If you want to run more than one display with your M1 MacBook Air or M1 MacBook Pro, Sonnet Technologies just made things easier. The company rolled out new dual-display adapters that let you hook up two 4K displays to your laptop using just one of its precious few ports.
Sonnet DisplayLink Dual DisplayPort Adapters for M1 Macs
Sonnet’s DisplayLink Dual DisplayPort Adapter for M1 Macs lets users connect a pair of 4K displays using a single port. The adapter supports displays with pixel resolutions up to 3840 x 2160 and refresh rates of 60Hz.
The adapter, which includes a captive cable with a USB-A connector as well as a USB-A to USB-C adapter, connects with a compatible USB or Thunderbolt port for bus-powered use. The company also has an HDMI version of the adapter.
Useful with several Mac models
The company said it intends the adapter mainly for owners of Apple’s 13-inch MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro, both of which only include two Thunderbolt / USB 4 ports. But the adapters work with many Mac and other computer models.
The DisplayLink adapter lets users set up dual monitors in spite of the M1 chip’s limitation on external USB displays. And, taking up just one port, it leaves another port open for charging.
Users can run the adapter directly into a MacBook port or connect it to the laptop via a hub. The adapter supports audio playback through the display cable.
Where to buy: Sonnet Technologies