Cables and adapters outfitted with USB-C have been becoming increasingly popular as smartphones and computers alike have adopted the standard, including Apple with its 12-inch Retina MacBook that launched in the spring of 2015. Accessories such as USB drives that make file transfers easier and larger docks have proven for users dealing with Apple’s decision to include just two ports on the MacBook: USB-C and a headphone jack.
NewerTech’s NuPower 60W USB-C Power Adapter is less flashy than some of the new feature-intensive products, but that’s largely a positive. The Power Adapter replaces Apple’s bundled 29W USB-C adapter to charge the MacBook, with the added bonus of a 12W USB-A port to simultaneously charge any traditional USB-powered device — like an iPhone or iPad — from the same adapter.
As a replacement to Apple’s power adapter, NewerTech’s accessory has a slight edge in providing simultaneous charge to a second device, making it a potentially compelling alternative for Retina MacBook owners. The added visual clutter of thicker cables, however, might not be worth the $59.99 price for some people.