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

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by late show, Oct 8, 2018.

  1. late show macrumors member

    Nov 13, 2008
    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:

    • 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
  2. deeddawg, Oct 8, 2018
    Last edited: Oct 8, 2018

    deeddawg macrumors 604

    Jun 14, 2010
    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...
  3. rawweb macrumors 6502a


    Aug 7, 2015
    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.
  4. deeddawg macrumors 604

    Jun 14, 2010
    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.
  5. rawweb macrumors 6502a


    Aug 7, 2015
    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.
  6. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
  7. igorpreston macrumors newbie

    Sep 9, 2018
    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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