Macbook Pro Retina 2015 with two DVI or HDMI monitors

sundragon

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I know this question has been asked before but I've had a hard time finding any proper response in the forums.

I have a 2015 MBP retina 13" It's got two Thunderbolt ports and a DVI port. I want to use two monitors and the built in display at the same time using two Dell monitors with HDMI, DVI or Displayport output to a hub/port replicator to my MBPr. Ideally through a hub so I don't have to keep plugging and unplugging everything and reduce the wear and hassle each time I get to work.

I plan on purchasing the monitors so I can be flexible on what the outputs are (HDMI, DVI, DP), however, I do not want to purchase two Thunderbolt monitors from Apple as I'm trying to save money. I know each Thunderbolt/DP port can run a DP monitor separately. I also know you can run one monitor from the HDMI and one monitor from the Thunderbolt/DP port.

Does anyone have a solution that allows me to leave the MBPr open so I can use it's built in display and both monitors at the same time and isn't >$200?
 

Samuelsan2001

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It can already do that. Direct from apples tech spec page.

  • Dual display and video mirroring: simultaneously supports full native resolution on the built-in display and up to 3840x2160 pixels on up to two external displays, both at millions of colours.
Thunderbolt digital video output
  • Native Mini DisplayPort output
  • DVI, VGA, dual-link DVI and HDMI output supported using Mini DisplayPort adapters (sold separately)
HDMI video output
  • Support for 1080p resolution at up to 60Hz
  • Support for 3840x2160 resolution at 30Hz
  • Support for 4096x2160 resolution at 24Hz
 

sundragon

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It can already do that. Direct from apples tech spec page.

  • Dual display and video mirroring: simultaneously supports full native resolution on the built-in display and up to 3840x2160 pixels on up to two external displays, both at millions of colours.
Thunderbolt digital video output
  • Native Mini DisplayPort output
  • DVI, VGA, dual-link DVI and HDMI output supported using Mini DisplayPort adapters (sold separately)
HDMI video output
  • Support for 1080p resolution at up to 60Hz
  • Support for 3840x2160 resolution at 30Hz
  • Support for 4096x2160 resolution at 24Hz
I appreciate the response. Maybe I didn't do a good job conveying my question:

I get that it can do that - What I'd like is a simple dock so it's a single cable from my MBPr the dock for my wired Ethernet, both output cables to the monitors, and any USB adapters - VS attaching each of those separately each time I get into the office - less wear and tear on the ports and less hassle?
 

Samuelsan2001

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The no I don't know any solutions, you can either pay for a thunderbolt dock or pay for a horizontal henge dock, or plug everything in and out of your mac when you need to, those are your options.
 

sundragon

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The no I don't know any solutions, you can either pay for a thunderbolt dock or pay for a horizontal henge dock, or plug everything in and out of your mac when you need to, those are your options.
Thanks, I'm surprised no one has come up with that - Most PCs have those ugly port replicators so it's easy to just plug in and go with all the peripherals.
 

sundragon

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Thanks, it looks interesting in that it would be a great way to use a single cable but I wonder what the performance would be with all that off a single USB 3 port (two displays, and gigabit Ethernet in my case). I wonder if they have a Thunderbolt version as I think it has the bandwidth to handle all of that.

That being said, the reviews look good