How many monitors?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Uplift, Mar 30, 2017.

  1. Uplift macrumors 6502

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    A lady in my office uses a Macbook with the single USB-C port... currently using the official Apple adapter to hook it up to an HDMI display.

    However, she is after a second monitor as the Macbook display is too small.

    Is it possible to hook up a 2nd monitor?

    We're thinking something along the lines of another Apple adapter to go into the first adapters USB-C port which will give us another HDMI and another USB-C for charging.

    Essentially chaining the Apple adapters *sigh*

    Possible? If not, is there any other routes we can go down? We have been looking for hubs with multiple USB-Cs or HDMIs but not coming up with much...

    Is the Macbook even capable?
     
  2. andy9l macrumors 68000

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    We have Targus USB DisplayLink docks (http://www.displaylink.com/products/universal-docking-stations) at work which can be used to drive multiple monitors. However, they rely on USB and so performance is pretty naff, plus there's a load of graphical bugs. This is specific to macOS, not the MacBook - they're simply Windows-optimised products.

    I use a MacBook as my main work machine and just stick to one external display. I lasted only an hour or so on the DisplayLink adapter with two monitors - it was horrific. I definitely wouldn't recommend it, but it is possible.

    Officially, Apple say the MacBook only supports one external display:
    http://www.apple.com/uk/macbook/specs/

    However, that information is actually wrong - every MacBook now supports 3840x2160 at 60Hz over USB-C.

    An alternative to using two displays might be to see if you can find a USB-C capable widescreen monitor (3440x1440 or something). Not sure if those exist, though.

    The short answer is that your colleague is using the wrong product for her needs.
     
  3. chriscl macrumors 6502

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    I have the Toshiba DynaDock (http://www.displaylink.com/products/universal-docking-stations scroll down to the bottom of that page) and I drive an Iiyama 24" LCD through that via DVI and one through the Apple adapter via HDMI.

    That gives me reasonable performance from the MacBook display and two 1920 x 1080 displays - enough for me!
     

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