USB-C hub with HDMI for 12'' MacBook 2016?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by mariotr87, Jun 9, 2016.

  1. mariotr87 macrumors regular

    Aug 12, 2011
    Hi all,

    After having a look in Amazon it looks like most, if not all of the USB-C hubs that worked just fine with the 2015 version of the Macbook don't work anymore (at least, the HDMI port doesn't, due to a change in the USB profile).

    Is anyone aware of a HDMI hub that works properly with the new MacBook?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. Trey M macrumors 6502a

    Trey M

    Jul 25, 2011
    I mean...I don't know what you mean by HDMI hub. Apple obviously makes their HDMI/USB-A/USB-C with pass thru option. Honestly with all the inconsistency and lack of standards for USB-C products right now, I think just sticking with Apple stuff is your best bet for the next year or so. You won't have issues.
  3. mariotr87 thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 12, 2011
    Hi Trey,

    yes you're right, I should have specified that I was referring to other than Apple's one. The problem with the Apple adapter is that it's very expensive and features a single USB port. I would like something a bit more versatile.

    There are plenty of options in Amazon, but unfortunately none of these are compatible with the new MacBook as far as I can tell...I'll keep looking!

    Thanks a lot!
  4. Macbook14in macrumors regular

    Apr 22, 2016
  5. japanime macrumors 68000


    Feb 27, 2006
    Just pay the extra $$ and get the Apple adapter. It just works. (I went for a third-party adapter, saved a few bucks initially, then ordered the Apple adapter after wasting a few frustrating day with the third-party adapter.)
  6. Trey M macrumors 6502a

    Trey M

    Jul 25, 2011
    You can always look on eBay. They sell $40-50 brand new there, that's where I got mine.

    As for versatility, I hear you having more than one USB port would be nice. But the important thing here is that you're spending your ~$50 on a product that actually will work now and in the future, and you can't really say with any certainty that any third party solution will.

    USB-C standards are all over the place, which means driver support, etc. could change in the future for some of these other models which may break compatibility. Of course I'm speculating, but most would disagree that standards are just not consistent across USB-C products at this point. At least with the Apple solution you know:
    • Apple will likely warranty your product alongside your laptop warranty and support the product
    • You know it will work with little to no issues now and in the future
    • You won't have to spend another $50-75 on another one for years to come, unless you get a defective product

    If you insist on another solution with more ports, that's fine just take a look on Amazon and probably Monoprice, there's several. However, don't say I didn't warn you when you have some sort of issues :)
  7. mariotr87 thread starter macrumors regular

    Aug 12, 2011
    Looks good, but still a single USB port (and I don't really need Ethernet).

    I completely agree with you both and I'd happily pay the price (hell, I probably will have to end up doing it anyway...) of the Apple adapter if at least it completely fulfilled my needs. It's hard to justify such an expensive purchase (for an adapter, that is) otherwise.

    In an ideal world, this is what I'd like a MacBook dock to have:
    • Power delivery (obviously)
    • Two USB ports
    • HDMI
    • SD Card Reader
    That would put the MacBook on par with my previous MacBook Air, which has all the ports I've always needed (and I've had that computer for almost 5 years!). I could do without the SD card reader - I can always purchase a separate one, but sometimes I do need to connect two USB devices.

    I guess I'll wait a couple of weeks to see if someone releases a new GOOD dock with the features I need, otherwise I'll have to just purchase Apple's.
  8. finsfanscott macrumors newbie

    May 20, 2013
    I can confirm the Dell dock video did not work with my 2016 MacBook (the Ethernet and USB ports worked, but no video out). Suspect it needed a new/updated driver, but Dell didn't have any on their support page and I didn't really explore much further.

    I can confirm the Cable Matters adapters all worked with my 2016 MacBook connected to a year old Sharp TV, will verify if they work on my old office VGA projectors tomorrow.

    This one has both HDMI and VGA, along with USB and Ethernet, all worked on my MacBook, but is a fairly large adapter:

    These individual adapters also worked:


    Hope this helps!!

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