My MacBook Pro 13″ attached to Henge dock to connect dual Dell LED monitors and Bose Companion 5 Speaker System. Here is a list of my MacBook accessories:
- Docking Station – Henge Docks
- Monitor – Dual Dell P2211H LED Monitor
- Monitor Stand – Ergotron LX Triple Display Lift Stand
- Speaker – Bose Companion 5 Multimedia Speaker System
- Mouse – Apple Magic Mouse
- Display Adapter 1 – Mini DisplayPort to DVI & VGA Display Adapter
- Display Adapter 2 – Kensington Universal Multi-Display Adapter
- Wireless Router – Netgear RangeMax Dual-Band Wireless-N Router with 4-Port Gigabit Ethernet Switch
- USB Extension – Belikin Front-Access In-Desk USB Hub
Docking Station – Henge Docks
I am using Henge dock to connect my Mac to an external monitor and other peripherals. It’s actually not really a docking station because the dock is just a stand holder for your Mac. The Henge dock uses original connectors from your Macbook. It’s a cool idea. This dock can quickly connect and disconnect all peripherals. Easily eliminate desktop cable clutter. Elegantly integrate MacBook and home theater system. This means you can quickly, easily, and cleanly incorporate your MacBook computer into a desktop setup or your home theater system, so you get the best features of a laptop, desktop and media center PC all from one computer. Henge Docks.
Monitor – Dual Dell P2211H LED Monitor
I like to work with dual screen monitors to extend the screen area. I am using two Dell LED professional series P2211H monitors. It’s a 21.5-inch widescreen. I set up the monitor’s portrait mode (good for reading or working with Internet browsers) and landscape (good for image editing). I enjoy excellent picture quality with enhanced clarity on Professional P2211H 21.5-inch Widescreen Monitor. With a full high-definition resolution of 1920×1080 and a generous 21.5-inch display area, I can easily work on multiple documents, or in multiple application windows, at once.
Monitor Stand – Ergotron LX Triple Display Lift Stand
To hold Dell P2211H monitors I use a monitor stand from Ergotron. I bought the Ergotron LX Triple Display Lift Stand. The monitor stand can simultaneously lift and tilt displays for maximum ergonomic comfort. This stand expands my computer desktop across three smaller displays or two larger displays.
Speaker – Bose Companion 5 Multimedia Speaker System
I love music. I hooked up my Mac into Companion 5 Multimedia Speaker System from Bose. I love the sound clarity and bass produced from this system. This three-piece computer sound system can deliver the multichannel sound that seems to surround you—without the clutter of five speakers. The Companion 5 multimedia speaker system is designed for 5.1-encoded music, games, and movies, using just two elegant desktop speakers and a hideaway Acoustimass module. No need for setup, because it uses a single USB to connect to your Mac.
Mouse – Apple Magic Mouse
The first time uses this magic mouse, I don’t really like it. Later on, I get to use it and love it. It really redefines what a mouse should do for you. I love the feature like multi-touch surface with gesture support and scroll functions. You can scroll it vertically, horizontally, and diagonally. You can swipe through pages using your finger.
Originally, I am a right-handed person. For the last 6 months, I’ve been using my left hand to operate the mouse. So far so good. I think I still need more time to make this adjustment.
Display Adapter 1 – Mini DisplayPort to DVI & VGA Display Adapter
I bought this mini DisplayPort to VGA display adapter to connect my Mac and my main screen Dell P2211H (see my picture above, right side monitor). You need this adapter (either VGA or DVI version) if you want to display your Mac to an external monitor. You can see my adapter (VGA version from Apple) in my picture above at the bottom back of my Henge Dock. I also have a DVI version of this adapter from a generic brand.
To connect my second monitor I use Kensington Universal Multi-Display Adapter. It requires a USB port in your Mac and you can get a second extended view for your Mac system. See the next paragraph below for a quick review of this adapter.
Display Adapter 2 – Kensington Universal Multi-Display Adapter
I use this adapter to connect my second Dell LED P2211H monitor. Just plug in this adapter to your USB and get an extended second screen easily. With an additional screen, I can open multiple apps, arrange them, and work with them, all at once without juggling, flipping, or tabbing through open windows. You can’t see this adapter in my picture above. I hide it under the table.
I used this originally to extend my Windows laptop to a dual view monitor. So, this adapter works for Windows and Mac OS X systems. Make sure you get correct and the latest driver or firmware when you use this adapter in your Mac. Please read our post on Dual Monitor Setup on MacBook to know more about our experience using this display adapter.
USB Extension – Belkin Front-Access In-Desk USB Hub
I added Front-Access In-Desk USB Hub to get 4 additional USB ports. It’s from Belkin. I put it behind my main monitor (right side). I like the design, simple and cool. To install it on my table, I need a 3-in Carb Hole Saw with Mandrel to make a 3-in hole. I bought the USB extension and a Carb hole saw from Amazon.
Wireless Router – Netgear RangeMax Dual-Band Wireless-N Router with 4-Port Gigabit Ethernet Switch
To securely broadcast my internet access from Suddenlink Communications, I use Netgear – RangeMax Dual-Band Wireless-N Router with 4-Port Gigabit Ethernet Switch. I like this router, stable and cover a wide range. I like the black color too, match with my Wii console box 🙂
Network Adapter – Netgear Powerline Adapter 200 Nano
Last but not least, I bought Netgear Powerline Adapter 200 Nano a couple of weeks ago at BestBuy local store. I decided to buy at a local store because the price is similar compared to Amazon online store for this item (usually Amazon’s price is cheaper), and I can get it quickly without waiting for shipment. I use it to get internet access delivered via the power line in my house and Ethernet port RJ45. I hooked this powerline adapter to my Netgear – RangeMax Dual-Band Wireless-N Router with 4-Port Gigabit Ethernet Switch.