Thunderbolt and USB-C displays for the MacBook Pro 2016: monitors, adapters and co

Because Apple in the future reduce its hardware significantly will and also the hopes on a new Thunderbolt display have been dispelled, the question of alternatives such as USB-C monitors is in the room. An accomplice in connecting various displays, monitors and the like is also the current MacBook Pro Thunderbolt 3 port. If you want to equip this MacBook Pro or another device with Thunderbolt 2017 with an additional monitor, then I have a few suggestions for you in the following. I also have a couple of adapters for HDMI, VGA, DisplayPort and so on.

Image source: ThunderboltTechnology.net

Image source: ThunderboltTechnology.net

Adapters and cables for VGA, HDMI, DisplayPort and more

First, I would like to show you ways that you can connect existing or just cheaper peripherals to a Thunderbolt port. Because you don't always have to buy a new device just to satisfy the connections on the original device. With a simple adapter or dongle you can also use VGA, HDMI– or DisplayPort monitors with the Thunderbolt interface. I have a dongle with HDMI and USB, SD card reader etc. for you already described in this article.

Ligawo 6518956 USB 3.1 Type C male to HDMI female adapter | up to 4Kx2K UHD ULTRA HD | Win 10 / Mac ...
  • Ligawo adapter USB 3.1 Type C male to HDMI female | UHD Ultra HD 4Kx2K | HDCP support | Audio e.g. DTS HD, DTS, AC3, ...
  • Adapter cable allows devices with a USB 3.1 C connection to be quickly retrofitted with an HDMI output | ...
  • Compatible with all devices with USB 3.1 Type C connection | ideal for e.g. MacBook 2015, Mac Book 12 inch, ...
Ligawo 6518948 USB 3.1 Type C male to VGA female adapter | Win 10 / Mac OS from 10.2 / Linux / ...
  • Ligawo Adapter USB 3.1 Type C male to VGA female | Input resolutions up to 2048x1152 | Displayport Altmode ...
  • Adapter cable allows devices with a USB 3.1 C connection to be quickly retrofitted with a VGA monitor output | ...
  • Compatible with all devices with USB 3.1 Type C connection | ideal for e.g. MacBook 2015, Mac Book 12 inch, ...
Ligawo 6518952 USB 3.1 Type C male to DVI female adapter | Win 10 / Mac OS from 10.2 / Linux / ...
  • Ligawo Adapter USB 3.1 Type C male to DVI-D female | supports DVI resolutions up to 1920x1080 / 2560x1600 | HDCP ...
  • Adapter cable allows devices with a USB 3.1 C connection to be quickly retrofitted with a DVI-D monitor output | ...
  • Compatible with all devices with USB 3.1 Type C connection | ideal for e.g. MacBook 2015, Mac Book 12 inch, ...

Adapter for Mini DisplayPort 1.2 on older MacBooks (no USB-C)

Perhaps you are not even using the new MacBook Pro 2016 with the Thunderbolt 3 port, which is based on USB 3.1 Type C. If you use an older model for which you want an adapter to VGA, HDMI or DVI, then there are also recommended products. These for example:

CableDeconn 3-in-1 Mini DisplayPort 1,2 V to DVI VGA HDMI TV HDTV Adapter Converter HDMI Full 4K X ...
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CableDeconn 3-in-1 Mini DisplayPort 1,2 V to DVI VGA HDMI TV HDTV Adapter Converter HDMI Full 4K X ...
  • With a much faster transfer rate of up to 5 Gbit / s per track. The video data bandwidth is set to 4 Mbytes / sec ....
  • Enables full 4K x 2K resolution (only HDMI port), 3D stereo system via Full HD, supports video resolutions up to ...
  • Mini DP V1 2 version, also supports DP V1. 1, transmits audio and video from computer or tablet to HD display ...

The compromise for changers: USB 3.1 Type C to Mini DisplayPort 1.2 adapter

You may already have a really good monitor or display with integrated speakers, various connections and so on. You have now always connected the device via the DisplayPort, but now switch to the new MacBook Pro. This adapter solves the problem and turns the Thunderbolt 3 connection back into a DP 1.2 connection:

USB 3.1 Type C monitors and displays for the MacBook Pro 2016

But now we come to the display and monitor offers. If you are fully equipped with a new MacBook Pro and additional devices or are looking for monitors with a USB 3.1 Type C connection or DisplayPort for other laptops, Macs or Windows PCs, then have a look here:

