The new MacBook Pro has $250+ worth of optional dongles

Apple's new MacBook Pro has $250 worth of dongles that you might need.

Published Sun, Oct 30 2016 7:00 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:57 AM CST

Apple might have unveiled its new MacBook Pro to the world with excitement, and while it is a beautiful machine - with it smaller and thinner than previous MBPs, and it rocks the new OLED touch bar - it's let down by its Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports, a courageous move.

The new MacBook Pro has $250+ worth of optional dongles |

Well, if you want to plug anything into your new MacBook Pro, you're going to need to throw down some benjamins on dongles. Yeah, lots of them. If you want to plug an HDMI cable into it and display your MacBook Pro on the TV, buy a dongle. Need an Ethernet jack? Dongle. SD card? Dongle. VGA port? Dongle. How about older Thunderbolt 2 devices? Dongle. What about your new iPhone 7? Dongle.

BGR went through the list of dongles you'd need, and it adds up quickly:

  • USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter - $69
  • SanDisk Extreme Pro SD UHS-II Card USB-C Reader - $49.95
  • Belkin USB-C to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter - $34.95
  • Belkin USB-C to VGA Adapter - $39.95
  • Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter - $49
  • Total: $269.40

Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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