Is it possible to have dual monitors with a MacBook Pro?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by christall109, Oct 15, 2008.

  1. christall109 macrumors 6502

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    Hey guys,

    I'll be heading off to college in a few months and I was just wondering if it was possible to hook my MacBook Pro up to 2 monitors? I want to be able to go to class during the day with my MBP then come back to the dorm and hook it up to the 2 monitors. Additionally, would and how would it be possible to hook my xbox 360 up to one of them?

    If it is possible, what will I need and about how much will it cost?

    Anyone suggest any good monitors that are affordable and without the Apple tax?

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Only one external monitor.

    The Xbox 360 is also capable of VGA out.
     
  3. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

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    Naively? No.

    There are some cards which you can purchase but i'm not feeling up to the task to google for em. I'm sure someone else will.

    (They aren't cheap, though)
     
  4. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    DisplayLink is barely supported on OS X and I don't think there are any ExpressCard 3/4 video cards. Not to mention the lack of 3D support on them.

    Did the external 8600GT ever ship?
     
  5. valvehead macrumors regular

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    You can connect up to three external monitors with a Matrox TripleHead2Go or two monitors with a DualHead2Go.
     
  6. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Those are one monitor spanned across three though. ;)
     
  7. iToaster macrumors 68000

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    The issue with that is only that the computer sees it as one large display... so there won't be any control of the perceived orientation and the dock will be spread across 2 displays with one of these, not to mention the resolution limit on a single video output from a MacBook Pro limits the use to probably something around multiple 20" displays.
     
  8. valvehead macrumors regular

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    If you need the desktop space, that's only a minor disadvantage. Are there any multiple monitor solutions for a single DVI port that treat the displays independently?
     
  9. hawken king macrumors member

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    isn't your laptop screen the second monitor anyway?
     

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