2009 MBP -> 2018 MBP - > What else do I need?

late show

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my 2009 17" MBP is on its last legs....Just about to pull the trigger on a fully loaded 2018 MPB, its been almost 10 years since I had to come up for air on what set up to have.

What is the standard package of equipment with a new MBP set up these days? I do some light web developing, music recording, netflix etc.


still have my 24" Cinema display should I get a New Display? which one?
usb-c hub? (OWC? whats the best one?)
new iPhone cable?
track pad, keyboard?

Getting this config:

Hardware
  • 2.9GHz 6‑core 8th‑generation Intel Core i9 processor, Turbo Boost up to 4.8GHz
  • Retina display with True Tone
  • Touch Bar and Touch ID
  • Radeon Pro 560X with 4GB of GDDR5 memory
  • 32GB 2400MHz DDR4 memory
  • 1TB SSD storage
  • Four Thunderbolt 3 ports
  • Backlit Keyboard - US English
  • Accessory Kit

any advice would be appreciated
 

deeddawg

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What you should get really depends on what you want/need to do.

As for the display, there are relatively inexpensive female-minidisplayport to male-DisplayPort adapters -- that may help with making the connection to the monitor. It has a fixed-cable, right? Ending in a male miniDisplayPort plug?

Apple Magic Keyboard 2 & Magic Trackpad 2 work fine with my MBP2018 (same config as yours).

I'd start with a couple USBC to USBA adaptors such as these: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07CVX3516

Then consider your needs/wants and whether a small portable hub or a TB3 docking station make more sense for your situation. Or whether it's just as easy to replace certain cables with USBC versions.

Some I have so far:
USBC to Micro-B (USB2.0 speed) https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01LONQ7R6
- some old stuff I have is micro-B and USB2 speed
USBC to Micro-B (USB3 speed) https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B012V56992
- used with a portable external hard drive
USBC to USBC Superspeed Gen2 (10Gbps) https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01FM525KK
- Careful - a lot of USBC to USBC cables are just USB 2.0 speed though...
 
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rawweb

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What you should get really depends on what you want/need to do.

As for the display, there are relatively inexpensive female-minidisplayport to male-DisplayPort adapters -- that may help with making the connection to the monitor. It has a fixed-cable, right? Ending in a male miniDisplayPort plug?
FYI, something like this would be way simpler then whatever you were going for. mDP to USB-C/TB3. https://www.amazon.com/USB-3-1-Type...SY340_QL65&keywords=mini+displayport+to+usb-c

It will painlessly drive a 24” or 27” LED Cinema Display. If you still want the usb/FaceTime/mic/brightness you’ll also need a apple usb-a to c dongle. A dock may also be an advisable option for less dongles hanging around.
 

deeddawg

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FYI, something like this would be way simpler then whatever you were going for. mDP to USB-C/TB3. https://www.amazon.com/USB-3-1-Type...SY340_QL65&keywords=mini+displayport+to+usb-c

It will painlessly drive a 24” or 27” LED Cinema Display.
Nice to see that exists, handy for direct connection. Review spread is interesting; 40% 1-star, 48% 5-star, a smattering in the middle. Guess you roll the dice and see what you get.

Anyway -- since OP had referenced getting a hub, I went down the path of what'd work well to attach the monitor to a hub -- and DisplayPort would be the most direct since very few hubs or docks have USBC downstream inputs. Though with the OWC dock he'd have a mDP port already and no adapter needed.
 

rawweb

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Nice to see that exists, handy for direct connection. Review spread is interesting; 40% 1-star, 48% 5-star, a smattering in the middle. Guess you roll the dice and see what you get.

Anyway -- since OP had referenced getting a hub, I went down the path of what'd work well to attach the monitor to a hub -- and DisplayPort would be the most direct since very few hubs or docks have USBC downstream inputs. Though with the OWC dock he'd have a mDP port already and no adapter needed.
There are units on Amazon with far better reviews and ratings. Type in “mini display port to usb c” reveals all. I have a few at work and have never had issues. No idea what brand I purchased though. It was like $10.

As I said in my post, I also think a dock is a great idea as you’d also be able to plug in the usb cable from the Cinema Display without monkeying with dongles.
 

igorpreston

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My ultimate desk setup at work right now is:

MBP 15" 2018 (i9 / 32GB RAM / 1TB SSD, GPU 560X) Space Gray
OWC Thunderbolt 3 13-Port Dock Space Gray
LaCie Bolt3 2TB External SSD with Thunderbolt 3 Connectivity
LG UltraFine 5K
Apple Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad Space Gray
Apple Magic Trackpad 2 Space Gray
Twelve South Curve for Macbook stand

I connect everything to OWC dock including 5K display and then connect it dock to MBP with one thunderbolt 3 cable. In this case I don't need to buy USB-C <> Lightning cables to charge my iPhone, Watch, Keyboard and Trackpad, because I can connect them directly with USB-A to the dock. And when I need to work on terrace or go to meeting room, I just disconnect one cable from MBP, take it and go. Then when I'm back, I connect one cable and everything is working right away.
 
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