Adding Missing Ports to your New MacBook

Hello HackToday, Today we are going to be Adding Missing Ports to your Mac. And on a Latest Macbook it comes with a single Port with power cable as well. So, It’s not a big deal to unplug your power cable for a bit. In the vast Majority of situations, you can get a single port. Have a look to a new macbook with it’s single Port.

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As, you can see there is just a single port in new MacBook, there are limitations. you can’t charge up your phone or tablet from your computer. You need additional ports to plug-in like a hub or other devices. And there are some devices that just need to be plugged in (small portable storage, for example). In those cases, you might need more ports. Before you decide which of these solutions is for you, though, think about exactly what you’ll need it for.

For Stationary Workers

If you do most of your work from one place, you can use a robust solution that’s a bit less portable. These docks are bulky, but they’ll give you all the connectivity you could need.

OWC USB-C Dock ($129)

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The OWC dock packs 11 different ports:

  • 4 USB-A ports
  • 2 USB-C ports
  • SD card slot
  • HDMI with 4K display support
  • Gigabit ethernet
  • Audio in and out

The SD card reader, audio out, and one USB-A port are on the front of the dock, while the rest of the ports are on the back. The back also includes a DC in port to plug in an 80W power source so you can power all of the things attached to the dock.

Although it comes in all of the colors of the new MacBook, the dock is a bit clunky. However, at $129, it’s tough to beat the price.

HydraDock ($169)

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Another 11-port dock, this one provides the following:

  • 4 USB-A ports
  • 2 USB-C ports
  • Gigabit ethernet
  • SDXC card slot
  • Mini DisplayPort
  • HDMI
  • A wired USB-C connector for your MacBook

With a sleeker profile and six USB ports, this is a great option if you tend to use a lot of USB connections. Because it draws power from your MacBook, it could place a big drain on your battery if you’re charging more than a couple things.

With a $169 price tag, it’s a bit more expensive than the OWC dock, but it’s also notably more portable.

For Travelers

If you move around a lot with your MacBook, you’ll need a more portable solution than a dock. There are plenty of solutions that add just enough ports to your MacBook to get you through a work trip or a coffee shop work session.

Hub+ ($99)

Adding more Port in MacBook

The Hub+ is getting a lot of attention for its compact form, built-in battery, and 7 ports:

  • 3 USB-A ports
  • 2 USB-C ports
  • 1 SD card slot
  • 1 Mini DisplayPort

One of the USB-C ports is used to connect the Hub+ to your MacBook, and you can use the other port to plug in your power adapter so you can charge your computer while using the Hub+. The built-in battery also allows you to charge a phone — you should be able to get about 2.5 hours of additional talk time on an iPhone 6. Mini USB-A to USB-C and Mini DisplayPort to HDMI adapters are also available.

The regular retail price of the Hub+ will be $99, but you can pre-order one from Kickstarter for a very reasonable $79.

Branch (from $79)

More Ports in Macbook

Instead of connecting to your MacBook via a cord, the Branch adapter actually connects directly to the USB-C port and behaves as an extension of your computer. The small form factor limits it to four ports:

  • 2 USB-A ports
  • 1 USB-C port
  • Mini DisplayPort (an HDMI port is pictured above, but the latest version will have a Mini DisplayPort instead)

There’s also an option to add 64 GB of storage to Branch, significantly increasing the amount of storage space available on your MacBook and obviating the need for a portable hard drive. While it doesn’t have the flash of the Hub+’s 7 ports, this will get you the basics, which is what many people need.

The simplicity of the Branch also brings the price down: it’s only $79 (or $69 with a Kickstarter pre-order). If you want the 64GB version, you’ll $139 (or $119 via Kickstarter).

InfiniteUSB-C ($20)

More Ports in MacBook

While the other solutions discussed in this article have a specific set of ports, the InfiniteUSB system allows you to customize the ports that you add (to a degree). Each InfiniteUSB-C cable has a single port on the other side of the cable, but the cables are meant to be daisy-chained, much like Apple’s Thunderbolt system.

This means you can use as many cables as you need. Use a single one to plug in your phone, add another to connect a printer, and add a third to connect your iPad. At the moment, only micro-USB, USB-A, and Lightning are available, but it’s possible that there will be more options in the future.

The biggest advantage of this system is the price: each cable is only $20

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What’s Your Plan?

Will you be buying a dock, portable hub or some combination of both? Or is it time to rely solely on USB-C and Bluetooth? Now that you’ve seen some of the options for adding ports to your new MacBook, what do you think?

 

 

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