USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 accessories with Apple’s new MacBook Air

Apple finally debuts its long-awaited new Retina MacBook Air last Tuesday. As many anticipate, the new MacBook Air, drop with legacy ports in favor of USB-C. While the transition where USB-C bounds bumpy MacBook Air users open the MacBook up hosts new accessories and peripherals.

Read on as we round up some of the MacBook Air accessories with USB-C & Thunderbolt 3.

One important thing, USB-C ports with new MacBook Air is with Thunderbolt 3 has the capability with somewhat surprises, a  12-inch MacBook features USB-C connectivity, but dual-port also capable of Thunderbolt 3.

As noted, full MacBook lineup, a 12-inch MacBook’s USB-C port maxes out throughput 5 Gbps, where Retina MacBook Air’s Thunderbolt 3/USB-C port maxes out at 40 Gbps and supports USB 3.1 Gen 2, enables speed with up to 10 Gbps for non-Thunderbolt 3 accessories

USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 Hubs:

The most common accessory where USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 enables Macs is a hub. These hubs bring legacy ports with MacBook Air, such as USB-A, HDMI, and more.

The ultra-portable MacBook Air,  something relatively small and easy keeps bag all the time. Our top pick is the 8-port VAVA USB-C Hub.

This hub achieves a relatively small footprint, includes HDMI, 3 USB-A ports, an SD card slot, a microSD card slot, USB-C, and 1Gbps Ethernet support. While it’s not Thunderbolt 3-enabled, it’s an affordable, versatile, and well-reviewed USB-C hub that won’t take up too much extra space in your bag. Buy the VAVA USB-C Hub on Amazon for $59.99.

Thus there are Apple worth noting sell their own multi-port USB-C adapter for $60 where USB-C input, HDMI, and USB-A, not versatile with many third-party options, but want someone straight from Apple, a good choice.

Other USB-C hubs for MacBook Air:

HyperDrive USB-C Hub – $89.99

Lenovo USB-C Hub Ultra Slim – $34.99

Anker 7-in-1 USB-C Hub – $69.99

Aukey USB-C Hub with 4 USB-A ports – $14.99

Thus Thunderbolt 3 enables something pended with higher performance, spends more and generally with a larger footprint. A popular option is Cable Matter Thunderbolt 4 dock. Thus with the dock includes 60W power delivery, HDMI 2.0, an SD card reader, 5 USB-A ports, 2 Thunderbolt 3 ports, and Gigabit Ethernet.

The Cable Matters Thunderbolt 3 dock pricier than USB-C alternatives which is far more power with versatility. Pick it up for $249.99 on Amazon.


Apple thus says new MacBook Air, has the capability of an external display with 5120×2880 along with two external displays with 4096×2304. Since Apple’s exit is from the display market in 2016, where there are things, which is a bit messy for Apple users. While the company plots return, a new external display in 2019, is where few third-party options which is worth noting.

The Thunderbolt 3 displays market virtually nonexistent or so it seems. The best option for many is where there are Apple fans in LG UltraFine 5K, Apple selling a whopping $1,299.95. While the display, flaws beginning, turned into a viable option with the one for Mac users.

The LG Ultra-Fine 5K far features three additional USB-C ports and ThunderBolt 3 port for video and power delivery. Hence with no USB-A ports, where connectivity options still pick up one of the aforementioned docks expands connectivity.

While Thunderbolt 3 display market limits, with several USB-C options looking here where a single-cable solution, uses USB-C cable draws power and transmit video.

There are options of LG 27UD88-W, where 27-inch 4K monitor comes with USB-C connectivity. With most attractive monitor which is designed, where 4K IPS monitor far more affordable with LG UltraFine 5K, thus far come at $545.94 on Amazon.


Hence, USB-C MacBooks ability provides added power with external power bank. The Retina MacBook Air draws 30W of power charges, several options on the market for users.

Our top pick comes with one of the favorite accessory makers, Anker. Thus PowerCore+ portable charger is with 26,800mAh adds juice with some extra battery life with MacBook Air with iPhone, iPad, other USB-C accessory available for $129.99 on Amazon.

Other cables & accessories

If there are outfit where there are cable collection with USB-C has a great time does it. If there is an iPhone user, picks up, Apple’s USB-C to Lightning cable available in 1m for $19 or 2m for $35.

Apple thus starts selling Apple Watch charger with USB-C connectivity where there is perfect travel companion at just 0.3m and $29.

Another accessory needed is with a USB-C flash drive. We hereby thus have fans of SanDisk’s 128GB option at just $32.76.

Hence with last pick up, a few single adapter cables, there are Amazon Basics USB-C to USB-A female adapter just for $7.99.  If someone thus has micro-USB accessories lies around, where there are $6.99 Cable Matters USB-C to microUSB cable.