Sir Apfelot Blog

15 July 2022
Thunderbolt 4

Information and alternatives to the Apple Thunderbolt 4 Pro cable

What is Thunderbolt 4? How is it different from previous generations? Which cables should I buy? Do I absolutely have to use the Apple Thunderbolt 4 Pro cable? Here is a brief overview of the features […]
9 November 2017
UHD display for MacBook Pro Thunderbolt 3 Thunderbold connection

4K monitors with Thunderbolt and USB-C

Are you looking for 4K monitors with Thunderbolt and USB-C that you can compare and for which you can read customer opinions / reviews? Then you are right here! Because I have some 4K UHD monitors with Thunderbolt, [...]
13 January 2017
Thunderbolt 3, USB C 3.1, VGA, HDMI, 40 GBit / s, 4K display, 5K monitor, data transfer

Thunderbolt 3: Apple interface for USB C, video, data, power and all kinds of gadgets

Thunderbolt 3 is the third generation of the interface developed by Apple and Intel, which in its current form (e.g. on the MacBook Pro 2016) is not only compatible with USB C (USB 3.1), but also [...]
13 September 2015
Thunderbolt cable

Is there a difference between Thunderbolt 1 and Thunderbolt 2 cables?

Since I just bought a Thunderbolt monitor from LG (LG 29UC97-S - as an alternative to the Thunderbolt monitor from Apple) that supports Thunderbolt 2, the question arose whether you should get an older one (approx. 2-3 years old ) [...]
14 January 2015
Elgato Thunderbolt 2 Dock

Thunderbolt Docks in comparison: Elgato, Belkin, Matrox - which one should I use?

Since I've been working on the MacBook Pro retina, I've been toying with buying a Thunderbolt dock for a long time. These small boxes are extremely practical when you have to have various peripherals plugged into the MacBook, but [...]
20 March 2014
Scope of delivery of the G-Drive hard disk

G-Drive 4TB Thunderbolt and USB3 hard drive in the practical test

I was kindly provided with a model of the G-Drive hard drives from G-Technology. Before people say "Ah, he'll get the record and write a positive review for it": No, unfortunately I only have the record [...]
12 February 2014
G drive

New from G-Technology: external hard drives with Thunderbolt interface

The target group of the new hard disks from G-Technology is certainly not the "normal" end user, because the external storage media, thanks to the support of the Thunderbolt interface, are more for users who require high data throughput. [...]
15 November 2013
Icon ask Sir Apfelot

Is Thunderbolt faster than USB 3?

Question: I would be interested in whether the Thunderbolt interface is now faster or slower than USB 3. I ask because I want to buy an external hard drive and am unsure which port it should have. Answer: In [...]
15 November 2013
USB 3 or Thunderbolt

External Hard Drive - Better USB 3 or Thunderbolt?

External hard drives are often bought to store files, to back up the iPhone or iMovie library or to be used as a TimeMachine volume. With current Macs, the question arises whether you would rather [...]
9 January 2013
LaCie Thunderbolt eSATA Hub

LaCie Thunderbolt eSATA hub

The LaCie eSATA TB Hub offers interesting options for connecting fast external hard drives to a Mac with a Thunderbolt port. In addition to the power connector, there is also a number of other interfaces on the back of the stylish device: He [...]