Likelihood of a Thunderbolt > DVI/USB adaptor?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by wharpua, Feb 28, 2011.

  1. wharpua macrumors newbie

    Mar 21, 2007
    About to pull the trigger on purchasing a new MBP, for which I'll need to purchase an adaptor of some sort to get my external monitor to work with it. Then it occurred to me - couldn't Thunderbolt support a combined adaptor of both DVI and USB?

    Among nomadic laptop users who return to a bigger desk setup, there must be a common desire for fewer connection points between the two. Is it unrealistic to think that a Thunderbolt connection that accommodates both a DVI cable and (an inevitable?) USB hub connection might find an audience?

    just curious for people's opinions, I might hold off on getting a MiniDisplay > DVI dongle if this seems like a product that might be out soon.
  2. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

    Oct 24, 2007
    I don't think we'll see a dvi + usb solution unless it was available in a modular fashion. I'd expect a usb hub with a displayport passthrough, hence you'll need the appropriate adapter anyway.
  3. Stetrain macrumors 68040

    Feb 6, 2009
    I think thunderbolt will make a great docking port. There's no reason why someone couldn't build a box with DVI, USB, and even ethernet and audio that just used a single thunderbolt cable. The DVI would probably use the displayport signal and the rest could go over the PCI-express bus.

    No idea how long it will take for this sort of product to ramp up though.
  4. wharpua thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 21, 2007
    guess I won't be waiting, then - but it does sound like it has the potential to be the closest thing to a 'laptop dock' that we'll get, this whole Thunderbolt thing

    thanks for the replies
  5. macduke macrumors G3


    Jun 27, 2007
    Central U.S.
    I could see someone making a 2 or 3 port USB 3.0 hub for ThunderBolt. But it will probably cost over $50.

    I've got so many external hard drives that I wish they could even make a USB 2.0 port with display port pass through. The thing that is nice about ThunderBolt is that when you have a 4-port USB 2.0 hub on it, each port would be full-speed, so the other devices on the hub wouldn't slow each other down and saturate the connection. I often have this problem with my 2TB WD Elements external drive. Sometimes it just crawls, and I'm pretty sure it's the limited bus. I have 2 USB ports on my machine and four hubs hooked up (if you include the keyboard). Connecting hubs to other hubs is never a good idea, but necessary for the work I do. I have:

    2TB hdd
    500GB hdd
    500GB hdd
    200GB portable hdd (not as often plugged in)
    Canon Pro9000 mk II printer
    Wacom Intuos tablet
    CF Card Adapter
    Apple Wired Keyboard (often with flash drives plugged into it)
    iPads and iPhones to sync
    Spyder calibrator
    and more

    Putting those hdd on a separate ThunderBolt connection would really clear out some of my speed congestion. Although it might be time for me to start consolidating hdd.
  6. Andra macrumors newbie

    Nov 7, 2006
    I'm kind of in the same situation as the original poster (about to buy a new laptop, looking to reduce the numbers of cords). And I'd love a solution like this.
    From what I've been reading it should be possible, but I can't find anyone doing it yet.

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