Using external mouse an keyboard for MacBook Pro while connect to a monitor ?

howareyoukk

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Hi guys:)
I am getting a monitor soon ( and it's not a apple display) I would like to connect my MacBook Pro to the monitor. However I am not sure how to connect the mouse and keyboard to the monitor . The monitor I am getting will come with a usb download stream cable , 2 usb downstream ports and 2 usb upstream ports.

Thanks in advanced :)
 

maflynn

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Why not hook the keyboard and mouse up to the laptop if you don't have enough USB ports on the monitor?

Also consider a wireless keyboard and/or mouse.
 

howareyoukk

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Apr 1, 2013
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Why not hook the keyboard and mouse up to the laptop if you don't have enough USB ports on the monitor?

Also consider a wireless keyboard and/or mouse.

the reason I wanna connect keyboard and mouse to the monitor is because in that way I don't need to unplug them everytime I wanna disconnect my laptop. :)

Besides, I also wonder what the USB ports on the monitor are capable of and how I can u them.
 

DeltaMac

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You would always have to disconnect the display anyway, and you would also have a USB connection from the MBPro to your display, even if you connected your keyboard and mouse to the built-in hub on your display. So, you would always have at least two connectors to unplug (display and USB). So, no real difference, unless you get a wireless keyboard and mouse.
 

redmac

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You would always have to disconnect the display anyway, and you would also have a USB connection from the MBPro to your display, even if you connected your keyboard and mouse to the built-in hub on your display. So, you would always have at least two connectors to unplug (display and USB). So, no real difference, unless you get a wireless keyboard and mouse.
Using the monitor as a USB hub, he will connect 2 cables instead of 3 (video + USB to monitor vs. video + USB for mouse + USB for keyboard).
 

paulrbeers

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Using the monitor as a USB hub, he will connect 2 cables instead of 3 (video + USB to monitor vs. video + USB for mouse + USB for keyboard).
Assuming...
A. He doesn't choose a Keyboard/Mouse package that are wireless and use the same donle
B. Or his keyboard doesn't have a built in hub to plug is mouse into.


Either way, using the monitor hub vs the plugging into his keyboard is really 6 vs one half dozen. It's not a simple single plug and go (like the thunderbolt display or using a thunderbolt docking station).
 

esskay

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I use a wired keyboard and trackball (plus Magic Trackpad), so my set up is:

MBP
- external display
- USB hub
- power
- speakers
- gigabit Ethernet

USB Hub
- wired keyboard
- wired trackball

Trackpad connects wirelessly

So there are five things to connect/disconnect each time I dock or undock. A TBD sure would be nice!