Docking station for 2020 M1 MacBook Pro

I’ve had two bad attempts. Please recommend docking stations compatible with my 2020 M1 MacBook Pro.

Hi there,

Thank you for contacting Plugable support.

To help answer your question Plugable carries a line of DisplayLink docking stations that will be compatible with your 2020 M1 MacBook. Since I do not know your specific requirements or the specifications of your monitors I would be happy to provide an example.

A docking station based on DisplayLink technology (such as the UD-6950H seen here: will work with your 2020 Macbook Pro M1 in order to add two external 4K displays (via HDMI or DisplayPort) to your system. This is because the DisplayLink technology within the dock can circumvent the laptop’s internal display limitations.

You can also continue to use the laptop’s built-in internal display while using the docking station, for an overall total of three displays (the laptop’s internal display, plus the two displays connected to the dock).

With that said, there are a few important notes in regard to the UD-6950H:

  • The UD-6950H dock does not charge the host laptop. You will have to connect the power adapter Apple originally included with the laptop in order to charge the laptop while connected to the dock.

  • You will have to install the DisplayLink Graphics Manager Application → in order to use the dock. Installation instructions are available here →

  • In order to use an Apple M1 laptop with the lid closed (also known as closed-display mode or clamshell mode) in conjunction with the dock an external power adapter similar to what is described above must be connected to the laptop and the laptop must be running macOS Big Sur version 11.1 or later.

  • Display rotation is supported for Apple M1-based laptops that are running macOS version 12 or later.

To see some additional DisplayLink docking station examples you can also visit here:

Finally, should you elect to move forward with a purchase and find that our products do not meet your needs, we do offer a 30-day no-hassle return policy for all products sold by Plugable and fulfilled by Amazon.

I hope this helps!

Michael S.

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