Connecting with the M2 Mac

You thought about it. You went to the website a few dozen times. You probably even added it to your cart once or twice. Then, finally, you proceeded to checkout. And now, after all the consideration and waiting, you have that new M2-powered MacBook. 

If you hadn’t already considered it, by now you’ve noticed you have more screens and peripherals to plug into your laptop than your laptop has available ports. Like, a lot more. Congratulations, you’re ready to start shopping for a hub or docking station. 

When picking a hub or docking station, there’s a lot to consider. Like, what’s the difference between hubs and docks? What connection type is on your monitor? And most importantly, M1 and M2 Macbooks only support 1 external display, how do you get around that limitation?

In this guide, we’ve put together a list of options to best meet your needs. And, to make things a little easier, we’ve grouped them by category based on the questions we most often receive. And speaking of questions, if this list doesn’t answer all of yours, contact us at support@plugable.com and we can help you find that perfect solution. 

How to Add More Screens to an M1 or M2 Mac

So you want to add a few screens to your M1 or M2 MacBook. But those particular laptops only support one external screen. There’s actually a pretty simple solution. You just need a docking station with DisplayLink Technology. With DisplayLink, the dock does the heavy lifting and supplies the resources needed to bypass your system’s limitations. 

There is one thing to keep in mind with DisplayLink docking stations. You are going to need to download a driver. But no worries, it’s a pretty easy process. 

The Best Triple Monitor Docking Stations with Charging for the M1 and M2 MacBook

UD-ULTC4K is the Best Overall Docking Station for M2 Mac UD-ULTC4K

The Plugable USB-C Triple 4K Display Docking Station (UD-ULTC4K) is hands down the best docking station for an M1 or M2 Mac. And that’s not just Plugable praising Plugable. The UD-ULTCDL is, at least at the time of publication, the only docking station that lets you connect 3x 4K displays in HDMI, DisplayPort, or a mix of both.  

If the expanded screen count wasn’t enough, this 13-in-1 dock also supplies 100W (96W certified) charging to keep your Mac charged all day. Take a closer look at the specs for the UD-ULTC4K.

The Breakdown

- 1x USB-C (10Gbps, 20W PD)
- 1x SD Card Reader
- 1x Audio In (3.5mm) and 1x Audio Out (3.5mm)
- 2x DisplayPort 1.2 or HDMI 2.0 - (DisplayLink)
- 1x DisplayPort 1.2 or HDMI 2.0 (Alt Mode)
- 4x USB 3.0 (5Gbps)
- 1x Gigabit Ethernet
- Up to 100W (96W Certified) Power Delivery

The Plugable UD-3900PDZ lets you add three screens to M2 Macs

A close contender for the crown, the Plugable USB-C Triple HDMI Display Docking Station (UD-3900PDZ) packs a lot of the punch you’ll get from the UD-ULTC4K. But there are a few key differences. Most notably, charging. The UD-3900PDZ supplies your MacBook with 60W charging. For most users, 60W is more than enough to power you through your day. Although you might find it takes a little longer to charge your battery to 100%. Learn more about USB Power Delivery. Keep reading about the UD-3900PDZ.

Port Potential

- 6x USB 3.0 Ports (5Gbps)
- 1x Gigabit Ethernet
- 1x TRRS Headset Port (3.5mm)
- 1x HDMI (Alt Mode)
- 2x HDMI (DisplayLink)
- Up to 60W of USB Power Delivery

Compare the UD-ULTC4K and UD-6950PDH side by side

Best Dual Monitor Docking Station with Charging for the M1 and M2 MacBook

Plugable UD-6950PDH is the best dual monitor docking station for M2 Mac

Looking for a dual monitor option with charging? This is it. The Plugable USB-C Dual 4K HDMI and DisplayPort Horizontal Docking Station (UD-6950PDH) offers dual 4K 60Hz monitor support for HDMI, DisplayPort, or a combination of both. An excellent option for adding two extra screens to your M1 or M2 MacBook. Pair that with 100W charging, 5x USB 3.0 ports, SD and microSD card readers, audio in and out ports, and an Ethernet port—because you can’t always count on WiFi in this place. Get a better idea of what the UD-6950PDH has to offer.

