Best USB-C adapters for MacBook Pro 2023

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With the 2021 MacBook Pro, we finally saw the return of legacy ports. Unfortunately, that's not the case on the 13-inch MacBook Pro and older devices. For these machines, it's best to purchase a USB-C adapter. Luckily, there are many available at various price points. Here are the best USB-C adapters for your MacBook.

Adapter, hub, or docking station: Which one is right for you?

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Adapters are the simplest peripherals for port versatility. They are almost always a single-port changeover, like USB-C-to-USB-A or USB-to-Lightning, though sometimes they may have one or two additional ports, like HDMI. My recommendation is always to have a USB-A-to-USB-C adapter like the one Apple sells on hand because that's the most commonly-used cable for connecting peripherals to your computer.

Hubs make your MacBook Pro more versatile, providing several different ports. They also tend to be more portable because they're lighter and smaller (and don't usually need a wall plug). If the adapters listed here aren't giving you enough options, you may need a USB-C hub instead.

Docking stations are designed for multi-display use with charging support. They usually have their own power supply and can charge your laptop and mobile devices while also providing fast data transfer and 4K or 5K display support. For the most part, they're meant to be stationary to give your desktop workflow more versatility and convenience. A docking station may be your best bet if you're looking for the ultimate tool for your high-speed data transfer, multi-display 4K or 5K connection, and built-in charging.

Bryan M Wolfe
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Bryan M. Wolfe has written about technology for over a decade on various websites, including TechRadar, AppAdvice, and many more. Before this, he worked in the technology field across different industries, including healthcare and education. He’s currently iMore’s lead on all things Mac and macOS, although he also loves covering iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch. Bryan enjoys watching his favorite sports teams, traveling, and driving around his teenage daughter to her latest stage show, audition, or school event in his spare time. He also keeps busy walking his black and white cocker spaniel, Izzy, and trying new coffees and liquid grapes.