Google engineer starts reviewing USB Type C cables: here are the best ones to buy
posted by Victor H. / Nov 05, 2015, 9:32 AM
Are you looking to buy a new USB Type C cable?
The new connector is great: it's reversible, so you don't have to think which way to plug it, and depending on the protocol it can deliver more power and faster data transfers.
Not all USB Type C cables are the sameHowever, not all USB Type C cables are built the same, or rather - not all of them are built properly. Google engineer Benson Leung, who has worked on products like the Google Pixel laptop/tablet that use the new type of cables has taken on the task to expose some poorly manufactured cables that are being sold on Amazon right now.
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Uhh...anywhere else for his reviews? That website on mobile...oh man!
posted on Nov 05, 2015, 9:39 AM 1
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So...What's his judgement on the USB C cable from OnePlus?
posted on Nov 05, 2015, 10:52 AM 0
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They are out of spec. They use an incorrect 3A configuration as well. I haven't reviewed them on Amazon because they aren't for sale there directly from One+ https://www.reddit.com/r/Nexus
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posted on Nov 06, 2015, 1:11 AM 0
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Ugh, so not only do we have to worry about Type C cables supporting USB 3.0/3.1 now we have to make sure they're supporting the power specs too. I think I'll just buy a bunch of the Belkin 3.1 cables and be done with it. That should do me for the next 5 odd years.
posted on Nov 05, 2015, 2:00 PM 1
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Google did contribute some engineers to the USB Type-C dev team (5), but I don't recall if his name was on the list. I'm guessing he was, but even if he wasn't , I would trust his judgment on this.
posted on Nov 05, 2015, 8:32 PM 0
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Wow! So $20 for a recommended cable! And we criticized Apple to death with its lightning system. But hey is reversible! (big deal).
posted on Nov 05, 2015, 9:02 PM 0
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He's not recommending them. He's stating they meet the necessary specifications for USB-C. The others *may* cause damage to your device. I'd just buy the OnePlus USB-C to USB-A cable. I think they are selling it for $5.
posted on Nov 06, 2015, 8:44 AM 0
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