Diagram of connecting multiple monitors via Docking Station.

Connecting multiple monitors to the MacBook M1 is most convenient via the docking station. Most of docking stations have built-in Power Delivery, thanks to which we can limit ourselves to only use one cable that plugs into the MacBook. It is the most reliable and, at the same time, the most expensive solution. If you use your Mac for work - don't save on the docking station.

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We have found 22 docks for you that are compatible with M1 MacBooks and Mac Minis.

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Dell Universal Docking Station

Allows you to connect up to 4 (1 native + 3 external 4K) displays and has all of the inputs you could ask for from the docking station.

High quality Power Delivery (130 Watt) Known and proven brand Lots of ports
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Targus USB-C Universal Quad 4K Docking Station

Allows you to connect up to 5 (1 native + 4 external 4K) displays via USB-C with charging.

Supports maximum number of external displays for M1 4x DisplayPort / 4x HDMI ports High quality Power Delivery (100 Watt) Lots of ports
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Kensington Triple 4k Display Docking Station

Allows you to connect up to 4 (1 native + 3 external 4K) displays via USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 with charging.

Thunderbolt 3 Power Delivery (60 Watt) Lots of ports
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HP USB-C/A Universal Dock G2

Allows you to connect up to 4 (1 native + 3 external 4K) displays via USB-C. Nice looking, compact dock that takes up only 5 x 5 inches of space.

Small High quality Compact design Known and proven brand
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Kensington USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 Docking Station

Allows you to connect up to 3 (1 native + 2 external 4K) displays via USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 with charging.

Thunderbolt 3 Power Delivery (100 Watt) Lots of ports
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Targus USB-C Universal Dual Video 4K Docking Station with charging

Allows you to connect up to 3 (1 native + 2 external 4K) displays via USB-C with charging.

Power Delivery (60 Watt) Can be used as a stand (wedge design)
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Targus Universal Dual Video 4K Laptop Docking Station

Allows you to connect up to 3 (1 native + 2 external 4K) displays via USB-C.

Can be used as a stand (wedge design)
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Kensington USB-C Docking Station

Allows you to connect up to 3 (1 native + 2 external 4K) displays via USB-C.

Power Delivery (85 Watt)
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Plugable USB-C 4K Triple Display Docking Station with charging

Allows you to connect up to 4 (1 native + 3 external 4K) displays via USB-C with charging.

Power Delivery (60 Watt) Lots of ports
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Plugable USB-C Triple Display Docking Station with charging

Allows you to connect up to 4 (1 native + 1 external 4K + 2 external HD) displays via USB-C with charging.

Power Delivery (60 Watt) Lots of ports
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Belkin USB-C Docking Station with charging

Allows you to connect up to 3 (1 native + 2 external HD) displays via USB-C with charging.

Power Delivery (85 Watt) High quality
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Plugable USB-C Dual DisplayPort 4K Monitor Universal Laptop Docking Station

Allows you to connect up to 3 (1 native + 2 external 4K) displays via USB-C.

Lots of ports
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Plugable USB-C Dual 4K Display Horizontal Docking Station

Allows you to connect up to 3 (1 native + 2 external 4K) displays via USB-C.

Lots of ports
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ALOGIC Universal Twin HD Pro Docking Station with charging

Allows you to connect up to 3 (1 native + 2 external HD) displays via USB-C with charging.

Power Delivery (85 Watt)
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Kensington USB-C Dual Display Docking Station

Allows you to connect up to 3 (1 native + 2 external HD) displays via USB-C with charging.

Power Delivery (60 Watt)
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Acodot Dual Monitor Dock

Allows you to connect up to 3 (1 native + 2 external HD) displays via USB-C.

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Diamond Multimedia Triple Display 4K Universal Docking Station with charging

Allows you to connect up to 4 (1 native + 3 external HD) displays via USB-C with charging.

Power Delivery (65 Watt) Lifetime support (US)
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Dell Ultra HD/4K Triple Display Docking Station

Allows you to connect up to 4 (1 native + 1 external 4K UHD + 2 external HD) displays via USB-A.

High quality
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StarTech Docking Station Dual Monitor

Allows you to connect up to 3 (1 native + 1 external 4K/2 external HD) displays via USB-A.

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Accell USB 3.0 Universal Docking Station

Allows you to connect up to 3 (1 native + 1 external 4K/2 external HD) displays via USB-A.

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Fujitsu Port Replicator

Allows you to connect up to 3 (1 native + 2 external HD) displays via USB-A.

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Fujitsu USB Port Replicator

Allows you to connect up to 3 (1 native + 2 external HD) displays via USB-A.


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.