Mini DP to VGA or DVI?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by TheRealDamager, Sep 20, 2011.

  1. TheRealDamager macrumors 65816

    Jan 5, 2011
    I am using my 2011 Air with an HP 27 inch monitor. I would love to get the Thunderbolt Display, but can't afford the cash.

    My question is on the adapter type. Will I see an increase in quality of the display if I use a DVI adapter instead of a VGA adapter?
  2. jamesr19 macrumors 6502

    Nov 7, 2009
    If your monitor supports both then definitely go for the DVI option! It creates a clearer picture as the output is digital not analog. This means that pixels are clearer which makes text easier to read and movies look better!

    If you go with VGA (becoming an obsolete technology now) then definitely get the Apple adapter (not a 3rd party/eBay special) as the video quality is much better from Apple. I found that the video quality of an Apple DVI is better than eBay special but when I went and bought my own it suffered from severe interference so returned it the next day.

    Getting a DVI also means that you can plug it into your TV using a DVI->HDMI cable. It won't support audio through HDMI this way but you still get the picture :) The DVI adapter does not support VGA output/adaptors - be warned!
  3. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    Well, that depends on the resolution. If it's only 1080p, regular DVI will do, however, if it supports 2560x1440, then you'll need a dual-link DVI adapter, which is a bit more expensive.
  4. LordVic macrumors 601

    Sep 7, 2011
    Futher the question:

    If you get the DVI connector, Does it like standard DVI on a computer also contain the analogue signal, allowing you to use the DVI to DSUB adapters?

    or do you need to buy 2 different dongles from Apple?
  5. mana2326 macrumors newbie

    Aug 16, 2011
    From Apple you need 2 separate adapters for DVI and VGA.
    There might be 3rd party adapters that can provide a real DVI-I signal for a DVI -> VGA adapter...
  6. deeddawg macrumors 604

    Jun 14, 2010
    If the monitor supports HDMI input, consider using the miniDP to HDMI adapter.

    I use my Samsung 24" 1080p monitor with my work computer via DVI and with my Macbook Air via HDMI input. This way I can just plug in the mac and change the source on the monitor with one button press; no futzing around with cables other than plugging into the mac. Bonus is I can use the same adapter with my HDTV to watch stuff.
  7. LordVic macrumors 601

    Sep 7, 2011
    Well, Right now i'm not connecting to an external display.

    I'd like to. My monitors though range greatly on connectivity.

    TV - HDMI
    17" LCD - VGA
    21" LCD - DVI
    Work - VGA
    Projector- HDMI

    just looking for some option to not buying 3x adapters

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