can i connect macbook pro to two monitors

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    If you have a MacBook Pro with Retina display you can use the HDMI cable or the Mini Displayport to connect one monitor and use the Thunderbolt to VGHA connector to connect a second monitor. This setup allows you to mirror three screens OR use them all independently (you will get higher res if you use the DisplayPort connector to connect to a high-def monitor).

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  • I have the same question. I have a late 2011 Macbook Pro which does not have the retina display. I have an external monitor already driven via a Thunderbolt to DVI adapter.

    I'd like to add a second external digital monitor. But since the Thunderbolt port is already in use, I only have a Firewire port and two USB 2.0 ports left.

    What do I need to do to create the digital video link for the second monitor?


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  • Yes.

    The method will depend on your desired configuration.

    Do you want to show the same thing on both external monitors (either cloned desktop or extended desktop)? Then you need a signal multiplier/Distribution Amplifier (DVI DA or VGA DA). If you want to show 2 different things on the externals (like the standard desktop plus extended desktop) then you need a product like the matrox dual-head or triple-head.

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  • The new MacBook Pro now has video outputs (two mini-DisplayPort and one HDMI), so there is no problem that you can have up to 3 monitor connected to the MacBook Pro.
    If you want to share two monitors with other systems or Mac, then you need to find Dual-Monitor/ Dual-Head KVM switch.
    I found ConnectPRO UDD-12A+ or UDD-14A+ KVM switches are both tested with MacBook Pro multi-monitor sharing.

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