Laptop equipment producer Sonnet Tech has simply introduced two new, very helpful adapters for house owners of (unique) M1 Macs in addition to PCs with no Thunderbolt port. Each DisplayLink adapters – Show Port or HDMI – help two exterior 4K 60Hz shows, utilizing only one USB-A port on the host laptop. 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 sweet information! The flexibility to attach not one, however two exterior shows at 4K 60Hz (UHD 3840 x 2160 Pixel) is particularly helpful when 1) video enhancing/shade 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 principally solely help 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 you probably have a suitable Mac or PC (M1 Max, M1 Professional, TB 3, or 4-capable PCs). However you probably have an unique M1 Mac as I do, these two devoted USB-A variants are simply best for you.
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 the event you’re brief on ports, you too can join these adapters to a Thunderbolt hub linked to your M1 machine.
Sonnet Tech states that playback of copy-protected content material is feasible, however solely on PCs, for now. Maybe help for Apple’s M1 machines will observe.
In fact, it is a little bit of a workaround since Apple doesn’t help 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 to this point.
Because it appears, you’ll be able to even use two of those adapters to attach as much as 4(!) 4K 60Hz shows to your M1 Mac, for all of the attainable combos and necessities, please confer 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 should you want two additional shows, it is likely to be price it. The Thunderbolt-to-dual HDMI variant is $109.99, and the Thunderbolt-to-dual DP variant is $89.99.
What I discover a bit odd is that these purpose-built adapters for the M1 Macs include a USB-A port, which stated 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’d think about in your workflow? Or would you reasonably improve to a more moderen M1 Professional / M1 Max mannequin? Share your experiences within the feedback beneath!