Trying to work with USB-C / Thunderbolt devices like MacBook Pro or iPad Mini can usually require dongles to use accessories you use quite often .
Here are four of my favorite current USB-C accessories that obviously don't need an adapter to use, and are well appreciated accessories. Watch our handy video to see each of these products in use.
JTC425 three-monitor stand
The first item in no particular order is JTC425 three-month mounting stand from j5Create. It's a Type C 8-in-1 docking station that's perfect to use with anything like the MacBook Air or Pro.
The port selection includes 5 USB 3.0 Type A ports, 3 USB-C ports, and an HDMI port that supports 4K UHD up to 30 Hz. One of the Type-C ports supports Power Supply 3.0, so it can charge your MacBook while it is in use.
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The design is my favorite part of the rack in general. It is built with a hand-made grainy wooden surface that is sturdy and can support up to 40 kg. The legs of the stand are made of solid silver aluminum. The stand has a very "Apple" aesthetic which is something I'm a big fan of. It was incredibly easy to set up, and it took about five minutes to do it.
The only thing I do with the stand is that all the ports are connected to a module, even though the stand has a cutout for a module on both sides. I'd like to see that half the gates were part of a separate module that you had access to on the other side of the rack. But as far as my use goes, it's not that big a deal and something I can live with.
For a price of $ 139.99, I'd say It's worth it if the port selection and design pleases you, because it's something you would theoretically use daily. However, j5Create 9to5Mac provided a 15% off code (YTMS15) that you can use when purchasing the booth on their website. Given that discount, I would highly recommend picking one up.
If you have been looking for a mid-range microphone with USB-C, you can no longer look. Beyerdynamic FOX is one of the best in its class. It has a light, elegant and portable design. It even comes with a clip-pop filter, which is something microphones that Blue Yeti doesn't have in the box.
The controls and button layout are nothing out of the ordinary. You have a mute button and 3.5mm port for monitoring headphones, as well as a few rings to fine-tune the volume and headphone volume. There is also a gain switch on the back just above the USB-C port. The folding stand, although made of plastic, is very sturdy and should not break on you in most use cases.
As far as sound quality goes, I have been very pleased with my results. It has better sound quality than anything like the Blue Yeti or Rode NT USB. The only problem anyone can get from the typical USB capacitor microphone is volume.
Compared to Blue Yeti or Rode NT USB, the gain is naturally very low, and something you can't reasonably use for conference calls and stuff like that. It is intended to be used mainly for instrumentals, vocal performances and voice-over work. But for the current $ 140 price point, it's a bargain if your needs fit within those parameters.
Logitech Craft recently had a $ 169.99 price drop from the MSRP of $ 199.99. And at that price point, it's still a very expensive keyboard, but well worth it. This is why.
Craft is not only wireless and full-sized, it is also backlit. Key travel is very similar to Pre-Thunderbolt 3 generation MacBook's. There are many journeys, and each key is offset, giving your fingers a nice place to rest.
The star of the show with Craft is the custom feature selector. It can be programmed to provide operating system shortcuts and specific applications such as Adobe Photoshop. In addition to using the Logitech Options software, you can customize many other keys on the craft.
There are also some shortcut buttons above the numpad to take screenshots, open the calculator, and lock the Mac. These three shortcuts are all buttons I personally use on a daily basis. Craft can also be paired with up to three devices at the same time, using either Bluetooth or standard Logitech Unifying receiver.
Given the price point, the keyboard, while made of plastic, still feels very high. And there's an aluminum chassis on the top that holds the battery and provides most of the weight for the keyboard. The battery usually lasts about two weeks in my experience. But when you're ready to charge or sync, there's a USB-C port right on the back.
Overall, anything above $ 150 for a keyboard is a hefty investment, but if you're looking for the most functional and reliable keyboard you can use with a Mac that has USB-C , I would not steer you in any other direction.
Nonda USB-C to USB-A adapter
Finally on this list of USB-C accessories is the USB 3.0 Type-C to A dongle from Nonda. There is nothing really special about this dongle, but it is only $ 10 depending on the color scheme and is very reliable.
It is made with aluminum construction and has a LED indicator in the corner so you know when it is on and in use. It also has a silver color, space gray and gold color option for those who use it with a MacBook.
This is a really great product for the minimalist who just needs a USB-C port customized, and I would recommend picking one up for the sake of convenience. On a day when you just need your USB flash drive with you, you can throw it in your bag as opposed to a larger USB-C-7-in-1 hub.
Let us know your thoughts on this USB-C accessory in the comment section below! Do you pick up any of these?