I want to finally switch back to a Macbook Pro after some years of using a PC. However, I do not want to give up on my setup using 3 to 4 screens.
My plan is on using the MacBook Pro 16 Inch i9 model. My screens support HDMI and Displayport 1.2 with MST/Daisy Chain. I also need Gigabit Ethernet, a USB-C Connection for an external SSD and some USB Ports for my Soundcard, Midi Piano and so on and also want to charge the laptop. I want to use for this a maximum of 2 Thunderbolt or USB-C Connectors (Which I can glue together so that I only need to plug one thing to connect or disconnect)
TL:DR -- my goal is (in short):
- Connect min. 3 external HDMI or Displayport Monitors (Which Support Daisy Chaining)
- Charge the Macbook Pro
- Have Gigabit Ethernet and USB A Ports
- Maximum of 2 Connectors
- Should have good performance (so no airplay)
Idea 1: The usualy way - DisplayPort Daisy Chain/MST
Macbook => Dock => Display => Display => Display => USB Devices + Ethernet => Charger
Usually I would "just" daisy chain my DP Screens, however I've read that MacOS does not support DisplayPort MST? So it probably will not work.
Idea 2: Using 2 Thunderbolt Docks on 2 Ports
Macbook => Thunderbolt Dock => Display (via DP) => Display (via Thunderbolt Adapter) => USB Devices + Ethernet => Thunderbolt Dock => Display (via DP) => Display (via Thunderbolt Adapter) => Charger
the next Idea would be to use 2 Thunderbolt Docks on 2 different Ports and to connect 2 displays on each (Per dock one via DP and one via Thunderbolt adapter). However, as I want to also charge the Macbook, one of these docks must support power delivery - I havn't yet found one that supports the 100W that the new macbook pro needs. I also don't know if that would work.
Idea 3: Using 2 Thunderbolt Docks Daisy Chained
Macbook => Thunderbolt Dock => Thunderbolt Dock => Display (via tb adapter) => Display (via DP/HDMI) => Display (via DP/HDMI) => USB-Devices/ Ethernet => Charging
The most elegant solution seems to be using two thunderbolt docks in series. and then connect one display via DP on the first dock and one via DP + one via Thunderbolt on the second dock. So I can use the other Thunderbolt connector on the mac for charging.
The devices would be e.g.
Elgato Thunderbolt 3 Pro Dock and
WAVLINK USB C Thunderbolt 3 to Dual DisplayPort
Will one of the above work? Any other Ideas (e.g. a dock with 3 Displayport outputs that actually work with OSX)?