Feelings about living in dongle hell w/ MBP 2016

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Caisteff01, Nov 28, 2016.

  1. Caisteff01 macrumors newbie


    Aug 11, 2016
  2. flat five macrumors 603

    flat five

    Feb 6, 2007
  3. xraydoc macrumors demi-god


    Oct 9, 2005
    I actually haven't used a dongle yet, even though I bought a few (USB-C to USB, USB-C to VGA/Multiport and USB-C to HDMI/Multiport).

    My flash drive has both USB-C and standard USB connectors, so no adapter required. The times I've needed to present off my laptop at work so far I've used AirPlay. Otherwise, I don't really plug too much in. At some point, I know I will need the VGA adapter since we use a lot of VGA projectors at work, but haven't as of yet.

    Actually, I'm not being 100% accurate. I have an Apple Thunderbolt Display at home on which I have a TB2-to-TB3 adapter, but that doesn't travel with me...
  4. BasicGreatGuy Contributor


    Sep 21, 2012
    In the middle of several books.
    There is no dongle hell, only dongle limbo for those on the fence.
  5. myscrnnm macrumors 65816


    Sep 16, 2014
    Seattle, WA
    No. The only adapter I need is a USB-A to USB-C for transferring my iPhone photos. Might get a multi port adapter later to use an external monitor, but I usually use my MBP on the go.
  6. vinsalducci macrumors member

    Nov 26, 2016
    This whole #donglelife thing is, in my opinion, much ado about nothing. I have 13"tbMBP, and had a 12" rMB before that. Have lived 3 + years with only USB-C devices, and haven't had my life turned upside down by needing a dongle. Quite the contrary. I find myself almost never plugging anything in to my MBP besides a charging cable. Between Dropbox, Airdrop, and email, I can send and receive just about whatever I need.

    I invested a year ago in the Satechi multi-hub. Never use it.
  7. htc fan macrumors 6502

    Jan 25, 2011
    You know there are hubs also , which only use one USB c port and provide 2 usb 3.0 ports , sd card slot and USB c port for charging. It's not the end of the world
  8. Guy Mancuso macrumors 6502a

    Mar 28, 2009
    It's no different than my 2013 . All my ports are packed like they where. Printer, 3 external hard drives , 27 inch monitor , hub for 3 subs and Ethernet. The only addition is a SD card reader
  9. Caisteff01 thread starter macrumors newbie


    Aug 11, 2016
    I was planning on getting a non touch pad MacBook and I did not know if it is a pain or not.
  10. Guy Mancuso macrumors 6502a

    Mar 28, 2009
    Its really not a big deal. You can buy cheaply some adapters and dongles. I went mostly with Apple stuff but I do have a 3 USB HUB and Ethernet from Anker that works very well. I also bought for certain accessories a USB 3 male to USB -C. Ill get you some links
  11. TranceJD macrumors member


    Dec 2, 2012
    Ireland, Europe
    As time moves forward, USB-C will be standard. The MacBook Pro is a little ahead of its time. It's a future-proof laptop. So time will help and things can only get better! If USB-C is the future, it's time to begin embracing it now and dongles will become less and less!
  12. xmonkey macrumors 6502a

    Jun 30, 2016
    90% of what I need can be done with just cheap cable replacements, so no dongle hell here.
  13. Guy Mancuso, Nov 28, 2016
    Last edited: Nov 28, 2016

    Guy Mancuso macrumors 6502a

    Mar 28, 2009
    I ordered a very short one of these for my SD card reader and my Samsung T1


    Also this hub works great as well.


    For HDMI I ordered Apples dongle


    I have a lot of things attached to my computer and all working very well.

    Just for a rundown which many may not have this much attached. I have 3 External Drives, Samsung T1, WD 4tb enclosure, A huge Pegasus R4 Raid 0 drive , New 27 inch monitor, Printer, DVD writer, A Voyager that takes bare spinning drives and a SD card reader. Now i had all of this on my 2013 except the SD reader but using that ethernet USB hub. I eliminated a dedicated port from my old machine for ethernet. So I'm breaking even. LOL

    Eventually I may get the OWC hub but really in no hurry for that as it really does not buy me much in technical terms just look. But I have all these cables tugged away nicely now.

    So living hell would be something completely different this is not it. LOL
  14. SoyCapitanSoyCapitan macrumors 68040


    Jul 4, 2015
    Some girl keeps saying the dongle doesn't match the colour of the body. I said, it rarely does.
  15. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
  16. jackoatmon macrumors 6502a


    Sep 15, 2011
    didn't this turn out to be a myth propagated by people who hadn't actually even used the device?
  17. Foss macrumors 6502


    Sep 11, 2008
    As usual, in the end I plug in less stuff to my laptop than before. It is VERY NICE to feed a 4K display with 2 USB 2.0 ports and charging via one cable.
  18. cmanbrazil macrumors regular

    Feb 3, 2010
    I both loath the dongles and love the computer overall. I too would rather have the ports back, and agree that the spongy dongles detract from the spectacular computer. I bought two dongle combos and forgot about my lightening display. Lol. Now I will be buying a third dongle. Apples dongles spread the computer out and get in the way of other things I usually have next to it.

    In my view they really detract from a computer that was built on a slender form factor. Also, one of the drivers keeps trying to update no matter how many times I update it.

    So for people who hate the dongles and feel anger, etc. towards them, I feel your pain. However, it didn't prevent me from buying it or will not cause me to take it back. I needed a new computer and will not buy a PC which is worse than the dongles for me, and I'm not going backwards and Buy last years model. The 15 inch I bought,dongles aside, is a truly visually and functionally spectacular, computer. I had to admit that as much as the price and dongles irrated me.

    Now the headphone jack on the iPhone 7 is another issue, but not a part of this thread.
  19. johngwheeler macrumors 6502

    Dec 30, 2010
    I come from a land down-under...

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