Griffin Video Display Converter (Mini DisplayPort to HDMI/DVI) review: Griffin Video Display Converter (Mini DisplayPort to HDMI/DVI)

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
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The Good Compact; includes DVI-out connector as well as HDMI; outputs audio with new MacBook Pros.

The Bad The price is a little steep: $40 is a lot to pay for a dongle.

The Bottom Line The Griffin Video Display Converter provides an easy way to get HDMI and DVI video from an Apple laptop.

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Being an owner of Apple products certainly has its privileges, but it also has drawbacks--especially in the ports department. Apple's computers notably lack HDMI, which is an increasingly common and useful port in any desktop or laptop with good video playback. Though you won't be using your MacBook Pro as a DVD player for your TV, there's a good chance you might like to play Hulu or YouTube or your collection of iTunes music and video on the larger screen, and directly connecting your laptop is the easiest and highest-quality way to achieve that end.

Griffin's Video Display Converter, released at the beginning of the year, is a one-dongle solution for anyone who wants to output video via HDMI. The contents are simple: a Mini DisplayPort-to-HDMI converting cable (about 5 inches long), and an additional HDMI-to-DVI attachment that can be daisychained for DisplayPort-to-DVI connections (this extends the dongle to about 6.75 inches).

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Griffin Video Display Converter (Mini DisplayPort to HDMI/DVI)

Part Number: GC17096

MSRP: $39.99

See manufacturer website for availability.