New Plugable Quad HDMI Docking Station Allows M1/M2 Mac to Connect Three HD Displays

The new Plugable USB-C Quad HDMI docking station uses DisplayLink to allow users to add three high-definition monitors to their M1 Mac and add ten additional ports. The Plugable 14-in-1 USB-C Quad HDMI Dock is priced at $349.

The Plugable Quad HDMI Dock connects to a Mac or Windows PC with a single USB-C cable. This connection offers 96W pass-through charging, in addition to four USB 3.0 Type-A ports, a USB-C port with 20W pass-through power, an SD card reader, an Ethernet port, and a 3.5mm audio in/out jack.

The selling point of the docking station is four more HDMI ports. Three of the HDMI ports support 1080P 60Hz video signals, and the fourth connection works via DisplayPort MST.

For Macs, the fourth monitor can only act as a mirrored monitor because macOS does not support DisplayPort MST.

The four HDMI ports are divided into two specifications. Both ports are DisplayPort 1.3 compatible and connect via DisplayLink. The other two are standard HDMI ports with DisplayPort 2.0 and using HDCP.

Typically, Macs with M1/M2 processors will be limited to a single external monitor, but the DisplayLink port enables two additional monitors. After installing the necessary drivers, Mac users will be able to take advantage of up to three extended displays and one mirrored display.

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