Apple’s decision to move to Thunderbolt 3/USB-C in its new MacBook Pro with Touch bar models generated some heat but is also fostering a boom in MacBook Pro hubs. These hubs are designed to add support for earlier flavors of USB, Lightning, HDMI and other interconnect standards.
I recently purchased a MacBook Pro, and wrote a brief review on it. I’d been doing some research on Thunderbolt 3/USB-C hubs, when I came across this article. The Elgato Thunderbolt 3 hub looks pretty great, and essential if you end up buying the new LG UltraFine 5K Display. Which, as I wrote a few days ago is one of your two options if you want a retina 27-inch display.
I don’t understand buying the OWC DEC unless you’re interested in being transported back to 2005 when MacBook Pros were three inches thick. The HyperDrive doesn’t make sense either. I want to connect the hub to the back of a monitor, not my laptop. Second, if the placement of the USB-C connections is moved, or if it’s upgraded to four on each side in a later iteration, this product is immediately obsolete.
In the end, none of these options is really ideal per se, but the Elgato Thunderbolt 3 hub is about as close as we’ll get in this weird and awkward transition period.