I have a 15" Mid-2014 Retina MacBook Pro and would like to hook additional monitors to it. Ideally, these would be 4x 27" Apple Displays of some sort.
I have done a bit of Googling, but information on this sort of configuration seems to be a bit sparse. Here's what I know:
- This model can officially support 2x Thunderbolt Displays.
- Thunderbolt displays can be daisy-chained.
- Apple LED Cinema Displays (Mini DisplayPort model) can be daisy-chained off of Thunderbolt displays, but only if there are 1 or more thunderbolt devices separating them, and them
- USB to (mini) DisplayPort adapters (external video cards) exist, but can only output at 720p to an iMac or Cinema Display.
- USB to Thunderbolt adapters do not exist at this point. (And probably never will)
- It is easy to go from (mini) DisplayPort to HDMI, but not the other way.
Based on the above, I have come up with several options in decreasing order of preference. (Ranging from simple/elegant to hackish) I'd like to know if anyone has tried any of these, and what kind of success you have had, or if you've done something different that I haven't thought of.
One last thing. When these monitors are plugged in, the computer will be in clamshell mode in a Henge vertical dock, so it won't need to power the internal display.
Option 1: 4 Thunderbolt displays. Two plugged into the thunderbolt ports, one daisy-chained off of each of those.
I understand that this probably won't work, but am wondering if anyone has tried it.
Option 2: Two Thunderbolt Displays, each with an LED Cinema Display hooked up to it with, something in between (ie. a docking station)
I understand that this configuration will work if I hook up 1 pair, but need to know if the computer can handle 2.
Option 3: Some way of getting a DisplayPort signal from a USB video card, Two thunderbolt displays, and two DisplayPort displays.
I haven't been able to find anything here, but if anyone knows about anything, I would really appreciate it.