Switch to Mac - Dual monitors?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by OXO, Aug 18, 2011.

  1. OXO
    macrumors newbie

    Aug 18, 2011
    Hi All,

    I have 2 x IIyama B2409HDS DVI monitors on my windows pc.

    I want to switch to mac. Which ones will support these monitors?
  2. macrumors 68020

    Feb 19, 2011
    You can connect any monitor to any mac with the correct adaptors.
    Macs that have multi monitor support (assuming you aren't using Apple's Thunderbolt Displays) include:
    • 27" iMac
    • Mac Pro
    • Mac Mini
  3. OXO
    thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 18, 2011
    Thanks. When I look at the rear of the new mac mini I see just a single HDMI port. Where would I connect 2 DVI monitors? What is the adapter? Just a cable?
  4. macrumors 68020

    Feb 19, 2011
    There's also a thunderbolt port which also functions as mini display port, so you'd need an mDP to DVI adaptor.
  5. macrumors 65816

    Feb 3, 2011
    You can also have dual monitors on any computer (I can on my 2010 MBP). I just have usb to vga as one, and the my mdp to dvi on the other. Still works perfectly!
  6. macrumors 68020

    Feb 19, 2011
    From what I've seen, those external USB graphics solutions are far from perfect, due to the bandwidth limitations of USB 2.0
  7. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 14, 2007
    Not only due to bandwidth limitations, but also CPU drain.

    Might work well enough for word processing or other relatively light or static usage though.
  8. r0k
    macrumors 68040


    Mar 3, 2008
    There is a bug in Lion dealing with dual monitors. Any non-Apple VNC program will not work properly when logging in to use a Mac running dual monitors. The cursor isn't where it appears to be so you can't click on anything. The workaround is for me to switch off my external monitor when I'm away from my Macbook so I can control my Macbook from my iPad. I'm sure Apple will get around to fixing this but 10.7.1 came and went without this getting fixed.

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