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USB 2.0 USB-C Male to USB-C Male Charging Cable, 6ft
USB-C is here and it is a real game changer!
- New reversible Type C connector plugs in the first time, every time!
- Use a single cable for power, video, networking, and data
- USB 3.1 SuperSpeed+ supports up to 10Gbps data rate
- Charge and power devices with up to 100 watts of power
Until this point we've had to deal with a number of different USB connector types with different shapes and sizes. One thing that is common among all the various USB Type A and Type B connectors is that they are all asymmetrical, which means that there is a top and a bottom, as anyone who has fumbled around trying to insert a USB cable by feel can attest. The old USB standards are also relatively slow and can carry very little charging power.
The USB 3.1 standard introduces the new symmetrical/reversible Type C connector. The new connector is only slightly larger than the older mini and micro Type B connectors, which means that it can be used on mobile devices, replacing the existing use of mini or micro connectors. Also, unlike the earlier use of different connectors for the host (Type A) and peripheral (Type B) devices, the Type C connector is used at both ends. Best of all, the connector is symmetrical, which means no more fumbling around to figure out which side is supposed to be on top. Just grab either end and plug it in!
In addition to the new connector, the USB 3.1 standard increases the data transfer rate to 10GBps, which is fast enough to carry full HD video and multichannel, uncompressed audio. The standard also increases the power handling capabilities to 100 watts, which means that USB C will replace existing power, video, networking, and data cables. Apple is taking this to the extreme, with the latest MacBook Air® featuring only a single USB C port for charging, video, and connecting peripheral devices.
This 6-foot USB 2.0 cable features a male Type C connector on each end.
|Cable Length||6 ft. (1.8m)|
|USB Standard||USB 2.0|
|Type||USB Type C male to USB Type C male|
|Power Rating||Up to 3A|
|Housing||PVC Mould, Full metal jacket assembly|
|Data Transfer Speeds||Up to 480Mbps|
I prefer the look of this cable to the stock cable (i.e. the one that comes with the Nexus 6P, not the extra cables you can buy from Google). The Monoprice cable has sloped and tapered joints (near the connectors) as opposed to the hard right angles of the stock Google cable. Just makes it look sleeker and hopefully will be more robust as well.
Surprisingly this cable looks practically identical to the 1.8 meter USB C accessory cable that Google sells themselves on their online store. Perhaps Monoprice and Google are sourcing them from the same supplier.
I have not been able to test the data transfer speeds of the cable as I do not yet have a computer with a Type C port. I feel that Monoprice should remove the confusing mention of USB 3.1, Superspeed, and 10Gbps from the description though since this is a USB 2.0 cable. They correctly labeled the cable in the title and specifications box, so I'm not sure why the description is still lagging behind.
PROS: Good length. Attractive appearance.
PROS: To specification USB Type C cable.
CONS: The jacket is a bit loose.
PROS: Rapid charge support, much more useful length
Anyway, back to the review. Unlike the Apple cable, which came in the box in 2-3 big loops, this cable was pretty tightly wound. As thick as was, I was worried that it would be a long time before it straightened out, but a few hours later (definitely by the following morning), it showed no signs of being in a 4" coil. Big plus #1.
At first, I thought it wasn't charging my computer, but that was because it is a pretty tight fit, and the amount of pressure that I'd been using to put the Apple cable in didn't seat this cable all the way, but it was in enough that you could pick up the computer and it didn't fall out. Pushing it in that last mm did the trick and I was greeted with the now familiar (to iPhone users, new to MacBooks) boing of connecting to power. And it seems to be charging every bit as fast as the factory cable, charging the computer while I'm using the computer, with the screen at full brightness, etc.
All in all, I'm quite pleased with this cable. Even if it only lasts 6 months, that's still better than the Apple cable, and Monoprice will replace it for free (and I have a backup while I wait on the mail).
2 months ago
PROS: Long, standard compliant, fast charging, quality plugs
Fast Charging Nexus 5X