Display media from your Apple device on an HDTV or other HDMI-compatible screen using this Apple® MD826ZM/A Lightning digital A/V adapter, which features video mirroring capability for enjoying content in up to 1080p resolution.
Good for What it Does But a Little Pricey
Posted by: MrJustice42 from: on
This adapter plugs into any iDevice that has the small pin "Lightning" connector port (iPad Air, Air2, Mini, etc.) and allows you to mirror what is on your iDevice to a TV via an unused HDMI input (with an HDMI cable, not included with this adapter). Whatever is on your iDevice shows up on the TV exactly as you see it on the device--"mirroring"
I use the adapter and HDMI cable with my iPad Air when I travel to watch Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, YouTube, and HBOGo on the hotel TV. There is a little bit of lag between what you are doing on the iDevice and what you see on the screen, but for viewing purposes, this is a minor distraction at most. When the content gets going, it's a non-issue. The content continues to play even when the iPad screen turns off.
A big plus with the adapter (like the old adapter for the large 32-pin connectors), is that a power port sits right next to the HDMI port so you can plug in your power adapter and charge your device while it is in use slinging your iDevice content to the TV. That's handy for any binge watching you might want to do.
Information from the Internet suggests that hardware inside the adapter actually compresses HDMI output from the device via the AirPlay protocol instead of pouring out true HD from the iDevice to the TV, such that you do not get "true" 1080p resolution. While I'm one of the people who cares about such things typically, I did not find it to be much of a problem when using my iPad Air to watch streaminng video content via YouTube, Amazon, Netflix, and HBOGo. In all cases, there was not enough of a difference for me to care too much; I was just happy to be able to stream the content that I wanted to a decent sized TV, instead of being constrained by the channels offered via the hotel TV or having to wear earbuds and watch my content on my iPad directly.
Being an Apple product, you will pay more for this than you probably should. However, at last check, no third party or OEM versions are available, which typically come in at a lower price. Most retailers have lowered the price a little from the original price of $50 (current "deals" have the adapter listed for about $44), including Amazon. A good start, but this type of adapter should be in the $25-$30 range if not lower. The product loses a star for price.
If you plan on using the adapter to mirror content via some other app like Plex, Slingplayer, or whatever, you might want to do a quick Google search using the search terms "lightning digital av adapter" your iDevice and the app that you plan on using. Chances are you will get some hits where people have posted any problems they are having trying to use the adapter with the listed iDevice and app, and whether there are fixes.
The adapter is easy to use and it is compact, so it travels well. If third party manufacturers or OEMs could get into the business of making this product thus lowering the price, that would be ideal. Until that time, though, it is hard to go wrong with this adapter. Just don't forget the HDMI cable.
28 out of 31 found this review helpful.
Great HDMI adaptor, but expensive
Posted by: Goby from: St Cloud, MN on
I picked this up to watch movies from my iPhone 5 connected to a hotel TV while traveling for business using a 25" HDMI cable. It worked great for everything I had on my iPhone except HBO GO. The HBO GO will not send the video from a iPhone 5 to the TV. Outside of that, it worked perfectly for everything else. The $49.99 price is way too much.
23 out of 25 found this review helpful.
Well worth it
Posted by: techman4039 from: Long Island, NY on
I needed something to be able to attach my iPad to my 65" HD tv and watch the videos and other content on it. The only problem was when I connected the a/v adapter to the tv via an HDMI cable, then the a/v adapter into my new iPad, it wouldn't show the content. It was then I realized you have to hook the adapter up with a charger in the lightening spot to supply the essential power. Once I did the content was transferred to the tv in pure HD quality.
Now my family and I can watch our HD home videos without having to crowd around the iPad and hear the yelling of 'I can't see, move!'.
9 out of 9 found this review helpful.
Great for presentations
Posted by: DoctorRx2010 from: on
I prefer to use "Keynote" on my iPad instead of Microsoft's Powerpoint when putting together presentations and lectures. This little gem has made it so much easier to set up my lectures in classrooms and board rooms that have large TVs instead drop down projector screens. I simply plug the lightening port into the iPad, the HDMI cable into the TV, and the display pops up within seconds (make sure you've tuned the TV to display the proper HDMI port). Then it's as simple as bluetoothing my iPhone to the iPad and using it as the remote for the presentation. There's even a second female lightening pot next to the HDMI port on the adapter so you can plug in a lightening cable connected to a wall charge to ensure your device doesn't power down due to low battery if giving an extended lecture. Well worth the money I spent.
It's also worth noting that this can be connected to a digital projector with an HDMI input and projected onto a wall. You're not limited to just TV's. You can connect the apple device to any display with an HDMI input.
I've used this not just for lectures, but also for showing slideshows of family vacations and mission trips to friends and extended family so everyone can gather around at once and I don't have to post everything to social media for them to see.
9 out of 9 found this review helpful.
Exactly what we needed
Posted by: photomom from: on
We were looking for a chord to connect our iPhone to the TV for presentations and other things and this is perfect. The chord works seamlessly and so far we have not had any issues. My only complaint is that we should have bought one sooner! Love it!
7 out of 7 found this review helpful.
Apple to Tv via Adapter
Posted by: BKS66 from: Columbus Ohio on
Not really a big fan of this adapter.it doesn't fill the screen of a16:9 widescreen tv. That's not what I would call mirroring. It leaves 8 inches on the sides in black bars,and on top and bottom at least 4 inches of black bars.
14 out of 19 found this review helpful.
Doesn't work on iOS 8
Posted by: Audrea from: on
I got this home, plugged it in...and nothing. I started doing research only to find out that there's issues with this not working on anyone running iOS 8. It's been out for months and there's still no fix?!
9 out of 11 found this review helpful.
great if you need direct HDMI output
Posted by: bbfanfan from: Los Angeles, CA on
easy to setup, just plug and play. However, can't get full 1080p HD signal output to TV, only outputing 720p.
9 out of 12 found this review helpful.
Posted by: ajsc1004 from: on
Finally something for iPhone users. I was looking for an adapter that just mirrors and not uses my data as well. This product just does that.
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
Posted by: heydayhey from: Danbury, CT on
As I have researched, this isn't only just some cable and converter. It has plenty of electronics in it and even a processor, that's why the high cost.