Understanding Dual/Triple External Displays with Apple’s M1 Macs

Understanding Dual/Triple External Displays with Apple’s M1 Macs

There is a lot of excitement around the latest Apple M1 MacBook Pro and Air laptops, especially with the addition of the new M1 chipset. The M1 chipset is specifically designed for Mac and is believed to be faster and more efficient than the processors found in the Intel powered MacBook’s.

M1 is the first personal computer chip that is built using cutting edge 5-nanometer process technology and claims to delivers up to 3.5x faster CPU performance, up to 6x faster GPU performance, and up to 15x faster machine learning, all while enabling battery life up to 2x longer than previous-generation Macs. 

But the M1 MacBook’s do have their own limitations.  All intel-based MacBook Pro and Air models since 2016, have natively supported multiple external displays via their Thunderbolt USB-C ports. With the new M1 MacBook Pro and Air models, they now only support one external display natively.   

The only way to setup multiple external displays with M1 MacBook Pro and Air right now, is to use an official DisplayLink based Docking Station. DisplayLink docks use the available bandwidth on the latest USB 4 (USB-C) ports on these M1 MacBook’s and allow for multiple external displays along with a variety of the other ports.  

Macbook M1

ALOGIC provides a range DisplayLink Docks to suit different customers and their requirements. 

The ALOGIC Universal Twin HD Docking Station supports Dual HDMI monitors with up to Full HD (1080p) resolution at 60Hz, 4 x USB-A (USB 3.0), USB-C (USB 3.1 Gen 1), 3.5mm Audio Port and Gigabit Ethernet. 

With 85W Power Delivery Support, the ALOGIC Universal Twin HD PRO Docking Station provides laptop charging for Dual HDMI displays Full 60Hz resolution 4 x USB-A (USB 3.0), USB-C (USB 3.1 Gen 1), 3.5mm Audio Port and Gigabit Ethernet.

For users needing three external monitors, ALOGIC also has the Triple Display UNIVERSAL Hybrid Docking Stationwhich allows up to three external 4K displays along a multiple USB-A, USB-C, Gigabit Ethernet and 3.5mm Audio Jack.

There are more ALOGIC Docking stations and accessories coming in the near future to help our customers make the most of all Apple Macbooks and other Apple products.