Dongles

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  1. stockcerts macrumors 65816

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    Hi Everyone! I just received my new MacBook Pro, and I love it! I need to buy a dongle that has an SSD slot, and standard USB ports.

    Does anyone have recommendations....I've seen many options on Amazon. Thanks!
     
  2. ghostface147 macrumors 68030

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    So you're looking for an all in one dongle or separate dongles? I get my stuff from mono price.
     
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    In addition to monoprice, which I've used for years, Anker makes nice adapters, too.
     
  5. Cosmo M3 macrumors regular

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    If you want the best portable dongle, I would look at the new Twelve South StayGo. I love mine and highly recommend it.
     
  6. jerryk macrumors 601

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    There are so many dongles out there. You need to decide what you need. A lot are basic with SD, micro SD, and USB 3 type A connections. Then others add HDMI and/or Display port for external monitors. And then further still others add an RJ-45 jack for Ethernet.

    Here are a couple that I own. Both seem to work well but the Hootoo had a blue light that constantly drew power from the system.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07FX2LW35/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B072268Q68/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
     
  7. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

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    I bought this one. I had one before that was stolen along with the old MBP. It was one (these are everywhere on Amazon) that had two USB-C ports, you plugged it into the side, and it was kind of a port extender. While I liked it (for the limited use I got out of it in about a year), sometimes I had a little trouble making sure it was a snug fit, especially with a case on the body.

    So this time I bought this Anker port adapter: https://www.amazon.com/Anker-Adapte...adapter+usb+c&qid=1564809866&s=gateway&sr=8-8

    I went with this one because 1) Anker makes a lot of good products, and 2) this takes up just a single USB-C port and doesn't have any issue with fitting along the side. Ironically I got a MBP model with four ports, so the extra port saved is less of an issue. But it might be for people with the 2-port models.

    You can find cheaper adapters with fewer port options, but I would recommend getting one that has everything a sane person might use. There are plenty of reasons for me to use USB 3, HDMI and the SD card slots. I don't know whether one model has all the above plus ethernet, but that's the only other major port I can think of needing. If you can find one that does all that for $50 or less, go for it.

    Also, so far I'm liking a SanDisk dual USB flash drive that does USB-C and USB 3: https://www.amazon.com/SanDisk-128G...sh+drive+dual&qid=1564810228&s=gateway&sr=8-3

    I got one before that swiveled. It took maybe two or three times using it for me to push it too hard or something and basically break it. Once I figured out that I had to push the USB-C end in *all the way* to actually insert it, it works great. Also showed me how much slower USB 2 ports are than these ports on the MBP.
     

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