USB-C/27UD88 setup recommendations

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ourcore, Jan 4, 2017.

  1. ourcore macrumors regular


    Aug 4, 2012
    Hey, guys,

    I'm gonna be getting the new 15" MBP along with an LG 27UD88 monitor and a Rain Design stand. Basically, I'm looking for advice on the setup, specifically, with regards to a USB hub solution.

    I'm planning on connecting the monitor via USB-C, which will also charge the MacBook, and my webcam and keyboard/mouse USB receiver into the back of the monitor (via USB-A ports). I'll also connect my external HDD directly via USB-C, leaving one USB-C port free.

    Originally, I thought of getting either a compact USB hub, such as Satechi's, or a wired option, like HooToo's, but the fact that the MacBook would be on a stand makes it a little more complicated. Then, as I was writing this, I realised that I could just use the MacBook's built-in camera and connect a USB hub into the back of the monitor, instead of the external webcam, but I'm not sure how reliable that would be in terms of performance.

    I guess I have two options: a USB hub directly into the MacBook or via the monitor. The MacBook will remain docked 90% of the time. I could also do with some hub recommendations since I've since various that don't appear to match in throughput speeds.

    Any other recommendations are welcome too!

  2. ultraman982 macrumors newbie

    Jun 24, 2007
    I have this exact setup actually, the 27UD88-W and MBP.

    On the back of the monitor I mounted (with mounting tape) this PNY SSD ( and this USB Hub ( ... I have my KB and Mouse connected to the hub and use it for flash drives as well.

    This works pretty excellent, though the one thing that gets annoying is if the computer sleeps--the Drive is Ejected improperly. Dunno a way around that though.

    Overall it's a good setup and is pretty futuristic getting all that IO off a single cable.
  3. puckhead193 macrumors G3


    May 25, 2004
    doesn't the speed get knocked down to USB 2 speed?
    I too have this monitor and how was wondering how's you're charging going? Does your's charge the MBP when you turn the monitor off?
  4. croco_dile macrumors regular

    Jun 3, 2016
    I have the same setup.

    I also had the Rain Designed stand for a couple of weeks, but returned it as if I put it right next to the monitor, it blocks line-of-sight for my external speaker.

    I also used the monitor has a USB hub and connect some of my USB-A drives, but suffered the same problem as Ultraman described above with the 'disk ejected improperly error' whenever the monitor turns off. There has got to be a solution to this, as I think this would happen on the LG Ultrafine monitors too.

    I also discovered another problem, where if I connect the MBP to the external display in clamshell mode, then by repeated unplug / replug the USB C cable between the various USB C ports on the MBP, I could get the graphics to go berserk (both on the external display and the MBP display). This symptom is reproducible after about half a dozen attempts, and it happens to both of my MBPs. Have you guys seen this?

  5. ourcore thread starter macrumors regular


    Aug 4, 2012
    That SSD looks like a good size for that, kinda like the T3 in this video. I'd just be concerned about performance. Does it really go down to USB 2?

    Did you use a USB hub while you had the stand?

    I already have a Satechi clamp hub, so I could also use this. Could someone please tell me how thick the monitor is at the bottom?
  6. bartvk macrumors 6502


    Dec 29, 2016
    The Netherlands

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