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

      249 of 297 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

      181 of 208 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

      225 of 332 people found this useful

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

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Huge Disappointment

      I decided to go with the MacBook 12 because it was extremely portable and felt I would be easy to dock and connect to my external monitor. I tried several less I decided to go with the MacBook 12 because it was extremely portable and felt I would be easy to dock and connect to my external monitor. I tried several less expensive adaptors but were all junk and would not properly work via HDMI connection. So I decided to splash the cash and get the Apple one assuming you'll need to pay a premium for this to work. Unfortunately it was the same scenario. HDMI cuts out randomly, flickers, or just turns black with no return. I have to unplug and plug and sometimes restart often. It's not the monitor because it works fine when using my VGA adapter to my old MacBook pro. This is a major disappointment and feel like I have no choice but to return the MacBook itself if I can't dock it.

      • Written by Mark B from Philadelphia

      7 of 10 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Huge Disappointment

    • 2.0 out of 5 stars

      Great idea, badly executed.

      HDMI displays frequently blank, and occasionally HDCP simply stops working (so no iTunes video content) unless I unplug the monitor and plug it back in. Additio HDMI displays frequently blank, and occasionally HDCP simply stops working (so no iTunes video content) unless I unplug the monitor and plug it back in. Additionally, the HDMI connection occasionally plays up and makes the screen incredibly fuzzy and distorted. It's obviously a sophisticated piece of kit, as it required a software update as soon as I plugged it in, so hopefully Apple can fix some of these issues with another software update, or a new revision of the product. Otherwise it works well and is a handy concept. If you need a whole bunch of USB ports and don't like chaining the adaptors, don't get a Macbook in the first place. Get a Macbook Pro or an Air.

      • Written by Richard W from HAWTHORNE

      Is this review useful?Great idea, badly executed.

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      HDMI usb-c cable

      The cable is only a few months old. The cable is very sensitive; if you move it a few millimeters the HDMI connect fails. the HDMI and USB port are soclose to The cable is only a few months old. The cable is very sensitive; if you move it a few millimeters the HDMI connect fails. the HDMI and USB port are soclose to each other; my simple kingston usb stick does not fit next to it and I had to buy another adapter for it... terrible usb-c ...

      • Written by Chiara L from Utrecht

      2 of 2 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?HDMI usb-c cable

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