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I velcro’d my new multi-port dongle

Living the dongle life takes getting used to. I bought a new dongle the other day that basically replaces all the missing ports my old Macbook Pro had.

My new Multi-port dongle

The hard part is figuring out where to put it. Today, I had the bright idea to velcro it to the side of my external monitor. Now, I can take it off easily when I travel, but when I’m home and plugged in, my dongle’s not dangling off the side of my elevated laptop like the silly dongle that it truly is.

So far, this dongle has been pretty great. It’s got an SD Card reader (which I needed the most), an HDMI port, two USB-3.0 ports, a USB-C port (so it stays net neutral on USB-C), and even an ethernet port (on top in this picture) in case I need to plugin in directly.

I opted for this one because it has the extension from the main unit. I read reviews of some of the ones that connect directly to the side of the computer, but while they look really nice and clean, it turns out those can get unweildy when your laptop is laying flat on the desk (if the dongle is thicker than the computer) and they are less forgiving of bumps or other disconnection opportunities.

$65 was a little pricy for one dongle but when I have this one, it’s possible to get away with just one dongle, except in the most extreme dongle circumstances.

An opportunity for a new dongle

Fortunately, the iPhone 7 doesn’t have that hideous 3.5 mm headphone jack, and Apple® graciously provided a little dongle so I can still use my ancient headphones that didn’t have the good sense of having a lightning connection.

Then Apple® introduced the new MacBook Pro, which allows me to live that #touchbarlife, and while they made the visionary move to remove the USB ports, the thunderbolt port, ethernet port, the SD card port, and probably some other stuff that’s so unnecessary I can hardly remember them (like the MagSafe power connection), they left the 3.5mm jack for headphones.

Now I have some sweet new dongles from Apple so I can connect all my super old and not cool anymore accessories to those super new and sweet USB-C ports. However, it looks like I need one more dongle to add to my collection.

I prefer to carry my new and beautiful Apple® headphones with just the lightning connection. But it turns out, my new sexy headphones can’t be part of my new #touchbarlife without a reverse of the lightning to 3.5 dongle.

So now I get to add to my collection by buying a new dongle with a male 3.5mm jack and a female lightning connector. My dongle fanny pack is filling up quick and I couldn’t be happier.


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