Triple Monitors with 13" MBP

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  1. simplymuzik3 macrumors 6502a

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    I have 1 simple question. What is the best way to get a total of 3 screens with my MBP? I currently have dual screen with mini-display monitor and the laptop screen. I would like to have 2 24" monitors + the laptop screen for a total of 3 monitors. I know I can run 1 of the monitors through miniDP, but what about the other monitor? I have herd of those USB video cards that allow you to connect another monitor? Any advice? I want this to be "cost efficient" so nothing more that about 50$ if possible. Are there any other ways instead of using USB video cards? I do iPhone programming, so extremely high frame rates are not needed (although no lag is preferred!). Please post your suggestions below! Thanks! :D
     
  2. simplymuzik3 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Nobody runs triple monitors with their MBP? Anyone?
     
  3. Poonaka macrumors member

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    I don't have an answer but I'd like to know as well.
     
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  5. mousouchop macrumors 6502a

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    Would the 9400M even support that?

    Those two 24" monitors would be 1920x1200 I would assume, and then the 1280x800 resolution of the Macbook screen itself, you are looking at pushing 5120x1200 (probably less, wasn't sure how to accommodate for the lower vertical res on the Macbook). I am not sure that little chip could support that.

    I don't even know if the 9600 could push that (I have never looked into it).

    You could probably do the two 24" with the DualHead2Go... maybe. haha. At least just doing non-graphic intense things. Don't think you will be playing dual screened video games or anything.
     
  6. simplymuzik3 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  7. vaderhater245 macrumors 6502

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    2x 20" Cinemas is possible with matrox and a 8600GT 15" MBP. My neighbor does video work and normally has the laptop closed when working.
     
  8. simplymuzik3 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks. Good to know that :D
     
  9. Icaras macrumors 603

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    Whoa, that is definitely interesting. I wonder why we haven't heard of this product before. Checking it out now!

    Definitely please chime in anyone, if they know anything about this display!
     
  10. RKpro macrumors 6502

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    I don't think USB 2.0 has enough bandwidth to do full HD. I've got an Epson ex70 projector that can do video over USB (on windows), it's 1280x800. It does power point slides fine, but movies are really choppy, it displays at like 10fps.
     
  11. macinla macrumors newbie

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    Lenovo

    I've tried a Lenovo Displaylink adapter (USB 2.0 -> DVI) and it works great on a MAC. Refresh rate/speed isn't spectacular, but as a 2nd (or 3rd display) for viewing your emails, calendar etc. it isn't bad.

    www.displaylink.com has the info. Just make sure you get a displaylink product with the latest chip (the Lenovo one does) b/c the older ones do not support 1920x1200 - which is what I wanted.
     
  12. vaderhater245 macrumors 6502

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    Another thing i forgot to add, If I'm right, Matrox hasn't updated their drivers to support the new computers with mini displayport. MDP to DVI adapter is a no go with Matrox.
     
  13. ntrigue macrumors 68040

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    2009 2.2 C2D MINI with MiniDisplayPort to 2 x 20" ACD?

    Matrox is the only option?
     
  14. simplymuzik3 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks! I will take a look. I know the samsung lapfit monitor (19" and 22") use the latest displaylink hardware to get full HD on the monitors :)
     
  15. gotzero macrumors 68040

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    I have the Matrox DualHead2Go Digital and I found that it did not "work" with 3840*1200. If you look at the specs of the Matrox, it shows a sub-60hz refresh for that resolution, which turned out to mean that it looks terrible, fuzzy, etc.

    It ran beautifully in 2560*1024.

    If you want to run two 24"s well, get a Mini.
     

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