Adding 2nd monitor to rmbp

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by agaskew, Apr 21, 2014.

  1. agaskew macrumors 6502

    Dec 3, 2009
    Hi all, I have a 2012 rMBP (2.7/16gb/768gb model) that gets used a lot at home. On the desk it runs in clamshell mode, connected using Mini DisplayPort to DVI adapter to one 23" 1080p monitor.
    I'd like to add a 2nd monitor, probably another 1080p one as they are relatively cheap. I think there are a few ways to do this but can't get a handle on the best way:

    Can I hook up a 2nd monitor via the 2nd unused Thunderbolt port using another mini display port to DVI adapter? This would be my first choice if it works, so I can also get a book arc stand or similar.
    Or would it be better to use the HDMI port? This is on the other side of the laptop which makes cable management a bit of a pain.
    Or get a USB to DVI adapter? This would tie up a USB port so the monitor would need a USB hub.

    Thanks for any ideas. ( I tried Apple tech support via a chat session but they were surprisingly useless!)
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    If you do not use the second TB port, use that.
  3. simon48 macrumors 65816


    Sep 1, 2010
    Use either the Thunderbolt or the HDMI port, whatever is convenient/cost-effective.

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