All Posts by Date or last 15, 30, 90 or 180 days.
also by Lloyd: photography and

Links on this site earn me fees or commissions.
As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases @AMAZON

Consult with Lloyd: cameras, computers, backup, etc...
Lloyd’s Patreon
Designed for the most demanding needs of photographers and videographers.

Newertech Headless Video Accelerator: Speeds Up Display, Video, Keyboard & Mouse Use Via Remote Access

Newertech Headless Video Accelerator

Have a MacMini (or any Mac) without a display attached (a server), and accessing it via Apple Remote access (ARA)?

By making the Mac think it has a display, the NewerTech HDMI Headless Video Accelerator causes the MacMini to enable the GPU, for faster performance during remote access. Same deal with the Mini Display Port Headless Mac Video Accelerator.

Re-stocked after Instantly Selling Out – Thousands Are Now Deployed with ARA (Apple Remote Access) Users Around the World for Faster Mac mini Display-Free “Headless” Units Used as Networking, Storage, Media, & Home Theater Servers

Activates Full GPU/Video Performance on Mac Mini without Attached Display – No More Choppy Video –

Version Also Available Providing Same Acceleration Using Available Mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt Connection

February 3, 2016, Woodstock, IL — NewerTech, a leading performance upgrades and accessories company for Macs, PCs, iPhones, iPads, and iPods since 1984, announced today that the NewerTech HDMI Headless Video Accelerator is now shipping after selling out immediately after NewerTech’s announcement in November. The NewerTech HDMI Accelerator is a simple adapter that plugs into the Mac mini’s HDMI display port to make “headless” display-free Mac minis used as storage and media servers think there is a display attached. The NewerTech adapter activates the Mac’s video drivers and GPU (graphics processing unit) for 100% full video performance with no more choppy images, slow performance, or mouse lags.

Adapter for 100% Silky Smooth OS X Video Experience

Because of the Mac mini’s compact size, superior storage, performance, and low cost, it is often used as “headless” networking, storage, production studio media, and home theater servers with no need for a display which takes up space and power, or need for a keyboard or mouse. However, when the Mac mini is used without a display during Screen Sharing, its GPU isn’t activated. As a result, the interface lags, resulting in choppy screens and slow video, animation, cursor movements, menu navigation, and typing. Plugging the NewerTech HDMI Headless Video Accelerator into the HDMI port of the Mac mini solves this problem, engaging the GPU so your remote interface works exactly how you’d expect.

“Our HDMI Accelerator is so popular because previously when the Mac mini was used as a server, the best option was just to grin and bear the slow video performance whenever you needed to remotely access your mini. With our adapter, the Mac mini thinks there is a display attached, so you’re back to the 100% silky smooth OS X experience you know and love,” said Larry O’Connor, President, NewerTech.

Best-Selling HDMI Video Accelerator Shipping Now

Re-stocked after instantly selling out, thousands of NewerTech HDMI adapters are now being used by ARA (Apple Remote Access) users around the world for faster video in Mac mini display-free units. “After having an initial production run flying out the door and selling out, we’ve restocked the HDMI Headless Video Accelerator adapter substantially to ensure ongoing supply and are back with availability after 8 weeks of shortage,” said O’Connor. Priced at only $19.50, the HDMI Headless Video Accelerator is shipping now, available at:

See video explaining how to use it at:

Version Available for All Macs without an HDMI Port Available or Preferred

In addition to the HDMI Headless Video Accelerator, NewerTech also offers the Headless Video Accelerator for Mini DisplayPort, a video accelerator for all Macs without an available HDMI port. Compatible with Mini DisplayPort or Thunderbolt connections, the Headless Video Accelerator for Mini DisplayPort activates full GPU/video performance on non-HDMI Macs without an attached display for no more choppy video. Info at:

Jörg W writes:

I can confirm the Headless fix from Newertech, does work flawlessly!

Purchased it, a couple of months ago, too for a Mac Mini (2014). Needed it for work<>home VPN connection (before: sluggish RDP performance with Apple Remote Desktop)

MPG: Why can’t Apple just put a checkbox in Energy Save: “Force GPU Active even if no display”?

View all handpicked deals...

Benro Induro Hydra 2 Waterproof Carbon Fiber Series #2 Tripod
$255 $255
SAVE $click | Terms of Use | PRIVACY POLICY
Contact | About Lloyd Chambers | Consulting | Photo Tours
Mailing Lists | RSS Feeds | Twitter
Copyright © 2020 diglloyd Inc, all rights reserved.
Display info: __RETINA_INFO_STATUS__