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Headless Mac Video Accelerator
Don't settle for poor interface performance on your headless Mac.
Take back the full power of your GPU today.

Never settle for a choppy interface.
Mac mini and Mac Pro are both amazing machines, packing phenomenal power. They're fantastic when used as headless units for high-power, whisper-quiet home or professional servers. But even with the these outstanding capabilities, when either Mac is operated without a display attached, the GPU isn't activated, meaning it's not pulling its weight. So when you access your Mac remotely, the CPU does all the work rendering the user interface. The interface lags; OS X animation, cursor movement, menu navigation, and typing all suffer, making remote operations a pain.
Plug in. Restore Performance. Easy.
Now there's an easy NewerTech fix to make your remote experience smooth again. The Headless Mac Video Accelerator makes your headless Mac think it has an attached display. This loads the headless Mac's video drivers, activating its GPU and taking full advantage of its power, so your remote interface works perfectly – exactly how you'd expect. Plug in a Headless Mac Video Accelerator and get back to working smoothly on your headless Mac.
Display Menu
This handy third-party app allows you to quickly and easily check for available resolutions, refresh rates, or retina capability on any of your internal or externally connected displays and projectors. Adjust your machine to match the remote display resolution or switch between aspect ratios or turn on mirroring with a single click. Display Menu makes it that easy. http://displaymenu.milchimgemuesefach.de

