The picture below shows how my desk looks after I got my new Mac Book Pro (2017). The bright adapter is for USB, HDMI, USB-C and Ethernet. The darker adapter is from USB-C to Mini Display Port.

Not quite satisfying situation with cables and adapters

It's not quite satisfying to have a bunch of cables and adapters right in the middle of the desk. So I'm looking for a solution so that I can put all the adapters and their connected devices to a hidden spot, and just connect them with one (or two) cables to the laptop.

Basically, I would need either an USB-C extension coord or a hub from USB-C to USB-C. Is there anything available?


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USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 are different protocol in a same physical connector.

For a USB-C hub you can't support both DP(4K 60Hz) and USB 3.0.

A Thunderbolt 3 Hub will be far more expensive than a USB-C Hub. Unless you are ready to pay for it, it might be better to stick on your current configuration.


This product worked well for me:


It is the OWC Thunderbolt 3 dock. It connects via 1 Thunderbolt 3 cable to your MacBook Pro while allowing you to conncect your mini-display port, ethernet and USB cables. It even charges the MacBook Pro (though only at 60W).

You can buy longer Thunderbolt 3 cables for it which will allow you to hide it underneath the desk.


You can't daisy-chain USB-C, so your best bet is get a USB-C extension cable. Also, you'll need 2 of them since 1 does not provide enough bandwidth for your 2 displays.

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