Hands-On: Nonda USB-C to USB 3.0 Mini Adapter for MacBook Pro [PICS]

If you’ve ordered a new MacBook Pro from Apple, you know it’s all about Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C ports only. Apple currently has slashed its cables by 25% to help early adopters adhere to #donglelife. Prior to the price drop, we ordered the nonda USB-C to USB-A mini adapter in Space Gray, which the German company claims is the “world’s smallest.”

Here are some unboxing and hands-on pictures below.

As you can see, the packaging is very minimal and small, like the adapter itself:

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The adapter pretty much can hide behind a Toonie, that’s how small it is (and how easy it will be to lose):

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The USB-A part of the adapter was a tight squeeze for our Apple Lightning cable. We purchased this adapter so we would be able to charge our iPhone 7 Plus on our Mac or plug in other USB-A accessories:

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Now when we tried to pull the Lightning cable’s USB end out, the tight fit broke our connector, dislodging the plastic from the metal casing. As of writing, we need to get some pliers to take the metal part out of the nonda adapter. I don’t know if Apple’s quality is to blame, or the nonda for fitting so frickin’ tight. Maybe a bit of both here, but I’ve never seen one of my Apple Lightning cables do this.

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After experiencing the damage seen to our cable, this $10.99 adapter is going back to Amazon.ca and we’re going to order one from Apple instead at the discounted price of $10 with free shipping (until Dec. 31, 2016).

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  • Thanks for posting this! I currently have the apple one but was thinking about returning it for this Nonda one. Rethinking that now. ????

  • Update: pliers took the metal usb casing out easily. But for the same price go with Apple.

  • It’s just there’s SUCH a big size difference. ????

  • True. I guess once you have it on your usb it doesn’t really need to come off, hence the snug fit. I’m just miffed it ruined my cable!

  • Chris Kim

    Wow I literally just bought this exact Nonda one a few days ago, in anticipation for the new MBP. I liked how compact it was (vs the Apple adapters which are much longer, more like dongles or “cable extensions”).

    I’ll definitely be careful when unplugging the USB-A end!

  • I do like the compact build…super tiny footprint versus Apple’s dongle.
    Speaking of the Apple’s USB-A adapter…ordered yesterday after I published this post and this morning it has already shipped.

  • Scuzzy

    I believe Apple’s USB-C to USB-A adapter is 2.0 specs… so that is a factor when considering these adapters as well.
    I went with the HDMI & USB-A 3.1 all in one adapter from Best Buy with a price match from Apple’s site. Over $40 off the regular price 🙂

  • I didn’t even think about those USB 2.0 speeds! Hmm…may need to make a switch!

    Is this what you got?
    http://www.apple.com/ca/shop/product/MJ1K2AM/A/usb-c-digital-av-multiport-adapter

  • Scuzzy

    Yes!
    I don’t have anything USB-C yet, but I figure I’ll use it eventually… 😉