USB 3.0 to DVI/ HDMI?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by NeilRShah, Jun 13, 2012.

  1. NeilRShah macrumors newbie

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    Hey guys.

    I'm making the decision between the rMBP and the 13" MBP. The truth is... I prefer the 13 inch size and retina is a nice to have, not a need to have for me.

    But what seems really cool is the two thunderbolt ports for external monitors that the rMBP has. I would LOVE to have three screens to work with when I'm at my desk.

    So I did more poking around and found the USB to DVI option. It seems like with USB 2.0 - there is a ton of lag with videos and rapid movement, which would bother me.

    But... I was wondering - with the speed increase from USB 3.0 - that may have gone away. has anyone tried out a USB 3.0 to DVI / HDMI option? If so - do you have any reviews or recommendations?

    If I could have two outside monitors with the regular MacBook Pro - I would almost for sure choose that one.

    Thanks in advance!!
     
  2. PAPO macrumors 6502

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    15" is still very portable, even the non retina with an ODD and all the extra heft, get the rMBP it has dedicated gfx and all sorts of goodies I had a 15" MBP for 2 years of high school and it was just fine to move around
     
  3. NeilRShah thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes... I'm considering it. :)

    But has anyone tried the USB 3.0 to HDMI / DVI?
     
  4. Stetrain macrumors 68040

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    You can have two monitors hooked to a non-retina Macbook Pro via Thunderbolt if you have a Thunderbolt display ($849 refurbished). You just hook the second display to the mini-displayport pass through on the back of the TB display.

    Expensive, but just another option for you.
     
  5. NeilRShah thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks man, appreciate it!

    Can anyone confirm this? I heard mini-displayports don't work when daisy-chaining the thunderbolt display. If they do, I'll do that.
     
  6. unixperience macrumors regular

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    the minidp cannot be directly daisy chained to a tb display. You have to put another tb device in between the two (like a harddrive or some kind of docking station) otherwise it wont work... no idea why. but thats the case

    as far as usb 3 to dvi... i've never used one, but I havent seen any that are mac compatible anyway. I do use usb2-dvi and they are NOT for video. and they have a few other shortcomings too
     

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