Includes

  • Headless Video Accelerator

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Product Specifications

Connection

  • mini DisplayPort

Resolution

  • 1920x1080 @ 60Hz maximum resolution
Manufacturer provided specifications for Newer Technology p/n CBLMDPHEADB UPC#: 811643014701
The Headless Video Accelerator is compatible with...
Mac mini Intel
Mac mini (Late 2012)
(October, 2012)
Model ID: Macmini6,1 & Macmini6,2
2.3GHz, 2.5GHz, 2.6GHz
Mac mini Intel
Mac mini (Late 2012 Server)
(October, 2012)
Model ID: Macmini6,2
2.3GHz, 2.6GHz
Mac mini Intel
Mac mini (Mid 2011)
(July, 2011)
Model ID: Macmini5,1 & Macmini5,2
2.3GHz, 2.5GHz, 2.7GHz
Mac mini Intel
Mac mini (Mid 2011 Server)
(July, 2011)
Model ID: Macmini5,3
2.0GHz
Mac mini Intel
Mac mini (Mid 2010)
(June, 2010)
Model ID: Macmini4,1
2.4GHz, 2.66GHz
Mac mini Intel
Mac mini (Mid 2010 Server)
(June, 2010)
Model ID: Macmini4,1
2.66GHz
Mac mini Intel
Mac mini (Late 2009)
(October, 2009)
Model ID: Macmini3,1
2.26GHz, 2.53GHz, 2.66GHz
Mac mini Intel
Mac mini (Late 2009 Server)
(October, 2009)
Model ID: Macmini3,1
2.53GHz
Mac mini Intel
Mac mini (Early 2009)
(March, 2009)
Model ID: Macmini3,1
2.0GHz, 2.26GHz
Mac Pro
Mac Pro (Early 2009 8-Core)
(March, 2009)
Model ID: MacPro4,1
2.26GHz, 2.66GHz, 2.93GHz
Mac Pro
Mac Pro (Early 2009 Quad-Core)
(March, 2009)
Model ID: MacPro4,1
2.66GHz, 2.93GHz, 3.33GHz
Mac Pro
Mac Pro 12-Core
(Mid 2010-2012)
(July, 2010 / June 2012)
Model ID: MacPro5,1
2.40GHz, 2.66GHz, 2.93GHz, 3.06GHz
Mac Pro
Mac Pro 8-Core (Mid 2010)
(July, 2010)
Model ID: MacPro5,1
2.4GHz
Mac Pro
Mac Pro 6-Core
(Mid 2010-2012)
(July, 2010 / June 2012)
Model ID: MacPro5,1
3.33GHz
Mac Pro
Mac Pro (Mid 2010 Quad-Core)
(July, 2010)
Model ID: MacPro5,1
2.8GHz, 3.2GHz, 3.33GHz
Mac Pro
Mac Pro
(December, 2013)
Model ID: MacPro6,1
2.7GHz 3.0GHz, 3.5GHz, 3.7GHz
MacBook White Unibody
MacBook (Mid 2010)
(May, 2010)
Model ID: MacBook7,1
2.4GHz
MacBook White Unibody
MacBook (Late 2009)
(October, 2009)
Model ID: MacBook6,1
2.26Ghz
MacBook Unibody
MacBook (Late 2008)
(October, 2008)
Model ID: MacBook5,1
2.0GHz, 2.4GHz
MacBook Pro Retina
MacBook Pro (15-inch Retina display Mid 2015)
(May, 2015)
Model ID: MacBookPro11,4; MacBookPro11,5
2.2GHz, 2.5GHz, 2.8GHz
MacBook Pro Retina
MacBook Pro (13-inch Retina display Early 2015)
(March, 2015)
Model ID: MacBookPro12,1
2.7GHz, 2.9GHz, 3.1GHz
MacBook Pro Retina
MacBook Pro (15-inch Retina Display 2014)
(July, 2014)
Model ID: MacBookPro11,2
2.2GHz, 2.5GHz, 2.8GHz
MacBook Pro Retina
MacBook Pro (13-inch Retina Display 2014)
(July, 2014)
Model ID: MacBookPro11,1
2.6GHz, 2.8GHz, 3.0GHz
MacBook Pro Retina
MacBook Pro (15-inch Retina Display 2013)
(January, 2013)
Model ID: MacBookPro10,1
2.4GHz, 2.7GHz, 2.8GHz
MacBook Pro Retina
MacBook Pro (13-inch Retina Display 2013)
(January, 2013)
Model ID: MacBookPro10,2
2.5GHz, 2.6GHz, 2.9GHz, 3.0GHz
MacBook Pro Retina
MacBook Pro (15-inch Retina Display 2012)
(June, 2012)
Model ID: MacBookPro10,1
2.3GHz, 2.6GHz, 2.7GHz
MacBook Pro Retina
MacBook Pro (13-inch Retina Display 2012-2013)
(October, 2012)
Model ID: MacBookPro10,2
2.5GHz, 2.9GHz
MacBook Pro Unibody
MacBook Pro (15-inch 2012)
(June, 2012)
Model ID: MacBookPro9,1
2.3GHz, 2.6GHz, 2.7GHz
MacBook Pro Unibody
MacBook Pro (13-inch 2012)
(June, 2012)
Model ID: MacBookPro9,2
2.5GHz, 2.9GHz
MacBook Pro Unibody
MacBook Pro (17-inch 2011)
(October, 2011)
Model ID: MacBookPro8,3
2.4GHz, 2.5GHz
MacBook Pro Unibody
MacBook Pro (15-inch 2011)
(October, 2011)
Model ID: MacBookPro8,2
2.2GHz, 2.4GHz, 2.5GHz
MacBook Pro Unibody
MacBook Pro (13-inch 2011)
(October, 2011)
Model ID: MacBookPro8,1
2.4GHz, 2.8GHz
MacBook Pro Unibody
MacBook Pro (17-inch Mid 2010)
(April, 2010)
Model ID: MacBookPro6,1
2.53GHz, 2.66GHz, 2.8GHz
MacBook Pro Unibody
MacBook Pro (15-inch Mid 2010)
(April, 2010)
Model ID: MacBookPro6,2
2.4GHz, 2.53GHz, 2.66GHz, 2.8GHz
MacBook Pro Unibody
MacBook Pro (13-inch Mid 2010)
(April, 2010)
Model ID: MacBookPro7,1
2.4GHz, 2.66GHz
MacBook Pro Unibody
MacBook Pro (17-inch Mid 2009)
(June, 2009)
Model ID: MacBookPro5,2
2.8GHz, 3.06GHz
MacBook Pro Unibody
MacBook Pro (15-inch Mid 2009)
(June, 2009)
Model ID: MacBookPro5,4
2.53GHz
MacBook Pro Unibody
MacBook Pro (15-inch Mid 2009)
(June, 2009)
Model ID: MacBookPro5,3
2.66GHz, 2.8GHz, 3.06GHz
MacBook Pro Unibody
MacBook Pro (13-inch Mid 2009)
(June, 2009)
Model ID: MacBookPro5,5
2.26GHz, 2.53GHz
MacBook Pro Unibody
MacBook Pro (17-inch Early 2009)
(January, 2009)
Model ID: MacBookPro5,2
2.66GHz, 2.93GHz
MacBook Pro Unibody
MacBook Pro (15-inch Late 2008)
(October, 2008)
Model ID: MacBookPro5,1
2.4GHz, 2.53GHz, 2.66GHz 2.8GHz

