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Beware the Hidden Cost of Apple’s New MacBook

Hidden Cost of that new MacBook

The new MacBook was introduced at Apple’s March 2015 event (along with the much hyped Apple Watch), and it is undeniably beautiful. Cutting edge design and engineering make for an attractive new laptop. But cutting edge can go both ways, so be sure to consider the full impact of buying such a forward-thinking device.

Really, this warning only comes down to one issue, but it’s significant: The USB port.

Apple has implemented the new USB-C (or USB Type C) port on the new MacBook. Besides the headphone jack, there are no other ports on this laptop.

So what does this mean?

First, your full-size USB mouse, flash drive, and external hard drive will not directly connect to this laptop. You’re going to need an adapter. So the MacBook’s cost of ownership will go up just a bit.

Second, you will not be able to have any peripherals connected to the MacBook while it is charging. It’s a relatively small issue, but it will probably come up sooner or later for most owners.

So what’s the cost of those USB-C adapters?

Depending on that you need, the offerings from Apple start at $19 and go up to $79. The USB-C to USB adapter will probably be the most popular add-on item at $19. The USB-C audio visual multiport adapter is going to $79. But keep in mind that the MacBook can connect to an Apple TV via AirPlay. And at $69, the Apple TV is now less expensive than that AV adapter.

Go figure!