Top 5 USB-C Adapters/Dongles you can get ! (also for the New MacBook Pros)

 

  1. AVOTCH USB C Hub ,3.1 Type C Hub

Price: $49.98

USB-C Digital AV Multi-port Adapter, AVOTCH USB C Hub ,3.1 Type C Hub with Power Delivery for Charging, HDMI 4K Output, Card Reader, 2 USB 3.0 Ports[Compatible with Apple New MacBook 2015 ,2016]
AVOTCH USB C Hub ,3.1 Type C Hub

I know what you’re thinking, a bit pricey?

Considering this adapter has:

  • 2 SD card slots (standard & micro)
  • 1 1080/4K HDMI out Port 
  • 2 USB 3.0 Ports
  • 1 USB-C Power Pass-Through Port

This adapter (just a bit) justifies the price along with good reviews, good quality build and no reports of compatibility issues.

The aluminium build is a welcome specification because it just fits in aesthetic with most laptops (of course also the new MacBook Pros) so rest assured its gonna look good sitting on that table of yours.

The HDMI 1080/4K Output is a great feature to have in this adapter as most USB-C adapters don’t support 4K.  So you’re 1080/4K HDTV or External Display is waiting for you on the other side waiting to be connected with your laptop!

USB-C Digital AV Multi-port Adapter, AVOTCH USB C Hub ,3.1 Type C Hub with Power Delivery for Charging, HDMI 4K Output, Card Reader, 2 USB 3.0 Ports[Compatible with Apple New MacBook 2015 ,2016]
AVOTCH USB C Hub ,3.1 Type C Hub

SD Card slots are available in both standard & micro sizes and that’s GREAT for you who just doesn’t want to sit with your laptop and your amazing pictures in your SD card wishing you had SD card slots in your new laptop (looking at you new MacBook Pro owners!).

Overall, AVOTCH USB C Hub ,3.1 Type C Hub has the important ports most common folk need, a good build and a price that for some people is a bit high. Although considering the 1080/4K HDMI output is what makes this adapter a complete package especially to the 4K display owners.

PROS
  • Has the necessary ports you may need in an adapter
  • No major concerns on over- heating
  • Good build quality
  • Good overall performance based on numerous reviews
  • An HDMI 1080/4K port
CONS

2. Satechi Type-C USB 3.0 3 in 1 Combo Hub

Price: $44.99

Satechi Type-C USB 3.0 3 in 1 Combo Hub for MacBook 12-Inch (with USB -C Charging Port)
Satechi Type-C USB 3.0 3 in 1 Combo Hub

The Satechi Type-C USB 3.0 3 in 1 Combo Hub adapter is a really aesthetically beautiful one (it comes in Rose Gold,Space Grey,Silver & Gold !) because Satechi gave great design, sleekness AND 5 ports although with this adapter it DOES justify the price because the average price on USB-C adapters online are around this number but we are recommending the ones (especially this) which are actually good & reliable.

The adapter contains:

  • 2 SD Card Slots (standard & micro size)
  • 2 USB 3.0 Ports
  • 1 USB-C Power Pass-Through Port

No compatibility issues with this one although a small thing I found annoying was that if you remove any of your accessories from any port with minimal force, the adapter disconnects from the laptop, unless you feel that it is a gripe then just hold the adapter firmly while removing any accessories.

Satechi Type-C USB 3.0 3 in 1 Combo Hub for MacBook 12-Inch (with USB -C Charging Port) (Gold)
Satechi Type-C USB 3.0 3 in 1 Combo Hub

Also it heats up a bit which won’t burn you but it is something not many potential customers would like their accessories to become, and that is ‘hot’.

This adapter misses one VERY important thing, an HDMI port. This missing port really makes any potential customer think before getting this adapter (unless you’re all wireless).

OverallSatechi Type-C USB 3.0 3 in 1 Combo Hub it’s a pretty straight forward adapter having the needed ports except the HDMI port, at least it has a good design and different colours right?

PROS
  • Most necessary ports available
  • ports perform relatively well
  • A really good & slim design
  • Range of colour options available
CONS
  • Heats up a lot after long use
  • Can easily be disconnected if you’re pulling any of your accessories
  • Lack of an HDMI port
  • A bit pricey considering lack of HDMI output

3. MINIX NEO C, USB-C Multiport Adapter

Price: $89.90

MINIX NEO C, USB-C Multiport Adapter with HDMI - Space Gray (Compatible with Apple MacBook)
MINIX NEO C USB-C Adapter

This one TBH doesn’t fall in the ‘decent’ price category but I am mentioning this anyways because of a bit of a different combination of the ports it offers, the build quality and the well known compatibility it flaunts for the new MacBook Pros. Also I am mentioning this adapter because you need to stay away from it!

The  MINIX NEO C, USB-C Multiport Adapter contains:

  • 2 USB 3.0 ports
  • 2 SD card slots (standard & micro size)
  • 1 1080/4K HDMI out port 
  • 1 USB-C Power Pass-Through port
  • A GIGABIT ETHERNET PORT!

The package is decent with the addition of the Gigabit Ethernet port, but it isn’t perfect AT ALL. There are reports that it also heats to a certain degree after long use, the USB ports sometimes don’t work when you have your display connected to its HDMI port, the connection cable is prone to breakage if dealt roughly and the USB ports transmit less power (600mA)  if the laptop isn’t connected to an external power source compared to when it is connected to a power source (3A).

MINIX NEO C, USB-C Multiport Adapter with HDMI - Gold (Compatible with Apple MacBook)
MINIX NEO C USB-C Adapter

Also the Gigabit Ethernet port requires a driver to be installed in the laptop for it to work and there have been numerous reports of it dropping connection during data transfer.

