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Suggest me Laptop Make/Model Line with multiple external monitor support

163 30 August 9, 2019 at 10:11 AM
I am a developer. I have been building and using my desktop for many years. Now is the time to scale down. I use VM Machines for development, so this laptop doesn't need to be powerful. I will extend my desktop to Laptop's Screen, 2x Monitors and 1x 4K TV. I am willing to use DOCKING Station. I prefer to stay in Lenovo Thinkpad series but other brand/model is fine too.

1. i5/i7 5th Gen+ should be good enough / Similar AMD is fine too.
2. I will connect 2x 27" 2K Monitors - laptop MUST support 2K resolution for both monitors
3. I will also connect 1x 4K TV as monitor, if laptop doesn't support 4K that's fine. But HD or 2K resolution should be OK
5. Laptop will be on my desk most of the time, so bulky with DVD RW, Gigabit Jack etc is OK.
6. Price lower preferred

I will appreciate if you can suggest what make/model should be good. Or you can also tell me too look for certain VIDEO Card in the laptop that will support my settings (directly or though docking). Thank you very much.

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I am a developer. I have been building and using my desktop for many years. Now is the time to scale down. I use VM Machines for development, so this laptop doesn't need to be powerful. I will extend my desktop to Laptop's Screen, 2x Monitors and 1x 4K TV. I am willing to use DOCKING Station. I prefer to stay in Lenovo Thinkpad series but other brand/model is fine too.

1. i5/i7 5th Gen+ should be good enough / Similar AMD is fine too.
2. I will connect 2x 27" 2K Monitors - laptop MUST support 2K resolution for both monitors
3. I will also connect 1x 4K TV as monitor, if laptop doesn't support 4K that's fine. But HD or 2K resolution should be OK
5. Laptop will be on my desk most of the time, so bulky with DVD RW, Gigabit Jack etc is OK.
6. Price lower preferred

I will appreciate if you can suggest what make/model should be good. Or you can also tell me too look for certain VIDEO Card in the laptop that will support my settings (directly or though docking). Thank you very much.
I would suggest to you that you do not get a laptop for this. Since you are willing to have a docking station, that implies you'll only perform these functions while at your desk.
You could consider the Mini form factor PC's that actually will mount to the back of a monitor. The HP's we have at work at output via Display Port and HDMI.
Display Port will daisy chain from Monitor to Monitor *provided you have a Display Port out Port on the monitor.
In my opinion you are trying to too much with a portable device that is designed to be portable 1st that allows for it to be expanded somewhat. Typically a 2nd screen and there ya go as otherwise you would have bought a desktop instead.
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Are you really using true 2k video (2048×1080) or a standard monitor equivalent 1080p (1920x1080)?
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Are you really using true 2k video (2048×1080) or a standard monitor equivalent 1080p (1920x1080)?
I am planning to use 2x
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2560 x 1440 Resolution, The JG50 27" 16:9 Curved 144 Hz LCD Monitor from Samsung
I assumed that is a 2K monitor. I do not want to get limited by Laptop, or want to buy a $800+ laptop - I will keep using desktop anyway.

Thanks for looking at my post.
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I would suggest to you that you do not get a laptop for this. Since you are willing to have a docking station, that implies you'll only perform these functions while at your desk.
You could consider the Mini form factor PC's that actually will mount to the back of a monitor. The HP's we have at work at output via Display Port and HDMI.
Display Port will daisy chain from Monitor to Monitor *provided you have a Display Port out Port on the monitor.
In my opinion you are trying to too much with a portable device that is designed to be portable 1st that allows for it to be expanded somewhat. Typically a 2nd screen and there ya go as otherwise you would have bought a desktop instead.
Right you are! A mini desktop can be my solution. I already have a to-go/travel laptop. All I am trying to do is reduce the clutter around me. Thanks for suggesting Mini PC, much appreciated.
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If you have a laptop already, you could get a dock that supports at least 2 monitors. That would let you keep all your data on one platform and not worry about duplication of files.
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