2016 MacBook portable USB-C adapter

Back in September I bought a new MacBook (Retina, 12-inch, Early 2016). I was after a small yet powerful MacBook and this model fits that criteria well. This was a risky purchase as the new (early 2016) MacBook only has one USB-C port and as someone who would be using this MacBook at meeting presentations and presentations this might be an issue.

To get round this issue I bought a USB-C to HDMI/USB3/Power through adapter.

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Specs:

  • Suitable for the Early-2016 MacBook (there are many USB-C hubs on Amazon but most are designed for the 2015 model and reportedly won’t work on a 2016 MacBook)
  • 1 USB 3.0 port with data transfer speeds up to 5Gbps
  • 4K HDMI display with sound over HDMI.
  • Power-through the adapter to charge your MacBook whilst using the adapter.


Experience

The instructions were very clear on ensuring that the USB-C connector was plugged in a certain way up matching arrows on the connecting cable. I found this didn’t work and I had to plug the cable in upside down.

USB-3 port has worked for all devices I have connected including external USB hard drives.

Power charging works but is much slower than powering directly into the MacBook USB-C port.

HDMI was much more of a hit and miss and was less stable than I would have wanted. Plugging in / switching on the MacBook charger would disrupt the HDMI connection.

  • TV - connected easily and was quite stable
  • 3D digital projection projector - connected and was stable
  • Multi-input switcher - connected and was reasonably stable
  • University multi-input switcher - could not connect

At the moment the USB-C standard is relatively new and making the transition from USB2/3 is potentially going to be costly especially when you need other ports. I understand why Apple only put one USB-C port on their new MacBook

I would definitely say choose wisely when looking for a USB-C

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