Google engineer starts reviewing USB Type C cables: here are the best ones to buy


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.

However, 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.

Leung is the exact type of person to write those reviews: highly versed in the USB specifications, the engineer is able to identify the ones that are fully compliant with the specifications and the ones that 'are out of spec' and could even 'cause damage to your USB charger, PC, or hub.' Hit the source link right below to find the best ones and look at the ones that you'd better avoid.

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13 Comments

1. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Uhh...anywhere else for his reviews? That website on mobile...oh man!

10. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Good guy Google! Benson really being the man of the hour with these reviews. Totally eyeing for that Freiq, 190 and Belkin cables which are the only ones with 5 star ratings.

2. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1354; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Nice. Very good to have someone on the Google Engineering team helping us with this technology transition.

3. skymitch89

Posts: 1452; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

So...What's his judgement on the USB C cable from OnePlus?

11. vincelongman

Posts: 5695; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

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/Nexus6P/comments/3ri9ew/the_google_engineer_who_reviews_the_usb_a_to_usb/

4. Unordinary unregistered

I hope Anker makes one. Anker is one of the best 3rd party cables around.

5. Switch00

Posts: 536; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

It's great because you can plug it both ways??? That's not worth mentioning on a tech site, for god's sake. What would you say about headphone jack than, that it's outta this world, alien technology?

6. akaliel

Posts: 34; Member since: Jun 19, 2015

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.

7. Acer_Predator unregistered

I really want my next phone to have usb type c connection

8. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

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.

9. Goldeneye

Posts: 419; Member since: Jan 22, 2011

Wow! So $20 for a recommended cable! And we criticized Apple to death with its lightning system. But hey is reversible! (big deal).

12. tokuzumi

Posts: 1900; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

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.

13. Goldeneye

Posts: 419; Member since: Jan 22, 2011

That "May" is either scary enough to not buy them or they want people to pay for licensing fees a la Apple. The One Plus cable is $7 good luck finding them on stock though.

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