Thursday, March 15, 2018

It's 2018, and dongle hell is still real and horrible

It's 2018, and dongle hell is still real and horrible:-

Apple has reduced the variety and number of ports on its devices over the last few years, and a side effect is we now live in dongle hell.

It's 2018, and the No. 1 issue I have with the multitude of Apple products I own is not how fast they work or how well they're built: it's the fact that they all come with the wrong connectors. 

This seemed like a temporary problem, or one that could get fixed by throwing money at new peripherals, accessories, and yes, more dongles. But it didn't — it just keeps getting worse. 
Here's a sample of what I'm dealing with. My iPhone X doesn't have a headphone jack, and I keep forgetting the tiny Lightning-to-3.5mm-audio-connector dongle that came with it. Theoretically, everything should be wireless by now, but it's not. Yes, I have a pair of wireless headphones, but my best headphones are a wire-only model. In fact, I constantly deal with gadgets that don't support the Lightning connector or any sort of wireless connection. My old Denon receiver. My 2008 Ford Focus. A pair of old Logitech speakers in a homemade gym that I share with some friends. 
In the end, I "fixed" this problem by constantly carrying an Android phone with a headphone jack, stocked up with music. Guess I'm a two-phones guy now.
The situation is worse with my 2017 Touch Bar MacBook Pro. It's connected to two external monitors, an external hard drive, a card reader, a keyboard and a mouse (because, yes, I prefer wired mice to wireless mice) via an absolute mess of two hubs and a multitude of various dongles and adapters. 
I knew this would happen — I wrote about it a little over a year ago — but the situation is way worse than I anticipated. I just didn't expect I'd need so many accessories that aren't USB-C in my daily life. In addition to all of the above, I currently have an old Epson laser printer, a Blue Yeti mic and a bunch of USB sticks (USB-A, of course). 
Guess how many USB-C accessories I own, or use daily? None. 
It's not just a matter of owning all these dongles and cables (though I did pay a pretty penny for them). This situation is making my user experience a lot worse. Whenever I connect a USB stick into one of the hubs, all of my screens go black for a second. Lights flicker. Some of the connected gadgets inevitably disconnect. After a few seconds, it typically all gets back to normal, but it feels like it's now just 
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