Customer Ratings

Write a Review 4.6 / 5 12 out of 13 (92%) reviewers would recommend this product
Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Indianapolis Age: Over 65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: over 6 months
Rating: 5/5 Love this adapter May 15, 2016 We have been running a Mac mini as a server for years using screen sharing. Not having an attached monitor was a drag. This adapter has eased my life mutely.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer Top 100 Contributor
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Florida Age: Over 65 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Works great! February 26, 2016 Attached to a Mac Mint that is used as a PLEX Media Server. Works great. Makes remote access smoother.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Fort Worth, Texas Age: Over 65 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 WELL WORTH THE MONEY February 9, 2016 I often use my iPad Pro to access a headless Mac mini. It worked okay but the graphics response lag was annoying and sometimes caused me to make an error. With the Headless Mac Video Accelerator installed the response is almost as good as using an attached keyboard and monitor.

I would have preferred the smaller size of the HDMI accelerator but the Mac mini is out of sight in a cabinet so it really doesn't matter.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Age: 45-54 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 Not as small as HDMI version January 9, 2016 HDMI versions of this type of device are much smaller, but since this requires more electronics to fool the computer, I'm fine with it.

Works as expected - I have my mac mini connected to an HDMI switch for occasional use with my TV so I needed to use a display port option instead. Greatly improves responsiveness of mini when using Remote Access tools.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Sweden Age: 55-65 Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Great gadget! April 14, 2015 Just works, perfect for my needs.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Saint Louis, MO Age: Over 65 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 An amazing gadget March 5, 2015 I manage a MacMini-based server for my home-business. Once I updated its software to Mavericks, it became frustrating to manage via screen sharing (it is a headless server) because the cursor lagged the mouse pretty badly. I heard about this product from a friend and tried it. Just plugged it in. Problem solved. Amazing!

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: TX Age: 45-54 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Easy fix for an annoying problem February 14, 2015 I have a 2011 model server and a 2010 model with DVD drive, they live together in a RackMac mini rack mount enclosure. I access them via ARD and I was always wondering why the old G4 Xserves they replaced had better video over remote desktop than they did. Getting a pair of these sure fixed that problem up. That said, it is a downer with the 2011 box since it uses the Thunderbolt port. I'm eyeing a Thunderbolt to USB 3.0/eSATA adapter that has no pass through, so if I were to get one of those to cure the lack of 3.0 and add eSATA on this box, I could no longer use the accelerator. NewerTech would be wise to put out a HDMI version as can be found on the interweb. After all HDMI isn't worth a hill of beans on a rack mounted mini while the Thunderbolt port is quite useful. For the time being though I am quite pleased with the results.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer Top 100 Contributor
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Denton, TX Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: 1-3 months
Rating: 5/5 NewerTech Headless Mac Video Accelerator Just Works January 5, 2015 Most of the time, my 2012 Mac Mini hosts several backup applications supporting several other computers, including some remote ones. It's easy to manage with Apple Remote Desktop, so running it headless was preferable to me. With this headless Mac Video Accelerator connected, responsiveness via ARD is much faster than with the monitor simply disconnected. For those occasions when I need the monitor, I can reconnect the monitor in seconds for local keyboard access. Sweet. Previously, I'd tried an HDMI headless adapter, but it occasionally left me with a remote black screen when connecting via ARD. This does not happen with the NewerTech Headless Mac Video Accelerator, at least not so far. I recommend this product. It just works.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Derry, NH Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Power User Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 This product is absolutely Wonderful November 21, 2014 Being an experience Electrical Engineer for 35+ years I was very skeptical that this dongle would do any better than the simple 10 cent resistor between 2 pins of the DVI converter plug as promoted on a relatively obscure Apple site for the FIX for a Headless Mac-Mini! For the record, I only bought it to prevent future issues with my wife using my system when I am gone...

