Mid-2012 MBP Dual External Display

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by rjleed13, Apr 5, 2018.

  1. rjleed13 macrumors newbie

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    Hello,

    I have two Asus VS278Q-P 27' Monitors that I would like to use as external displays on my MBP.
    I would love if there was just a cheap thunderbolt adapter that I could hook to monitors too.

    I have found the following thread:
    https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/mbp-mid-2012-13-with-2-external-monitors.2033877/#post-24331656
    -I cant daisy chain
    -I do not want to pay for a Matrox Dualhead

    https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/2-external-displays-with-a-mbp-mid-2012.1853620/
    -I am confused by this thread because it does say my MBP is capable of connecting 2 monitors with 1 thunderbolt port?


    I would need to buy:
    thunderbolt to DVI/HDMI adapter for Monitor #1
    USB Video Adapter for Monitor #2

    I believe my MBP has USB 3.0-- Will that help with performance on the 2nd display?

    Thanks



    My MBP:
    Apple MacBook Pro "Core i5" 2.5 13" Mid-2012 Specs
    Identifiers: Mid-2012 13" - MD101LL/A* - MacBookPro9,2 - A1278 - 2554*
     
  2. robvas macrumors 68030

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    Thunderbolt and cheap do not go together.

    You can daisy chain Thunderbolt monitors. You can find 2 used ones for $200-$300 if you look hard enough.

    Otherwise you will have to get a USB adapter for the second monitor.

    Why don't you want to buy the Matrox box? $45 on eBay

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Matrox-Dua...653561?hash=item1edd599179:g:LG4AAOSw-SBavrWb
     
  3. rjleed13 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I didn't realize I could get them for $45. Now an option.
    I just watched this video

    It seems the Matrox is just a compact version of combing thunderbolt to DVI/HDMI adapter for Monitor #1 and
    USB Video Adapter for Monitor #2 into one box? Or am I missing something in terms of monitor lag?
     
  4. robvas macrumors 68030

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    It turns the screens into 'one big screen', 3840x1080

    A USB adapter would show up as another monitor
     

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