Wouldn’t it be nice to have a simple and inexpensive solution to get HD video from your Mac to your HDTV or HD projector or monitor? The new Kanex iAdapt HDMI V2 for $29.95 is your answer. At least it’s your answer if you have a newer model Mac that has the Mini DisplayPort. Which model Macs are included?
List of Apple Computers (Mid 2010) models with Mini DisplayPort audio pass through:
MacBook 13-inch: 2.4GHz (MC516LL/A)
MacBook Pro 13-inch: 2.4GHz (MC374LL/A)
MacBook Pro 13-inch: 2.66GHz (MC375LL/A)
MacBook Pro 15-inch: 2.4GHz (MC371LL/A )
MacBook Pro 15-inch: 2.53GHz (MC372LL/A)
MacBook Pro 15-inch: 2.66GHz (MC373LL/A)
MacBook Pro 17-inch: 2.53GHz (MC024LL/A)
iMac 21.5-inch: 3.06GHz (MB950LL and MC413LL/A)
iMac 27-inch: 3.06GHz (MB952LL/A)
iMac 27-inch: 2.66GHz Intel Core i5 (MB953LL/A)
iMac 27-inch: 2.8GHz Intel Core i7 upgrade (MB953LL/A)
Mac Mini: Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz (MC270LL/A)
Mac Mini (Server): Core 2 Duo 2.66GHz (MC438LL/A)
Connection was simple, just plug the Kanex iAdapt HDMI V2 into your Mac’s DisplayPort and then plug an HDMI cable from there to your HD display unit. There’s no external power needed, no software, simply plug and play. It’s about time! It’s perfect for your Mac Mini as your media center or your MacBook Pro as a second monitor. The uses are many, and for $29.95 the investment is little.
From the Kanex Web site:
Supports Mini DisplayPort input and HDMI output
Supports full 1080p HD digital video
Supports HDMI 225MHz/2.25Gbps per channel (6.75Gbps total) bandwidth
Supports HDMI Deep Color 12bit per channel (36bit color depth)
Supports uncompressed digital LPCM 7.1, 5.1 or 2 channels and compressed digital Bit-Stream (Dolby TrueHD, Dolby Digital Plus and DTS-HD Master Audio) through HDMI Input.
Powered via Mini DisplayPort source
One point of note, if you have an older Mac with a Mini DisplayPort, the adapter will work but only for the video and not the audio. However, Kanex carries a product that can provide a workaround to that problem in the Kanex iAdapt 51 which you can find here.
The iAdapt V2 from Kanex is a real no-brainer for anyone with a mid 2010 Mac. HD from your Mac is finally here for a reasonable price.