Portable USB-C hub designed for new MacBook Solves the MacBook Single Port Limitation
19 August 2016

Portable USB-C hub designed for new MacBook Solves the MacBook Single Port Limitation

Apple has a history of “addition by subtraction” when it comes to ports and drives. It has over the years duped FireWire, Ethernet, and optical drives. Let's look at a solution to this problem...

Now, with the MacBook, it says goodbye to all but a lone pioneering port. This probably was inevitable. So just how big of an adjustment are you in for?

How we push data to and from our machines constantly evolves thanks to the steady progress of new standards, faster wireless connectivity, streaming services, and the cloud.

Apple tends to anticipate these changes—and in some cases force the issue, often being among the first to banish old-guard tech from its devices.

The new light weight and portable MacBook cleans house from a port perspective. With the new MacBook, your “plug and play” options are a 3.5mm headphone port and a USB-C port—a standard. Its minimalistic all the way.

The good news is that USB-C is versatile. It’s a standard that, unlike the stalled Thunderbolt interface, will be embraced by many devices and peripherals that don’t originate from Apple.

USB-C port can move data at 5Gbps, it can charge and be charged by whatever it’s connected to. It supports video out, and it’s tiny. The only bad news about the shift to USB-C ports is the MacBook has one of them.

Dongles Don't Cut It

Of course, there are ways to compensate, though not as many as you might think. The cheapest, most direct way to get your USB devices to play nice with a USB-C port is a $19 USB-to-USB-C adapter from Apple. That’s a good start, but it still limits your choices.

 Branch USB-C Comes To The Rescue

The Branch USB-C hub not only offers your new MacBook multiple ports for easy to connect with other devices, but also has optional 64GB onboard storage. Like the feature? Let’s go on checking.

The Branch is a portable USB-C hub designed for new MacBook. The USB-C hub measures only 2mm thin and it comes in three colors including silver, space gray and gold in order to perfectly act as a complement to your new MacBook. The Branch features two USB 3.0 ports, a USB Type-C port and a HDMI port supporting 4K resolution in order that you can conveniently connect other devices to your new MacBook like USB flash drive, extra display, a power source and etc. Furthermore, the USB-C docking station also features optional 64GB onboard storage that expands the MacBook’s storage capacity.

Hydradock/OWC USB-C Dock With All The Ports You Need

There's always that person who needs a gazillion ports. What that guy needs is the Hydradock — a docking station that gives the new MacBook 11 ports. You get a 3.5mm headphone jack, an Ethernet port, an SDXC card slot, a Mini DisplayPort, an HDMI port (1080p output), four USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports and two USB-C ports. There's still a bunch left on Kickstarter, but it'll cost you $129 USD.

OWC is also selling an 11-port dock (in silver, gold and gray) that costs $129, but its dock has four USB 3.0 ports, one USB-C port, an SD card reader, an HDMI port with 4K support, an Ethernet port, audio in, audio out and a special USB-C port for power.

Summary

There are great solutions for the new MacBook absent multi-port dilemma. I still think Apple will add another USB-C port to the next MacBook revision. There is a lot of discontent online about the port limtations. Apple propells us into the future but peripherals still matter. Apple may have gone too far into the future with the new MacBook. Solutions exist but dongles and add-ons detract from the elegant design making the MacBook look like an ultra-book with lego-like attachments that disrrupt the beautiy and utility of this sleek new design.

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