1 Port

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by TillysWily, Mar 10, 2015.

  1. TillysWily macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2011
    I would love to get the new rMB for sure but my only problem is the 1 port. I transfer data with quit a few people threw external hard drives 2 and 3 at a time. I was wondering is there a wifi hotspot type adapter that you can plug a external hard drive into? I know sandisk makes the one for cards but u can't plug in an external hard drive.
  2. Mr. Buzzcut macrumors 65816

    Mr. Buzzcut

    Jul 25, 2011
    Get the USB adapter and / or a USB hub.

    Are you somewhere you can connect to your friend's wifi?

    Get an airport express.

    Really, though, for people who do stuff like this often, the new MB is really the wrong choice since you'll just end up carrying extra stuff to get it to do what you want. Is the 13" rMBP really too big?
  3. pasadena macrumors 6502a


    Sep 12, 2012
    Seattle, WA
    I agree with the poster above. You don't say what you transfer, but heavy data transfer via wifi can suck.

    Unless you need it now, and/or for some other reason, I would wait until more adapters come out (and cheaper ones too) - and maybe until Gen2 while you're at it.
  4. JoeG4 macrumors 68030


    Jan 11, 2002
    Bay Area, Ca.
    The all new DongleBook. Just when all the display companies finally started including Mini Displayport cables in the box we've decided to give them the finger and require a new dongle.
  5. Woodcrest64 macrumors 65816


    Aug 14, 2006
    Hopefully at some point we reach a level in Wifi technology where we don't need ports but as of right now the 1 port is limiting. You are right, the 13" rMP is a no brainer. Its quite light, has more horsepower and all the essential ports most need. Maybe in 3-4 years from now the the Macbook will be more of a viable option for most casual users.

    I do look forward to that day I don't need to use a USB cord again :D
  6. actuallyinaus macrumors regular

    Feb 13, 2013

    Hopefully second gen can squeze in a second usb-c connector on the right hand side.
    Hopefully if they make a 14" rMB they could fit two on the left, and one on the right (or maybe a tb on the right).

    But who is this really for? Not professionals, more like your parents, who really only use a usb once in a while and mostly charge.
  7. poiihy macrumors 68020


    Aug 22, 2014
    The MacBook isn't able to fit more than one port because it is so thin. The only way to have a second port is to replace the headphone jack with it.
  8. mtneer macrumors 68030


    Sep 15, 2012
    I think that if you are in a line of work where you are actually connecting to a lot of peripherals on the road, especially at customer or client sites where you cannot be fumbling around - then the rMB may not be the device for you with it's nest of cables, dongles and bricks to haul around.
  9. HellasLEAF macrumors regular


    Aug 9, 2009
    could they not have just taken out a bit of space for battery for one more?

    just the one a bit too minimalist
  10. artivideo.nl macrumors 6502

    Jan 10, 2008
    The Netherlands
    What if you want transfer data to another computer and there is no wifi or any other wireless mode ? Than a usb port with an ancient USB stick is still a nice and SAVE alternative !!!


    Than you should wait with buying any notebook until that time !!!

  11. Robstevo macrumors 6502

    Jun 7, 2014
    Until next year when they release the all new MacBook with a revolutionary second port..
  12. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I'm still not sold on a single port. I have a Surface Pro 3, which coincidentally has a single USB port. I hate that aspect, I use a docking stating with the SP3, and thus now I have 4 additional USB ports

    With the size of the logic board, it seems like they could have added a second (maybe a third?) port but only chose one which imo is unfortunate
  13. Woodcrest64 macrumors 65816


    Aug 14, 2006
    It still in its infancy. Until then anyone who buys these 1 port MacBooks will rely on adapters to transfer large amounts of data. My 2012 Retina Macbook should last me another few years.

    The question is when the Macbook will overtake the MacBook Air in terms of performance and price.
  14. TillysWily thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2011
    Forgot to add I have the rMBP 13" but I don't use all the power it has. My wife uses more than me with editing pictures and videos of the kids and other things so I won't to give her this one and get the rMB. I was thinking I have a USB 3.0 4-port hub that I plug in this comp. to transfer the data from people and if they come out with one of those for the USB-C then I would be fine. But I don't want to have to plug in the stupid adapter and then the hub thats just to much crap.
  15. Nicky G macrumors 6502a

    Nicky G

    Mar 24, 2002
    Baltimore & NYC
    I'm getting one, and I'm a professional and will be using it largely for work. But I know my own use case well. I'm in business and tech consulting, and this is what I'll bring instead of an iPad, to get a lot more work done than an iPad allows. But it's basically my travel machine, and I like traveling light. And no, don't mind having a few dongles in my bag -- I already have a handful for my 15" rMBP. Now that machine will largely stay at home and go to the office, and the rMB will come with me everywhere else.
  16. actuallyinaus macrumors regular

    Feb 13, 2013

    I agree, even though you might have to carry dongles in your bag, a lighter machine is still nicer to hold in one hand, to have on your lap ...

    Yeah, i also have a TB->VGA, TB->DVI, HDMI->DVI, DVI->HDMI, TB->Ethernet adapters all in my bag just in case. So i already have plenty of dongles.

    Yes. some professionals could use this (which is why i am hoping for a 14" version) such as software devs who spend all their time in the terminal.
  17. ParanoidDroid macrumors 6502


    Sep 15, 2013
    Venusville, Mars
    Congratulations! And now, you will have to re-purchase them all over again – for the latest and greatest new USB-C port!

    Let's not forget, Apple is primarily a hardware manufacturer. :p
  18. actuallyinaus macrumors regular

    Feb 13, 2013
    I won't have to repurchase the DVI->HDMI and HDMI->DVI.

    I strongly believe the next rMBP 15" will have USB-C and TB3.

    Why? Even though USB-C has a total throughput of 40GB/s that from four 10GB/s lanes, and it does not support channel aggregation. TB3 supports a 40GB/s throughput (so 4x the USB-C speed). As well as other possible applications using the PCI-e 3.0 protocol.

    I don't think TB will be on the larger macbook (if they make a larger 14" one), but i think it will stick around on the rMBP and MP for a few generations, before it dies out.

    (Personally though i kinda wish everything transitions to using USB-C and all other ports die forever.)
  19. newellj macrumors 604

    Oct 15, 2014
    East of Eden
    Possibly not the best thread to post this in but the other USB-C threads seem even less likely suspects. Wired has a new article on living with USB-C for the short term future. TLDR: it's going to be great, but not on launch day. The article cover just about every current type of device or accessory that you might want to connect to a computer.

    Link: http://www.wired.com/2015/03/life-macbooks-single-port-wont-easyyet/
  20. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    At work, I use my mac connected to a display. If the battery is low, could I even do this with the new mac and no adapter, or is there a separate charging port?
  21. mtneer macrumors 68030


    Sep 15, 2012
    If you want to charge and simultaneously use a peripheral (display/ storage whatever) - you get a dongle.

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