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How to run two 4k external monitors from a Macbook Pro M1 Big Sur. Basically you want 2 displayport cables, docking station and run displaylink drivers. About $210 for all this, but the dock does cleanup all the cables and can be hidden somewhere.

List of what I used

  • Targus USB-C Universal DV4K Docking Station with 100W Power (DOCK190USZ) https://amzn.to/36g3ach
  • DisplayPort Cable,Capshi 4K DP Cable Nylon Braided -(4K@60Hz, 2K@165Hz) Display Port Cable Ultra High Speed DisplayPort to DisplayPort Cable 6.6ft for Laptop PC TV etc- Gaming Monitor Cable (Grey) https://amzn.to/39qE908

Displaylink Driver https://www.displaylink.com/downloads/macos

Plug everything in. From Macbook use the included Targus cable, its a USB-C with screws that screws into the dock itself, then plug that cable into the Mac. Plug displayport cables from dock to monitors. Plug in your USB devices into the dock. The Mac will charge from the dock, so this frees up one of the 2 ports on the Macbook Pro. Pretty sweet.

After downloading the displaylink driver, install it, then reboot the Mac. After reboot go into System Preferences -> Privacy -> Screen Recording and allow Displaylink. Now go into Display settings and it should detect your monitors. Switch source over to Displayport and magic, your Macbook Pro can now use more than 1 external monitor. Take that Apple. I assume this works on the Air and Mini, but I don't have those to test.

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