Macbook Pro 2018 with 3 External monitors possible?


#1

Hi - I’m purchasing a macbook pro 2018 and want to run 3 external monitors. Is it possible with this dock and these monitors:
Option 1: https://www.dell.com/en-uk/shop/monitor-dell-ultrasharp-27-u2715h/apd/210-adsn/monitors-monitor-accessories
Option 2: https://www.dell.com/en-uk/shop/dell-27-monitor-p2719h/apd/210-apxf/monitors-monitor-accessories

Any help would be appreciated.


#2

Hi There,

Thank you so much for reaching out to us, I would be more than happy to answer your questions!

Due to the current state of DisplayLink based devices and macOS, we do not have any single devices or docking stations that will allow you to output to a total of three displays at the same time. It is possible to output to one external display, as well as utilize a combination of devices to output to a total of two displays, but we do not offer a single product that will allow you to output to three displays.

I hope this information helps, if you have any additional questions or concerns, please let me know and I would be more than happy to assist.

Thank you for your patience,

Marc

Product Owner & Technical Support


#3

Marc - Thanks for getting back to me. That’s fine, what combination of devices would I be able to use to utilise three external screens? I imagine its the TBT3-UDV that might allow two external displays, and then another for the third? Would the monitors I attache din my original message be supported?


#4

Hi There,

In order to utilize a combination of devices, the number of displays allowed relies heavily on the systems GPU. If it is a Macbook Pro with only an Intel based GPU, the maximum number of displays allowed to be connected externally is 2. If it is one of the higher end AMD/Dual GPU systems, the maximum supported displays would be 4.

Once this information is obtained, the best combination of devices that will allow for 3 total displays (if the systems GPU supports 2 or more) would be the usage of our TBT3-UDV Thunderbolt 3 Docking station (https://plugable.com/products/tbt3-udv) which will allow two total displays to be connected to the dock (1 via the built in Dp 1.2 port, and the other connected via a USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 to HDMI/DP cable) and another to be connected to the other side of the Macbook pro, utilizing one of the available USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 ports with an additional USB-C to HDMI/DP cable. Examples of our supported USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 display cables are:


These individual cables due have specific resolution and refresh rate support, so if you have any questions regarding the displays you are hoping to connect, please let me know!

I hope this information helps, if there is any additional questions or concerns, I would be more than happy to assist!

Thank you for your patience,
Marc
Product Owner & Technical Support


#5