It’s time to stop complaining about the MacBook Pro’s ports

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The new MacBook Pros forego all traditional ports for Thunderbolt 3 via USB-C connectors, and that’s caused af consternation among the Apple fanbase and ridicule from the Windows front. Both sides are unjustified.

USB-C and Thunderbolt 3 are awesome

Let’s get this straight: USB-C  is a great connector. In fact, it’s the best port we’ve ever had.

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It’s as small as Micro USB, but more durable. It allows laptops like the new MacBooks and HP Spectre to be thinner than they could be with traditional USB Type-A, without the fear of your ports snapping off like they always seemed to do with MicroUSB.

On the other hand USB-C is also flat-out faster: When equipped with Thunderbolt 3, as all four of the ports on the new MacBook Pros are, it’s capable of 40 Gbps throughput, versus 10 Gbps on the quickest USB-A ports.

That throughput allows USB-C to power desktop-class external graphics cards, like on the Razer Blade Stealth (an omission I already miss on my Surface Book). It allows you to connect an external monitor, use it as a USB-hub, and provide power with a singular cable.

You can charge your computer on any of the available ports, on either side of the computer. It allows for higher quality audio than 3.5mm ports on many devices. Basically, it does everything as good or better than what’s commonly available.

Oh, and it’s reversible.