Reviewers and youtubers are repeating (without much thought) that with new USB-C we are all doomed and have to buy and use tons of dongles. This was catchy at the beginning and they have earn a lot attention of prospective users (and a lot of Google Ads). This is my example of living in this 'difficult' transition time. Initial conditions: - I have thunderbolt, USB-A, micro-USB and others USB external drives and flash drives that I have to use with older machines (iMac 2015) - I am not hooking up to external monitor on regular basis (I have iMac for heavy lifting) To get me through I need 2 cables and 1 dongle for whopping total of approx. 66 EUR. Cables where 6 EUR and 5 EUR, apple dongle was the most expensive (55 EUR but I wanted full compatibility). 1. USB-A to USB-C (15 cm) - to hook up any USB device 2. micro-USB to USB-C (50 cm) - to hook up external drives directly (I have plenty and must use them with old machines too) 3. USB-C dongle with VGA, USB-C and A - I need only VGA port to connect to projectors) THAT'S IT: three elements of this "complicated" puzzle (difficult maybe for internet reviewers likely to exaggerate to catch attention) I'm carrying with me only apple dongle - combo of legacy USB-A and VGA. If you happen to hook up to external monitors with legacy ports you need to invest (instead of VGA dongle) to HDMI version or look for one adapter with HDMI and VGA. Market has literally exploded with different and clever solutions. Please share your real-life (not exaggerated) solutions here. Just one small request - PLEASE SHARE YOUR SOLUTIONS with other users -- not your negative comments on how Apple screwed up and so on. We heard it a lot already and it's boring.