There is a lot of power in an M1-equipped Mac, whether that’s the newest 24-inch iMac, the 13-inch MacBook Pro, or even the MacBook Air. However, there are some limitations, too. Natively, an M1 MacBook is unable to output to a pair of external monitors at the same time. But Hyper is here with a fix.
The company has just unveiled a pair of new accessories that it says will make it possibly for an M1 MacBook Air or MacBook Pro to connect to a pair of 4K monitors at the same time — all with a single cable. The “HyperDrive Dual 4K HDMI 3-in-1 USB-C Adapter” is priced at $129.99, while the “HyperDrive Dual 4K HDMI 10-in-1 USB-C Hub” is priced at $199.99.
Both of the accessories have a pair of HDMI port, each of which can connect to external monitors. What’s more, Hyper says this happens without the requirement of any software drivers, too. Just connect the hub or adapter to your MacBook (with the single USB-C cable), then connect the displays to the accessory.
However, there are some limitations involved with the new adapter and hub. Specifically, Hyper says that while connected to a pair of monitors, the adapter and hub can output to one monitor with up to 60Hz refresh rate, while the other monitor will cap at 30Hz.
There are some additional bright spots. Both accessories support 100W USB-C Power Delivery pass through. If you opt for the 10-in-1 USB-C hub, you’ll get additional ports including a 3.5mm headphone jack, SD card slots, a USB-C data port, a pair of USB-A ports, and gigabit Ethernet.
Hyper says the hub and adapter work with other USB-C devices, including MacBooks powered by Intel-branded processors, Chromebooks, and Windows PCs. Both accessories are available now from Hyper’s online store.