rMBP 13 with 2 External HDMI Displays over one Thunderbolt?

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  1. Godvater macrumors newbie

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    I have a Retina Macbook Pro 13" Mid 2014 and I want to use it with 2 External Hdmi displays. Apple states that i can use my Mac with two external cinema displays. But I prefer Hdmi displays because simply enough they are a lot cheaper.

    My questions are:

    1- What is the best solution? Do you have any other ideas?

    2- I am using Windows 7 over Bootcamp not OSX. Will it cause a problem?

    3- Will getting 2x thunderbolt to HDMI cables do the job better? I just dont want a lot of cables around my desk?
    2 of these: http://www.amazon.com/Cable-Matters...441041814&sr=1-3&keywords=thunderbolt+to+hdmi

    I am looking for a clean and preferably a cheap setup. Thank you.
     
  2. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    Well your best bet is to get a thunderbolt dock for tidiness etc but they are not cheap. You could just buy a mini DP to HDMI cable and have one on the HDMI one on a thunderbolt port (leaving you a free thunderbolt port) that will be the cheapest easiest way.
     
  3. Godvater thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I have read that it doesn't work. It was written that HDMI is prior to other ports. I have ordered two Display port to hdmi cables will see how it turns out..
     
  4. BrettApple macrumors 65816

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    I run two 1080p displays off my 2013 rMBP. One going straight from the HDMI port, and the other going from Thunderbolt/Mini DisplayPort to HDMI via an adapter. Then I have a spare Thunderbolt port for when I need my Ethernet adapter.

    It runs them just fine, including while using the internal display. You could also do what you just stated, two TB/MiniDP to HDMI. Should work fine.
     
  5. Freyqq macrumors 68040

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    2x mini-displayport to HDMI cables would work

    or

    1x mini-displayport to HDMI cable and 1x HDMI to HDMI would work
     
  6. Freyqq macrumors 68040

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    Thunderbolt docks can only do a maximum of one display at a time, unless the extra display is thunderbolt too. So, this actually don't work.
     
  7. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    Just not true if you have thunderbolt 2 and a thunderbolt 2 dock with 2 outputs (thunderbolt and HDMI or 2x thunderbolt ports) Take a look here quite clearly states supports dual displays.

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Belkin-Thunderbolt-Express-Dock-Cable/dp/B00NA6NIM8
     
  8. Freyqq macrumors 68040

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    My original statement is correct, based on your link (emphasis mine):

    "If you have a Thunderbolt monitor, you can connect a second monitor or TV to work on two screens--and you can even watch movies in stunning 4K cinema resolution on one of the displays.

    Note: the dual display feature works with one Thunderbolt monitor connected through the Thunderbolt 2 port, and a second monitor connected through the HDMI port. The dock supports one display at 4K cinema resolution."
     
  9. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    Yes but at no point in this whole thread is 4K mentioned, as far as I can tell the displays that are wanted are cheap 1080p ones connected through HDMI and that dock will run 2 of those with no issues at all. It is YOUR assumption that a 4K is wanted but that is totally unfounded indeed as the OP states clearly that they want to use cheap HDMI connected screens then my advice is pretty much spot on.

    A Mini DP to HDMI can connect from the dock thunderbolt to one screen and the HDMI to another.
     
  10. Freyqq macrumors 68040

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    While the quote touches on 4k, the overall point is the same. One displayport per port is a thunderbolt 2 limitation. There is only one lane for displayport. However, Thunderbolt 3 will have support for two displayport monitors per port.
     
  11. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    The thunderbolt dock will easily run 2 1080p monitors from a single thunderbolt connection, it would do that with thuderbolt 1 no issues can't see why it would be an issue with thunderbolt 2....
     

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