, combined with the weight of the DisplayPort connector also places some stress on the mini DisplayPort plug (due to gravity), making it difficult to use on machines with mini DisplayPorts that are well off the surface (Mac Mini/Pro, notebooks on stands or cooling pads). There is enough mass to cause the adapter to sag about 2-4 degrees when using it with my notebook flat on the desk.
Both of these issues could be solved with a short length of extension between the DisplayPort and the mini DisplayPort interfaces. And if it should cost more, I think people would be happy to pay a little extra so long as it beats Apple's exorbitant video adapter prices.
As it stands, it is a good product but with a few minor adjustments, it can be great.
I bought this to use with an Asus PB278Q 2560x1440 monitor with a Mac Mini that I purchased in early 2012. Using the monitor included DVI and HDMI cables, the best resolution I could get is 1920x1080 and 1080p respectively.
I was using an Apple mini-displayport to DVI adapter as well as a Mono Price HDMI mini-displayport adpater when trying to get this working. I also tried a straight HDMI to HDMI cable.
I ended up purchasing Mono Price items 5714 and 8119. When I received them, I connected the DisplayPort cable that came with the Asus monitor to each adapter and couldn't get either to show anything on the display.
After messing with things a bunch, I realized that the DP connector in the monitor hadn't locked into place. I was able to pull it out without pushing in the release button. It didn't seem to want to snap into place. Even after shoving the plug in *really hard*, it still appears to not snap into place.
However, when I tried switching the monitor to DP, a picture showed! I went to display preferences and there was a 2560x1440 option. Selecting it worked!
I also plugged in Mono Price 8119 and it worked correctly as well. So either Mono Price adapter seems to do the trick.
Lastly, I plugged in both adapters to my MacBook Pro (obtained in early 2012) and it too was able to display the full 2560x1440.
So, I have it working, but the DP connector on the monitor side seems a little questionable. I'm worried that if I jostle the monitor too much (rotating it, adjusting it, etc.), that the connection will get lost.
I may try purchasing a different DP cable and see if it works better. But for now, I'm happy with the monitor and both adapters.
PROS: Works perfectly
CONS: None with Adapter, small issue with monitor
PROS: Small, inexpensive, available
PROS: simple to use
PROS: It got here fast and was cheap.
CONS: Wouldn't pass video signal thru active adapter.
PROS: - Price
- Works perfectly - able to connect my MacBook to a Lenovo external monitor with no issues whatsoever