Best affordable mini display to hdmi cable to use with new MBA

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    I have a 2012 13" MBA on order and just ordered an IPS monitor off Amazon to use with it. I am looking for a good quality but affordable cable to connect the two as well. Any suggestions from MacRumors members? The selection and reviews on Amazon are making my head spin...:eek:
     
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    Of course, "affordable" is a relative term, but I find $35 to be a very reasonable price. Nothing wrong with shopping around, as long as you get a good quality item and don't have any problems if you need to return something.
     
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    Use DVI instead

    I bought a new MBA a month ago and hooked it up to my LG IPS monitor via HDMI and the quality sucked. I think the monitor does some kind of filtering on the HDMI input because it looked kind of fuzzy like I was looking at a bad tube monitor.

    I switched to the Apple DVI connector and a DVI cable from Monoprice. Looks awesome now.

    Monoprice is great! I bought a DVI switch and 2 DVI cables from them. You really need to look closely at the cables though. I wasn't paying attention and just ordered the first cable on the list and ended up with an industrial monster that could be used as a weapon. The cable is so thick that it was difficult to use it without knocking things over. The two 3' cables together weighed more than my MBA :D. Get the thinner cable. Much easier to use!

    Monoprice quality is the best and the price is the icing on the cake.
     
  7. thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    It's affordable if it lasts forever but the reviews aren't too good on it.
     
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    Which one are you talking about?
     
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    The Moshi brand has been the best adapter for me so far. But the Monoprice one also works quite well.
     
  10. thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for all the quick replies!
     
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    Moshi reviews on Apple store.
     
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    I believe most of those reviews were written by monkeys. [​IMG]
     
  13. thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Could you provide me with SKU numbers or links to the Monoprice DVI connector and cables that you are referring to? This sounds like a good setup.
     
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    i got one off amazon for $3
     
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    Monoprice is cheap and works great. Adaptor + cable
     
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    Monoprice Gear

    I use a DVI switch to go between MBA and a PC to the monitor ~$35:
    http://www.monoprice.com/products/p...=10110&cs_id=1011004&p_id=4069&seq=1&format=2

    DVI Cables ~$6:
    http://www.monoprice.com/products/p...=10209&cs_id=1020902&p_id=2407&seq=1&format=2

    I used the Apple MiniDisplay (~$35) to DVI, but you can use the Monoprice one for ~$7:
    http://www.monoprice.com/products/p...=10428&cs_id=1042802&p_id=5106&seq=1&format=2

    Or, if you want some flexibility, one that does both DVI and HDMI for ~$14:
    http://www.monoprice.com/products/p...d=1042802&p_id=8119&seq=1&format=1#largeimage

    Hope that helps!
     
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    +1 for monoprice. IME These cables have similar quality to Apple OEM.
     
  18. macrumors 6502a

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    I bought mine for about £5 from eBay UK and it works great.

    Just make sure you pickup one that transfers sound aswel.
     
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    I contemplated purchasing the monoprice one, but after doing a little research it seems that the cables are highly unreliable and may last a week or 6 months with inconsistent video and audio quality.

    Instead I opted to buy a Belkin dongle that comes with a 8ft HDMI for $45 at best buy. No issues thus far, and the video and sound quality are superb.

    http://www.google.com/products/cata...UL-dEcyz0QGFpIDIAw&ved=0CGkQ8wIwAw#ps-sellers
     
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    Just get the cheaper monoprice one. I doubt a $35 cable will pump 0's and 1's faster or better quality than the $7 one. Especially considering they're both digital.
     
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    I've used all kinds of Monoprice cables for 10+ years and never had a problem.
     
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    A bit of track but can it also work with VGA projector ? I have tried the cable but the projector keep showing no signal detected.
     
  23. thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I ended up ordering off Monoprice: Mini-display to HDMI adapter with audio support plus 28AWG High-Speed HDMI cable with ferrous core, all for less than $10. What a deal! :)
     
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    As far as Apple products, Amazon usually sells the same thing that the Apple Store does for less.

    Now as far as using non-Apple products, Apple has been known to in the past to remove a certain hardware's functionality from the kernel with a new OS, so your non-Apple adapter that works with Lion, may not work with Mountain Lion or the next OS. Does Apple do this on purpose? I cannot say with 100%, but it would not surprise me as this would necessitate buying an Apple product.
     
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    +1 for monoprice.

    I still can't believe I fell for MonsterCable back in the day.

    I now order all my Cables from them, quality is up there and no issues.
     

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