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How Many Displays Can Be Connected to a M1, M2, or M3 MacBook?

Regardless of your MacBook model or the type of chip it uses, the BenQ Hybrid Dock expands multi-monitor support for your MacBook.

Apple's transition to silicon, beginning with the M1 chip in late 2020 and continuing with the M2 and M3 chips, has led to significant advancements in speed and power efficiency for MacBooks. These enhancements have solidified Mac's position in the competitive landscape of personal computing. However, one aspect that hasn't expanded in parallel with these performance upgrades is the capability to connect multiple external monitors directly to MacBook models, especially the MacBook Air.

Apple Silicon and Multi-Display Support

For users of the M1, M2, or M3 Pro or Max series chips, there's support for connecting between two or four external monitors through Type-C and HDMI connections. For the standard M1 and M2 chips without any suffix, the connectivity is restricted to just one external monitor. However, the M3 introduces a new breakthrough in external display capabilities. When the laptop is closed, it can support two external displays, allowing users to work within a broader visual field and improve multitasking efficiency. However, for those professionals who wish to extend more screens while keeping the laptop open, this setup might seem slightly insufficient. Below is a summary table for quick reference:

The M1, M2, and M3 chips offer varying degrees of multi-monitor support.

*The MacBook Air (M3, 2024) supports up to two external displays(with the laptop lid closed).

The Challenge of Connecting Multiple Monitors to MacBook Air

MacBook Air models, whether the latest M3 or the previous M1 M2, face limitations in directly supporting multiple external monitors. This constraint often requires users to look for a way to workaround this or purchase additional hardware to achieve a multi-monitor setup. In this situation, the BenQ Hybrid Dock emerges as a solution and as the best option for users looking to expand their visual workspace.

BenQ Hybrid Dock: The Optimal Solution for Multi-Display Setups

The BenQ Hybrid Dock stands out as the premium choice for connecting multiple monitors. Unlike direct connections, which are limited by the MacBook's inherent hardware capabilities, the BenQ Hybrid Dock facilitates the connection of multiple displays with ease, bypassing the MacBook Air's limitations. Even if you are using a MacBook Pro, it can enhance its screen expansion capabilities. It offers additional functionality that greatly enhances user experience:

  • Charging Hub: It acts as a central charging station for various Apple devices and peripherals, featuring a PD100W port, a 36W Type-C port, and three 7.5W Type-A ports.
  • Gaming Hub: The dock also functions as a gaming hub, allowing users to easily switch display outputs from their MacBook to game consoles like the PS5, Xbox, or Switch with just a push of a button. The BenQ Hybrid Dock features an HDMI 2.1 port specifically designed for console gaming connections. This port ensures that gaming consoles can deliver their full display capabilities, supporting up to 8K 60Hz and Variable Refresh Rate (VRR) for a comprehensive display performance. For a more detailed understanding, you can learn more with this article. This functionality extends the Hybrid Dock's role not just as a connectivity solution but as a crucial component for maximising the visual fidelity and performance of your gaming setup.

The BenQ Hybrid Dock maintains the MacBook Air's power and efficiency while also enhancing its capability to connect additional external monitors. Essential for broadening the visual workspace, it also serves as a versatile hub for charging and gaming, crucial for elevating productivity and entertainment.


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