Saturday, June 24, 2017

Best USB-C Adapters, Cables, and Hubs to Connect Old Accessories to Your New Laptop


When the 12-inch MacBook was introduced in early 2015, USB-C was merely a curiosity for most people, but now that many new laptops have dropped legacy ports, USB-C has gone from interesting to important. The new 13-inch and 15-inch MacBook Pro models, as well as Windows laptops from HP, Asus, and Acer, offer only USB-C ports, and a number of Android smartphones use USB-C as their only physical connection. This all means that a critical mass of people need cables, adapters, and other ways to get older gear working with newer devices.

After 10 hours of preliminary research, we tested more than 25 USB-C accessories to put together this guide to the best ways to connect peripherals and devices to a USB-C–equipped computer. It’s by no means exhaustive. USB-C can, in theory, replace every other port, and there are a seemingly infinite number of port combinations you might encounter. We focused on the most important tasks you’ll likely face, such as connecting older peripherals like hard drives and hooking up an external display.



We’ll be expanding our coverage of USB-C as the field matures; we’re already working on guides to SD card readers, portable battery packs, port-expansion docks, and more. (We’ll also be covering Thunderbolt 3 at some point.) If there’s something specific you think we’ve missed, please let us know.

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