Best Thunderbolt accessories for iMac iMore 2021

All iMacs that are for sale now have two Thunderbolt ports available for use. The M1 iMacs have two Thunderbolt/USB-4 ports, while the remaining Intel iMacs have two Thunderbolt 3 ports. Thunderbolt connections are one of the fastest ways to transfer data. There are many Thunderbolt accessories available on the market today, but which are the best to use with your iMac? Let's explore the best Thunderbolt accessories for iMac.

Samsung Ssd X

Thunderbolt and lightning speeds: SAMSUNG X5 Portable SSD 500GB

Staff Pick

If you are looking for external storage that can transfer data at lightning speeds, look no further than the Samsung X5 Portable SSD. With read speeds of 2,800 MB/sec and write speeds of 2,300 MB/sec, you will never be waiting for data to transfer. This SSD features a full metal body and is shock-resistant. It's available in 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB sizes.

$199 at Amazon
Lacie Ssd

Rugged speed: LaCie 1TB Rugged SSD Pro External Drive with Thunderbolt 3

The LaCie Thunderbolt SSD is an external drive for anyone who will use their iMac to work at home and transfer files to their MacBook when working in the field. This SSD is IP67 water-resistant, has three-meter drop resistance and two-ton pressure resistance. If you are working in tough terrain, this is the drive for you.

$399 at Apple
Ultrastudio Hd Mini

Speedy video: Blackmagic Design UltraStudio HD Mini Recorder with Thunderbolt 3 Interface

With the Blackmagic Design Ultra Studio HD, you will get 40Gbps capture and playback of video. This is for video professionals looking for the fastest transfer speeds possible. The recorder requires a Thunderbolt 3 connection, so it's perfect for use with an iMac. There is an upgraded model available if you need to work with 4K video.

$495 at Amazon
Lg 4k Display

Double your screens: The LG UltraFine 4K Display

Your iMac has a beautiful display, but sometimes you need to work on two screens. The LG UltraFine 4K is the perfect second monitor for your iMac. It features two Thunderbolt 3 ports, a 23.7 inch IPS panel, and P3 wide color gamut. It also contains three USB-C downstream ports.

$700 at Apple
Thunderbolt 3 Cable Cropped

Connect with this: Thunderbolt 3 (USB‑C) Cable (0.8 m)

To connect your Thunderbolt device to your iMac, you will need a Thunderbolt cable. If your new accessory does not come with its own cable, purchasing a cable is a must. This official Apple cable supports data transfer speeds over Thunderbolt 3 of 40Mbps.

$39 at Apple
Plugable Thunderbolt Dock

Extend your Thunderbolt ports: Plugable Thunderbolt 3 Dock Compatible with MacBook and Windows Laptops

The Plugable Thunderbolt 3 Dock lets you connect multiple devices to your iMac. It features ultra-fast transfer speeds of up to 40Gbps. The dock contains two Thunderbolt 3 ports, 5 USB-A 3.0 ports, a DisplayPort, a gigabit ethernet port, and an audio in/out port. It provides 60 watts of power to your compatible Thunderbolt device.

$199 at Amazon

Our suggestions...

Using a Thunderbolt connection on your iMac will allow you to transfer data at breakneck speeds. Many accessories are available to take advantage of the iMac's superfast port, and we have highlighted a few of the best.

If you want a speedy external solid-state drive, you can't go wrong with the Samsung X5, which happens to be our staff pick. It has a full metal body, is shock-resistant, and features read speeds of 2,800 MB/sec and write speeds of 2,300 MB/sec. You can choose your drive size as it comes in 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB varieties. For an even more rugged drive, the LaCie Rugged SSD offers IP67 water resistance, has three-meter drop resistance, and two-ton pressure resistance. And, of course, it's super fast.

The Plugable Thunderbolt 3 Dock allows you to expand the devices you can connect to your iMac and has ultra-fast transfer speeds of up to 40Gbps. With just about every port available, this dock will be a welcome addition to your desk.

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