Thunderbolt and Mini DisplayPort to VGA adapters convert the output on your Mac laptop (or PC laptop with Mini DisplayPort, or Microsoft Surface, etc) to a VGA cable, allowing you to connect your computer to an external display. Note that for our purposes, Mini DisplayPort and Thunderbolt are the same types of port, so we’ll use those terms interchangeably in this article.
Example uses for Thunderbolt & Mini DisplayPort to VGA adapters and converters:
Many projectors and computer monitors use VGA input ports to connect to computers, so you might want to connect your Macbook to a projector for instance.
The Best Thunderbolt & Mini DisplayPort to VGA adapters:
This Mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt to VGA adapter has three outputs: HDMI, DVI and VGA (all three computer video standards), allowing you to connect to virtually any monitor. Note that since this is a converter, you’ll also need an HDMI cable, VGA cable, or DVI cable to connect to the external display device itself.
Here’s a well reviewed Thunderbolt (Mini DisplayPort) to VGA cable. It’s black and measures six feet in length (other lengths, from 3 feet to 15 feet are also available). It is an all in one adapter cable, meaning you will not need an additional VGA cable to plug into it in order to use it. If you already have a VGA cable of the appropriate length, you may wish instead to get a converter dongle, like the next item in this list.
This Apple made Mini DisplayPort to VGA adapter converts your Mac laptop’s external monitor port to VGA to connect to a projector or external display. While converter works with a Macbook, Macbook Pro, or Macbook Air, it will also work fine with non Apple products (like a Microsoft Surface for instance). Note that you will still need a VGA cable to use this, since the VGA end is a female VGA port.