By Malcolm Owen
Tuesday, January 31, 2017, 09:05 am PT (12:05 pm ET)
Accessory producer Scosche has launched the USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter, a dongle for MacBook that offers users a HDMI port for connecting a 1080p monitor or television, a function offered by previous generations of Apple portable computers.
The new hub uses a USB-C connection on a short cable to connect to the MacBook Pro, and has three ports for connecting other devices. For those wanting to transfer data to an iPhone or iPad, or wish to use devices using previous versions of USB with their MacBook, the adapter includes a single USB Type-A port.
Conflicting information suggests that the adapter supports 4K resolution, but Scosche has confirmed to AppleInsider that only 1080p is supported.
The third connection offered is a USB-C port, allowing it to be used in tandem with other USB-C devices. Aside from offering data transfers through the connection, the USB-C port can also be used to provide power to a MacBook for charging. It is not immediately clear if it provides sufficient power for the 87W MacBook Pro, however.
Scosche’s product may be seen as less useful than other USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 docking systems launched by other manufacturers in the recent past, with offerings from Elgato, CalDigit, Henge, and others offering a multitude of connectivity options. The reduced port selection of Scosche’s adaptor may win over some customers simply wanting to connect a TV to their MacBook, as well as the relatively low price tag compared to other options.
The Scosche USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter is available to buy now from the company’s store, priced at $59.99.