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USBC to USB3 adaptor...pleasantly surprised!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 February 2020
Due to my old MacBook Pro frying its graphics chip, I've been forced to purchase a newer model (decided on a 2018) which of course comes equipped with 4 x USBC ports. I have amassed a collection of cables which plugged into my old MacBook utilising USB2, USB3, RJ45 and mini Display Port, so the problem was how am I going to use all my peripherals without running out of ports or purchasing lots of new cables. Well, part of the answer was to purchase these Nonda USB3 to USBC adaptors.
I'd never heard of Nonda, but based on their small size (approx 16mm width) they looked ideal to terminate my USB3 cables. Good value at 2 in a pack for £8.60, but to be honest I didn't have high hopes for the quality. However, they arrived very quickly and I was pleasantly surprised on opening the simple but adequate packaging, that the case is machined aluminium with a silky smooth anodised finish...very nice indeed. The colour blends well with the Space Gray Macbook Pro, but not an exact match...this isn't a problem for me.
So do they work? Yes perfectly! Pushed them onto the ends of my USB 2 and 3 cables and plugged them in the MacBook where they entered the socket with a firm push ending in an audible and tactile click. Nice and secure! As always the USB2/3 cable is a reasonably secure push fit into the adaptor, it could be pulled out if you tried hard enough, but if its critical it doesn't get removed, I would personally tape it to the adaptor. This is a failing of USB 2/3 design and no reflection on the Nonda product. On each side of the adaptor are some very finely knurled grip panels. I'm guessing this is pressed or cast into the surface, not as sharp as cut knurling but does the job equally and perfect for grasping the adaptor when removing.
It's worth noting that you can't fit two of these adaptors side by side in the MacBook as there isn't enough room between the two USBC inputs.
On the basis of the above I would certainly recommend them but I can't comment on the durability of of these small adaptors as I've only just received them, but they look like they will last. Almost forgot, if you register them on the Nonda website, you get an additional 2 years warranty...so 3 years warranty in all. 👍