Adding 2nd monitor to rmbp

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

  1. agaskew macrumors 6502

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    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

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

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

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