Review: Kanex Mini DisplayPort To HDMI Adapter

One of the things I’ve always done with my MacBook Pro is hook it up to my HDTV to watch movies that I <ahem> “acquired” over the Internet. My current MacBook Pro came with a Mini DisplayPort video connector rather than the DVI port that was on my last MacBook Pro. So I needed to get an adapter that allowed me to hook it up to the DVI to HDMI cable that I already owned. That’s when I stumbled on the iAdapt Mini DisplayPort to HDMI adapter from a company called Kanex. One of the features that intrigued me was that it would send sound via a USB connection to the HDTV over HDMI. That meant that I could avoid hooking up an extra cable to get sound. Cool!  My perusal of their website showed that there’s actually two versions of this device. There’s the iAdapt 20 which has 2 channel audio, and the iAdapt 51 which has 5.1 audio with a digital audio output. So with that in mind, I ordered the iAdapt 20 and got it in a week.

My verdict? It is a plug and play device on the Mac that works as advertised. The only thing you have to do is switch the sound output to the USB device. Other than that, it’s really easy to use. I’ve run 1080P video with excellent picture and sound quality. I can’t really think of anything negative to say about this device, and that’s rare for me. So I’ll give this a must buy if you have a MacBook or MacBook Pro and you want to hook it up to your HDTV.

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