updated 07:45 pm EDT, Mon April 6, 2009
Apoge embraces DisplayPort
Apogee has launched three new Mini Displayport Adapters under the brand name Kanex. The adapters include a Mini DisplayPort to HDMI model, Mini DisplayPort to DVI-D and a VGA variant. Apogee joins MonoPrice which unveiled its own line of adapters last week.
The Kanex HDMI adapter allows users to connect their laptops to HD televisions, using HDMI version 1.3b with resolutions of up to 1080p. The adapter is also capable of audio pass-through with formats such as DTS Digital, Dolby Digital DTS-HD and Dolby True HD audio. Most MacBooks, however, do not support audio through the Mini DisplayPort.
The moves fill a void left by Apple, which has yet to introduce its own line of HDMI adapters even though the Mini DisplayPort is standard on most of its notebooks. Apple does sell adapters with VGA, DVI and Dual DVI connectors. Apple is apparently encouraging third party manufacturers to support the DisplayPort by providing a no-fee license to use the technology.
Kanex' HDMI and DVI adaptors are available at Newegg for $20, while the VGA model sells for $25.