August 9, 2012

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MacBook Pro with Retina supports at least 4 screens

One MacBook Pro with Retina… 3 external screens
Yesterday someone asked me about multi-monitor support for our work machines. I rattled off the standard statistics for Dells, MacBook Airs, MacBook Pros… then realized I wasn’t sure what the Retina Pro supported. This could not stand, so I had to go test it out!

The Retina has 2 Thunderbolt ports plus 1 HDMI port. You can, in fact, plug one monitor into each ALONG with your internal screen… for a total of 4 monitors. Occasionally I’ll catch a bit of video lag in certain high motion situations (to be fair, the MacBook Retina was powering 11,404,800 pixels), but for a work Battle Station, it is fantastic. Theoretically, I could plug in 2 Thunderbolt displays into each Thunderbolt port (For a total of 4 Thunderbolt displays, 1 HDMI, and 1 internal, i.e. 6 screens) but I cannot confirm this… yet.