hdmi vs thunderbolt to vga adapter

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by jcmpdo, Dec 12, 2013.

  1. jcmpdo macrumors newbie

    Dec 1, 2013
    I need a VGA adapter for my rMBP 13 late 2013.
    But I dont know if I should buy a hdmi-to-vga or a thunderbolt-to-vga.
    Which one is better?
  2. GSPice macrumors 68000


    Nov 24, 2008
    Is there a chance that you'd ever need the thunderbolt port for something else while the VGA display is connected? That's the only reason I'd go for HDMI.

    Either way, an anything-to-VGA adapter coming from a beautiful macbook pro is a bit of a bummer.
  3. jcmpdo thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 1, 2013
    So the thunderbolt-vga adapter is better? why?
  4. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    That's not what GSPice said. The gist was that they're both poor choices.
  5. simon48 macrumors 65816


    Sep 1, 2010
    Thunderbolt is more flexible and can be used for more things, so I'd use up your HDMI to keep your Thunderbolt(s) free in the future. But you do have two Thunderbolt ports, right?
  6. tigerintank macrumors regular

    Jun 16, 2013
    surely if the thunderbolt adaptor has a chip in it, there'll be a significant price difference
  7. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    The one you can get the cheapest.

    Neither is better, both transform a digital signal into an analogue one for the VGA, that's all they do.

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