Might switch to iMac, triple monitor setup

Discussion in 'iMac' started by iarp, Mar 22, 2009.

  1. iarp macrumors newbie

    Mar 22, 2009

    I'm thinking of switching my windows machine for the 24" $1,800 iMac. At this time i already have 2x24" samsung monitors.

    What do i need to run 2 extra monitors on eithor side (3 including the iMac) and how much am i looking at?

  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    As always you can only run one external display on the iMac.
  3. PeterQC macrumors 6502a


    Jun 30, 2008
    There's an adapter available that help you run 2 monitors from the DVI on the MacBook Pro. It's not that great and kinda expensive (250$, it's actually a video card in a box).

    The new iMacs use mini display port, you can get an adapter that get you DVI, but then again it's another 100$ to add to it.

    If you want 3 monitors, the best you can get for that is the Mac Pro. The iMacs is a terrible choice for that. You should look into buying a old gen refurb, if you don't mind having old (8800GT) video cards.
  4. raymondkerr macrumors regular

    Jul 6, 2008
    Glasgow, Scotland, UK
    the best way to run an additional 2 screens on an iMac is to buy a USB to DVI adapter and run the 3rd screen that way. It won't manage 3D apps, but will be fine for web/text/photo and video work.

    Google search, Sparkle X-LINK, this one is compatible with MAC OS and is USB powered.


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