Monday, February 1, 2016

USB-C cable & Thunderbolt3 cable! Quality! Quality! Quality!

Back to year 1996, you might not care about the quality of low-speed USB 1.0 cable, now it's 2016, with the new standard coming out - USB 3.1 Gen 2, Thunderbolt 3, and more, you are looking at the entire different world of the new interface and protocols comparing to the 20 years ago.

The old USB 1.0 or 2.0 or even 3.0 cable that has Type-A/B on both ends are pretty easy to implement nowadays, well, probably not USB 3.0 cable since it is pretty high speed data transfer rate. However, the newer invented - Type-C interface, is facing huge challenge which is introduced by combining power delivery, and displayport video protocol.

The worst case of the bad type-A/B cable is to cause data lost. But what about Type-C cable?
If you get a bad quality of Type-C one, you may potentially damage your devices and computers or smartphone. Seriously? oh... YES. Remember, it combines Power Delivery and Data all together in one cable. If the cable does not follow the specification, it would do the terrible thing.

Take a look at one of my favorite Engineer's reviews
his FAQ:

and also his co-worker, Vincent Palatin, in Google's USB-C team

and CNN:

Benson from Google has done amazing jobs, in fact, I am wondering why he has so much free time to review those crappy cables :)

Benson, you should spend more time with your kid :) Just kidding.

I have an access to both Apple MacBook 2015 and Google's Pixel from my friend who sold me as a refurb one. Cable makers or device makers are welcome to reach me for the reviews. I will also post the results here.


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  2. Most USB cables have two types of connectors, one on each end. A type A connector is on the end that plugs into your computer. These are wide and flat, with a plastic piece inside that prevents the user from plugging them in upside down. Most users are familiar with the type A USB ports on their computers, as virtually every peripheral device on the market these days uses them. For instance, printers, scanners, and digital cameras all connect to computers via a USB cable. USB drives, which are small, mobile data storage devices, usually have type A connectors on one end, which plug directly into the USB ports on a computer.
    I’m pretty tough on my cables and I would bet that these cables would take a beating and keep on working.

    This is only a really light look at all the great USB products at CES 2017. I was personally amazed with the scale of USB product promotion but it makes sense, USB products are multi-billions of dollar business and everyone wants a slice of the pie.