any easy/cheap way to add usb3 to 2011 27" imac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by madeirabhoy, Aug 27, 2013.

  1. madeirabhoy macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2012
    got a refurb 2011 model for a good price and love it, would never have afforded the 2012 model.

    however the only main loss is usb3, i have a few external drives and its not that important but would be nice to speed up copying between them. ive looked and only option ive seen is a thunderbolt hub which looks very nice and prob isnt overpriced at 300 euro, but is there any cheaper way?
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    The expensive hub you mentioned is the only option
  3. madeirabhoy thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2012
    cheers. hopefully this might change. its not a must for me, so it'd only be worth it if/when prices drop
  4. Chippy99 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 28, 2012
  5. SR20DETDOG macrumors regular

    Jan 25, 2011
    Queensland Australia
    Caldigit has a Thunderbolt hub with 3x USB 3.0 ports which seems to be cheaper than most of the competition, only problem is there is a waiting list so it can't be purchased straight away. Might be worth considering if you're not in any hurry though.
  6. Bear macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    Check the reviews on Amazon US and Amazon UK (and elsewhere) for whatever Thunderbolt Docks you are looking at. At least one of them seemed to have bad reviews.

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