2012 13" MBA + Kensington sd3500v USB 3.0 Docking Station=Possible 3 Ext. Monitors?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Craftypenguin, Aug 15, 2013.

  1. Craftypenguin macrumors newbie


    Mar 22, 2009
    Los Angeles, CA
    Hello Team MacRumors:

    I am getting a Kensington sd3500v USB 3.0 Docking Station

    The Kensington comes with two display outputs; DVI and HDMI, with adapters for DVI-VGA, and DVI-HDMI.

    So here are my questions:

    1) Does anyone currently use the Kensington sd3500v, and do you use it to drive multiple external displays? If so, what's your setup?

    2) As the 2012 MBA features an HD4000 GPU, what are folks' thoughts on the GPU being powerful enough for the following setup:

    -An external DVI-connected monitor, and;
    -An external DIV-HDMI-connected monitor, and;
    -An external Thunderbolt-to-VGA-connected monitor, and/or;
    -An external USB 2.0 or 3.0-to-VGA-connected monitor

    My current set up is thus:

    I have an external running out of my Thunderbolt to VGA, and a second external monitor running USB 2.0 to VGA, and the built-in MBA display.

    With the move to the Kensington USB 3.0 Docking Station, I am hoping to set up the following:

    One display connected to the Docking Station via DVI, a second display connected to the Docking Station via the HDMI with an HDMI-to-DVI cable, and a third external monitor either connected to the Thunderbolt-to-VGA adapter, OR use the USB 2.0-to-VGA connection I currently have.

    It is not essential, and probably unlikely, that I will be able to use 3 external monitors, no matter their connection, AND also use the MBA native display; but what do I know.

    Any thoughts will be helpful, and will guide whether or not I go out looking for a third display to connect to my new set up.
  2. fark macrumors regular

    Aug 13, 2013
    The reviews on Amazon are lukewarm and really bad for Mac users. Isn't there anything better?
  3. newdeal macrumors 68020

    Oct 21, 2009
    yes it can be done, no performance will not be good. I have the same dock (but toshiba branded) and even with one display hooked up it is noticeably less smooth than the monitor that is connected to thunderbolt (this is with a 2013 air). With a second hooked up I am sure the issue would be compounded. If you want to hook up 3 displays, get the retina macbook pro. It has 2 thunderbolts and an HDMI so would handle this just fine.

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