Connecting mid-2012 Macbook Pro to two external monitors

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  1. bluebeard86, Feb 21, 2018
    Last edited: Feb 21, 2018

    bluebeard86 macrumors newbie


    Feb 21, 2018
    Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
    I am trying to connect my mid-2012 Macbook Pro to 2 external monitors.

    The first monitor is already connected via Thunderbolt.
    I have a Thunderbolt to HDMI adapter, then a HDMI cable into the monitor.
    I currently use my macbook as a second monitor, but I have been gifted a new monitor and wish to use that as the second monitor and no longer use my macbook as a screen (I can store it under my desk quite easily).

    My existing monitor is a Samsung S27E390H.
    It has a HDMI input and RGB input and that seems to be about it.

    The new monitor is a HP ZR2740W.
    HP ZR2740w 27-inch LED Backlit IPS Monitor - Specifications | HP® Customer Support
    It does not have a HDMI input. It has a display port input, DVI video input, USB-B input and 2 x USB-A input.

    My mid-2012 macbook pro has - the following inputs -
    - Ethernet
    - Firewire
    - Thunderbolt
    - 2 x USB ports
    MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2012) - Technical Specifications

    I have absolutely no idea how to connect my laptop to both monitors. I thought I had a solution but I've realised since that this won't work (I thought the DVI video was a VGA because I'm dumb).

    Would this work?
    Then connect the HDMI monitor via HDMI and the DVI monitor via DVI?

    I'm happy to buy whatever I can to make this work - even if it costs a little bit of extra money.
    Help me Mac Rumours!

  2. Apple fanboy macrumors Nehalem

    Apple fanboy

    Feb 21, 2012
    Behind the Lens, UK
    So your monitor is 2560x1440 resolution. The link you have supports a max resolution of 1920x1080 so it's not going to look great.

    Struggled to find one, but a longer search might help you find one.
  3. DeltaMac macrumors G3


    Jul 30, 2003
    That adapter will give you three different connections to use, BUT read the note on that page:
    So, you can connect one display at a time to that adapter, leaving you (again) with a second display to connect, somehow.
    The Thunderbolt connection can daisy-chain two thunderbolt displays, and there may be one of the (large $) thunderbolt docks that might get you two simultaneous connections, but your old MBPro is only thunderbolt 1, so limits what you can do externally through that bus.

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