Apple has been causing controversy within the world of "working professionals" after releasing the new Macbook Pro laptops and replacing all old ports including USB, HDMI, power, and MiniDisplay, with Thunderbolt 3 ports. To use almost any accessory with your laptop you'll now need to buy a dongle... but the dongle doesn't even work.
Today I was pointed to a video review of the new Macbook Pro 13 that appeared to be filmed in real time, without any editing. The video shows the Macbooks internet dropping out when different dongles are used, it shows the HDMI signal flickering, it shows the USB slot turning on and off, and it shows the entire computer lagging, so much so that the mouse movements aren't even smooth.
After watching this video I assumed that something was wrong with this guys particular laptop or his particular dongle but if you head over to Apple's website you can see the reviews of their dongle. It very well may be the lowest rated product ever made by Apple.
The only issue it that i use it to connect a wacom tablet to my 12" inch macbook, and there is a lag on the tablet, which wacom support says is because of the adapter.
This adapter is making the monitor flicker. If you move the MacBook or the cable my a millimeter the connection fails.
HDMI connections have bad problems with flickering. Can crash the laptop when waking from sleep.
If you do decide to call support, expect to be on the phone for an hour only to be told "try plugging it into another port" on your single port usb-c macbook...
For both adapters, frequent restarts are necessary to get a USB peripheral to be recognized. Unplug from the charger, plug in the adapter and a USB HD, and nothing. Restart the computer and there it is. Until you sleep the computer, that is. Restart again!!
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.
I have had it for 4 days now and the USB connection to my keyboard and mouse has become intermittent.
I've gone through 3 of these already, on the first 2, the charge-thru didn't work, so I couldn't use it with a second peripheral. Now the 3rd has stopped working reliably.
Hopefully this is simply a software issue that can be fixed but many fear that this is an issue with USB-C/Thunderbolt in general. It's not just this particular dongle that has negative reviews. And as we can see from the video, these adapters appear to work on other laptops just fine. Other dongles and adapters seem to have similar issues as well which either means the market is flooded with unreliable adapters or there is something unreliable about USB-C in general. Hopefully Apple will come out with a fix soon.