MacBook Pro Docking/Monitor Options

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ecdc, Oct 20, 2015.

  1. ecdc macrumors member

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    Hi all,

    I've got the 1st gen MacBook Pro w/ Retina 15" from 2012. I'm looking at options to dock it to use with a much larger monitor and a wireless keyboard and trackpad. What I'm mostly interested in is 1) The best large screen monitor (27" or larger) and 2) the best way to dock.

    I don't need it for gaming or anything else particularly fancy. I primarily need the monitor for work--word processing, opening PDFs to transcribe to Word, having two-three programs open to work on, etc.

    Is the Apple Thunderbolt Display my best option or is there something cheaper? I'd like a fairly decent resolution monitor (I read hi-res scans of old diaries and letters for work) but 4K just isn't necessary.

    Thanks!
     
  2. c8rlo macrumors 6502

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    what's your budget? once we know, others can weigh in and recommend a low/high-end monitor to fit your needs. Dell seems to be a popular brand of monitors these days and there are daily sales on many other brands of widescreen monitors so it's all based on your budget.

    docks...

    Twelve South

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    or Henge Dock

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  3. bydandie macrumors member

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    I looked at the same thing recently (albeit for my 2015 13" rMBP) and came to the conclusion that the Dell Ultrasharps are awesome (I got the U2414H, 23.8") with a minidisplayport out the box with a USB 3 hub in rear. I also bought the 12 South Aluminium dock as I didn't like the potential for breaking things on the Henge dock (irrational as that may seem). Therefore I'd heartily recommend the 27" Dell Ultrasharp with whatever you choose for a dock.
     
  4. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

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    I would go for an IPS panel with 1440p or 1600p resolution from a reputable supplier and a thunderbolt dock.

    Maybe something like these
    https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_...560x1600,aps,271&rh=i:aps,k:monitor+2560x1600

    and these

    https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_...=thunderbolt+dock&rh=i:aps,k:thunderbolt+dock
     
  5. ecdc thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks, all! Very helpful. I'll check out these options.
     

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