I recently purchased a new iMac 24″ with 16GB of memory and 1TB of storage. I am supremely confused regarding the two USB-C and two Thunderbolt ports in the rear of the machine. I am elderly and not too computer savvy. About the most taxing task I do is edit short drone videos using Final Cut Pro.
I have four or five small USB peripherals including a dedicated hard drive for video that were plugged in to my eleven-year-old 21.5 iMac. I would like to know what expansion device(s) I need to purchase in order to make all of my stuff work on my new iMac. Do I need a USB-C Hub or Dock and/or a Thunderbolt Hub or Dock or a bunch of Dongles to make everything operate? Also, I notice that the cost of hubs and docks vary widely in price. Can I simple purchase a cheap (<$75) device or do I need to spend $300+. Lastly, I would appreciate an answer using plain English and not computerspeak. What is the difference between a USB-C and Thunderbolt device. I would like to purchase a reasonably priced expansion device with at least three USB outputs? Can you recommend anything? ----- Larry D.