Hyper claims that its new USB-C hubs will fix one of the major frustrations with Apple’s M1 MacBooks: their inability to natively power more than one external display at a time. Both HyperDrive’s “HyperDrive Dual 4K HDMI 3-in-1 USB-C Adapter” for US $ 129.99 and its “HyperDrive Dual 4K HDMI 10-in-1 USB-C Hub” for 199.99 Bucks has two HDMI ports that supposedly can output to two 4K monitors without the need for software drivers. Both hit the market today and can be purchased directly from Hyper.
Neither of these offers a perfect solution. Hyper notes that both hubs can only output a 60 Hz signal to a 4K display while the other is limited to 30 Hz. But it’s more convenient than the existing workarounds described in this manual by MacWorldthat require a third-party driver to be downloaded to the Mac. Even so, some docking manufacturers such as Plugable and Caldigit warn that this setup is not officially supported, and the latter even actively recommends using its products in this way.
Both accessories from Hyper can not only power two 4K displays, but also support 100 W USB-C power delivery passthrough. The 10-in-1 hub also has a number of other ports, including a USB-C data port, two USB-A ports, Gigabit Ethernet, SD card slots and a 3.5 mm headphone jack. In addition to M1 MacBooks, the hubs also work with other compatible USB-C devices such as Intel-powered MacBooks, Windows PCs and Chromebooks, according to Hyper.
It’s unfortunate that such an expensive dock is needed to overcome the limitation of the M1 MacBooks in the first place. We hope Apple’s rumored 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros don’t suffer from this limitation.