Why dongles? Why not complete wires?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by SJTrance, Nov 6, 2016.

  1. SJTrance macrumors member

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    The idea of dongles seem like an extra step that I would want to take out. I have four main connectors that I tend to use.

    - lightening for my iPhone 6S
    - USB type A
    - USB mini B
    - USB micro B

    Wouldn't it be easier to source some good quality wires that aren't expensive from companies like monoprice and call it a day? Is there some other piece of the puzzle that I'm missing? As far as obsolete wires, I'm ok with letting them go.
     
  2. Capt T macrumors 6502a

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    I did that. The new replacement cables are here....no laptop yet...
     
  3. cmaier macrumors G3

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    In some cases I will use dongles instead of new cables because I need to connect various devices both to the new MBP and to my MBA but not at the same time. Easier to remove a dongle than to swap cables.
     
  4. protoxx, Nov 6, 2016
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    protoxx macrumors 6502a

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    You need a dongle for things like a thumb drive. Else a usb-c to usb-a M/F cable.

    Of course if you're like me and have lots of devices that have usb-a, usb-mini-a, usb-micro-a and usb-b and usb-mini-b-superspeed (I have external drives with all of these plus firewire and thunderbolt), you can either have a number of dongles, buy a bunch of cables and or buy a dock or two.

    If I had to do it right now I'd buy at least 1 dongle and two of each of the cable combinations as a start. Likely end up buying 8 or 10 more anyway. Need shore <6" to as long a 6' or maybe 10' depending on devices. 6" cable might be fine for a 2.5" external drive but useless for connecting to a printer.
     
  5. arbitrage macrumors 6502a

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    I have sourced all the new cables I need.....no dongles for me either. I did buy a couple small USBA-USBC to have in case someone gives me a flash drive or something but for all my main connections (microB, B, Lightning) I got new cables. So no change in my workflow or what I have to carry.

    The only dongle I may need is HDMI one but I've used that port like 3 times in 4.5 years with my 2012rMBP so not sure if I care really.
     
  6. Macalway macrumors 68020

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    I need a USB-C thumb drive. And a USB-C SSD.

    The rest cables, except the thunderbolt adapter, which I think is required presently, and I already own.

    Someday dongle-less. One can dream?
     
  7. protoxx macrumors 6502a

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    Looked on Amazon's top 100 thumbdrives. 4 listings for usb-c, 3 different sized of same one. There were 2 lightning ones for iPhone.
     
  8. Macalway macrumors 68020

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    best to just bite the bullet and get a Samsung T3 Portable SSD

    https://www.amazon.com/Samsung-T3-P...01AVF6WN2/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8

    BUT, note this from a review:

    "Macbook (out of the box - without installing OS X drivers; standard Apple UBC-C cable):
    Write: 38 MB/s / Read: 41 MB/s
    With Belkin USB-C 3.1 Cable
    Write: 400 MB/s / Read: 431 MB/s
    With drivers: (no difference in performance)

    If you are going to use it with a USB-C device (notebook, desktop, etc) - definitely use a USB-C 3.1 cable like the Belkin." end quote

    Then again, that's for the 12". Who knows......

    I don't know.The geek in me sort of likes this new stuff. Im such a sucker :D
     

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