While larger, older versions of the MacBook are well known for hosting an ample number of USB ports, Thunderbolt and HDMI ports as well as SD card slots, the new 12-inch MacBook is lacking in this department. The compact 2-pound laptop is driving many users crazy with its single USB-C port.

Besides the USB-C port, the new laptop only sports a headphone jack. As a result, owners of the 12-inch MacBook are charged with figuring out how to juggle all of their data, power, video output and other connectivity needs with a single port. Luckily, there are a few ways to cope.

How to Make the Most of the MacBook’s Single USB Port

To cope with the small port, many users choose to bypass the port all together and connect their devices wirelessly. They use Bluetooth technology to connect their mouse and speakers, Wi-Fi to access the Internet, AirDrop to share files with other devices and a range of other wireless connections.

If users decide they want wired connections with their 12-inch MacBooks, they have two hurdles – the singularity of the port and its small size. To contend with the latter, they use adapter cables that turn USB-C ports into standard-size USB-A ports. To contend with both issues at once, they must use USB-C adapters featuring multiple connectivity ports.

To satisfy users needs for multiple ports, Apple has come forward with a range of new dongles and adapters. Some of the options on offer include USB-C to HDMI and USB-C to VGA.

Third Party Accessories for MacBook Users

To increase the options for MacBook users, a number of third-party accessory companies are also coming out with new options. Belkin, Monoprice and Kanex sell a range of cords and adapters designed to make life easier for users of the slim 12-inch MacBook, and these adapters include a USB-C to Ethernet cord.

The reason most users are willing to cope with the single port is simple – speed. The USB-C on the new MacBook boasts data transfer speeds of up to 10Gbps, and the convenient port is symmetrical, completely eliminating the risk of damaging a cable by jamming it in upside down.

MacBook Repair in Atlanta

Users having difficulty figuring out wireless connectivity issues or who want advice on the best cables for their new MacBooks, can visit LifeLine Repairs and speak with a specialist about MacBook repair in Atlanta. These repair specialists can help computer owners with broken ports, but they can also help with a range of other MacBook and computer repair issues.

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