Unibody MBP support 2 monitors?

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  1. adamvk macrumors 65816

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    Could the unibody MBP support 2 19" monitors? Would I have to buy a Display port to DVI, and then a DVI splitter?
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Onboard + one external just like previous models.
     
  3. adamvk thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Crap...So there is no way to have 2 external monitors?
     
  4. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Define multiple externals.

    1. Independent displays
    2. Multiple displays making one large one.
     
  5. adamvk thread starter macrumors 65816

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    2 displays that can each do their own thing.
     
  6. Quu macrumors 68020

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    you cannot attach two external displays. You can only use the built in display + a single external. It only has 1 video out port.

    You can use USB to DVI or USB to VGA connectors but I wouldn't recommend that.
     
  7. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    It's still just one external display then. You can attempt to use USB display solutions but keep in mind the lack of any acceleration and limited OS X support to begin with.
     
  8. adamvk thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Ok thanks. Ill just get one large external display then.
     
  9. SteveMobs macrumors 6502

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    You can't have 2 external monitors each doing their own thing. You could have the MBP monitor and then another external one that together compose one "big" monitor.

    But no, you can't have the macbook and then two external monitors plugged in doing their own thing. You could have 2 external monitors showing the same thing, if you had to present stuff or something like that.
     
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  11. JtheLemur macrumors 6502

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    The VillageTronic gfxDock makes add'l monitors into discreet monitors (normal behavior), while the Matrox makes add'l monitors into a single canvas.
     
  12. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    The ExpressCard solution is passable but the price isn't going to be nice.

    I haven't seen any sort of hardware acceleration available on USB options yet.
     
  13. benlangdon macrumors 65832

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    wow the gfx dock is $500 and can support two additional screens
    and the matrox one can support two or three respectivly at $100 and $200.

    but the gfx dock does sound better if the other displays are able to each individually be seen.
     
  14. Consultant macrumors G5

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    Yes possible.

    USB dongle, no graphics acceleration = fairly cheap
    Express card with graphics acceleration = expensive

    You might want to just buy a 24". Much better than two 19".
     
  15. g.c. macrumors member

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    The ViDock unfortunately is not compatible with the new unibody MacBook Pros. I actually contacted them to find this out, because I would like to buy a new MacBook Pro and attach two 20" displays to it plus another display through the displayport. Sounds kind of weird, but I would like it for work.

    This is the response I received:


    Just a question though, has anyone used the USB to DVI solution and if so how well does it work?
     

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