Different projectors and laptops have different types of video connections, including digital connections like DVI and HDMI. However, the vast majority of projectors will have an analog input called VGA (also known as RGB). To ensure the compatibility of your set up with the majority of projectors we recommend that you purchase the necessary adapters you will need to connect your laptop or iPad to this VGA analog input.
VGA Cable (also know as RGB Cable)
This is the most common type of connection between laptops and projectors. The vast majority of projectors will have a VGA (RGB) connection. If your laptop has a VGA video output this is the cable you need. You can purchase this cable here.
Cable Matters Active HDMI to VGA Male to Female Adapter
If your computer only has an HDMI (digital) output and the projector you are working with does not have an HDMI input but has a VGA (analog) input, use this adapter to make the connection. You can purchase this adapter here.
Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter (Macbook Pro, Macbook Air)
Every Mac with a Mini DisplayPort allows you to connect an external display or projector using an adapter. Use the Mini DisplayPort to VGA Adapter to connect your Mac to a standard analog monitor, projector, or LCD that uses a VGA connector or cable. You can purchase this adapter here.
DVI-I Female (29-Pin) to VGA Male Adapter
Converts a DVI-I 29-pin female connector to a VGA male 15-pin connector. This is an adapter for computers with a DVI video card. If your laptop has a DVI video output, this is the adapter you need. You can purchase this adapter here.
Lightning to VGA Adapter (iPad, iPhone 5)
Use the Lightning to VGA Adapter with your iPad with Retina display, iPad mini, iPhone 5, and iPod touch (5th generation) with Lightning connector. The Lightning to VGA Adapter supports mirroring of what is displayed on your device screen including apps, presentations, websites, slideshows, and more — to your VGA-equipped TV, display, projector or other compatible display in up to 1080p HD. You can purchase this adapter here.
Apple 30-pin to VGA Adapter (iPhone 4 and Older iPads)
Use the Apple VGA Adapter to mirror whatever is on your iPad or iPhone 4S screen — apps, presentations, websites, and more — on your VGA-equipped TV, display, projector, or other compatible display in up to 1080p HD. Video mirroring is supported on iPad 2 or later and iPhone 4S. Purchase this adapter here.
1/8" Stereo to Dual RCA Cable (Audio)
This cable is used to connect the headphone output of your laptop to an existing audio system with RCA (phono) inputs. You can purchase this adapter here.
Gold-Plated Phono-to-Mono Adapter (Audio)
This is an adapter that you can use in addition with 1/8" Stereo to Dual RCA Cable to connect to an existing audio system with 1/4 inch (instrument) inputs. You can purchase this item here.