Today Plugable is launching the world’s first USB-C adapters which add two 4K 60Hz displays and Gigabit Ethernet to their USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 Windows systems without the need for a full-fledged docking station.
Some of the most common questions we receive as Plugable support engineers are “How can I connect two 4K displays to my system?” or “What’s the best way to add two HDMI or DisplayPort monitors to my system?” and “Many solutions are limited to 4K 30Hz. How can I get a 60Hz solution?”. These can be difficult question to answer as there lots of solutions that get part-way there or only work on a limited number of Windows systems.
These two new additions to Plugable’s line of DisplayLink-enabled adapters are a complete solution to all of those questions, as they are the first to support dual 4K monitors at 60Hz refresh rates from a single USB Type-C connector along with a wired gigabit Ethernet connection at the same time.
An important note, DisplayLink is both a separate and different technology from Thunderbolt 3, so these adapters will work fully on all Thunderbolt 3 ports. They will also work on any downstream USB-C port provided by a Thunderbolt 3&trade dock, or via a USB-C docking station or hub. Other types of adapters that rely on different technologies (DisplayPort over USB-C for example) can be limited those types of scenarios, but our adapters have no such restrictions.
The compact design of the adapter lends itself to be stowed while traveling or for use at a permanent workstation without occupying valuable desk space.
Due to the increasing popularity of the DisplayPort interface, we’re launching two models: one for DisplayPort displays, and another for HDMI. Note that HDMI 1.4 is limited to 4K 30Hz, so while this new adapter will work with an HDMI 1.4 display, an HDMI 2.0 display is required to achieve 60Hz.
For those of you with traditional USB 3.0/”USB-A” systems (rather than Type-C), we’re working on adapters for you as well — but they’re not quite ready.
Powering dual displays at up to 4K@60Hz takes a fair amount of computational horsepower, so please make sure to check the system requirements on the product pages for the version you’re interested in: DisplayPort or HDMI
If you have any questions please comment below or reach out to our support team directly at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to help!
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