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I am the proud new owner of a MacBook Pro with a mini-DisplayPort. My desk setup used to allow me to position the screen of my old MacBook beside an external monitor, essentially allowing dual-head. It was also advantageous that my old MBP and my external monitor had the same resolution, 1440x900.

Now, I'm searching for a set of two monitors that I can use a HengeDock with. Unfortunately, the MacBook Pro suffers from having only one mini-DisplayPort.

Looking up the spec for DisplayPort 1.2 (which the MBP supports), DisplayPort daisy chaining is supported. What I'm looking for is a monitor that has two DisplayPorts so I can daisy chain two monitors off the single mini-DisplayPort.

What I don't want is a USB-based video solution. I need full acceleration on both monitors; an external video card won't cut it. I hope I don't have to wait a few years for these monitors to come out.

TL;DR: I need two monitors with two DisplayPorts each that I can daisy-chain.


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up vote 5 down vote accepted

Dell now offers (at least) two monitors with DisplayPort 1.2 ports for daisy-chaining:

Dell U2713H 27" Monitor

Dell UltraSharp u2913WM 29" Ultra-wide monitor

I cannot, however, confirm that they work with the MacBook Pros. If/when these ports start showing up on their lower-end monitors I might take the plunge.

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I only have one response: YAY! – squircle Feb 1 '13 at 20:04

For a while you are able to list all DP 1.2 MST capable devices on Just select the DP Displays Multi-Stream option.

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I don't think monitor makers have DP1.2 yet. But, you're in luck, because there are DP1.2 MST hubs. It's like a usb hub, but for display port instead. You plug one display port cable into the DP1.2 MST hub, and then you have 4 different display port cables that come out of the hub and into your various monitors. The advantage of using a DP1.2 MST hub is that it plugs right into old-school DP1.0 monitors.

By the way, are you sure your MacBook Pro has DP1.2? AMD just started making DP1.2 radeon cards, and I think nVidia also just began -- it's unlikely Apple picked up these parts so quickly.

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Thanks for the response. You know, you could always crosspost this answer to my question with bounty so I can properly reward you for it. This answer is more relevant to that question anyways. – squircle Jan 18 '11 at 14:49

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