Do you have any Thunderbolt accessories? Which ones are good?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Hieveryone, May 13, 2016.

  1. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    Mini display port to HDMI for connecting to monitors and TVs from my thunderbolt port.
  2. JTToft macrumors 68040

    Apr 27, 2010
    Aarhus, Denmark
    - Not to be a bore, but that would be Mini DisplayPort to HDMI. Thunderbolt to HDMI isn't possible.
  3. MRxROBOT macrumors 6502


    Apr 14, 2016
    Meh, still using their Thunderbolt port to connect via HDMI but fair point. However, It does seem the OP is more interested in using the Thunderbolt ports on their MacBook as opposed to strictly utilizing Thunderbolt.

  4. Hieveryone thread starter macrumors 601


    Apr 11, 2014
    I'm trying to use my MacBook to the fullest.

    I feel like I might be missing something if I'm not using everything...

    And those 2 ports are big part of the Mac.
  5. Donfor39 macrumors 68000


    Jul 26, 2012
    Lanarkshire Scotland
    Thunderbolt-Ethernet cable.

    Rarely used t.b.h though handy if wifi fails which doesn't happen
  6. satcomer, May 20, 2016
    Last edited: May 22, 2016

    satcomer macrumors 603


    Feb 19, 2008
    The Finger Lakes Region
    My best friend uses OWC Thunderbay 4 RAID Enclosure to save 4K video shot with his Red camera! He feels he could use/replace with his own local SSDs for cheaper.

    Now he is so wondering if Thunderbolt 3 will make his setup obsolete in a few years!
  7. throAU macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2012
    Perth, Western Australia
    I have an ethernet adapter and a thunderbolt -> DVI adapter.

    They both work.

    As far as the ethernet adapter goes, it does the job, it just works. The CPU usage it isn't great and it chews a fair bit of power when on battery but i haven't compared to any other gigabit NIC.

    I'm not unhappy with either.

    I'll use the ethernet adapter if at my desk and want more reliable speed. It's definitely faster for time machine, even against 802.11AC.
  8. MRxROBOT macrumors 6502


    Apr 14, 2016
    Solid point. I've never paid any mind to the battery impact of the TB --> Gigabit Ethernet as virtually anytime I'm tethered with the ethernet cable I'm in turn near an outlet for power. When I'm not connected via MagSafe, I'm never connected long enough via ethernet for me to have noticed significant battery draw.

    I'm curious now and direct this to anyone who has used both. How much power does the Thunderbolt --> Gigabit Ethernet draw in relation to USB 3 --> Gigabit Ethernet? It goes without saying that this for 3rd Party USB adapters as the Apple USB adapter is USB 2 and in turn not capable of Gigabit throughput.
  9. dyn macrumors 68030

    Aug 8, 2009
    I have been using the tb-eth adapter for quite some time now and have never observed noticeable higher cpu usage or a power drain at all. Obviously any device you plug into a machine will cause it to consume more power unless the device powers itself and there will also be more use of resources. None of these to an extend that it will be noticeable to the user or even measurable (it is so tiny that it falls within the error rate of the measurement so can't tell if it is an error or not). And yes, not even when stressing the connection which is nice because fast and long transfers at 1Gbit is what I got the adapter for.

    There are some people who have been unlucky with their tb-eth adapter which does indeed cause significant higher cpu usage. From what I recall they returned it for a new one which fixed the issue.

    Since wires restrict your movement the most likely place you're going to use an ethernet cable would be at any desk. In such cases it is not uncommon to also connect the power adapter. So even if it does drain power considerably it usually isn't that much of a problem. And since we are talking about a desk, a TB dockingstation is one of the great TB accessories one could buy. With TB3 it will be even nicer because you can then also use it to power and charge the notebook. Looking forward to those TB3 notebooks from Apple :)
  10. WinterWolf90 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 18, 2014
    I have the thunderbolt to Ethernet adapter as well and it works well when I need it

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