Best (and most inexpensive) way to connect two external displays to MacBook Pro?

I have an early 2011 MacBook Pro, not sure if the details are relevant, but it is a 15-inch, 2GHz Intel Core i7, 16 GB 1333 MHz DDR3, AMD Radeon HD 6490M 256MB, and I'm running on Mavericks.

I have two 24" Samsung HDTVs that I would like to use as additional displays for the MBP.

I am already using one, and it is connected with a mini display to HDMI, with the HDMI to the TV. I need to know the best and most inexpensive way (I am a college student) to connect the second TV and have all three displays functioning as independent screens. What I DO NOT want, is for the two external displays to be used as one long display alongside the MBP display, which is the only set-up I have been able to find so far.

Please let me know what would be the best option.

1 Answer from the Community

  • Answer

    Hi Amanda,

    AppleTV, ~109 AUD. Excludes cables and adapters (as required).

    Confirm your MBP and Monitor specs first, your mac-monitor combo may restrict or lead to alternatives. If you require more input and for others to help you further, please list the model specs for for each:
    MBP &

    See this link and follow relevant or associated links to confirm setup such that they may suits your needs:
    [sry, Apple wouldn’t let me post the link, search for) "About AirPlay Mirroring in OS X”, kb ht5404

    NB displays are extended but not as one long display. Arrangement in Display Preferences allows me to position and configure to my hearts content.

    PS I have all this kit including Samsung brand older style monitors (& MBP 2012 15in) and was able to confirm this setup works - on battery power no less. Three displays, multiple configurations. Hope this helps and i’m happy to help more if I can.



    • Answered by Lee K from Stafford Heights
    • Dec 8, 2013