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So here it is, the future of the MacBook Pro, and it’s full of adapters.
The new MacBook Pros exclusively feature USB-C ports, which means your old USB accessories and peripherals wont plug into the new MacBook Pro without an adapter.
We’re not particularly fond of adapters. They’re “extra” bits to worry about, and add extra cost to connecting our old stuff, which cost no money to connect in the past.
It’ll take some time until everyone eventually replaces their old accessories with new models that support USB-C. Until then, we’ve found a few that could ease the transition.
Check them out:
For the minimalist.
A single, clean, and simple USB-C to USB 3 adapter for the person who connects only one peripheral or accessory at a time to their laptop. You could also use it to plug in your regular multi-USB hub, too.
If you use a display.
You could get a new monitor that has USB-C for the new MacBook Pros, or you could just get an adapter, which won’t cost you as much.
The Multiport adapter, also from Moshi, has an HDMI port that will let you plug into your legacy monitor. Yes, monitors without USB-C are now entering the “legacy” status.
The power user.
Satechi’s Aluminum Multi-Port 4K HDMI Adapter gives you the three USB 3.0 ports, one HDMI port, one Ethernet port, one USB-C port, an SD card port, and a microSD card port.
With the Ethernet and USB-C ports, it gives the new MacBook Pro more ports than the previous MacBook Pros.
Everything but the kitchen sink.
As its name suggests, Belkin’s Thunderbolt 3 Express Dock HD is more of a dock than it is an adapter, as it needs its own power supply.
It has three USB 3 ports, a headphone jack, a microphone jack, a DisplayPort, an Ethernet port, and two USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 3. Its special feature is that either one of those USB-C ports with Thunderbolt 3 can be used to charge the new MacBook Pros.
That means a single USB-C cable can charge the new MacBook Pros and connect to the Belkin dock, making it a quick and easy affair to connect and disconnect from the dock when you want to go mobile.
As comprehensive as Belkin’s dock is, the “kitchen sink” that’s missing is the SD card ports that the Satechi adapters have. Also, it’s good to make sure what ports your monitor support, as Belkin’s dock only features a DisplayPort connection, not an HDMI port.
At $400, the Belkin Thunderbolt 3 Express Dock HD shows that versatility doesn’t come cheap. It’s not available to buy yet, but Belkin says it’s coming soon.
Bring back the MagSafe!
One of Apple’s best innovations was the MagSafe power connector, as the magnetic connector would safely disconnect if anyone tripped or snagged on the power cord.
With the new MacBook Pros, Apple has replaced the MagSafe connector with USB-C, which isn’t as safe against trips and snags, but has a long list of benefits, like transmitting data as well as power.
If you can’t part with the MagSafe, Griffin has your back with the BreakSafe Magnetic USB-C Power Cable. It comes with a magnetic USB-C adapter that plugs into one of the new MacBook Pros’ USB-C ports, and the other side lets you connect a magnetic connector.
Unfortunately, the magnetic connector is proprietary, which means you can’t plug in your old MagSafe power cord to the USB-C adapter, and you can only use the cable that’s included. It’s not the ultimate solution, but it’s safer for your new Mac.