The device does indeed convert component input to VGA able to act as input for a monitor.
I used it to connect an old DVD player-recorder (and by extension a VCR attached to player)) to an old 1024x768 LCD screen. The controls includes relatively full brightness control etc. and can be switched to play at various resolutions via the menu. The component video cable and stereo audio cables included in the package are about 3 ft long. I did have a little trouble getting the cable properly connected the first time I set-up but as I recall that often happens with component connections. The extra VGA input and stereo input means that you can connect a computer to the monitor at the same time as the component equipment. .The power plug is a little bulkier than a standard plug but not by much.
I have a projector with HDMI and VGA inputs, but need the HDMI for my satellite connection. My (old, but still working) DVD player output is component, so I needed the converter. I saw Monoprice recommended in a couple places online and went with them. Am glad I did--product arrived promptly, was easy to connect and is easy to use--perfect solution.
Bought this item to connect a Wii to a VGA monitor. The first item that I got was damaged (VGA-out part not working). Customer assistance of Monoprice was excellent, and they replaced the item with another that perfectly works! I can see the images from the console on the monitor and clearly hear the audio using the audio-out jack. Great!
My desktop computer died, and I knew I could by with my laptop, That left me with a nice monitor and a DVD player, but no computer or TV in my bedroom. Installing the converter was tricky, and the instructions are spotty. After plugging the cables into the correct inputs, my converter had sound but no picture, then picture but no sound. Only after pressing buttons (unexplained in instructions) on the converter did I get both and sound, which looked and sounded good. I have to press the buttons nearly every time I play a DVD. Also, $50 strikes me as too much for this relatively simple device.
All in all this has been a really good purchase, and at that price, it's unbeatable.
I got it because my TV had noticeable lag with videogames when using HDMI & component (RGB), but not VGA. I currently have all my systems hooked up through a component switch box, then the switch box connects to this device.
A few things I've done to eliminate the overheating & need to powercycle before use (red light). First I made some cardboard feet and stuck them to the bottom to prop it up, this helps with heat and eliminates the sudden shut downs. Secondly I made a USB power cable for this and plugged it into my TV. My TV doesn't supply power to USB unless it's been turned on. When the TV goes on, so does the box. This fixes both the need to powercycle before use, and the constant heat issue. A word to Monoprice, sell a USB cable for this!! Or manufacture it with a usb micro/mini port. Most TVs have untapped USB ports. The box needs 5v 1A, which is perfect.
PROS: Does what it says it does, doesn't require much fiddling to get working either. I've been using it for about 3 years now.
CONS: No support for 1080i/p from the VGA side. I know those aren't standard resolutions for VGA, but it can be done. Because of that my TV isn't displaying at an optimal resolution.
Box gets pretty hot and will drop out during long sessions of use (4+ hours), I actually made some cardboard feet to prop it up and allow it to vent a bit, I haven't had any drop outs since. I keep it turned off when not in use (see review for how I manage this).
If the box gets no signal for about 30 or so minutes the light on the back turns red and won't get a signal until power cycled. This was annoying at first, but I managed a workaround
Minor ghosting when there's alot of black and white contrast.
The product did exactly as advertised. I wanted to use an old flat screen monitor as a TV in a work area. After numerous attempts at splicing RCA cables to VGA I soon realized that VGA monitors and TV cable box's do not speak the same language, I needed this Needed converter box to take me from component (YpbPr) TV to VGA monitor. The product was easy to use connect RCA cables from cable TV box and connect VGA monitor cable. I recommend this product and the price was right..
PROS: The product did work exactly as advertised.The product was easy to use connect RCA cables from cable TV box and connect VGA monitor cable. There are a few function switches to use again very easy, Also this gave me 1080i High Definition.
CONS: The converter box has no on/off switch. The box does get hot but not so hot that you worry about it I'm not sure if that is by design that it stays on all the time or a missed design. I worry about it burning out early anytime anything gets hot it has potential to burn out early.. So I fixed that by connecting it to a power strip with a switch so I could turn it and the other outlets associated with the monitor out when I'm done.
This great little device allowed me to connect a Nintendo Wii to a VGA monitor using a component video cable. We choose not to have a regular television in our house, and this device allowed us to maintain that choice when we decided on getting a Wii for our two young boys. Video play through Netflix on the Wii looks very good. The audio output sends nice sound out through the small computer speakers we use.
PROS: • Easy to Use • Compact • Nice Setting and Controls • Nice Display/Output Quality
CONS: None that really come to mind. Perhaps an option to use a remote control to turn it on/off.