• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not working with external HDD USB 3.0 after sleep

    Often it cannot recognize external HDD with usb 3.0 connector after sleep with connected power supply over usb-c multiport. Then my external HDD is absolutely impossible to detect. I tried to unplug the mutiport and close the macbook and it did not help. The only solution is to restart Macbook and the exeternal HDD is visible again. Quite annoying!

    19 of 20 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Useful necessity that won't last

    This dongle works and is a must-have for the MacBook since it does not feature 2 usb-c ports.

    Although it works, this dongle-gate is likely to break in about 6 months. Bending of the short cable causes connectivity in terms of power and usb to eventually be intermittent. Therefore, hold on to your receipt so Apple can give you a new one, and possibly buy more than one. Just one more headache.

    Designing a dongle that lasts is apparently not possible since not even Apple can do it. To avoid dongle problems, do not purchase a MacBook with less than 4 usb-c ports :)

    The other thing we would want to see is native DisplayPort support, so we possibly could have an external 4k @ 60 Hz display. Most tvs have hdmi, but in terms of computers, hdmi is an inferior technology.

    5 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A necessary expense...

    Not sure what everyone else is referring to when experiencing trouble with this...maybe they are, but I have had zero problems with it. After trying two non-apple adapters that were supposed to be identical in function to this one, neither worked, with different monitors, different HDMI cables, everything. They simply did not work as designed. While this one is twice the price, it works as advertised, without any problems, and was even updated when I plugged it in for the first time. Don't waste your money on other non-apple adapters...learn from my mistakes.

    11 of 20 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Works decently well

    Just a little pricey for what it is, although perhaps that's not unexpected.

    2 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    0 stars if I could

    This is likely the worst Apple product I've ever used.

    My 4K monitor would constantly flicker or shut off when connected to this adapter. It couldn't keep a picture on it for more than a few seconds before it shut down. When I switched to a new USB-C hub, it hasn't flickered once.

    The USB port on the adapter wouldn't stay live after the computer woke back up from sleep. I'd have to unplug the USB and plug it back in.

    The cable is very short so that if you have the Macbook on a stand it has an ugly white brick sticking out of the side with no way to stash it.

    I would not buy this or recommend it at all.

    34 of 38 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Terrible - does not work

    My logitech webcam doesn't work through this adapter -- the video is glitchy, and the audio is really low pitch.

    Even transferring files from my GoPro is terribly glitchy. It causes my GoPro to crash mid-transfer.

    It's like the devices aren't getting enough power or something.

    20 of 23 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very slow transfer rate

    I plugged WD HDD the rate of transfer is very slow. Though it is charging and transferring the data at the same time.
    One bad design. If I disconnect or connect the power (USB C) to adapter. It disconnect the hard drive from PC.
    It could have better design and working.

    25 of 27 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not recognise USB3 drive

    I bought this alongside my MacBook so that I could backup my Mac. I now discover that this adapter is not compatible with USB 3.0 drives. Disappointed that this isn't mentioned on the packaging, nor was the information volunteered when I bought it.

    84 of 97 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    USB-C Adapter is a poor solution and product

    While initially I liked the concept of 'one port fits all' for power, data, and video, I now regret my decision to buy the MacBook and wish I had separate ports. First having to carry the adapter around is painful and I need multiple adapters. Secondly, I was trying to update the adapter and it did not work even after doing it 5-6 times. Thirdly, after reading the other reviews I realized my USB backup drive finally works if I unplug the power when connecting it through the adapter to my MacBook! Poor design and execution on this product.

    33 of 37 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    This simply doesn't work reliably - but what are the alternatives?

    This product is essential to charging your MacBook at the same time as using another external device. i.e using an additional larger screen in the office, or presenting via an HDMI cable.

    But it doesn't work. It's not totally broken because it has worked before and occasionally springs to life.

    There are obviously compatibility issues with this product. Apple has acknowledged this and released a software update to fix it... but it's erratic as to whether it works. I have it plugged in now, in fact. And no charge is going to my computer (it is when the power cable is plugged in directly - so it's not the power cable, and it's not my laptop) and no source is acknowledged via the HDMI cable.

