Diagram of connecting multiple monitors via Adapter(s).

Connecting adapters that do not have a USB-C output is possible only by using a USB-C Multiport / Hub. Adapter(s) are connected to the USB-C Hub, and the USB-C Hub to your MacBook. This configuration is the most convenient when we want to connect only two external monitors, one of which is connected natively via a DisplayPort or HDMI to USB-C cable, which we plug directly into the MacBook, and the other through the Adapter - to the Multiport. But for three and more displays, we recommend these Docking Stations or USB-C Hubs.

adapter configuration schema

We have found 9 adapters for you that are compatible with M1 MacBooks and Mac Minis.

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Wavlink HDMI Adapter

Allows you to connect 2 displays (1 native + 1 external 2.5K) for the best price.

Small Easy to carry
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StarTech USB 3.0 to Dual DisplayPort Adapter 4K 60Hz

Allows you to connect 3 displays (1 native + 1 external at 4K) via DisplayPort.

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Kensington USB 3.0 to DisplayPort 4K Video Adapter

Allows you to connect 3 displays (1 native + 1 external at 4K) via DisplayPort.

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Kensington USB 3.0 to HDMI 4K Video Adapter

Allows you to connect 3 displays (1 native + 1 external at 4K) via HDMI.

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StarTech USB 3.0 to HDMI Display Adapter 4K Ultra HD

Allows you to connect 2 displays (1 native + 1 external at 4K) via HDMI.

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Plugable USB 3.0 to HDMI Video Graphics Adapter

Allows you to connect 2 displays (1 native + 1 external at 2.5K) via HDMI.

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Cable Matters SuperSpeed USB 3.0 to HDMI Adapter

Allows you to connect 2 displays (1 native + 1 external at 2.5K) via HDMI. Comes with two color variants (black/white).

Small Easy to carry
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StarTech USB 3.0 to DisplayPort Adapter

Allows you to connect 2 displays (1 native + 1 external at 4K) via DisplayPort.

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Kensington USB 3.0 Multi-Display Adapter

Allows you to connect 2 displays (1 native + 1 external) via DVI or VGA.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • How many displays can you connect to a MacBook Pro?

    With devices listed above, you can connect up to 4 display monitors: 1 native + 3 externals via DisplayLink technology.

  • How do I connect multiple monitors to my M1 MacBook 2020?

    You have to have device that supports DisplayLink technology.

  • Why I cannot connect more than one display to my Apple M1 MacBook?

    To a surprise to many, new M1 MacBooks have hardware limitation of only 1 native display.

  • Why is my Mac not detecting displays?

    If you do have MacBook powered by M1 chip and you are trying to connect the second additional display - you are blocked by hardware limitation of new Macs.

  • I have bought required adapter / dock / hub - what do I do now?

    Refer to DisplayLink page, select your operating system and download required drivers (DisplayLink Manager).

  • How do I connect USB Type A adapter do my M1 MacBook?

    You need USB-C Multiport Adapter to do so. But If you don't have it already, we suggest considering hub or a docking station instead.

  • Is there a way to connect multiple displays to my M1 MacBook?

    Yes - it's possible BUT only with specific devices. We have listed most of compatible ones above.

  • What is DisplayLink technology?

    DisplayLink technology creates a "fake" display buffer in RAM in order to overcome hardware limitations. Refer to the official site or this great article for more information.

  • Will quality get decreased by using adapter / dock / hub?

    Overall quality is good for a daily use. There could be a slight difference between natively connected display and software accelerated one. Most of the devices can run 2.5k at 50-60 Hz - make sure to check those details directly on a product page.

  • What is a docking station?

    In short: "A docking station is a device that connects to a laptop provides additional ports for connectivity (...)" read more.