Do you use your Thunderbolt ports and if you do, for what?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Hieveryone, Apr 21, 2014.

  1. Hieveryone macrumors 68020

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2014
    #1
    I have a 13" retina. I use the USB ports, HDMI port, and headphone jack regularly.

    I never use the thunderbolt ports. I'll probably end up using the SD card slot before the thunderbolt ports.

    What do you use them for?
     
  2. Fifteen20s macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2012
  3. simon48 macrumors 65816

    simon48

    Joined:
    Sep 1, 2010
  4. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2009
    Location:
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    #4
    They're still useful to the people who need them. :rolleyes: It's like Firewire.

    I don't use mine either, but that's because I find USB perfectly adequate for my needs.
     
  5. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Joined:
    Apr 23, 2011
    Location:
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    #5
    I have several Thunderbolt peripherals at home (Promise Pegasus R6 12TB RAID array, Buffalo HD-PATU3 Thunderbolt 1TB HDD, Seagate GoFlex adaptor for connecting SATA3 drives to my Mac via TB, LaCie Rugged SSD with a 250GB 840 Evo in it, Caldigit TB dock for expansion).

    I use them because I do heavy video editing and photography, so I need the speed.

    I could have just put the 250GB 840 Evo in a USB 3 enclosure, but TRIM wouldn't work over USB (it works over TB). Besides, I carry it with me all the time.
     
  6. Hieveryone thread starter macrumors 68020

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2014
    #6
    I'm guessing you have the thunderbolt display? I'm not sure if there are other monitors that have thunderbolt. I have a Dell monitor and have a DVI to HDMI cable I use.
     
  7. simsaladimbamba

    Joined:
    Nov 28, 2010
    Location:
    located
    #7
    One does not need an Apple Thunderbolt Display to use the TB ports, one can also just use a DisplayPort or Mini DisplayPort or DVI or HDMI or VGA display with that.
     
  8. simon48 macrumors 65816

    simon48

    Joined:
    Sep 1, 2010
    #8
    I have two HDMI monitors, one I connect straight to the HDMI port on my rMBP and the other I connect to one of my Thunderbolt ports with a Mini DisplayPort to DVI adapter.
     
  9. gr8tfly macrumors 603

    gr8tfly

    Joined:
    Oct 29, 2006
    Location:
    ~119W 34N
  10. Fzang macrumors 65816

    Fzang

    Joined:
    Jun 15, 2013
    #10
    On my rMBP I use it for the ethernet adapter, so I won't waste a USB port.

    Nothing overly exciting.
     
  11. glenthompson macrumors 68000

    glenthompson

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2011
    Location:
    Virginia
    #11
    I have a CalDigit expansion port attached to give me USB 3 and my ACD is also attached. Only connections to my clamshelled MBP are power and thunderbolt so I can disconnect quickly.
     
  12. Marty62 macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2010
    Location:
    Berlin formerly London
    #12
    I use it with a Lacie Rugged TB drive and with a Belkin TB Express dock.
    Gives me USB3.0 etc and a "one cable" connection on my desk :)

    M.
     
  13. TerryReis macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Jul 21, 2011
    #13
    Certainly do use a lot.
    Thunderbolt Display.
    Various Thunderbolt Drives for backup and extra storage.
    UA Apollo audio interface (Thunderbolt option card added).
    Sonnet Echo Express Pcie Chassis.
     
  14. SkimMilk168 macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2014
    Location:
    Singapore
    #14
    Same thing here. Got it free during purchase as I didn't want the sleeve.
    Good for me since I prefer wired network while doing file transfers. :D
     
  15. maflynn Moderator

    maflynn

    Staff Member

    Joined:
    May 3, 2009
    Location:
    Boston
  16. whitedragon101, Apr 22, 2014
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2014

    whitedragon101 macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Sep 11, 2008
    #16
    1) Are you sure about TRIM working on external TB enclosures? Does this work with any external TB enclosure?

    2) The LaCie Rugged comes with a drive in it. Did you buy it and swap the drives? Isn't that very expensive? LaCie should offer case only so you can use your own drive.
     
  17. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Joined:
    Apr 23, 2011
    Location:
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    #17
    1. Yes, TRIM works via TB - be it a GoFlex, HD-PATU3, LaCie Rugged....etc.
    2. Yup I swapped the drive with my own 840 Evo. It's costly, but worth it because I need the speed :)
     
  18. asdfgbg macrumors regular

    asdfgbg

    Joined:
    Mar 31, 2013
    Location:
    Germany
  19. MCAsan macrumors 601

    MCAsan

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2012
    Location:
    Atlanta
    #19
    TB is used 24/7 at our house. It connects from our rMBPs to our ATDs. TB connects from our ATDs to our LaCie 2Big 6TB drives.

    Can't image a modern Mac ecosystem without TB. ;)
     
  20. GSPice macrumors 68000

    GSPice

    Joined:
    Nov 24, 2008
  21. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2011
    #21
    Yup. I frequently connect my (HDMI) TV.
     
  22. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2008
    Location:
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    #22
    I use it to connect Firewire drives. I have most of my backups on Firewire.
     
  23. Boe11 macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Sep 12, 2010
    #23
    Always.

    When I'm at work, one TB port is used with an external HD and FW800 adapter and the other one is used with an ethernet adapter.

    When I'm at home, they're both occupied by DVI adapters for monitors.

    I'd kind of like to get a thunderbolt display at home to simplify things but I'll probably wait til the next generation comes out.
     
  24. aristobrat macrumors G4

    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2005
    #24
    I have a 15 rMBP + Thunderbolt display at work.

    What I love the most about Thunderbolt is that one cable connects all of these devices to my notebook:
    monitor
    ethernet
    speakers
    video camera
    LaCie TB drive
    USB security token

    I'm constantly coming and going from my desk during the day and really like being able to quickly connect/disconnect those devices using one cable.

    If I didn't have a TB display, then I'd def. have one of the TB docking stations out there.
     
  25. Eduardot macrumors member

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2013
    #25
    Thunderbolt Ports Usage

    Have an iMac 27 and a Macbook Pro Retina 15 both have two TB ports which i regularly use to hook up two external monitors so i can have a three monitor setup. very handy. more productive.
     

Share This Page