Help needed re external screen and connector for MBP (Touch Bar) 2016

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  1. Obi Wan Kenobi macrumors 6502

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    Mar 9, 2011
    London, UK
    I want to connect my MacBook Pro 2016 (Touch Bar) to an external monitor, preferably 21 inch.

    It looks like I need a screen, a USB C Adaptor and an appropriate cable to make the connection.


    According to this article,

    It says you can use a thunderbolt display, but you cannot use
    1) USB C to DVI as Apple doesn't make one, and it cautions against using 3rd party adaptors
    2) USB C to mini display port.

    I don't need a thunderbolt display as I'll only be working on word documents and email. 4K resolution is a v expensive overkill for this.

    A cheap 21 inch screen would otherwise do, but I want to be able to connect it to my Mac.

    Has anyone done this? What can I use?

    When I look on Amazon for 21 inch monitors, I see several cheap ones with DVI connectors and then there's a price bump to get HDMI? Are there other options? What should I be looking for?

    Please note I am based in London, UK and links to American stores won't help.
  2. robvas macrumors 68030

    Mar 29, 2009
    You can get an HDMI to DVI adapter for a couple bucks
  3. Phil A. Moderator

    Phil A.

    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2006
    Shropshire, UK
    I use one of these USB-C to HDMI connectors and have had no issues at all with it

    If you absolutely must have DVI, then there are plenty for sale on Amazon (such as this one)
  4. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
  5. Cristim74 macrumors member


    Aug 27, 2016
    Bucharest, Romania
    Why do you want to use DVI?

    I have 3 displays simultaneously connected to my 2017 MacBook Pro 15", currently through 3 adaptors:
    1 multiport with HDMI, 1 Apple digital adaptor with HDMI and 1 USB-C to DisplayPort.
    All three running perfectly (2 x 25" 2.5K + 1 x 27" 4K).

    Waiting for a CalDigit TS3+ dock to simplify setup.
  6. Obi Wan Kenobi thread starter macrumors 6502

    Obi Wan Kenobi

    Mar 9, 2011
    London, UK

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