Recommend me a good USB-C to HDMI dongle/hub?

Chairman.Jobbie

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As title. Not sure if this it the best or right place to post this.

I have the 2018 MBP 15. I want to hook up to a monitor. I dont see many dongles or hub with high review ratings on amazon or apple website.
 

Nde

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As title. Not sure if this it the best or right place to post this.

I have the 2018 MBP 15. I want to hook up to a monitor. I dont see many dongles or hub with high review ratings on amazon or apple website.
I have a hub that has HDMI, USB, etc from Amazon. Damn thing didn't last. End up paying the high price for an Apple brand USBC to HDMI, other than the cost, couldn't be happier.
 

Jimmy James

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The Apple Connector is usb2 out only. Just terrible. The charging can only handle 60w. How did this make it to market?
 

Chairman.Jobbie

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I was going to go for the Satechi but I saw one for cheaper, a simple £12 / $15 hdmi adaptor. I don't see myself needing anymore than monitor connection and I have a separate £6 USB C to USB A dongle.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01N6DCH1K/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
 

CodeJoy

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As title. Not sure if this it the best or right place to post this.

I have the 2018 MBP 15. I want to hook up to a monitor. I dont see many dongles or hub with high review ratings on amazon or apple website.
Vava 8-in-one. You'll find it where search results are. It has HDMI, USB-A, SD, micro-SD and USB-C power. Oh, and ethernet too. Pretty much all the holes to satisfy your dongle craving.
 

haralds

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I have two different Hyper Drive docks that offer versatility at a reasonable price.
For a straight adapter I would go with Apple. There are a lot of problematic USB-C adapters out there.
 

Gen

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I was going to go for the Satechi but I saw one for cheaper, a simple £12 / $15 hdmi adaptor. I don't see myself needing anymore than monitor connection and I have a separate £6 USB C to USB A dongle.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01N6DCH1K/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
great. though i tend to go for more ports than i see myself needing just in case. otherwise if you need one of those later on you'll have to get another dongle : / either way though, glad you found something that works :D
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The Apple Connector is usb2 out only. Just terrible. The charging can only handle 60w. How did this make it to market?
i think they target it more for just macbook users with the single usb-c port. you can still use the adaper on the macbook pros for hdmi and usb2 connections, but then just use the regular charing usb-c port instead of the adapters. im with you though; the adapter is crazy expensive for what you get.
 

jlc1978

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I have two:

The Kensington USB C dock:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B079X22BQK/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

and the Hyperdrive:

https://www.amazon.com/HyperDrive-Type-C-Adapter-50Gbps-MacBook/dp/B01MUAEI7J/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1542227820&sr=1-1&keywords=hyperdock&dpID=41QLtdXLbYL&preST=_SY300_QL70_&dpSrc=srch

Each has performed flawlessly and have their own pros and cons:

Kensington

Pros
Has power brick to charge
Plenty of ports - HDMI, DP, USB A and C, Ethernet, Headphone
Comes with data cable
High quality

Cons
Very large and bulky
Charges slower than Apple's 85W PS (but not very much)
Need to buy longer data cable if you want to drive monitor and have laptop greater than 1.8 feet away; otherwise normal USB - C works fine
No built in SD/microSD slots
Expensive

Hyperdrive

Pros
Small, plugs into side of MBP
Has SD / microSD
Good port selection HDMI, 2 USB A and C


Cons
Sticks out side so I have to unplug it to put MBP in travel case
No power supply, but does pass power through
Doesn't fit if you have a snap on case
Somewhat expensive

There looks to be plenty of cheaper Hyperdrive knockoffs, no idea how well they work.
I use the Kensington on my desk and travel with the Hyperdrive as well as use it when home.
 
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Chairman.Jobbie

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Vava 8-in-one. You'll find it where search results are. It has HDMI, USB-A, SD, micro-SD and USB-C power. Oh, and ethernet too. Pretty much all the holes to satisfy your dongle craving.
Ordered VAVA :D Cover any future needs. It was on a 1hr deal on amazon 25% + £3 extra. Ill cancel the other one. Thanks.
 

CodeJoy

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Ordered VAVA :D Cover any future needs. It was on a 1hr deal on amazon 25% + £3 extra. Ill cancel the other one. Thanks.
Enjoy :)

Edit: Oh, I should mention, if you're planning to display 4k then it's limited to 30Hz. This is true for most dongles, just something to be aware of.