Much of the reason why I love my 12″ MacBook is because of how lightweight and thin it is. This does come at a cost, though, which is that it only has two ports; a USB-C input and headphone jack. The fact that it only has those two is slightly frustrating, though I knew that this was the case going into it. Apple does make an adapter for the laptop that has additional inputs, however, there is a sleeker and more cost effective option available too. That is the KADi Port, a 12″ MacBook adapter with a super clean design.
Attaching to the MacBook seamlessly, the KADi Port feels just like a natural extension of the computer. The lightweight device sits flush against it, plugging directly into the USB-C input, and doesn’t protrude over or below the laptop. It’s become a near-permanent fixture on my computer as I find myself using it so frequently. The HDMI input is indispensable, as I use it a lot in work meetings and for presentations. It’s also able to support 4k resolution so I can hook it up to a 4k monitor for a crystal clear picture.
The KADi Port also features a USB-C charging only input, which is found at the back of the device. This is a clever design idea as it reduces a lot of cable mess if you have a few things plugged in at the same time. Another USB-C input in the port allows for charging as well as data transfer, which I get a lot of use out of. Transferring things between my MacBook and hard drives, as well as between hard drives tends to drain the battery quite quickly. I no longer find this an issue though as I’m able to charge the laptop at the same time now too. Rounded out by a standard USB 3 port, the KADi Port has really enhanced the functionality of my MacBook.
The small and compact KADi Port is crafted from polycarbonate frame, which is strong but remains really lightweight. One of my favourite parts about it is that it has no cables itself, though cables will be plugged into it. This gives it a much cleaner look and makes it easier to transport. A small issue that I’ve encountered is that I worry it may snap off while it’s plugged into the MacBook. As such I only use it on flat surfaces like a desk or table and don’t risk using it when laying in bed.
The brand behind the Port, KADi Creative also make other super functional tech accessories, one being the Travellers Cable. The 1.5m long USB-C to USB 3 cable is another must-have, whether you’re a MacBook owner or not. More and more tech brands are moving towards standardising USB-C in devices, especially smartphones, so an adapter such as the Travellers Cable is essential if you want to keep using old chargers. Moreover, its length is ideal and means you can use your devices pretty freely while they’re plugged in. Its good looks are also a bonus, with leather and brass detailing.
The KADi Port is the ultimate 12″ MacBook accessory that increases the laptop’s functionality without taking anything away from its looks or portability. A completely indispensable addition to the computer, once you have it, you’ll wonder how you ever managed before it.