USB C Hub VS Thunderbolt Dock For Your MacBook or iPad Pro

So. do you really need a Thunderbolt dock for your MacBook or iPad Pro, or indeed any Mac desktop or Windows laptop or desktop that has Thunderbolt ports? Or, is a USB C hub all that you need?

In this video I explain what the differences are between a USB C hub and Thunderbolt dock for their HDMI output, USB sockets, ethernet and USB C power input and power pass through.

Don’t forget, any Mac, iPad or Windows PC that has Thunderbolt 3 or 4 connections will also accept USB C on those ports as well and USB C hubs are usually a lot cheaper than Thunderbolt docks.

In this video I use the terms Dock & Hub interchangeably as they are described as being the same, the only difference is if they are USB C or Thunderbolt docks or hubs.

So the question you need to ask yourself is. Do you really need spend on something that you don’t need or use?

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Amazon Links To Stuff Used In This Video:
iPad Pro M1 2021:
MacBook Pro M1 Max:
Dockteck USB C hub:

Apple Computers:
M1 Max MacBook Pro USA
M1 Pro MacBook Pro USA
M1 Max MacBook Pro Amazon UK
Mac Mini M1 (2020)
MacBook Pro M1 (2020)
MacBook Air M1 (2020)
iMac M1 (2021)

iPhones and peripherals.
iPhone 13 Pro Max
iPhone 13 Pro
iPhone 13
iPhone 13 Mini

iPads and Apple peripherals.
iPad Pro M1 (2021) 11 inch
iPad Pro M1 (2021) 12.9 inch
iPad Mini 6 (2021)
iPad Air 4 (2020)
iPad 9 (2021)
Magic Keyboard 11 inch
Magic Keyboard 5th Gen 12.9 inch
Pencil 2
USB C to headphone adapter
Lightning to headphone adapter

3rd party iPad peripherals.
ESR tempered glass screen protectors for all current iPads.
iPad Pro 2018/2020/2021 & Air 4
iPad Mini 6 (2021)
iPad 9 (2021) & 8th 7th Gen
CableCreation USB C to HDMI cable
CableCreation USB C to DisplayPort cable

Recorded on a Sony ZV-1:
& Sony FDR-AX100:

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  1. hahahaha! It's been a pleasure sponsoring this video!!! I appreciate the plug! This is probably a dumb question but the USB C port is for charging only? Or charging AND data?


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