Thunderbolt Dock / All in one plug

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by adamtoone, Sep 19, 2014.

  1. adamtoone macrumors member

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    Hi,

    Hoping you guys have seen something i have missed...I currently have my MBP Retina connected up to 2 monitors when at the desk and its sat on a Griffin stand.

    I am looking for something that will tidy up the cables...I have see the 3 items so far:

    ZenBoxx - http://zenboxx.com

    Currently still in production and has been for the last two years from what i can see - would be my ideal solution as its neat and tidy and looks really easy and simple however, i have a feeling its just never going to be about to buy!

    Henge Dock - http://hengedocks.com

    Had this for my macbook air, really good however i would then lose my MBP screen which i also use so not really ideal

    Elgato Thunderbolt Dock - https://www.elgato.com/en/thunderbolt/thunderbolt-dock

    Looks OK, haven't seen much about it and there isn't much on YouTube. It seems expensive for something i can't see a lot about and no one is shouting out about it which is worrying.

    There are also others like this including the Belkin but that doesn't have a HDMI so i would rule that out as a dock!



    Is there anything else out there that you know of or can help me with?

    I wish Zenboxx would sort it out and just get the product to market, how hard can it be????
     
  2. Freyqq macrumors 68040

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    The best solution is a USB 3 hub for all USB devices and plug in monitors separately. That gets you down to 4 cables to plug in. A thunderbolt dock would bring this down to 3, as they can only support 1 monitor (unless one of them is a thunderbolt monitor).
     
  3. adamtoone thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the quick response...so am i right in thinking that with a Elgato thunderbolt connected i could or couldn't then connect 1 via thunderbolt to HDMI & 1 straight HDMI to HDMI (if that makes sense)?
     
  4. Freyqq macrumors 68040

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    doesn't work like that. Without going into the technical reasons why, only one non-thunderbolt video connection per thunderbolt port will work.
     
  5. adamtoone thread starter macrumors member

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    Apologies for 1) my drawing and 2) having to confirm...

    If this is not possible is there anything out there in the market that is available?
     

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  6. ColdCase, Sep 20, 2014
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    ColdCase macrumors 68030

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    If you want to drive mulitple monitors over a single TB cable you need a so called Thunderbolt Expansion Chassis ($500 - $1500). These have PCI slots where you can plug in compatible video and interface cards of your choice. Sonnet makes a couple variations. Akito has a popular $250model but you may need to add a PSU to power a video card. There are hacks to get some non-TB compatible video cards to work.

    More discussion here:

    http://forums.macrumors.com/forumdisplay.php?f=77


    I use the recent StarTech dock. Its about as good as it gets. But if you want two monitors, one has to be a Thunderbolt monitor, the other HDMI, same as any of these types of docks. Since you have one VGA and one HDMI, there isn't anything on the market except the $$$ expansion chassis. There is some discussion in both the mini and peripheral sub forums.

    http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GQSBP90/ref=pe_385040_121528360_TE_dp_1

    http://www.amazon.com/Akitio-Thunder2-PCIe-Box/dp/B00LTAUTHE with an external PSU

    You could try connecting on monitor to USB via a converter but many find the video lag objectionable.
     
  7. Freyqq macrumors 68040

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    You could use the thunderbolt dock, just use a USB 3 to DVI adapter for the other monitor.
     

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