What extras will you need?
Docks and adaptors to expand your options
Apple captured headlines when it introduced its USB-C MacBook back in 2015. With just one port, it meant you could use one peripheral at a time, or none with the charger plugged in.
If you’ve got a single-port MacBook, an expansion hub can make a massive difference. Apple sells a Belkin USB-C hub with four USB-A ports for $69.95, and there are many similar options.
Apple has migrated many Macs to USB-C. So, if you use USB-A accessories, your new Mac might not have ports to connect them. The iMac still has four USB-A ports, but we can’t say what’ll happen with the future Mac Pro and Mac mini. The MacBook and MacBook Pro have no USB-A ports.
While individual adaptors (such as USB-A to USB-C, allowing you to hook up your older peripherals) are great for portability, a larger dock is often more practical, especially if you don’t move around much.
If you’re still running older tech such as FireWire hard drives, it’s worth investing in newer kit with modern connections, rather than buying lots of adaptors for it — especially storage that might be near the end of its life.
Adaptors are good if you need portability, otherwise consider a hub or dock.