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curious if anyone has any experience with any third party Mini Display Port to VGA or DVI cables? I noticed the cables on ebay selling for around $16. Compared to the official cables that run for around $35 seems like a bargin. Wasn't sure if the quality is the same or if anyone has any experience with buying them. Thanks!

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Most third-party cables will work perfectly. In particular, any cables which are digital should perform exactly as their more expensive counterparts. I've personally used a couple of third party cables which worked without issue.

I bought a Mini-DisplayPort to DisplayPort cable when the MacBook Pro 13" Unibody first came out from www.circuitassembly.com and it's great quality and was cheap too

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Cool, thanks for the link! –  Kevin Sylvestre Jan 28 '11 at 22:44
    
No worries, I just updated the link to point to the Mini DisplayPort section since that's what you're interested in ;o) –  conorgriffin Jan 28 '11 at 22:46
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The cables from Monoprice.com have recently changed so they're not shaped as nicely as before, but the quality is still excellent for the price. 6ft cable for $10 shipped.

http://www.monoprice.com/products/product.asp?c_id=102&cp_id=10246&cs_id=1024604&p_id=5999&seq=1&format=2

The picture isn't faithful to what you'll receive as the Mini Display Port male plug is now a bit bulkier. Still works flawlessly though.

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Yeah, definitely not shaped as nicely. The ones I found on eBay looked identical to the Apple version (I was fooled until I read the small text). The price can't be beat though! Thanks for the response. –  Kevin Sylvestre Jan 28 '11 at 22:51
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We got several mini-display port to DVI, VGA and HDMI cables from http://www.meritline.com/ and they work great. In particular, they have a mini-displayport to hdmi, dvi and displayport (all in one) dongle.

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A cheap knockoff Mini DisplayPort to DVI adapter in I bought on eBay for $7 worked pretty well, but caused a strange problem on my rMBP. Occasionally, when using it, my Wi-Fi would cut out, and switching to an Apple adapter fixed the issue.

I tested this six ways to Sunday, and the cheap adapter was definitely the consistent factor. It's a weird issue, but apparently I'm not the only one.

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