I am trying to switch from using my desktop to my macbook pro as my primary machine.

I have 2 monitors (each 1600x1200 resolution) I'd like to use as external monitors for my macbook pro (from 2013). Both monitors support VGA and DVI input (along with s-video and composite, although I've never used those before).

Looking at the laptop, it has 1 hdmi port, and 2 thunderbolt ports.

The 'about this mac' reports I'm using osX 10.10.4, with a early 2013 15-inch Retina display. Graphics card is nVidia GeForce GT 650M 1024 MB.

How do I find out if this is possible? If it is possible, how do I do it?

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It's possible. You can run one monitor off the HDMI port and another 2 off of the Thunderbolt ports. You can get adapters for both of these.

There's more out there than this but here's one Apple sells.


BTW: Thunderbolt ports can work Mini Display port adapters.

  • Is there enough video ram to drive that many pixels? My concern is we bumped into this problem with my wife's (non-mac) laptop, and I don't want to get it all set up only to realize the video card can't cut it. Jul 17, 2015 at 19:49
  • Yeah I have a mid 2012 macbook pro that I would drive dual 24" Apple Displays + the laptops own display. Sometimes I would use another 20" junk monitor out of the hdmi port when working on some video projects. So that's 4 screens total. So shouldn't be a problem at all.
    – Trozdol
    Jul 17, 2015 at 19:53
  • That is excellent! :) Jul 17, 2015 at 19:55

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