Plugable’s cheap new USB-C adapters look handy as heck

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Plugable USB-C adapter for HDMI monitors.
A small and inexpensive new Plugable USB-C adapter connects to an HDMI display.
Photo: Pluggable

Plugable on Tuesday launched four USB-C adapters for connecting Macs and iPad Pros to a range of monitor types, and Ethernet too. Unlike the many multiport adapters on the market, each of Plugable’s offerings handles a single job. But they are inexpensive and portable.

Plugable USB-C adapters for a range of needs

There are versions for three types of monitor. An HDMI adapter supports 4K at up to 3840-by-2160 pixels at 30Hz. A DisplayPort adapter supports 4K at 60Hz, while a VGA adapter offers 1920-by-1200 pixels at 60Hz. And the Ethernet adapter supports wired connections up to 1Gbps.

All four new Plugable adapters are available now for $14.95 on Amazon with a $2 launch coupon. For a pricing comparison, Apple’s USB-C VGA Multiport Adapter has more features, but costs $69. Its very similar Ethernet adapter is $29.

Plug-and-play convenience

These adapters can be plugged into the USB Type-C/ Thunderbolt 3 ports on all recent Macs and iPad Pro models. Using these Plugable USB-C adapters for an external monitor or Ethernet doesn’t require installing a driver.

They’re built to withstand thousands of bends, and use flat, tangle-resistant cables. Each is under 2 inches in size and weigh less than a AA battery.