If you are a MacBook or Apple user and want an ultimate mega-desk, then the MacBook dock is the perfect accessory that can make that happen. Whether it’s the MacBook Air M1, MacBook Pro M1, or the newer MacBook Pro 14-inch or MacBook Pro 16-inch, Anker’s new 10-in-1 USB C hub lets M1-equipped MacBooks connect to three external monitors.
Furthermore, including USB-C, USB-A, 3.5mm audio, and Ethernet, the Anker 563 MacBook dock has 10 ports. Additionally, MacBook dock display connectors, which include two HDMI ports and one DisplayPort, are what let it support three MacBook monitors. Moreover, one HDMI port is capable of 4K at 30Hz, and the second HDMI port and the DisplayPort can do 2K (or 1440p) at a 60Hz refresh rate. In addition, a 30Hz refresh rate may not produce reliable results. But it will work well for web browsing or working with multiple productivity software like word processors or spreadsheet applications. Although, another drawback we must point out is that you will have to install DisplayLink software on your M1 MacBook for this to work. Thus, the results are not always accurate.
The Anker 563 MacBook dock is more than just its display ports. Furthermore, to the machine it is connected to, the USB-C port can give up to 100W of power. Also, 5Gbps of data transfer speeds and 30W of power delivery is what another USB-C port gives. Though, for powering the MacBook dock, there’s also a DC input. In addition, for accessories like mice and keyboards, the two USB-A 2.0 ports are fabulous. Moreover, the hub can actually help you get the most from your MacBook or any laptop for that matter. Hence, Anker has priced its 563 MacBook dock at $250.
Further, to provide various display support for Macs, this is not the first dock on the block. Therefore, last year, Hyper announced a pair of USB docks that could connect the MacBook M1 to two external displays. Whereas, with its first-gen Apple, Silicon MacBooks, Apple missed the boat on giving better native external screen support. Luckily, the M1 Pro and the M1 Max have support for various external displays. We wish Apple would expand this to several displays with its M2 MacBook lineup. So we don’t have to spend extra money on USB docks.