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

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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
     
  2. deeddawg, Oct 8, 2018
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    deeddawg macrumors 604

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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...
     
  3. rawweb macrumors 6502a

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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. 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

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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.
     
  5. rawweb macrumors 6502a

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    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

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  7. igorpreston macrumors newbie

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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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