The IOGEAR Smartlink USB to USB adapter set me back $14, and it’s a pretty simple tool for transferring files back and forth between a Mac and PC. Transfer speeds are limited to USB 2.0 restrictions which isn’t horrible and there isn’t any max file size problems like fat32 formatted drives which makes it pretty handy. Before you say it, yes, I know you could use a crossover cable or possibly wifi to transfer files if you’re a little tech savvy. If you can do that, you won’t be needing this cable.

I am among the handful of people I know that does all of his work on a PC. I often show up to a Macbook pro party and people need a project file, clips, or other major assets. I find that there is a varying degree of computer skills among most of the people I work with and a cable like this simply makes things easier.¬†When you hand someone a USB dongle and say “plug this in” they can usually figure it out. I find the simpler the method is, the less hassle it creates. For $14 it’s been worth it to me.

As I write this, it appears the price has jumped up to $20 on Amazon, there are also some under $10 that aren’t Mac compatible. I wouldn’t pay $50 for this little device, but for under $20 I would say it’s pretty handy to have around.

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