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New MBP: how to approach 2 workstations
Posted by: Kiva
Date: November 13, 2022 06:38PM
Greetings..

Thanks to the great folks here, I was able to make a quick decisions ad ended up with a 14" MBP. My previous machine is a 2015 MBP, so I'm trying to get caught up on USB-C/TB4, etc.

I will be bringing the machine back and forth from the office to home, with stations setup at each location. Previously, at one location, I had an, extra apple charger, a backup 2.5" TM drive, a USB hub, and two external monitors plugged into the thunderbolt ports w/ VGA adapters (0ld monitors are all I have access to right now).

How would one approach this workstation with the new machine? I need a way to charge the machine, hook up the monitors and external drive, etc. I have 1 old USB peripheral i'd like to keep for now.

Should I just get some USB-C to VGA adapters and another for USB-C to USB + another apple charger? It sounds like the machine can charge itself from ports other than the MagSafe (?) so how do folks approach this?

Thank you



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Re: New MBP: how to approach 2 workstations
Posted by: sekker
Date: November 13, 2022 07:39PM
Get a pass through USB dock/hub, a single USB connector then charges and gives you at least one external monitor. Install whatever USB-A devices you like such as keyboard mice, etc. Add ethernet as needed.

Where you have two monitors, use a second cable to connect to the second monitor. I like to have the two cables on the left-hand side of my MBP14 so that I just connect the two at the same time. I add a dual cable end connector (forget what it's called) so that the two ends are tied and I do not lose them.

And L E A D E R ! That's a great computer.



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Re: New MBP: how to approach 2 workstations
Posted by: C(-)ris
Date: November 13, 2022 08:11PM
The best way?

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Re: New MBP: how to approach 2 workstations
Posted by: S. Pupp
Date: November 13, 2022 08:58PM
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C(-)ris
The best way?

[eshop.macsales.com]

Absolutely right.
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Re: New MBP: how to approach 2 workstations
Posted by: Kiva
Date: November 13, 2022 10:05PM
is it redundant to get something with a SD card reader and a few other things one wouldn't use? That price tag is steep..

is there a better option. What, exactly, is a "pass through" hub?

Is there a more affordable price point for something that will also charge the machine vs. just a peripheral expansion?



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Re: New MBP: how to approach 2 workstations
Posted by: sekker
Date: November 13, 2022 11:34PM
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Kiva
is it redundant to get something with a SD card reader and a few other things one wouldn't use? That price tag is steep..

is there a better option. What, exactly, is a "pass through" hub?

Is there a more affordable price point for something that will also charge the machine vs. just a peripheral expansion?

Something like this is a lot cheaper :

[www.amazon.com]

Just plug in a USBC up to 100 W power supply, then plug this into you Mac. Will charge and add a ton of ports.
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Re: New MBP: how to approach 2 workstations
Posted by: jardster
Date: November 14, 2022 05:30AM
Yup, I've got one for the office, one for home- just plug and unplug a single USB C cable.


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The best way?

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Re: New MBP: how to approach 2 workstations
Posted by: btfc
Date: November 14, 2022 09:28AM
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Re: New MBP: how to approach 2 workstations
Posted by: C(-)ris
Date: November 14, 2022 11:44AM
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btfc
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That one only does one monitor and they get very hot with pass through power.



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Re: New MBP: how to approach 2 workstations
Posted by: btfc
Date: November 14, 2022 11:52AM
Good to know.
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Re: New MBP: how to approach 2 workstations
Posted by: Kiva
Date: November 15, 2022 01:00AM
thank you, folks...this makes sense now. Much appreciated.



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Re: New MBP: how to approach 2 workstations
Posted by: Kiva
Date: November 15, 2022 01:12AM
one more..

do the 3rd party chargers + cables work or should I only buy apple? It would be nice to not have to take my charger home and back.

thanks



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Re: New MBP: how to approach 2 workstations
Posted by: A-Polly
Date: November 15, 2022 10:52AM
Hi Kiva, don't know if this will be useful info for you or not, because my monitor is pretty new* and I only have one. However, I plug the monitor into a Thunderbolt port on my MacBook (using the one on the right side next to the HDMI port) and while at my desk I don't have to use the charger and cable at all — the laptop keeps its charge from the monitor (which is of course plugged into a regular outlet). I'm not especially laptop-literate so don't know how it would work with more than one older monitor and adapters.

Hope you enjoy your beautiful new machine, and maybe Santa will bring you a newer monitor!

*This one: BenQ PD2705Q 27 Inch 2K QHD IPS Factory Calibrated Computer Monitor for Graphic Design and Video Editing, 100% sRGB, DualView, USB-C with 65W Power Delivery, Daisy Chain, HDR10 and CAD/CAM
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Re: New MBP: how to approach 2 workstations
Posted by: mattkime
Date: November 15, 2022 11:14PM
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Kiva
one more..

do the 3rd party chargers + cables work or should I only buy apple? It would be nice to not have to take my charger home and back.

thanks

Third party chargers work great. Its nice to be able to but inexpensive chargers.



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Re: New MBP: how to approach 2 workstations
Posted by: Kiva
Date: November 16, 2022 04:00PM
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A-Polly
Hi Kiva, don't know if this will be useful info for you or not, because my monitor is pretty new* and I only have one. However, I plug the monitor into a Thunderbolt port on my MacBook (using the one on the right side next to the HDMI port) and while at my desk I don't have to use the charger and cable at all — the laptop keeps its charge from the monitor (which is of course plugged into a regular outlet). I'm not especially laptop-literate so don't know how it would work with more than one older monitor and adapters.

Hope you enjoy your beautiful new machine, and maybe Santa will bring you a newer monitor!

*This one: BenQ PD2705Q 27 Inch 2K QHD IPS Factory Calibrated Computer Monitor for Graphic Design and Video Editing, 100% sRGB, DualView, USB-C with 65W Power Delivery, Daisy Chain, HDR10 and CAD/CAM

oooooo...this is an interesting idea. Do you know what would be the best search term for a compatible monitor? I could probably get them to buy one for me....sounds like the search term for other models would be "power delivery"?

thank you for the idea!



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