5 Replies Latest reply: Jan 12, 2011 4:07 PM by eww
Digiwolf Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Hello guys,

I have a MacBook Pro (July 2009), with mini Display Port. It is in my intentions to buy two dell monitors (most probably the following models: http://accessories.euro.dell.com/sna/productdetail.aspx?c=uk&l=en&s=bsd&cs=ukbsd t1&sku=421265&~ck=bncat&~bk=gr:CategoryRec_defaultMonitor,g:NextStep,rk:). However, which adaptor should I buy? What would be the maximum resolution through the adaptor?

Many thanks!

Mac Pro 2x2.66 Dual-Core Intel Xeon, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • 1. Re: Two DVI Monitors via mini Display Port
    eww Level 9 Level 9 (52,975 points)
    To the best of my knowledge, the only way to connect two 1920 x 1080 monitors running at full resolution to your Mini-Displayport is the Matrox DualHead2Go DP Edition:

    http://www.matrox.com/graphics/en/products/gxm/dh2go/?productTabs=1#specs
  • 2. Re: Two DVI Monitors via mini Display Port
    AndrewLang Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Could you clarify your question a little? Do you want to be able to use both monitors via the one mini displayport cable coming from your laptop? Or do you want to have mirrored screens on both?
  • 3. Re: Two DVI Monitors via mini Display Port
    Digiwolf Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thank you for your response. What I would like to achieve is to have two monitors connected via the mini Display Port, by using them both not as mirrored but as a unified desktop. I hope this makes sense now.
  • 4. Re: Two DVI Monitors via mini Display Port
    AndrewLang Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Yes definitely, there is an Atlona adapter that would provide the mirroring, but in your case I would use the Displayport adapter mentioned above. In addition to that adapter you are going to need to have a Mini Displayport male to Displayport Male cable: <http://estore.circuitassembly.com/products/Mini-Displayport-to-Displayport-Ada pter-Cable.html> as well as 2 Mini Displayport female to Displayport Male cables: <http://estore.circuitassembly.com/products/Mini-Displayport-Female-to-Displayp ort-Male-Adapter-Cable.html>.

    I know this seems complicated but it actually will be a very nice solution once you are all said and done. I don't think there is really any other way to do this with a single video output laptop. If you had a desktop buying a dual video output video card would be a simpler solution.
  • 5. Re: Two DVI Monitors via mini Display Port
    eww Level 9 Level 9 (52,975 points)
    I encourage you to buy the necessary adapters and cables directly from Matrox, even though they will probably cost considerably more than others you could buy elsewhere. If you do that, Matrox will be more clearly obliged to help you if you have any trouble with your setup, as it will be responsible for the quality of the cables as well as the box.