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USB-C notebook owners, how are you liking the dongle life?
Posted by: pRICE cUBE
Date: November 01, 2018 02:21PM
I'd like to hear from those that are living the single life with the USB-c era naitebooks.







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Re: USB-C notebook owners, how are you likening the dongle life?
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: November 01, 2018 02:27PM
.....semi-charmed......kinda' life.......



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Re: USB-C notebook owners, how are you likening the dongle life?
Posted by: jardster
Date: November 01, 2018 02:36PM
I don't have any issues. Consistently I've only got 2 things plugged into the computer... 1) Power 2) a USB dongle for a USB encryption device. Everything else is wireless these days. I do have a "hyperdrive" that can plug into 2 of the USB-C and then gives me old school USB, usb C, HDMI, etc. But I almost never need it.

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Re: USB-C notebook owners, how are you likening the dongle life?
Posted by: M A V I C
Date: November 01, 2018 02:38PM
My work has adopted. They now have USB-C to HDMI adapters in all conference rooms. I also have a USB-C monitor, so everything else gets plugged into that.

It's actually kind of nice at times. When I need to charge my GoPro, I can use my laptop charger.




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Re: USB-C notebook owners, how are you likening the dongle life?
Posted by: hal
Date: November 01, 2018 02:55PM
I suspect that in a year or two, USB-C will be EVERYWHERE. For once, both PC and Apple are doing the change at the same time - it's gonna be universal. I figure that I'll keep my 2015 imac for another year perhaps, after that, I'll be ready to move to the USB-C world and not look back.
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Posted by: Lew Zealand
Date: November 01, 2018 03:30PM
My Mom uses a 2017 MacBook for use around house and travel. 4 port hub at home with 2xUSB3, 1x VGA to an old 19" monitor and 1x USB-C to power. When traveling take a single Anker power brick to charge iPhone and MacBook (1 USB-C and 1 USB-A connector) which is much better than 2 power bricks. Also has a small USB-C to USB-A adapter in the travel case for universal compatibility.

It's the right tool for this job, certainly not for all jobs.
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Re: USB-C notebook owners, how are you likening the dongle life?
Posted by: S. Pupp
Date: November 01, 2018 03:43PM
I dislike having to carry a pouch of dongles with me. Inevitably, I find the pouch to be in a different room than my computer. It is inconvenient, impractical, and a pain in the butt.

Replacing USB3 with USBC is OK in anticipation of the future, but an HDMI port, an SD card slot, and a USB3 slot for flush-fitting USB flash drives would be nice.
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Posted by: numbered
Date: November 01, 2018 04:36PM
No problemo by now. A few A-to-C adapters around, and one multiport hub in the office for HDMI, A, charging, external drive, and even Ethernet if needed.

It seemed a pain at first, but it is fine now.
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Re: USB-C notebook owners, how are you likening the dongle life?
Posted by: jdc
Date: November 01, 2018 04:40PM
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Replacing USB3 with USBC is OK in anticipation of the future, but an HDMI port, an SD card slot, and a USB3 slot for flush-fitting USB flash drives would be nice.

problem is that HDMI and SD is they only do one thing. And not everyone uses it.

USB C can do multiple things -- video, data or power. So adding a USB C to HDMI cable to your mix, or getting a USBC flush drive seems easy.

Or just add a hub for $40, one "dongle"



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Re: USB-C notebook owners, how are you liking the dongle life?
Posted by: sekker
Date: November 01, 2018 05:09PM
Fine but a little different.

1) I have now settled on USB/TB3 monitors that charge when I plug them in. These monitors also include USB hub functions so I usually do not need dongles at work. This is better than the prior gen scenario.

2) For travel, I have a USBC charger that also has USB-A ports. This is also less stuff for me when I travel than before (where I HAD to carry the magsafe charger).

3) I carry a dedicated cable/dongle bag now because I need USBC to USB-A, HDMI, VGA and other connections etc. More than before when I travel.

So - fewer dongles at work, more when I travel when I've added monitors with hubs.
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Posted by: M A V I C
Date: November 01, 2018 05:43PM
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problem is that HDMI and SD is they only do one thing. And not everyone uses it.

USB C can do multiple things -- video, data or power. So adding a USB C to HDMI cable to your mix, or getting a USBC flush drive seems easy.

USB-C can't do video nor SD. Why do I say that? Because I have yet to see a SD card that goes into a USB-C port, nor do any of the projectors and conference room displays around the office offer USB-C as an input. HDMI can do HDM and SD can do SD. What USB-C lets you do is have an adapter to the thing you need. Does that help more than it harms? I don't think so.




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Re: USB-C notebook owners, how are you liking the dongle life?
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: November 01, 2018 06:28PM
I've got two USB-C docks, the newer one having something the previous didn't.

I got my 2015 MB before there were a lot of USB-C dongles and maybe no docks.

Consequently, I've accrued a few dongles that now I don't use but keep handy.

My battery is still pretty good, but if I'm going to run DiskWarrior or boot into another drive for awhile, I use a dock for shore power while booted off of a drive or sitck.

The new MBA would solve all of that for me, but my MB is still in great shape and I can't rationalize getting an MBA.




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Re: USB-C notebook owners, how are you likening the dongle life?
Posted by: C(-)ris
Date: November 01, 2018 08:05PM
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My work has adopted. They now have USB-C to HDMI adapters in all conference rooms. I also have a USB-C monitor, so everything else gets plugged into that.

It's actually kind of nice at times. When I need to charge my GoPro, I can use my laptop charger.

I can't WAIT to replace stupid docking stations with a single USB-C to HDMI cable that has power pass through. $25 vs over $100 for a dock that supports magsafe.



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Re: USB-C notebook owners, how are you likening the dongle life?
Posted by: jdc
Date: November 01, 2018 08:09PM
If you have to carry an HDMI to HDMI cable, not sure how that is different than carrying a USB C to HDMI cable?



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Posted by: M A V I C
Date: November 01, 2018 09:11PM
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If you have to carry an HDMI to HDMI cable, not sure how that is different than carrying a USB C to HDMI cable?

I don't have to carry and HDMI cable. The projectors and displays already have HDMI.




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Re: USB-C notebook owners, how are you liking the dongle life?
Posted by: Sarcany
Date: November 01, 2018 10:26PM
I have a USB-C Mac, but work on all sorts of Macs, so it's nearly doubled the number of dongles that I need to carry, but the laptop, itself, uses no more dongles than my old Retina MBP because I also carry USB-C to micro USB 3.0 cables for drives.

The biggest PITA is the power adapter. No hooks to wind and hold the cable when I chuck the adapter in my bag. I rigged something with velcro, but it's not as good as the old mag-safe bricks.



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