Inexpensive option for 2 external monitors?

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  1. rockinrocker macrumors 65816

    rockinrocker

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    I'm switching my studio computer from my MacPro to my MBP (non-retina) and looking for options to connect my second external monitor.

    I can't use the built in one because the fans spin up occasionally so the macbook has to be in a cabinet.

    Is there a way to do this without spending an arm and a leg?
    I'm not gaming or anything, so it doesn't need to be particularly high performance.

    I seem to remember seeing some sort of USB option at some point, but can't remember what it was called.

    Thanks
     
  2. barkmonster macrumors 68020

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  3. rockinrocker thread starter macrumors 65816

    rockinrocker

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    Ah yes, that's it.

    Hmm… Amazon reviews don't look so hot for it…

    Anybody on here actually used one of those units?
     
  4. SBA macrumors member

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    I used a Matrox DualHead2Go DP (Displayport) Edition with a 2012 Macbook Air. It was a decent solution for adding 2 external monitors to a laptop with only one Thunderbolt/Mini-DP port.

    My only problem with it is that it stretches your content across the 2 displays, rather than give you 2 independent displays. In other words, if you want to full-screen a youtube video, or you open an image from Tweetbot, it centers that content in the middle of the 2 displays (the image ends up centered right under the bezels).
     
  5. rockinrocker thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Ah. Yeah, that would be annoying.

    Ideally there'd be a solution that would function just like two monitors usually would.
     

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