Sonnet DisplayLink Adapters – Two Exterior 4K 60Hz Shows on Apple M1 Macs


Laptop equipment producer Sonnet Tech has simply introduced two new, very helpful adapters for homeowners of (authentic) M1 Macs in addition to PCs and not using a Thunderbolt port. Each DisplayLink adapters – Show Port or HDMI – assist two exterior 4K 60Hz shows, utilizing only one USB-A port on the host pc. That is particularly helpful for M1 customers since Apple formally helps just one exterior show.

I personally personal a 2020 M1 MacBook Professional, so this announcement is nice information! The power to attach not one, however two exterior shows at 4K 60Hz (UHD 3840 x 2160 Pixel) is particularly helpful when 1) video enhancing/colour grading or 2) researching and enhancing articles for CineD with many browser tabs open.

Sadly, Apple formally solely helps one exterior show at as much as 6K 60Hz (however solely when the MacBook show is ready to its native decision, when you scale it, the exterior show drops to 30Hz). Different third-party adapters largely solely assist one show or one at 60Hz and the second at 30Hz.

Sonnet Tech DisplayLink twin show adapters

These two new dual-display adapters aren’t the one ones Sonnet Tech has on supply. The corporate additionally sells native Thunderbolt 4 adapters with both two show ports or two HDMI ports and strongly recommends utilizing them if in case you have a appropriate Mac or PC (M1 Max, M1 Professional, TB 3, or 4-capable PCs). However if in case you have an authentic M1 Mac as I do, these two devoted USB-A variants are simply best for you.

DisplayLink Dual Display Adapters
Your alternative of DP or HDMI. picture credit score: Sonnet Tech

Each dual-display adapters include USB-A to USB-C adapters and are bus-powered, so there isn’t a want for exterior energy. In case you’re brief on ports, you may as well join these adapters to a Thunderbolt hub related to your M1 machine.

DisplayLink Dual Display Adapters
picture credit score: Sonnet Tech

Sonnet Tech states that playback of copy-protected content material is feasible, however solely on PCs, for now. Maybe assist for Apple’s M1 machines will comply with.

In fact, this can be a little bit of a workaround since Apple doesn’t assist multiple exterior show on M1 machines, but when it really works, it really works, proper? There are different methods to get round this limitation circulating on the Web, however this neat resolution is essentially the most elegant one I’ve come throughout thus far.

Because it appears, you may even use two of those adapters to attach as much as 4(!) 4K 60Hz shows to your M1 Mac, for all of the attainable mixtures and necessities, please discuss with Sonnet Tech’s official specs right here (HDMI) and right here (DP) on the backside of the web page.

Pricing and availability

Each new DisplayLink dual-display adapters can be found now, as are their Thunderbolt counterparts. The USB-A variants (for M1) value $149.99, which isn’t precisely low cost, however if you happen to want two additional shows, it is perhaps price it. The Thunderbolt-to-dual HDMI variant is $109.99, and the Thunderbolt-to-dual DP variant is $89.99.

DisplayLink Dual Display Adapter
picture credit score: Sonnet Tech

What I discover a bit odd is that these purpose-built adapters for the M1 Macs include a USB-A port, which mentioned Macs (besides the Mac Mini) don’t have. However it’s what it’s.

Hyperlink: Sonnet Tech

What do you consider it? Would this adapter be one thing you’ll contemplate on your workflow? Or would you reasonably improve to a more moderen M1 Professional / M1 Max mannequin? Share your experiences within the feedback under!



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