I recently moved from a desktop to a laptop, as my primary personal computer. A big part of that decision was being able to find a laptop that was a good compromise between power and portability. Once I decided on the Mac platform, I needed a convenient way to be able to use the laptop with a full size monitor, keyboard and mouse for use in my home office.
In order to be able to use the 25” PC display I already had with my laptop I needed to purchase a Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter. Apple will sell you an adapter for $29.00, or you can order a third party adapter for less, considerably less.
For nearly one sixth of the price of the Apple adapter $5.17 ($2.19 +$2.98 shipping), SF Planet sells an adapter that looks good and is working great in my home setup.
The SF Planet adapter is similar in appearance to the original Apple part (see photos).
The product description provided by SF Planet claims compatibility with DisplayPort based MacBook, MacBook Pro, or MacBook Airs with a Mini DisplayPort and also works with the latest generation Macs with a thunderbolt port.
“Features: * Support Mini DisplayPort 1.1 input and DVI output. * Support DVI highest video resolution 1080p. * Support DVI 225MHz/2.25Gbps per channel (6.75Gbps all channel) bandwidth. * Support DVI 12bit per channel (36bit all channel) deep color. * Powered from Mini DisplayPort source according to SF Planet.”
The SF Planet adapter has received mixed reviews from other users with a 3.5 Star out of 5 star rating, with some users reporting problems with the budget adapter. Interestingly, the original Apple part, on Apples own site has received a three star rating, with its users also reporting a variety of problems.
In my limited testing, I haven’t had any problems with the SF Planet Mini Display Port Adapter. The picture displayed on the monitor is clear and free of any interference. At $5, its a great value.