rMBP & ext. monitor minimal cable clutter

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by VintageMac, Jul 18, 2015.

  1. VintageMac macrumors regular

    May 19, 2007
    2015 13" rMBP and possibly Dell u2415 monitor. Are there options for cable connections, since I will be connecting and disconnecting my rMBP daily? Can anyone respond who is using a similar set-up? I prefer having a wired keyboard, likely connected to the usb on the monitor. Does the cable coming from the Thunderbolt display take care of that usb'd keyboard? Also, if I connect external speakers via the monitor. Is it possible for me to have just two cable connections to the rMBP— power supply and via Thunderbolt (or HDMI?) port?

    I would possibly consider a dock, but the Henge Dock has gotten to many critical reviews for the price in my mind.

  2. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
  3. pjfan macrumors regular

    May 24, 2009
    Columbus OH
    I posted this in a different thread the other day, but I thinks it's relevant to you for some comparison notes. I think samuelsan's suggestion is a great replacement for the "landing dock" mentioned in my setup.

    My office setup was:

    Stand I used is mStand : http://www.amazon.com/Rain-Design-1...1437312423&sr=8-1&keywords=rain+design+mstand

    Landing dock: http://www.amazon.com/LandingZone-E...&qid=1437312578&sr=8-14&keywords=MacBook+dock

    Monitor: http://www.amazon.com/Dell-S2415H-2...id=1437312698&sr=8-4&keywords=dell+monitor+24
    [edit, I would go 25" after studying a bit]

    Keyboard: http://www.amazon.com/Das-Keyboard-...d=1437312873&sr=8-1&keywords=das+keyboard+mac

    Apple's Magic Trackpad.

    The only one hassle I had each morning was plugging the mag lock back in (the landing dock doesn't have a firm holder for the connector). I don't consider that a true hassle, so no buyers remorse.
  4. VintageMac thread starter macrumors regular

    May 19, 2007
    Thanks both of you for your thoughts on this. I see the U2415 is on sale at Newegg at the moment, so I'll move that direction and figure that cables out as I go along.

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