Best Macbook Pro for Dual UltraWide Monitors?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by hadi27, Apr 11, 2016.

  1. hadi27 macrumors newbie

    Jan 6, 2010
    Sorry I originally posted in the Macbook subforum like a dummy.

    Hi all,

    So I recently bought two LG 25UM56 UltraWide monitors for my new table setup. I bought these two in a hurry and I didn't fully research how I was going to use them. Apparently, my late 2008 white unibody Macbook (running El Capitan) can't handle extending the display to two monitors (2560x1080 resolution each).

    Currently I can only connect one with a Mini DisplayPort to HDMI adapter at 1920x1080 resolution, which also leaves empty spaces on both sides.

    My question is - What is the best performing and most affordable Macbook Pro I can purchase that can easily connect both monitors at full resolution? I want a laptop that won't lag from displaying so much real estate. I've read into the subject and have gathered macbook pro retinas have 2 thunderbolt outputs and an HDMI output. My monitors ONLY have two HDMI input ports each.

    Im looking for something under $1200 preferably. I would like something with 8gb(16gb better), i7 if possible, and SSD is nice too. Basically this laptop has to be sufficient for photoshop, light graphic design, and watching/streaming movies (without lagging on the monitors) for the next 3 years.

    There's so many variations of the macbook pro and so many little differences in hardware between 2013/2014/2014 that I get lost in what is the best bang for the buck.

    Thank You,

    Is there any quad core macbooks available in this price? or 15 inch?

    What are some better options than these two laptops? How old is the oldest model I should go and still be able to enjoy the macbook 3 years down the road

    Final Question - is there a dual monitor mount that can handle two ultrawides? I hear I can buy two singles or a triple monitor mount.
  2. JTToft macrumors 68040

    Apr 27, 2010
    Aarhus, Denmark
    I'll be lazy and just repost my response to your thread in the MacBook forum.

    Any Retina MacBook Pro in either 13" or 15" will handle those two monitors easily. Any other machine will need contraptions to make it work or won't work at all.
  3. Freyqq macrumors 601

    Dec 13, 2004
    Yep, any of the current gen retina macbook pros would work fine.
  4. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    Any retina MacBook Pro, you can use mini display port to HDMI cables and connect using your thunderbolt port for the second monitor.
  5. hadi27 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 6, 2010
    Thank you for the valuable input. However, does anyone know of a dual monitor mount for ultrawides? or should I stick with two single desktop mounts? or a triple monitor mount? Which one would run me cheaper?
  6. dalekurt macrumors newbie


    Sep 18, 2016
    JM ~ NY
    Hey, If upgrading the MacBook Pro to the latest Retina MacBook Pro was not an option what contraptions would you recommend?

    I was thinking the Matrox DualHead2Go ME would be an option but I don't know if it would support the resolution of both Ultrawide monitors. Any suggestions?
    --- Post Merged, Sep 18, 2016 ---
    Have a look at the MonMount LCD-1940 Dual LCD Monitor Stand Desk Clamp
  7. SSD-GUY macrumors 6502a

    Sep 20, 2012
    London, UK
    I have a 1440p monitor, the Dell U2515H.

    With Mac OS X, I honestly would get a 4K monitor. Due to scaling, things like finder, the OS' notifications such as when you click shutdown, and the normal OS text are just too small. A 4K monitor with scaling is the sweetspot in my opinion.

    I'm waiting for Dell to release a 4K bezel-less monitor like the U2414h/U2515h.
  8. JTToft macrumors 68040

    Apr 27, 2010
    Aarhus, Denmark
    - I have no personal experience, but I would also look at the Matrox solutions. It should be simple enough too look up the resolution support.

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