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Dang Dongles: 9 Essential Adapters You’re Bound to Need

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* Use the right adapter to connect your laptop or desktop to your TV
* Give your network more versatility with the right adapter
* Connect an external monitor and take advantage of multiple screens

While there are tons of cool gadgets floating around, sometimes it pays to have a few essentials. After all, there’s nothing worse than showing up to a presentation only to realize your laptop isn’t compatible with the projector. Whether you’re in the market for a basic extension cable or a fancy USB port, these awesome adapters will help keep you connected.

1. USB Extension Cable

Need a little more room for your devices? This six-foot USB extension offers high-speed transfer rates up to 5 Gbps and works with most USB devices. The gold-plated connectors and bare copper conductors offer a more reliable connection while reducing the common strain other USB devices often have.

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2. Headphone Splitter

Share the music, share the love with this easy-to-use headphone splitter. Two separate audio outputs let you plug the splitter into your phone, computer or tablet so you can listen to TV shows, movies and songs with friends.

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3. DVI to HDMI Converter

This convenient two-pack set offers an easy way to connect your computer to older TVs. These gold-plated DVI to HDMI converters are built to last and are able to withstand corrosion. Plus, the grip treads make them extra easy to install.

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4. VicTsing Gold-Plated HDMI to VGA Converter 

This ultra-mini adapter transports video from HDMI compatible device to a monitor or projector with VGA port. A built-in active IC chip converts HDMI digital signal to VGA analog signal. The gold-plated HDMI connector resists corrosion and abrasion while enhancing the signal transmission performance.

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5. Mini DisplayPort to VGA

Project your laptop screen on your TV or set up a second monitor with this mini display port. Sporting the ability to extend your screen’s display, the point-to-point transmission means all you have to do is plug it in and you’re good to go.

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6. Mini DisplayPort to HDMI

Need to connect your laptop to your TV? This Thunderbolt to HDMI adapter is small enough to fit in your pocket, and it’s easy enough to plug in and use immediately. Offering 1080P HD video and crisp audio, this display port is great to keep at home or take with you on the go.

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7. Bluetooth USB Adapter

Turn your old Windows computer into a Bluetooth-enabled device instantly with this portable adapter. With the ability to connect up to six devices simultaneously, this USB adapter is a great and easy way to sync your different devices.

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8. Wireless WiFi Adapter

With a WiFi signal distance of more than 100 meters, this powerful adapter works with both Mac and Windows devices and offers high-speed data rates. Make sure you install the software first before you plug the adapter in, that way the installation process will only take a few minutes.

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9. USB-C Combo Hub for New MacBooks

Macs may be awesome, but some models fall a little short when it comes to USB ports. Luckily, this portable USB combo hub is a safe and easy way to connect more devices instantly. Featuring 3 USB ports and an SD memory card reader, this useful little hub is also small enough to fit in your pocket.

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