I have a 2017 13" Macbook Pro. Sadly, there are only 2 USB type C ports and 1 of them is for charging. I need at least 1x USB and 1x Thunderbolt 2 (for external Monitor). I bought a USB C -> Thunderbolt 2 adapter for $50 bucks...and honestly it feels like a complete rip off. I'm hoping for a similar product at this price with more than 1 connection.

Bonus for a dock with a charging light. The closest thing I've found has no Thunderbolt 2 and terrible reviews. I'd like to at least obtain parity with my 2014 MBP before I consider keeping this laptop.

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I am basing my answer off this statement in your question:

I need at least 1x USB and 1x Thunderbolt (for external Monitor)

What you need is a USB-C Multi Port Adapter with Power Delivery. This will connect via the USB-C port, give you an HDMI port for video, USB 3.0 ports for expansion and another USB-C port for charging.

As far as the adapter that you previously bought is concerned, you bought a "Thunderbolt 2/3 converter." What you needed was a Thunderbolt or USB to display (HDMI, DispayPort, VGA, etc.)

It's important to note that the ports on your MacBook are Thunderbolt 3 ports with USB-C connectors. USB-C is the physical specification of the port while Thunderbolt is the protocol.

  • I clarified the question. 1x Thunderbolt 2. This one gives me another Thunderbolt 3 port, which will not work with my external TB 2 based monitor. Well, on second thought if I kept my $50 adapter and also bought this $50 dollar adapter then it works. $100 is the best option I've seen so far. Just have to carry 2 adapters around. Commented May 3, 2017 at 23:52
  • What monitor? Is it a Thunderbolt monitor? Specific make and model, please.
    – Allan
    Commented May 3, 2017 at 23:55
  • On your update, the adapter I purchased is correct. Some monitors use a Thunderbolt 2 adapter which I recently discovered is also coined "mini DVI" or "mini displayPort" in some places. They are pretty common. Commented May 3, 2017 at 23:56

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