Have you ever used your Thunderbolt port?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by someone28624, Jan 19, 2013.


Do you use your thunderbolt port?

  1. Yes

    9 vote(s)
  2. No

    13 vote(s)
  3. I don't have one

    5 vote(s)
  1. someone28624 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 15, 2007
    I have the first Macbook Pro to come with a Thunderbolt connecter. I remember it being hailed as a Very Cool New Feature when I got it. I have never used it. There is hardly anything available for it and what is available is wicked expensive. I would trade it in a heartbeat for a USB 3.0 port. The front page story about Intel and Thunderbolt inspired this thread for me today. Do you use yours?
  2. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    Yep, my Thunderbolt Display is plugged into my my MBA right now
  3. MASTERBASS macrumors newbie

    Jan 18, 2013
    Yes.....my WD 6Tb hard drive. Too fast to tell you .
  4. grapes911 Moderator emeritus


    Jul 28, 2003
    Citizens Bank Park
    I'm sure some people use it and some don't but it's still a relatively new interface. It may catch on (more?), it may not. If it does, prices will come down and more devices will support it. I think it's too early to say either way.
  5. el-John-o macrumors 65816

    Nov 29, 2010
    Thunderbolt is like the early days of FireWire, IMHO. Expensive, and NOT, N. O. T. not an intended replacement for USB. Simply, it's an expensive but very high speed I/O. People singing it's overture are forgetting the FireWire was around for YEARS before it became standard on the Mac and was VERY VERY expensive initially.

    That said, I use it for my Cinema display (so, in miniDP mode) but nothing yet. For my uses, a cheaper USB 3.0 drive is adequate. Honestly, I'd like to see some real world numbers. USB 3.0 @ 5Gbps seems, to me, plenty fast enough for a spinning hard disk. It is, in theory, 5/6th the speed of SATA III. Now an array of SSD's is another story, but, I am curious if a spinning hard drive is actually faster via thunderbolt or not.

    Also, OP, I've heard that some folks are supposed to be coming out with a thunderbolt to USB 3.0 adapter (And there are already USB 3.0 'docking stations'). But, for the price, WHATEVER it is, I'd think a USB 3.0 hub would work just as well. Even though I don't use it, I wouldn't trade it for another USB port. It isn't an 'extra' port as it's the existing miniDP port that's always been there, and I don't want to get rid of my external video support. I use it every day. And who knows, one day I might use it, especially if docking station prices drop.
  6. kylera macrumors 65816


    Dec 5, 2010
    I use it for Target Display or Target Disk between my iMac and my MBA.
  7. Bloodraw850, Jan 19, 2013
    Last edited: Jan 19, 2013

    Bloodraw850 macrumors 6502


    Jul 12, 2011
  8. tmagman macrumors 6502

    Nov 7, 2010
    Calgary AB
    Yup using it every day with either a daisy-chained set of FW drives, my external monitors, or my SSD TB drive. Fantastic. Wouldn't trade them for more USB 3.0 ports ever.
  9. MathBunny123 macrumors regular

    Oct 19, 2012
    Toronto, Canada | Sibiu, Romania
    Don't use it at all; I wish I could convert one of those useless Thunderbolt ports to USB 3...:rolleyes:
  10. jent macrumors 6502a


    Mar 31, 2010
    FWIW using the Mini DisplayPort connection through the Thunderbolt port shouldn't count since pre-Thunderbolt Macs have had Mini DisplayPort ports.
  11. shinji macrumors 65816


    Mar 18, 2007
    I'm using it for my display with a mini-DP->DVI adapter due to HDMI issues on the 2012 Mini. I would use thunderbolt peripherals if there were more to choose from, and they were closer in price to USB 3.
  12. Stooby Mcdoobie macrumors 6502a

    Stooby Mcdoobie

    Jun 26, 2012
    I occasionally use it to connect my MBP to my TV via mini displayport to HDMI adapter. I don't have any Thunderbolt peripherals, though.
  13. mfram macrumors 65816

    Jan 23, 2010
    San Diego, CA USA
    Use Thunderbolt to plug my rMBP to a Matrox DS1 port replicator. Put the laptop on the desk, plug in one cable and get external monitor, LAN, and USB speakers all at once. It's like a TBD except I'm using a separate display over DVI from the Matrox box. Works great.
  14. el-John-o macrumors 65816

    Nov 29, 2010
    I think that's what I would most likely use thunderbolt for, though I'm having a hard time justifying the cost right now.

    Since thunderbolt AND displayport displays can be daisy-chained, in my mind, wouldn't the technology allow for two distinct DVI (or miniDP, etc.) ports to exist on a dock? Now THAT would pry my wallet open. I have a 27" Apple Cinema Display, AND a 23" LG LCD panel. Sans a cheesy USB adapter, I have no way of using both even though I would absolutely love to. I want to drive both displays at native resolution at full native speeds. Buried deep inside my MBP has all of the technology to support it, since it can handle two daisy chained displays, but nobody yet has a way to make the 'daisy chain' actually two discrete video ports for using with two separate monitors that don't, themselves, support daisy chaining!

    There are faux solutions, like USB adapters or adapters that turn the output into one huge display, but if I already have one port that contains the ability to connect to two different displays operating independently, why should I have to?

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