What is the best way to connect dual monitors (2018 TB MBP)

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  1. srosk265 macrumors member

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    Hi there! I purchased a refurb 2018 TB MBP base model today after a LOT of contemplation between the various options available to me. I currently have 1 USB-C HDMI connector from apple that also connects a USB and the power adapter.

    My question is... is there a single cable capable of supporting two separate monitors? If not, what's the best (and affordable) way to accomplish this? Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Glockworkorange macrumors 68000

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    I connect 2 4K monitors to my 2018 13 inch; a dell 27 inch and the LG UltraFine 4K. I use two cables---USB C to connect to the LG and a Display Port to connect to the Dell, which requires a Display Port to TB3/USB C adapter. That takes up two ports on the MacBook Pro.

    If you wanted to use one cable, perhaps you can daisy chain USB-C monitors. I think I might be able to do it with one cable by going with an HDMI from the Dell to an USB C dongle hooked into the back of the UltraFine. That way, I have USB C from the Mac to the UltraFine and HDMI from the Dell to the back of the UltraFine.

    I've never given it much thought, as there are several USB-C outlets on the back of the LG and I also have two unused TB3 ports on the MacBook Pro. I have plenty of ports, so using two doesn't bother me.
     
  3. srosk265 thread starter macrumors member

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    Cool, yeah I suppose I could just get another adapter, ideally, I just connect one cable and it's all connected. I have seen a few docking systems for near 200.. so I was just trying to see what else is on the market that would potentially cost less money. Hopefully this was the right move over a used 2015 MBP! :)

    Thanks again!
     
  4. LogicalApex macrumors 6502

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  5. Glockworkorange macrumors 68000

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  6. srosk265 thread starter macrumors member

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    Ahhh I see! Ok, so because my monitors do not have DisplayPort, but instead just HDMI, I would need to input 2 HDMI/USB-C "dongles" into the computer? Just making sure that I understand this correctly. Thanks again for your help :)
     
  7. LogicalApex macrumors 6502

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    In that case you'll need multiple separate HDMI connections. There are dongles that will do 2 HDMI connections via a single Thunderbolt 3 port.

    https://www.amazon.com/Sabrent-Thunderbolt-Supports-Monitors-TH-3HD2/dp/B079JKGBFS/ref=sr_1_4
     
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  9. Alumm Pro macrumors newbie

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    For MBP with dual monitors, Alumm Pro supports 4K HDMI and 4K Mini-DP connections simultaneously.
     

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