We’ve Tested the new M1 Powered MacBooks. Here’s the Compatibility Info Users Need to Know.

On November 7, 2020, Apple officially announced the new M1 powered MacBook Air, MacBook Pro 13-inch, and Mac Mini. These systems use the Apple-designed M1 CPU, meaning that for the first time in over a decade, you can buy a Mac with something other than an Intel processor.

Switching to a new chip with a new architecture can mean new performance possibilities. It can also mean new compatibility issues.

We wanted to know how our products would work with Apple’s new chip, so we picked up the new MacBook Pro and the MacBook Air and starting testing away. Thankfully our test results thus far have been overwhelmingly positive, and this is what we’ve found so far. We’ll update this list as we continue to test our products.

It’s important to note one big change: the M1-based Macs do not natively support dual displays over Thunderbolt, a big departure from previous Thunderbolt 3 Macs (but more on that topic soon).

Thunderbolt Devices

Thunderbolt 3 Docking Stations
Note: All M1 2020 MacBooks support a single external monitor when connected to Thunderbolt docking stations, even if that docking station has multiple video connectors. Intel-based Macs support between 2-4 displays over Thunderbolt.

  • Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C Display Dock with 96W Host Charging (TBT3-UDZ): Compatible – Single Display Only
  • Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C Display Docking Station (TBT3-UDC1): Compatible – Single Display Only
  • Thunderbolt 3 Dock with Host Charging (TBT3-UDV): Compatible – Single Display Only

Thunderbolt 3 Storage

  • Thunderbolt 3 512GB NVME Solid State Drive (TBT3-NVME512): Compatible
  • Thunderbolt 3 1TB NVME Solid State Drive (TBT3-NVME1TB): Compatible
  • Thunderbolt 3 2TB NVME Solid State Drive (TBT3-NVME2TB): Compatible

USB-C Docking Stations

Multi-Display USB-C Docking Stations with PD Charging
Note: These multi-display docks use a combination of USB-C Alternate Mode (native “Alt Mode” video output) and DisplayLink technology (requiring a driver to be installed). This combination of technologies serves as a workaround to the M1 platforms supporting a single external display. For additional information about DisplayLink and macOS, please see our post here.

  • Triple Display Dock with 3x HDMI and 60W Charging – Horizontal (UD-3900PDZ): Compatible
  • Triple Display Dock with 1x HDMI, 2x DisplayPort, and 60W Charging – Vertical (UD-ULTC4K): Compatible
  • Triple Display Dock with 2x HDMI, 1x DVI/VGA, and 60W Charging – Vertical (UD-ULTCDL): Requires disconnect/reconnect when system rebooted

Single-Display USB-C Docking Stations with PD Charging

  • USB-C Mini Docking Station with 85W Charging(UD-CAM): Compatible
  • USB-C Docking Station with 60W Charging(UD-CA1A): Compatible

USB-C Hubs, Video Cables, and Dongles

USB-C Hubs with Pass-through Charging

  • 7-in-1 Multi-function Hub with HDMI(USBC-7IN1): Compatible
  • 3-in-1 AV Adapter with HDMI(USBC-MD103): Compatible

Single-Display USB-C Dongles and Cables

  • USB-C to DisplayPort Cable (USBC-DP): Compatible
  • USB-C to HDMI Cable (USBC-HDMI-CABLE): Compatible
  • USB-C to VGA Cable (USBC-VGA-CABLE): Compatible
  • USB-C to DisplayPort Travel Dongle with Flat Cable (USBC-TDP): Compatible
  • USB-C to HDMI Travel Dongle with Flat Cable (USBC-THDMI): Compatible
  • USB-C to VGA Travel Dongle with Flat Cable (USBC-DVI): Compatible
  • USB-C to DVI Dongle (USBC-T): Compatible
  • USB-C to HDMI 2.0 Dongle (USBC-HDMI): Compatible
  • USB-C to VGA Dongle (USBC-VGA): Compatible

Please comment below to share any additional compatibility information or with questions — thanks!

5 comments on “We’ve Tested the new M1 Powered MacBooks. Here’s the Compatibility Info Users Need to Know.”

  1. Matthieu Hubert Reply

    I’d be interested to know whether the older UD-CA1 model works with the M1 Macbooks (Air and Pro). As you may know know this model works with the 2018 Macbook Air, so it seems to me it should work with the M1.
    Thanks!

    • David Washburn Reply

      Hello, thanks for asking. Unfortunately, we no longer have units we can use to test with the M1 Mac since the original UD-CA1 dock has not been in production since 2017. I am sorry that we cannot provide concrete testing details with the original UD-CA1. The UD-CA1A dock does work with the M1 MacBook Pro and Air, however.

      • Matthieu Hubert Reply

        Hi David, thanks for your answer anyway! I’ll see if I can test it some day.

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