A month after Sonnet announced their Echo 20, I saw this really interesting USB-C dock:
This dock (MSRP $240) offers the usual array of ports, but has one novel feature - two DisplayLink adapters. So you can connect it to an M1/M2 Mac laptop and drive three external 4K displays - one via the normal USB3/Thunderbolt interface and two via DisplayLink.
The full feature set is:
- Compatible with any Mac, PC or Chromebook with Thunderbolt 4, Thunderbolt 4, USB-C (with DisplayPort alternate mode) or USB-4.
- 1 USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10G) type-C port (computer interface) with 100W charging power
- 1 USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10G) type-C port with 20W charging power
- Can drive a downstream bus-powered USB 3 hub
- 3 4K (60 Hz) video ports (1 via upstream DP video, 2 via DisplayLink)
- Each has two physical connectors - 1 HDMI 2.0 and 1 DisplayPort 1.4. So it should be able to drive any modern display.
- 4 USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5G) type-A ports
- Gigabit Ethernet
- Headphone jack
- Mono microphone jack
- UHS-II SD card slot
As with the Echo 20, $240 is not a cheap item, but this seems in-line with other similarly equipped USB-C docks and the built-in DisplayLink interfaces makes it especially nice for anyone who needs more than two displays on an M1 or M2 Mac.
(h/t Apple Insider)