You can never have too many screens on your desk. I have four different 27″ 4K monitors connected to my desktop at home, and sometimes I wish I had more. Unfortunately, if you have a laptop and are looking to set up a quad display, most docking stations top off with two monitors, so there aren’t many compelling options.
Announced today, Plugable’s new TBT4-UDZ docking station supports up to four 4K 60Hz displays via two DisplayPort and two HDMI outputs. Macs with the M1 Pro and M1 Max chips can only use two monitors due to platform limitations.
The attractive metal dock can be mounted vertically or horizontally and connects to your laptop’s Thunderbolt 3 or Thunderbolt 4 port via a single cable with up to 100W of charging.
In addition to the video output, the TBT4-UDZ has ports including a 2.5 Gbps Ethernet connection, a single USB-C 10 Gbps port, 3 USB Type-A 10 Gbps ports and 2 USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 Gbps) is installed. Type-A port, USB 2.0 Type-A port, 3.5mm audio jack, SD card reader, microSD card reader. There’s also a power button that most docks don’t have.
A few years ago I tested the TBT4-UDZ’s predecessor, the Plugable TBT3-UDZ, which only supported two monitors and works with Thunderbolt 3. We were really impressed with the attractive design, strong performance and strong build quality. of the previous model. On my his ThinkPad X1 Carbon (6th Gen), I had no problem connecting to two of his 4K monitors and playing videos at 60fps.
TBT4-UDZ is Listed on Amazon (opens in new tab) Available January 17th for $299. If you have a laptop with Thunderbolt 3 or Thunderbolt 4 output and want to use it with 3 or 4 displays, this is a great choice.