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Dongle tip: Size does matter

If you’ve purchased a USB-C to USB-3 dongle already, you may have made the same mistake I first made, and gotten one that’s too big. Yes, dongle size does matter. And smaller is better.

The standard USB-C to USB-3 adapter from Apple is too long. Unnecessarily long. Five and one quarter inches long. I measured.

Now, this may not be a big deal if you are dongling a wired device. But what if it’s a wireless connection?

No, this will not do.

Thankfully there’s a better way. At only 22.476% of the length of the Apple dongle, and for 69.9% of the price, you can can get 300% more dongle from third parties.

That’s right, you get a three pack for $6.99. The only downside is that logo, which is a sad state of affairs. I mean, really. Is that necessary?

Anyway, if you just can’t deal with it, there’s another option that’s much more Apple-ish — all Apple colors included — but at $10.99 for one, you pay for the luxury of design.

With either option, it’s obviously better than the Apple default USB-C to USB-3 dongle. Because like I said at the beginning: size matters.