What cable/dongle/hub should we use with a MacBook Pro 2016 + 4K @ 60hz?

OZsMac

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Hi All,

My rather wonderful MacBook Pro 13" 2016 with Touchbar arrived yesterday, and price aside (Au$) it is rather perfect.

At home I have a Samsung 4k monitor, that supports HDMI 2.0 and also DisplayPort, meaning that I have two options to get 4k running at 60hz.

My question is, what cable/dongle/hub would we recommend, I can't find any "mainstream" solutions right now (most of the premium branded stuff is "coming soon").

Ideally it would be something like the Apple HDMI dongle (that I can't believe is only HDMI 1.4b, meaning only 30hz) that also has power and a legacy USB-3 B port (this would be all I need for a single USB 3 cable docking solution).

PS - Or if someone has experience in 4k at 30hz that tells me it doesn't matter (I don't play games, but do get caught up with screen artefacts or re-fresh issues), I'll just get the Apple dongle and be done with it.
 

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Re: MacBook Pro 2016 + 4K @ 60hz | what cable/dongle/hub to use

I have looked a little into this and you are right...they are all coming soon. It sucks. I think the Belkin and Plugable TB3.1 docks have the most promise. Plugable does have a USB-C DisplayLink dock that is supposed to work, but I have seen posts on issues with Sierra. If I am able to get a machine, this will be my next purchase, as I having good displays and connection options is nice. They are pricy, though.
 

OZsMac

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Thanks for the reply, it's a shame that Apple didn't figure this out from launch, why they don't have a thunderbolt 3 HDMI 2.0 dongle seems like a big oversight, especially given 4K is now accessible to many more people (certainly more than 5k).