Folks, I have absolutely no idea of what anyone has to complain about!

With this adapter, the system response using screen sharing is absolutely amazing in terms of display resolution, response to simple mouse movement and overall performance! Frankly, what I am getting using this dongle is the absolute same as having a direct monitor, keyboard and mouse connected although only screen shared to a near vintage MacBook Pro 17 inch laptop 2.4GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Core screen sharing from a Mid 2010 Mac-Mini 8GB ram used as a Music Server system! Both not the speediest Apple makes.

The difference WITH THE SOFTWARE PROGRAM required to fully utilize it is absolutely amazing in performance! Hey, its only $18 and the absolute best money I have ever spent, PERIOD! Try it for yourself and compare the 1 resistor dongle which you can build from Radio Shack parts for close to the same dollars to this dongle and you too will be amazed if it works in your system as it does in mine!

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Washington, DC Age: 45-54 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Wow! Just wow. November 17, 2014 I was HIGHLY skeptical of this device, but two factors made me decide to buy it. First, I run a headless Mac Mini server that I access remotely several times each day via Screen Sharing. Performance is mediocre at best, so anything that promised to improve this woeful situation, even if what it promised was alchemy-like, was worth a try. Second, it was only $17, so if it did not work, at least I would not fret about wasting my money. I have a Mac Mini mid-2011. After plugging in the Headless Mac Video Accelerator, went to my MacBook Pro, started Screen Sharing, and pulled up the Mac Mini. My jaw dropped--the video performance was improved many times over. No more clicking on Safari on the server and waiting while the whole thing went fuzzy, then came back into focus. No more waiting on fuzzy-to-focus every time I clicked from one message to another in Mail. The performance of the Mac Mini via Screen Sharing is equal in speed to launching the program on my local Mac. I am a convert. Now can I send you some time and have you convert it to gold?

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Sydney, Australia Age: 55-65 Experience Level: Noob Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 1/5 It only comes with thunderbolt connection not with HDMI video connection like Apple original video October 26, 2014 It only comes with thunderbolt connection not with HDMI video connection like Apple original video, so you loose a important thunderbolt port and the HDMI stays empty. Not proper advertised!!!

Response from MacSales.com, Marketing February 4, 2015 This product is listed as compatible with 2009 and later Mac mini models. As listed and shown, this product connects to the Apple mini-Displayport or, on 2011 and later models, via the Thunderbolt port which also doubles as a mini-Display port. This product has never been listed/shown to connect to an HDMI port and as listed requires connection via an available Apple mini-Displayport connection to operate. This device works without issue at the end of a Thunderbolt Daisy-Chain without the need to monopolize a TB port, no different than where a mini-Displayport display or adapter would be utilized in a Thunderbolt Chain. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Verified Buyer
Reviewer: Anonymous
Rating: 4/5 Works like a charm October 4, 2014 Apple Remote Access was lagging really bad, but since I attached this little beauty it screams again ;-)

I would recommend this item to a friend!

Reviewer: Anonymous Location: Charlotte, NC Age: 45-54 Experience Level: IT Professional Owned Product: less than a month
Rating: 5/5 Works Well August 16, 2014 I was a bit skeptical about whether there would be any significant performance increase but I was very pleasantly surprised: UI lag is completely eliminated with the headless accelerator plugged in. I tested screen sharing across both a wired and wifi network and performance was great in both cases.

I would recommend this item to a friend!

NewerTech Headless Mac Video Accelerator Mfr P/N: CBLMDPHEADB OWC SKU: NWTCBLMDPHEAD Makes remotely accessed Mac mini interfaces exponentially more responsive. 3 Year Newer Technology Limited Warranty Ships: Same Day Only $24.99MacSales.com Price $19.49
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