2016 13 inch no touch bar - connecting 2 external monitors

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  1. orangebanjo, May 14, 2017
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    orangebanjo macrumors newbie

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    How would you connect a 4K monitor and a 1080 HDMI output only monitor to the current 13 inch no touch bar MBP? The 4K monitor is a DELL P2715Q. Could you connect the 1080 display to the hdmi port of a hub, say the CharJen and then the 4K display directly to the 2nd USB-C port? I've heard these hubs are dodgy and the connection to the monitor will drop.

    You could also use Apple's multiport adapter in lieu of a 3rd party hub, but its reviews aren't that great - which do you prefer Apple or 3rd party?

    Could one daisy chain two 4K DisplayPort monitors, say two of the above Dells and one of the monitors connects directly to the USB-C port? Will this minimize lost connections compared to using a hub/adapter?

    These monitors will be used mostly for work, basically a lot of reading, some videos and images, no gaming.
     
  2. orangebanjo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    To answer my own question, apparently daisy chaining doesn't work for all DisplayPort monitors, from what I read, it doesn't work for the Dell. The CharJen hub works for now, connected 4K monitor directly to MBP via DisplayPort, the 1080 to the hub. Apparently the hub's HDMI handles 4K, so will try connecting the 4K monitor to it.

    Haven't had any major problems yet, cross fingers although waking up from sleep, the screens get switched, haven't figured out how to fix that yet. For all the talk about dongles, I haven't had any issues, as the hub has solved my problems, but haven't used it long enough to make a good reliability assessment.
     
  3. orangebanjo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    So 4K works through the hub's HDMI port too, so 2 4K monitors using the no touchbar 2 port MBP should work, will test that when I get a chance. I was pretty sure it would work, but there are not many posts saying so, didn't see any YouTube videos of someone hooking two up, so here is mine. Now 3 or 4 monitors, I'm not so sure, guessing the hub is designed to be used 1 per MBP, not 2 attached to one MBP. And dunno if the hub will stop working in a month, a year, so hoping for the best.
     

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