If you want to add Extra ports to MacBook, today, the MacBook, Mac mini and iMac are equipped with lightning-fast USB-C ports. Most still have Thunderbolt 3, but the latest M1 Macs have Thunderbolt 4. These ports are suitable for connecting 6K monitors, external drives (with a transfer speed of up to 40Gbit / s) and can also be used to charge the charger of the MacBook. IN this article you will find 5 ways that can helpful for you when adding extra ports to MacBook.
The Thunderbolt 3 USB-C port supports a range of different protocols such as HDMI and power transfer (up to 100 Watt). Thunderbolt 3 is the technology that gets the most out of USB-C right now, more information about this can be found here .
Although the USB-C ports are multifunctional, the latest Macs also lack the still commonly used ports such as USB-A for connecting an external keyboard, mouse or external drive. But also think of an Ethernet adapter, HDMI port, DislayPort or SD Card reader. With a USB-C adapter (also called USB-C Dock or Hub) you ensure that your MacBook is equipped with the still frequently used ports such as USB-A.
What should you pay attention to when choosing the right USB-C Adapter for your MacBook?
Extra ports to MacBook: Make a list of what you want to connect
When choosing the right USB-C Hub, it is useful to first make an inventory of your needs, this can be done with the help of the short checklist below:
- What kind of screens do you want to connect (VGA, HDMI, DisplayPort, Mini-Displayport)?
- How many USB-A devices such as a keyboard, mouse, external disk do you want to connect?
- Is a (fixed) ethernet connection necessary?
- Do you want to use the charger of MacBook or do you want a Docking Station including charger?
If you often use a conference app such as Teams or Zoom, a fixed ethernet connection is recommended. By connecting your Mac wired to your network, you have a stable connection during the video conference. Several Ethernet / USB-C solutions are available.
Extra ports to MacBook: Connecting one or more monitors
Connecting two external monitors is on the rise due to the increase in home working. It is important that you can multitask (Extended Mode) on each separate screen. When choosing the USB-C adapter, make sure that it is explicitly stated that Extended mode is supported on two external monitors.
Keep desk free of cables
Most USB-C adapters have a short connection cable of about 15 cm and are located right next to the MacBook. As a result, the cables from the charger and monitors run across the desk. With a USB-C extension cable , you can move the USB-C adapter to the end of the desk and only one cable is visible.
Clickable USB-C Dock or USB-C adapter with cable?
The clickable USB-C docks are particularly compact, which you can connect to the side of a MacBook with dual USB-C ports. If you are often on the road, you do not have to bring a separate adapter in your bag.
Please note, a clickable USB-C dock can cause problems if you place a hardshell or other protection around your MacBook. The dock will not connect properly to the ports and will not work. The clickable USB-C dock must be connected to the MacBook without any intervention. If you still want to use a hardshell or cover, choose a lightweight USB-C adapter with a short cable.
Considerations for a Docking Station
The advantage of a USB-C docking Station is that it has a built-in charger for the MacBook. Your own charger can stay in your bag. In addition, Docking Stations support multitasking on multiple screens with high resolutions such as 4K / 5K at 60hz.
For a complete range of different USB-C adapters, hubs and docks, please visit usb-c-adapters.nl . Here you will also find extensive information about the different USB-C variants.