USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter

  • Overview

    The USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter lets you connect your MacBook with USB-C port to an HDMI display, while also connecting a standard USB device and a USB-C charging cable.

    This adapter allows you to mirror your MacBook display to your HDMI-enabled TV or display in up to 1080p at 60Hz or UHD (3840x2160) at 30Hz. It also outputs video content like movies and captured video. Simply connect the adapter to the USB-C port on your MacBook and then to your TV or projector via an HDMI cable (sold separately).

    Use the standard USB port to connect devices such as your flash drive or camera or a USB cable for syncing and charging your iPhone, iPad, or iPod. You can also connect a charging cable to the USB-C port to charge your MacBook.

    Note: The Apple USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter is not compatible with the G-Tech G-DRIVE mobile USB 3.0 Hard Drive (Apple part number HF4F2VC/A).

    What’s in the Box

    USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter

    System Requirements

    Requires an HDMI cable (sold separately) for connection to your TV or projector. Supports both video and audio output.

  • 2.0 Average
    2 out of 5 stars
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    • 4.0 out of 5 stars

      Expensive, but highly practical

      This adapter may be expensive, but it highly extends the usability of the 12" MacBook. As we speak, I have my laptop docked to a 1200p monitor, a USB wireless m This adapter may be expensive, but it highly extends the usability of the 12" MacBook. As we speak, I have my laptop docked to a 1200p monitor, a USB wireless mouse, an external spinning hard drive, and power. The USB-C port on the MacBook has plenty of power to power all of the devices, and it is an added convenience that when I undock my laptop to take on the go, I only have to unplug one thing. Overall, this adapter fundamentally changes the way I use my MacBook at my desk, and it's worth the price of admission. Cheaper options will eventually show up, but you should not allow the $79 price to get between you and improving the usability of the new MacBook.

      • Written by Alex K from Seattle

      258 of 312 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Expensive, but highly practical

    • 4.0 out of 5 stars

      Necessity for Apple MacBook 12"

      If you have purchased a new 12" MacBook, you should already know that the computer only has two ports. The headphone jack and the USB-C port. You can't plug in If you have purchased a new 12" MacBook, you should already know that the computer only has two ports. The headphone jack and the USB-C port. You can't plug in any existing USB cables into the USB-C port so an adapter is need. This adapter comes with a USB-C port, HDMI input, and a USB 3 port. I purchased this adapter at the Apple Store at the same time I picked up my MacBook. If you plan on connecting anything into the MacBook or hooking it up to an external monitor, you need this adapter. Must have.

      • Written by Isaac R from Orange

      189 of 223 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Necessity for Apple MacBook 12"

    • 2.0 out of 5 stars

      Note: not a retina/HiDPI DisplayPort-type adapter!

