Cheap MacBook Pro Docking Station

in Future Apple Hardware edited January 2014
Moderators: I accidentally posted this under Future Hardare, when I meant to post it to Current Hardware. Could you please switch it to Current Hardware if you can? Thanks!

I'm thinking of gettng a MacBook Pro, but I would like to set up a docking station for it, since I normally prefer desktops, and like to have a larger resolution and a full keyboard and mouse when possible.

I already have a 20 inch LG LCD monitor (which has been wonderful so far) and an Apple keyboard and mouse. I don't want to spend an outrageous amount of money on a cinema display. I have it the monitor hooked up to a non-Apple desktop, so I would get a KVM switch with USB and DVI.

Whatever solution I get must support DVI, since I get a 1600X1200 resolution with DVI, but only a 1440X900 resolution with VGA, and it's also less clear than the digital connection.

From what I understand, I'd need a DVI to Mini DisplayPort adapter, but the one on the Apple site got *horrible* reviews, essentially one star for every review that was posted.

Any suggestions?


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    I figured out how to do this. I just need the following hardware:

    1) MacBook Pro

    2) Mini DisplayPort to DVI adapter from the Apple site.

    3) IOGear USB DVI KVM Switch:

    4) Standard or Apple keyboard and mouse

    The KVM switch is a little expensive because DVI KVM switches are rarer than VGA ones. My monitor only supports 1440X900 analog resolution, but 1600X1200 digital resolution, so it's a no-brainer.
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