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Late 2011 model, A1278 / 2.4 GHz i5 or 2.8 GHz i7 processor.

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Connecting 2 external monitors?

So I've been running through every site I can find and so far I've found that only the 15" and 17" MBP (late 2011) models support connecting 2 external monitors.

What I've been trying to find is if anyone can think of the cheapest way to modify the 13" to do the same... Assuming I already have the monitors (HDMI and DVI or both HDMI), and I am not interested in forking out a grand to get a thunderbolt display (I'd rather buy an iMac for a hardly any more than that).

So I've heard of external graphics enclosures and the like, but haven't seen anything in that department that isn't an outrageous expenditure.

**(I'm looking to have 3 independent screens in the end)**

-Thanks for any help

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Sadly, your model has an Intel HD Graphics 3000 graphics processor so you are limited on what you can push directly by the system. Your limited on one external monitor that can go upto 2560x1600.

With that said - You could try getting an external Thunderbolt external chassis. Something like this: Sonnet Tech - Echo Express. While this unit is designed for Thunderbolt 2 interfacing you might find an older unit that is straight gen 1 Thunderbolt. Then using a PCI graphics card to drive your displays.

Will this work? I'm not sure. You'll need to do some more digging to find out, otherwise you'll need to buy a new MacBook Pro that has the needed graphics power to push three displays.

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ACartier13, in addition to one monitor off the mini-Displayport I would add an additional monitor by using a USB Displaylink adapter, like this one. from OWC Hope this helps, good luck.

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Hi folks,

maybe this helps someone out. I have a MacBook Pro 13" Mid 2010.

I am mostly working with Apple Logic on the MBP do mix down the sound for two bands. It is essentially to have two 24" displays for this.

My MBP (yes, old one) does not have a Thunderbolt connector. My first attempt was a USB to DVI adapter that worked. OK, Mavericks and Yosemite updates were somehow tricky, but worked. But its very slow, the CPU does not have enough time for other tasks. Finally I bought the Matrox "DualHead2Go ME" and this is a pretty good solution. Recommended this.


Solution 1: USB to DVI

Pro: Cheap (bought for 29 EUR).

Con: The screen content is rendered by the CPU (not GPU), then compressed, transferred to the interface via USB 2, decompressed and displayed. Your CPU will not be able to do other real-time stuff (like Logic). Tricky installation (mostly unsupported on Mavericks and above).

Solution 2: Matrox DualHead2Go ME

Pro: Very fast, as it is rendered by the GPU. Your CPU is nearly not involved.

Con: More expensive (bought used for 89 EUR). The two displays are used as "one", so popup dialogs are displayed in the middle. I can live with that. You will have to fiddle around to find the correct setup (only once). External displays must be either on the left or the right of your MBP.

Lesson learned again: When you buy cheap, you will buy twice.



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