Overall, MINIX NEO C, USB-C Multiport Adapter has way too many issues under its name along with a price tag which alone scares off half the people who could be even slightly interested in this. Adapters like these give a bad name to the ‘Donglemania‘ name.  IT JUST ISN’T WORTH IT!

PROS
  • Good build quality
  • Range of colour options available
  • Has the ports many would want
  • Inclusion of a Gigabit Ethernet port
  • Good compatibility with the USB-C MacBook & Macbook Pros.
CONS
  • Serious heating issues
  • Bulky
  • USB ports power variation
  • HDMI/USB port bug
  • Gigabit Ethernet port requires driver
  • Gigabit Ethernet port drops connection after a while
  • THE PRICE TAG!

4. Satechi USB-C Aluminium Multi-Port Adapter

Price: $79.99  $89.99

Satechi Aluminum Multi-Port Adapter 4K HDMI (30Hz), Type-C Pass Through, Ethernet, SD/Micro Card Reader, and 3 USB 3.0 Ports
Satechi Aluminium USB-C Aluminium Multi-Port Adapter

YES YES, you’re looking at the price but hear us out.

This adapter/dongle truly deserves a spot in this list despite its price because of MANY things.

The Satechi USB-C Aluminium Multi-Port Adapter contains:

  • 3 USB 3.0 ports
  • 2 SD card slots (standard & micro sizes)
  • 1 1080/4K HDMI out port
  • 1 USB-C Pass-Through Power port
  • 1 Gigabit Ethernet Port

Now that’s called jam packed but the real question is ‘What about the consistency in hassle-free performance?

Good news! The Satechi USB-C Aluminium Multi-Port Adapter has great reviews with no reports of any relatively major problems or bugs. The number of ports this adapter has while having a great aesthetic design with a range colours  justifies the hefty price tag making this adapter probably the BEST adapter offering on the market and in this list.

Satechi Aluminum Multi-Port Adapter 4K HDMI (30Hz), Type-C Pass Through, Ethernet, SD/Micro Card Reader, and 3 USB 3.0 Ports
Satechi Aluminium Multi-Port Adapter

The majority of reviews of this adapter include great performance in all aspects such as data transfer, simultaneous accessory usage via the adapter. The Gigabit Ethernet port does not require any driver to be installed for it to function.

The only downside to this adapter is that it is ONLY compatible with the USB-C (12 inch) MacBook & (13 & 15 inch) MacBook Pros.

Overall, the Satechi USB-C Aluminuim Multi-Port Adapter puts itself to the top of the USB-C adapter collection. If you want an adapter that is gonna last you a good long time which has all the necessary ports that work flawlessly with your shiny & expensive new MacBook Pro with reliability. This is true all-in-one dongle for you!

PROS
  • Great design & build
  • No major concerns on over- heating
  • All the ports you can ever need!
  • Range of colour options available
  • No known issues on port performance
  • No drivers required for Gigabit Ethernet port to work
  • Compatible with the (12 inch) MacBook & (13, 15 inch) Macbook Pros.
CONS
  • Again, the price (although this one justifies it completely!)
  • ONLY compatible with the USB-C (12 inch) MacBook & (13, 15 inch) MacBook Pros.



5. Benefei USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter

Price: $29.98

USB-C to HDMI, Benfei USB C Digital AV Multiport Adapter | USB Type C to HDMI | USB Type C to USB 3.0 Hub | USB-C Female Charger Converter
Benfei USB C Digital AV Multiport Adapter

The simplest & lowest priced of the list, the Benfei USB-C adapter  is truly what we like to call ‘for the common folk‘. Although it’s not all washed up in anyway just because it has less ports.

The Benfei USB-C has the following ports:

  • 1 USB 3.0 port
  • 1 1080/4K HDMI out port
  • 1 USB-C Pass-Through Power port

This adapter has made it to our list based on great price, a 4K compatible HDMI out port and very reliable reviews.

It has a decent aluminium build, no findings on data transfer rate issues through the ports or any bugs related to simultaneous usage of the accessories through the adapter. The USB port has a 1.5A output which is fairly acceptable (but this won’t charge tablets) considering this is an adapter and NOT a port in your laptop (otherwise you wouldn’t be reading this list)

USB-C to HDMI, Benfei USB C Digital AV Multiport Adapter | USB Type C to HDMI | USB Type C to USB 3.0 Hub | USB-C Female Charger Converter
Benfei USB C Digital AV Multiport Adapter

It also works with different laptops other than the MacBooks. So compatibility range is also there. Looking at the price of this, I’d say this could very well be considered by many potential customers who don’t come under the (dare I say) ‘PRO‘ user list mainly due to its affordable price compared to other adapters on this list.

Overall, the Benefei USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter makes it on this list due to its competitive price tag and relatively normal yet ‘to the point‘ type offering of ports which many would be attracted towards considering it has pretty good reviews with respect to reliability in such a price.

PROS
  • Decent aluminium quality build
  • 1080/4K HDMI output port
  • No performance issues reported
  • Compatibility with other laptops along with the new MacBooks
  • THE PRICE!
CONS
  • Doesn’t have enough ports to satisfy many customers (mainly PRO users)
  • The build design isn’t aesthetically pleasing
  • Is susceptible to breakage if roughly handled
  • No range of colour options

And so here is our TOP 5 USB-C Adapters list which from our perspective are the best of the best on the market. Based on your budget & requirements, its up to you from here on out. The upcoming adapter/dongle buyer (probably you) would be relieved to know they didn’t have to spend countless hours on research because WE HAVE IT COVERED HERE!

Any adapter/dongle we may have missed which was worthy of being in this list? Hit us up in the comments section!

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