      I gave this 2 stars because I had misplaced hopes, perhaps that's my bad. When I saw that it could do UHD/4K over HDMI, I was hoping it could drive a 4K display I gave this 2 stars because I had misplaced hopes, perhaps that's my bad. When I saw that it could do UHD/4K over HDMI, I was hoping it could drive a 4K display at retina/HiDPI resolutions. I have a Samsung U28D590D 28" 4K monitor that I use as a HiDPI display with my Mac Pro, using an Accell B143B-007J DisplayPort 1.2 mini to full-size cable - it works great, and the Displays control panel gives the typical scaling choices from "larger text" to "more space," which is what you'd expect from a Mac retina display, same as the built-in screen on the new MacBook 12". However, when I connected the same display to the MacBook 12" via this adapter & an HDMI cable, those beautifully scaled resolutions aren't available. The only resolutions that do the HiDPI/retina scaling is 1920x1080 and 1280x720, which makes everything so large that it's unsuitable for sitting in front of the monitor to get work done. The full 4K resolution of 3840x2160 is also available, but because the pixels are drawn 1:1, everything is so small to be unusable. There's no Goldilocks "just right" intermediate retina resolutions: 3008x1692 and 2560x1440 are listed, but "(low resolution)" is written after them to show that they're not real HiDPI resolutions - they look quite fuzzy. If you would like to see a screengrab of these choices in the Displays panel, look for tLe8lxl.png on imgur. And before you say I was expecting too much, I did read up on the new USB-C spec and what, in theory, the "DisplayPort Alternate Mode" stuff should be capable of, look for article 8558 on Anandtech. As a spec, USB-C is supposed to be able to do 2 full "lanes" of DisplayPort for 4K, along with "SuperSpeed" USB 3 - I was hoping that would translate into being able to run a HiDPI display correctly. So, I don't know if I'm running into something that can later be updated in software or firmware, or if it's a built-in limitation of the way USB-C has been implemented in the 12" MacBook itself, or maybe it's just because this AV adapter provides HDMI, and HiDPI requires an adapter with DisplayPort?? I have also heard of the HydraDock project on Kickstarter that provides, among other things, a Mini DisplayPort, but that "only" goes up to 2560x1440, so I assume it's also not appropriate for HiDPI displays. I guess I need to wait for a real USB-C / DisplayPort adapter? I also did connect this adapter to a 24" 1920x1200 display via HDMI, and it worked fine (normal-sized pixels, not retina pixels). I imagine this adapter should also work fine for connecting to a really big monitor or projector for presentations and showing movies, where either 1080 or 4K are fine & retina isn't needed.

      • Written by Jesse E from Campbell

      242 of 353 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Note: not a retina/HiDPI DisplayPort-type adapter!

    • 2.0 out of 5 stars

      Adapter or Macbook the cause of display issues on TV?

      Since taking delivery of a 12" Macbook a month ago, I have had continuous display drop outs when the Macbook is connected to my TV via the multiport adapter. I Since taking delivery of a 12" Macbook a month ago, I have had continuous display drop outs when the Macbook is connected to my TV via the multiport adapter. I initially tried a different HDMI cable (did not solve the issue), then I tried a different external monitor (still did not solve the issue). Eventually I tried an SMC reset which DID solve the problem - at least for 2 weeks. But then the same old blank/flickering display issue started over. Another SMC reset has helped so far... Question is: is the root cause the adapter or the Macbook itself? I may end up returning both items if this issue cannot be solved...

      • Written by Aaron J from Nürnberg

      Is this review useful?Adapter or Macbook the cause of display issues on TV?

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Works Intermittantly... Do not buy!

      This USB-C Digital AV Multiport adapter doesn't recognize thumbdrives most of the time. It usually takes repeatedly inserting and reinserting the adapter or th This USB-C Digital AV Multiport adapter doesn't recognize thumbdrives most of the time. It usually takes repeatedly inserting and reinserting the adapter or the drive in order to get the drive to even register. The HDMI port has the same issue. Occasionally the HDMI signal just cuts out completely a long with the screen of my Macbook, requiring a hard reboot to bring everything back up. I would have expected more for $80.00

      • Written by Christopher F from Carthage

      3 of 3 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Works Intermittantly... Do not buy!

    • 4.0 out of 5 stars

      NEEDS THE RIGHT CABLE! HDMI 2.0

      Originally I would have rated this one star, but after some time debugging with a Genius it now works great. The genius was also puzzled, but had some internal Originally I would have rated this one star, but after some time debugging with a Genius it now works great. The genius was also puzzled, but had some internal documentation that said you need an "HDMI 1.4b" cable. Turns out this is wrong (it's what I had been using already). You need an HDMI 2.0 AKA "High Speed" cable. Apple sells them for $22 (we used one to get the adaptor working) but even the genius said go get one at Amazon or CVS. I got a $3 one and have no problem with a full UHD display, when before it was a flickery, dropout-y, noisy mess. Even though it now works perfectly I rate it only four stars because I had to spend time at the apple store debugging the adaptor and figuring out what was not in the manual. Grr!

      • Written by D V H from Palo Alto

      11 of 11 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?NEEDS THE RIGHT CABLE! HDMI 2.0

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