Needing a docking station

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  1. BlendedFrog macrumors regular

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  2. Prodo123 macrumors 68020

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    Neither, get a Thunderbolt dock instead. Dual-link DVI at 2560x1440 at 8 bit/channel and 60 Hz needs a minimum of 5.0625 Gbps which is over the theoretical maximum throughput of USB 3.0. Needless to say, 2560x1600 as well as dual 1080p is out of the question with a USB 3.0 dock.

    Or even consider a single 1080p monitor, 8 bit/channel at 60 Hz: 2.848 Gbps. Add a Gigabit Ethernet on top and you're looking at a measly 1.1Gbps to be shared across three USB 3.0 ports, bringing each one lower than the speed of USB 2.0 due to how bandwidth is shared on a USB hub.

    If you must go with a USB 3.0 dock or do not use a monitor, I'd go for the second one since it doubles as a stand.
     
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  4. Sheza macrumors 65816

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    A less expensive solution in my opinion is to get a Twelve South book arc stand, and then run a display port and power cable under it which you plugin manually each time, and a single USB cable that connects to a powered USB hub that you plug the rest of your USB peripherals into. Boom, everything you need.
     
  5. Fishrrman macrumors G3

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    Agree with a couple of other posters above.

    Get a thunderbolt docking station instead.
     
  6. BlendedFrog thread starter macrumors regular

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    I didn't want to go with one of the arc stands/clam shell stands because I still want to use the MBP when it is connected...the monitor would be a 2nd display.

    I really do want a thunderbolt dock but they are still so damn expensive.
     
  7. Sheza macrumors 65816

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    If you can get a different stand that lets you use the Mac open, or just cable-tie the cables to the appropriate length, you can do what I do pretty much anyway.
     
  8. BlendedFrog thread starter macrumors regular

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