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

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

  1. madeirabhoy macrumors 6502a

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    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

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

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    cheers. hopefully this might change. its not a must for me, so it'd only be worth it if/when prices drop
     
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  5. SR20DETDOG macrumors regular

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    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.

    http://www.caldigit.com/thunderboltstation/
     
  6. Bear macrumors G3

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    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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