    However it sometimes works... 20% of the time perhaps. I might shut down my computer and start again. It might start working... it might not. Meanwhile, there are a number of identical Macbooks in the office, using the USB-C adaptor and some work fine. Some don't.

    It's EXTREMELY frustrating for such an essential extension for the MacBook to not work. I now have to work with massive spreadsheets on this tiny screen and I'm unable to present to the wider business using a second screen/TV. This is £1400 piece of hardware, that NEEDS this extension not to work in isolation. It's unacceptable and Apple is doing nothing about it and providing no information on how it's being addressed.

    I don't know how to advise other buyers - You need it if you want to plug in external things... but it can stop working at any time.

    41 of 42 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Incredibly frustrating to use.

    For the last twenty years using a mouse and external keyboard has not been a complicated issue in computing, until now! Half the time I plug this into my 12 inch macbook the keyboard and house do not recognize, the HDMI has been cutting out as well. This has rendered my macbook pretty much unusable for my desktop setup.

    Don't buy the first gen 12 inch macbook this is a nightmare.

    37 of 42 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    What a disappointment

    Just so horrible to have to plug that thing into my macbook !!! Until now it was working .... but after having to update (forced to do it) my usb-c does not work anymore !!!! I have to reboot my Mac every time I want to use it!!!!!!! such a bad experience. I'm really thinking to change it for a PC/Windows..........

    30 of 37 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Heats up, video signal drops

    Connected to the new 12" MacBook and USB-C power cable to the charger and HDMI to monitor at 1920x1080.
    I noticed uncharacteristic heat on this adapter. The HDMI signal will drop out.

    This is not reliable and poorly made component.

    23 of 25 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Partial fix/work around

    I discovered unplugging the power cable from my adapter makes the other 2 outputs work!

    27 of 29 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I am sick of the unreliability of Apple chargers

    I bought this adapter explicitly to be able to charge my computer while utilizing a USB port. Well the stupid USB-C port doesn't work! It is INCREDIBLY frustrating to have to jiggle the cable "just so" to get the charge to work - which only helps sometimes. This is the same issue with iPhone chargers. UGH.

    27 of 32 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not work with External USB Drives 3.0

    I cannot work with any 3.0 USB External drives, I have this model and also the VGA model and neither work.

    30 of 31 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not work properly with external drives without powered hub.

    Normally, I dislike reviews that says something "doesn't do this" because nine times out of 10, the customer doesn't understand what it is supposed to do and so they knock it for something it was never supposed to do in the first place.

    That being said, this adapter purposes itself as a way to connect peripherals to your macbook with USB-C adapter. At the time of this review, there is a note about compatibility in the description, with one hard drive, but when I bought it, there was never a mention of that in the description (although my hard drive isn't the one listed anyway, so regardless, it wouldn't apply to me and so my gripe still stands)

    So, I was very disappointed to find out that if I wanted to use a standard usb portable drive from western digital, designed for mac, that it wouldn't work. On top of that, it doesn't say it won't work on the computer, it mounts, shows up, you go to use time machine, it just crashes and dismounts. Then I find out it works with the standard usbc to usb adapter, which is great, except then you can't charge the macbook, which is not the way you want to backup the machine.

    It will work, however, once you use it with a powered usb hub, an additional 20-30 dollars on top of the $80 you already spent.

    If it was never designed to do this, the description should specifically say, only designed to use with devices that require little power, like flash drives.

    And as clarification, it doesn't work even if you use the power adapter that came with your mac.

    48 of 49 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not working with External HD with USB 3.0 Hub

    I was using external HD from usb 3.0 hub with USB C to USB cable. It's working fine. However, USB-C Digital AV Multipart Adapter is not working with external HD if it's using with USB 3.0 hub.

    14 of 15 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not Reliable

    Bulky, pricey, and not reliable as after few months; the USB port stopped working while charging the Macbook which makes it completely useless.

    29 of 30 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Limited Application

    This adapter is a great idea. However, while it worked with my external backup drive it does not work with the ASUS BM169B+ external monitor. This monitor is fantastic with HD resolution and a nice wide aspect screen. It is a USB driven device with no external power needed to the monitor. I miss the ability to attach the power cord while working with the screen. Not sure how fast it will drain the battery without power to the MacBook but if Apple solves this compatibility problem I"ll be back.

    19 of 22 people found this useful