Docking Station for MBP

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  1. npeterson macrumors newbie

    npeterson

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    Hello!

    I have a 2017 MBP 15" which I use both at work and home. I am interested in creating a docking station so I can use a larger monitor while at work. Are there any suggestions for hardware that people have found most effective for this?

    Many thanks,

    Nick
     
  2. Glmnet1 macrumors 6502a

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    Are you looking for a monitor that can act as a docking station?

    Or do you already have a monitor at work and are looking for a usb-c dock or adapter to connect to it? If so what are the ports on the display?
     
  3. npeterson thread starter macrumors newbie

    npeterson

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    I am up in the air. I do have access to a monitor that I could use. But, if there are better options, I am open to knowing about them. No ports on the display. Very basic LED 21"
     
  4. Glmnet1 macrumors 6502a

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    You can look at monitors you could use with your MBP here: https://www.macrumors.com/2016/11/16/usb-c-thunderbolt-3-displays-2016-macbook-pro/ You can plug your MBP directly in those and some act as a docking station by offering ports missing from the MBP. They also charge it.

    There has to be at least 1 input on the display. If you want to use it you'll have to find a usb-c to vga/dvi/hdmi, whatever is on your display, to plug it in. Here are a few examples of what you should be looking for: HDMI, DVI, VGA.
     
  5. radicalcentrist macrumors member

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    I use a Caldigit USB-C hub that connects to a 32" BenQ 4k monitor. I've put my 15" MBP on a Rain mStand to the left of the monitor and programmed my left index finger into TouchID. Keeping the lid open on the MBP means I can use TouchID for passwords just by reaching a bit with my left hand, and it only needs one plug.
     
  6. djnigelchung macrumors member

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    This dock actually seems perfect for me (I need HDMI 2.0 to connect to my 4k tv which I'm using as a monitor), any issues with it? Currently I was going to use two dongles, one a usb c to hdmi 2.0 adaptor, and then a usb c hub for the usb ports and charging.. this might be better.
    And it's powerful enough to charge the MacBook?
    Thanks
     
  7. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

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    It sounds like a portable solution for Pro and Homer may work best for you how about something like this.

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B073WW6H9H/ref=sr_ob_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1510302370&sr=8-3
     
  8. adamh10 macrumors member

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    I use the Belkin USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 docking station for my 2017 MacBook Pro and it's incredible. They have a model for the pre-USB-C Thunderbolt 2 2015 MBP too - I would definitely recommend it for your model. It's great.
     

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