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Really small adapter - smaller than the Apple official MDP to VGA adapter, for example.
Excellent value compared to store-bought adapters. Apple don't sell a MDP to HDMI adapter, so there's only a choice of third party adapters.
The biggest win is: supports audio on the current generation of MacBook Pros. Only the most recent machines support audio output over the MiniDisplayPort, and it requires that the adapter support it.
This one does. That plus the smaller size makes this the adapter of choice.
The packaging is exactly like the Apple official packaging for MDP adapters. This feels a bit cheesy/fake, especially since Apple don't even make MDP -> HDMI adapters themselves!
The cable used in the adapter looks like it's from some huge spool, and probably won't last as long as your MacBook.
To get audio to work in Mac OS X you need to open System Preferences, go to 'Audio', and then 'Output' and select 'Built-in HDMI'.
You'll only see this when the adapter is connected and working. When you disconnect it, the system will go back to the normal built-in audio.
If you want to connect your MacBook Pro to your HDTV, this is the best way to do it. If your TV supports VGA input, this is still better because of the audio support.
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