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USB 3.1 Type C

Surviving with only one USB 3.1 Type C port on your new MacBook

USB 3.1 Type C

Apple’s 12-inch MacBook has only a single shared port. Here’s how to connect data, video, power and more to it. Find out here how to survive with only one USB-C port on your new MacBook.

USB 3.1 Type C

If there’s one thing about Apple’s new 12-inch MacBook that seems to drive people crazy, it’s that the slim, 2-pound laptop has only a single shared port to handle data, power, video output and accessories.

Forget Apple’s current scheme of packing in USB, Thunderbolt/mini-DisplayPort, HDMI and even an SD card slot on laptops such as the 13-inch MacBook Pro. Now you’ve got a single port — and what’s more, it’s a new USB-C port, which means absolutely nothing you own will work with it without an adaptor or dongle.

Video About USB 3.1 Type C
Formally known as USB 3.1 Type C, this new port combines faster data transfer speeds (up to 10Gbps) with a new shape. The smaller plug and socket is miles better than the previous Type A and Type B ones, and their much-hated micro and mini variations, because it’s fully reversible. The plug slides in either side up, which is a big deal if you’ve ever tried jamming a USB key or cable in upside down. And as both the top and bottom of a USB plug look the same unless you’re examining it very closely, that happens fairly often.

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