Getting Connected

- 2x DisplayPort
- 2x HDMI
- 3x USB 3.0 (5Gbps)
- SD Card Reader
- MicroSD Card Reader
- Gigabit Ethernet 
- 2x USB 3.0 (5Gbps)
- Up to 100W USB Power Delivery

Best Dual Monitor Docking Station without Charging for the M1 and M2 MacBook

Heck, the laptop came with a charger, who needs a docking station that does the same thing? It’s certainly a valid argument. And it’s no secret, you’ll end up saving money if you don’t get your power from the dock. So what’s the trade-off? Instead of connecting to your desk with one cord, you’ll connect with two: the USB-C cord running to your docking station, and the power cord running to the wall. 

Plugable UD-6950H is the best non-charging dual display docking station for M1 and M2 Mac

Charging is just about the only thing you won’t find on the Plugable USB 3.0 and USB-C Dual 4K Display Horizontal Docking Station (UD-6950H). Starting with screen support, you can extend your desktop across 2x 4K 60Hz displays through HDMI, DisplayPort, or a mix of both. And with twelve places to plug in your peripherals, this thing is positively packed with ports. Dive deeper into the UD-6950H specs.

The Port Report

- 2x HDMI
- 2x DisplayPort
- 6x USB 3.0 (5Gbps)
- 1x 3.5mm Headphone Jack
- 1x 3.5mm Microphone Jack
- 1x Gigabit Ethernet

Plugable UD-3900 is the best value docking station for M2 Mac

For some folks, it’s all about pixel density and port count. And that’s fine. But if you’re in the crowd that doesn’t necessarily see the benefit of ultra-high definition spreadsheets, this dock is for you. The Plugable Dual Display Docking Station (UD-3900) connects you to two screens via an HDMI port and a DVI port (DVI to HDMI adapter included) for resolutions up to 1920x1200 @ 60Hz (so regular-high definition rather than ultra-high definition). And that badge for Best Value doesn’t mean you’re sacrificning ports. This dock still makes room for all of your peripherals. It’s a real desk darling. See everything the UD-3900 has to offer.

Ponder the Ports

- 1x HDMI
- 1x DVI (DVI to HDMI adapter included)
- 2x USB 3.0 (5Gbps)
- 4x USB 2.0 (480Mbps)
- 1x 3.5mm Headphone Jack
- 1x 3.5mm Microphone Jack
- 1x Gigabit Ethernet

The Best Hubs for the M1 and M2 MacBook

You get it, some people are just really into adding multiple monitors to their laptop. They probably even have strong opinions about the picture quality of HDMI vs DisplayPort. Nothing wrong with that. But for those who just need to add a few extra ports, one of these hubs is for you. 

Plugable USB4-HUB3A is the best Hub for M1 and M2 Mac

The Plugable USB4 5-in-1 Hub (USB4-HUB3A) is capable of driving a single 8K display at 30Hz. It even comes with a USB-C to HDMI adapter. But it’s most known for its complement of features, including up to 60W charging for the host laptop, 3x USB4 / Thunderbolt 4 ports—each capable of up to 40Gbps, and up to 15W charging for your connected peripherals. And, despite the hub’s compact size, there’s also a USB-A port (10Gbps) for connecting a legacy device. See everything the USB4-HUB3A has to offer.

Let’s Connect

- 3x USB4 / Thunderbolt 4 (40Gbps)
- 1x USB 3.2 (10Gpbs)
- 60W Charging

USBC-7IN1 is the best laptop hub for traveling

Adding three screens and 1.21 gigawatts of power sounds exciting, but you’re just here for a hub that travels well. And ports? It’d be nice if it had a little of everything. You’re here for the Plugable USB-C 7-in-1 Hub with Ethernet (USBC-7IN1). Designed to sit on a desk, or pack away in your bag when you’re on the go, the USBC-7IN1 has a nice mix of connectivity. Learn more about the USBC-7IN1E

Packable Ports

- 2x USB 3.0 (5Gpbs)
- 1x SD
- 1x MicroSD
- 1x Gigabit Ethernet
- 1x HDMI
- 1x USB-C Power Delivery (PD) input 

The Best Video Adapters for the M1 and M2 MacBook

You’re not looking for extra ports. Your not looking for extra screens. You’re just trying to connect the one screen you already have. You’re looking for a video adapter. 

All of the adapters below are 6ft (1.8m) and deliver a crisp, clean resolution (HDMI and DisplayPort - 4K 60Hz, VGA 1920 x 1200 @ 60Hz).


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