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Apogee unveils line of Mini DisplayPort Adapters

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.

by MacNN Staff



  1. goatman

    Joined: Dec 1969


    older Macs

    Won't anyone come up with a way to connect an older Mac with a new Apple 24" display? And by old, I mean a one year old Mac Pro.

  1. dagamer34

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Stupid Apple

    You gotta love how audio isn't transferred over miniDisplayPort. lovely.

  1. rytc

    Joined: Dec 1969


    DVI to minidisplay

    I don't think it is possible to go from DVI to mini-display, only the other way around, because it is not possible to generate a mini-display port signal from a DVI signal. However, I read this so have no idea whether this really is technically impossible.

  1. rachel_greenham

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Which of the new Macs definitely do pass audio through the mini-DP port that'll work with the HDMI adapter?

  1. mullum

    Joined: Dec 1969



    none, he has made a mistake there. I too was going to pull him up on that one (mainly as Id like it to be true).

  1. jimothy

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Mini DP to DP

    IT seems like an obvious adapter, yet I haven't seen one: Mini DisplayPort to (full size) DisplayPort.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: older macs

    Come on, get with the times. Apple doesn't stand still, and neither should you. Dump that old MacPro you've got, and get yourself a new mac pro. Then you can use the new Apple display!

    If you want to keep using those lame ol' graphic cards with DVI ports, then you'll have to live with your choice of 99% of the monitor market out there, as Apple is also the only monitor manufacturer who can't figure out how to add multiple inputs to their monitors.

  1. bjojade

    Joined: Dec 1969


    new video card

    The solution to use a new display on an older Mac Pro would be to get a new video card. This would be far cheaper than a DVI to mini display port adaptor.

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