Why dongles? Why not complete wires?

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

  1. SJTrance macrumors member

    Jun 24, 2010
    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

    Mar 20, 2010
    I did that. The new replacement cables are here....no laptop yet...
  3. cmaier macrumors G4

    Jul 25, 2007
    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
    Last edited: Nov 6, 2016

    protoxx macrumors 6502a


    Oct 10, 2013
    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

    Mar 19, 2009
    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

    Aug 7, 2013
    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


    Oct 10, 2013
    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

    Aug 7, 2013
    best to just bite the bullet and get a Samsung T3 Portable SSD


    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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