Acer H277HUsmipuz 69 cm (27 inch) monitor (DVI, HDMI 2.0, USB 3.1 Type C, Displayport, WQHD 2.560 x ...
  • Type: 69 cm (27 inch) IPS ZeroFrame design monitor with LED backlight
  • Resolution: 2560 x 1440 pixels; Connections: DVI, HDMI 2.0, Displayport, USB 3.1 Type C, speakers
  • FlickerLess Technology, Blue Light Filter, ComfyView Technology, sRGB, Super Sharpness Technology, DTS Sound
LG 29UM68-P 73,66 cm (29 inch) 21: 9 UltraWide ™ Full HD IPS monitor (AMD Radeon FreeSync, DAS Mode, ...
  • 73,66 cm (29 ") CINEMA Screen UltraWide monitor in 21: 9 format and energy-saving LED backlight
  • The fast AH-IPS panel with a large sRGB color space enables natural, consistent colors and sharp contrasts ...
  • Gaming features like FreeSync, Dynamic Action Sync (DAS), Game Modes and Black Stabilizer
LG 34UM88-P 86,36 cm (34 inch) 21: 9 UltraWide ™ QHD IPS monitor (AMD Radeon FreeSync, Thunderbolt, ...
  • The new CINEMA Screen PC monitor in 21: 9 format shines with QHD UltraWide and thus provides a comprehensive field of view that ...
  • The monitor is delivered hardware-calibrated with LG's own Tru Color Pro calibration solution. A ...
  • Key Features: Black Stabilizer; Dynamic action sync; Game mode; Flicker Save Backlight Technology (White LED ...

Pre-order 21: 9 curved monitor from LG with 37,5 inches

LG 38UC99-W 95,25 cm (37,5 inch) Curved 21: 9 UltraWide ™ IPS monitor (QHD +, AMD Radeon FreeSync, ...
  • Type: The precise IPS color representation and more than 99% sRGB color space guarantee an impressive, captivating and ...
  • Special features: 4 screen split (with PIP) divides the screen into up to four sections (with Windows or Mac)
  • Additional functions: Extensive gaming features such as FreeSync, Dynamic Action Sync (DAS)

Apple recommends: LG UltraFine 5K Display

In addition to Amazon, Apple also and above all offers suitable displays for its laptops in its online shop. Among other things, this is suggested for the MacBook Pro LG UltraFine 5K display As well as the LG UltraFine 4K display. Here I have compared the two of you:

LG UltraFine 5K display LG UltraFine 4K display
BILD  LG UltraFine 5K display for Apple MacBook Pro with Thunderbolt 3 and USB 3.1 Type C  LG UltraFine 4K display for Apple MacBook USB-C
Size 27 inch 21,5 inch
Display 5.120 x 2.880 pixels, 500 cd / m², P3 color range 4.096 x 2.304 pixels, 500 cd / m², P3 color range
Connections 1 x Thunderbolt 3, 3 x USB-C (USB 3.1, 1st generation, 5 Gbit / s) 1 x USB-C, 3 x USB-C (USB 2, 480 Mbit / s)
Loudspeakers Yes, stereo Yes, stereo
Camera or webcam Ja No
System Requirements Thunderbolt 3 and macOS Sierra 10.12.1 or later USB-C and macOS Sierra 10.12.1 or newer
Product page in the Apple Online Store Click here Click here

Your opinion and experiences

How do you go about equipping your laptop with an additional monitor? Do you have a model with a VGA, HDMI or DisplayPort connection? Or are you already tinkering with USB 3.1 Type C or Thunderbolt 3 and have a corresponding display or an older device connected via an adapter? Feel free to leave a comment :)

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2 comments

  1. Felix New says:

    Good day,

    I own the MBP 13 from 2016 in the standard configuration and would like to buy this monitor for it (http://www.lg.com/us/monitors/lg-43UD79-B-4k-uhd-led-monitor). Now the question arises as to the best way to get the monitor connected to my MacBook so that it can be operated at 60Hz, and whether my computer is powerful enough to display simple games like Dota 2 in 4k?

    I've already rummaged through this page, but I can't really figure it out:
    https://support.apple.com/de-de/HT206587

    Kind regards

    • sir appleot says:

      Hello Felix! To use the monitor with 4k @ 60Hz I would give you this USB-C to HDMI adapter recommend. He is one of the few who actually manage 60 Hz. Unfortunately, I don't know whether you can play Dota 2 in 4K resolution with it. I think you'd have to ask the manufacturer of the game or look in a forum for people who already have experience with exactly this constellation. Unfortunately, I don't even know the game ... ;-) So, I have to go! The Apple Keynote is about to start! : D

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