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Satechi Slim Aluminum Type-C Multi-Port Adapter review: Get this if you want to quickly connect your new MacBook to a large TV

The Good Compact with a smart design. Adds two USB 3.0 ports and a 4K-capable HDMI port via USB-C.

The Bad There's no SD card slot and it's kind of pricey. The device's USB-C port can't transfer data and can only be used for charging.

The Bottom Line A pricey but useful adapter for anyone who wants to use a MacBook but see the results on a much bigger screen.

The Slim Aluminum Type-C Multi-Port Adapter from Satechi is a small dongle that turns a USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 port into an HDMI port, capable of delivering 4K video to any large-screen TV.

What's more, it also has two USB 3.0 ports to connect regular USB devices, like an iPhone, an iPad or a thumbdrive, to your laptop at the same time.

If you use a 12-inch MacBook, which has only one USB-C port, it's helpful that the adapter also has a USB-C port of its own for pass-through charging (you connect your MacBook's power cord to the adapter and it charges your computer) but you can't use the port to transfer data.

The adapter worked well. I liked the fact that it connects to a computer via a short 5.5-inch cable, giving it some flexibility when I moved the laptop around a bit so nothing became accidentally unplugged. An SD card slot would have been a nice addition, but if you can live without that slot, the adapter is well worth its current cost of $60.

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