StarTech Thunderbolt 3 Controller, Dock, and Display Cable
Thunderbolt 3 USB 3.1 Multi-Channel Hub Controller
TB33A1C – $270 U.S.
Dual 4K Monitor Mini Thunderbolt 3 Dock with HDMI
TB3DKM2HD – $183 U.S.
USB-C to HDMI Adapter Cable – 1m
CDP2HDMM1MB – $43 U.S.
StarTech has equipment to extend the limited functionality of your USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 Macintosh. You can add ports for high and normal bandwidth USB external devices. You can provide power and video/audio signals to additional USB-C and HDMI 4K displays and projectors. You can charge your gear and daisy-chain multiple devices. You can eliminate annoying adapters and goofball port plug arrangements.
These three peripherals are excellent. Iâ€™ve been testing and using them in my weekly MacNemo workshops with success, from a new 15 inch MacBook Pro. No drivers or downloads are required: they just work.
The easiest to describe is the USB-C to HDMI Adapter Cable – 1m – CDP2HDMM1MB – $43 U.S. It connects a Thunderbolt 3/USB-C Mac to an HDMI display or projector. Itâ€™s a tremendously useful single-trick cable. I use this every day and I canâ€™t conduct my workshops without it. Bingo.
StarTechâ€™s impressive Dual 4K Monitor Mini Thunderbolt 3 Dock with HDMI – TB3DKM2HD – $183 U.S. can connect to two HDMI displays plus attach a pair of legacy USB devices. When I need extra range and muscle, this little giant works flawlessly.
Both of the above are bus-powered only using the magic built into Appleâ€™s new laptop Macs with two or four USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 ports.
For professional use, the AC powered workspace workhorse Thunderbolt 3 USB 3.1 Multi-Channel Hub Controller – TB33A1C – $270 U.S. kicks it up several notches. You can attach demand-heavy external gear to the 10Gbps and 5Gbps ports, and you can power multiple add-ons using the three USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 ports. Itâ€™s easy to combine forces using clever combinations of the first two items inserted into the latter.
StarTech accessories are reliably in use in Nemoâ€™s teaching studio, and have been for years. This is a clever and forward-thinking company that solves techie problems that many of us endure. Their mottos, Hard-to-find made easy, is an accurate description of the companyâ€™s engineering and industrial design for consumers and professionals.
We are pleased to give StarTech a 9 out of 10 MyMac Review Rating and recommendation for their Thunderbolt 3 Controller, Dock, and Display Cable.