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How to connect your Mac to an external display or projector via HDMI or VGA

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In this entry we will tell you the different methods we have to connect a Mac computer to an external screen with cable, we will see the different connections that can have your Mac and the options of your monitor, television or projector.

How to connect your Mac to an external display wirelessly

As you know there are two alternative methods to the cable connection on the one hand the Apple TV will allow us to do streaming video, although we have tested on a Macbook Pro Retina 15 ” and an iMac 27 ” and quality Is not as expected. If that works well on other computers with lower screen resolution.

The second alternative to cable method is to use a server as Serviio few months ago we made a step by step tutorial .

How to connect your Mac to an external wired screen

The cables you may need to connect your Mac computer to an external display are:

  • HDMI to HDMI , you have a Macbook Pro Retina and your external display HDMI connection. Buy on Amazon for 5.49 € .
  • MiniDisplay Port or Thunderbolt to HDMI , your Mac will have the MiniDisplay Port or Thunderbolt connection if it is a more modern model and your external display has HDMI connection (most current televisions have one or more HDMI ports). Buy it at Amazon for € 10.99.
  • MiniDisplay Port or Thunderbolt to VGA , your Mac will have the MiniDisplay Port or Thunderbolt connection if it is a more modern model and your external display has VGA connection, very common in monitors few years ago and the standard of most Projectors of the market. Buy it at Amazon for € 29.95.

And are all available under the Amazon Basics brand with an unbeatable value for money:

In the following video we show you how you can connect your Mac computer to an external screen, in our case we have used a 15 “Macbook Pro Retina as it has a Minidisplay Port or Thunderbolt input and an HDMI port. The screen we used for the connection is a Samsung Smart TV with HDMI connection: +

What connection does my Mac have?

Your Mac computer can have more than one type of connection, it is common to have Thunderbolt or MiniDisplay Port, is a square port that requires a special cable. This cable will have the MiniDisplay Port connection at one end while the other may have HDMI or VGA, it is also common to see MiniDisplay Port adapters to VGA or HDMI so we would then have to buy the HDMI-HDMI cable or VGA- VGA, if we already have one of these is a good option but not always cheaper and also we will be using two cables (adapter and cable) instead of one.

To identify this connection … a picture is worth a thousand words:

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The other option of connection that can carry your Mac computer is the HDMI , is an easily identifiable entry as it is present in most of the screens and televisions currently on the market. It is like this:

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What connection does my external display, monitor, television or projector have?

The external screens have infinity of ports of entry, we will emphasize the used ones to connect a screen or projector to your Mac:

  • VGA : is well known but disused, has 15 pins and the photo is identified and is blue (in our case). This connection will require the cable to have VGA on one end and Mini Display Port on the other. It is complicated to find HDMI-VGA cables so if you have this connection it is better to buy an adapter.
  • DVI : very old and few computers have connection. You will no doubt have to buy a DVI to VGA adapter.
  • HDMI : is the modern standard connection, if your screen has this connector can use an HDMI-HDMI cable to your computer directly if a Macbook Pro Retina or a HDMI-Mini Display Port otherwise.

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In the following links you can find the necessary products to connect your Mac to an external screen:

  • HDMI-HDMI Cable (male-male) Amazon Basics to 5.49 €
  • Port to HDMI Cable MiniDisplay on Amazon for 15.70 €
  • MiniDisplay Adapter Port to HDMI Amazon Basics to 10.99 €
  • MiniDisplay Adapter Port to VGA Amazon Basics for € 29.95  or Apple for 29 €

You also visit http://www.heimkinoleinwandtest.de/ for more info.

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