Mac Setups: 5 Screens & a MacBook Pro

Oct 1, 2011 - 12 Comments

Mac with 5 Screens

Get ready to drool. This multi-displayed Mac setup has an impressive five 23″ screens rotated into portrait mode, and a MacBook Pro 17″ sits atop them all.

5 Screens connected to a MacBook Pro

What are they powered by? That wasn’t specified, but it’s possible that the MacBook Pro is driving all of the monitors with an ambitious USB display hub. Whatever is powering them, this is one awesome Mac setup, thanks for the sending this in Julien!


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Posted by: William Pearson in Mac Setups


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  1. Dave says:

    What is holding up the MacBook? I have a similar set up with three 19″ monitors. I need it for health informatics, so much easier with three monitors.

  2. AppogeeTim says:

    @MEDDAH Julien – what hardware are you using to drive all of those displays? I have a non-ThunderBolt iMac that I’d like to use to drive a 24″ Wacom AND an HD projector at the same time. So I’m thinking that what you’re using might do the trick.

    • MEDDAH Julien says:

      Four USB-to-DVI DisplayLink adapters are in use here, but because of USB they’re quite laggy when it comes to animations and videos (I’ve disabled Spaces switching transitions for example). One of these may be good enough for your projector, it maxes out at 1920×1200 (or 2048×1152) and it’s quite cheap.
      I can’t think of other solutions for your setup (neither Matrox XXXHeadToGo nor VIDock eGPU would do), but if you can get another Mac (or PC) around you give Teleport (or Synergy) a try.

  3. MEDDAH Julien says:

    @Mac Paul
    Software Development

    @Steve Ballmer
    You’d need three 1920px wide monitor to match the width of this setup (5*1152×2048), and as @The One Behind You pointed out, it will be only around half as tall. Plus there’s all the wasted space when in landscape, at least from what I’ve experienced.

    Thanks for noticing, but this is not the space I use the most so I have a bit of a free room in this one to waste. I do spread my main app on all five monitors in the other space.

    So I can always have one at arms length. It doesn’t really matter (to me) if I use one of the two ten times more than the other.

    The Magic Mouse is for colleagues, most of them aren’t accustomed to a left-handed mouse. I do use a single mac (with 4 DisplayLink adapters) and I might add more input sources in the future. Even if I had other machines to control, I’d rather do that with Synergy or derivatives

  4. Wolf says:

    I count four input devices – two track pads, one Magic Mouse, and one third party mouse. If that MBP is powering all five monitors, why would it need four pointing devices? Seems like a bit of overkill, unless they’re controlling auxiliary machines.

  5. The One Behind You says:

    @Steve Ballmer

    nope.. in landscape with 2 monitors the height would be smaller.

  6. Casper says:

    Why would he use 2 magic pad’s?

  7. Joseph says:

    Full screen Activity Monitor? lol

  8. Steve Ballmer says:

    Listen this is just stupid. Stacking two monitors side by side in landscape orientation would achieve the same objective.

  9. maccase says:

    congrats on buying five monitors

  10. MacPaul says:

    For what use? None at all, except for bragging.

  11. Gerky says:

    That’s excessive but I’d love to geek out with that

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