Anker's new USB-C dock lets M1 Mac users run three monitors

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Anker has launched a new 10-in-1 docking station that not just provides USB-A ports, but also allows M1 Mac owners to run up to three displays.

Credit: Anker
Credit: Anker

The Anker 563 USB-C dock packs a wealth of different port options and includes Multi-Stream Transport to run multiple video signals on a single connection. Users will be able to run up to three 4K displays using the hub over HDMI.

There are limitations to the resolutions and refresh rates depending on the monitor configuration you go for. For example, the dock can only run a 4K monitors at 30Hz. A second monitor will be limited to 2K resolutions at either 50Hz or 60Hz, depending on your exact setup.

The bandwidth limitations of the dock.
The bandwidth limitations of the dock.

Some of the additional ports users will find on the dock include the following:

  • USB-C Power Delivery at up to 100 watts

  • 2x 5Gbps downstream USB ports

  • USB-C at up to 30 watts

  • USB-A at up to 7.5 watts

  • 2x USB-A 2.0 ports

  • Gigabit Ethernet

  • AUX in/out port

The dock itself is a silver color and measures about 7 inches wide and 3 inches deep, meaning it's still a portable option that you can toss in a bag.

Since M1 Mac models can technically only support a single external monitor, the dock could be a solid solution for those needing more screen real estate. Just keep the bandwidth and resolution limitations in mind.

Anker's 563 USB-C dock retails for $249.99. It's currently available from both Amazon and Anker's own website.

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  • Reply 1 of 3
    entropysentropys Posts: 4,213member
    It might have done better as a Thunderbolt connection to the Mac. You can get a variety of tb docks for not much more than the price of this that would have more bandwidth.
    And it must be some dodge to try to implement MST like running displaylink, which is horrible and will require software on the Mac I expect. It is not real MST (daisy chaining via DisplayPort in the monitors), which for some pig headed reason Apple does not support.

    a very expensive USBc dock pretending it can do the job of a Thunderbolt dock.
    edited May 2022 sconosciutoAlex1N
  • Reply 2 of 3
    sflocalsflocal Posts: 6,105member
    MST is garbage.  Period.  These dock manufacturers do more damage to the industry by trying to apply bandaids to save a few dollars and leave users to deal with problems on their Macs that MST is notorious for.  

    Someone in our shop had their Mac plugged into a similar dock that use MST and his frustration levels were at a new level that they involved me.  I saw what he was using, threw it out, put in a proper Thunderbolt Dock (From Caldigit) and his drama disappeared.

    Make the darn thing a Thunderbolt/USB4 dock and provide proper display ports that go with it.
  • Reply 3 of 3
    entropysentropys Posts: 4,213member
    Happily use MST between monitors with a HP dragonfly. Not any problems. This does not require an expensive Thunderbolt dock, or two Thunderbolt monitors.
     The problem you described involved a Mac. Apple does not support MST. Of course they had trouble. Of course you needed to buy a Thunderbolt dock. Because that is what apple supports.
    edited May 2022
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