USB Type C Cable

tayluftwaffel

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Hello friends. I'm getting the New MacBook soon, and I wanted to order the right cable for a backup. Do you guys think that this one will suffice?

I read about it on Reddit, but I wanted to see if any of you had it/ or had an opinion about it.

Thanks in advance, and have a great day! :)
 

squirrrl

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I was looking at these and I decided just to buy the Google one since it wasn't much more expensive and I knew it would work.

https://store.google.com/product/usb_a_receptacle_type_c_adapter?playredirect=true

I was originally looking for a USB-C male to USB-A male for charging on a USB block but decided the options and length of cables available wasn't to my liking and I already have a million USB-A to USB-A cables at home.
 

Fireball Dragon

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I was looking at these and I decided just to buy the Google one since it wasn't much more expensive and I knew it would work.

https://store.google.com/product/usb_a_receptacle_type_c_adapter?playredirect=true

I was originally looking for a USB-C male to USB-A male for charging on a USB block but decided the options and length of cables available wasn't to my liking and I already have a million USB-A to USB-A cables at home.
I was just looking for a type C to USB connector. This was fantastic; why didn't I think of the Google play store! Thanks! :)
 

rahulr

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Aug 1, 2008
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Hello friends. I'm getting the New MacBook soon, and I wanted to order the right cable for a backup. Do you guys think that this one will suffice?

I read about it on Reddit, but I wanted to see if any of you had it/ or had an opinion about it.

Thanks in advance, and have a great day! :)
I have it, works great. I also bought the USB C to USB 3 cable (the weird flat one for Hard Drives) as well as a USB A to C with 2 dongles for Lightning and micro USB. Those don't work so well mostly because they're super cheap and bulky.

My go to is a USB charge with a USB A-C cable.
 

rahulr

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I purchased http://www.amazon.com/Portable-multiple-X-Smart%2599-Technology-Designed/dp/B00MOHYJAY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1431877303&sr=8-1&keywords=4+port+25w+usb+chargerthe other day to see how well it would charge my rMB, phone and apple watch. With all 3 plugged in and drawing a charge I'm still charging my rMB while using it. Sure it's only 2.7w and will take 6 hours to charge fully, but this is a great one stop solution for those of us who want to eliminate clutter and use one charger for all our devices.
 

tayluftwaffel

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Just wanted to say that the one that I got works very well! I would recommend it to everyone :)
 

a.guillermo

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Jan 12, 2015
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Hello friends. I'm getting the New MacBook soon, and I wanted to order the right cable for a backup. Do you guys think that this one will suffice?

I read about it on Reddit, but I wanted to see if any of you had it/ or had an opinion about it.

Thanks in advance, and have a great day! :)
I have read about TechMatte. They seem to make very high quality products. I will order one of those cables that you mentioned, and I'll have to report back another time with my findings. I'm expecting to get the laptop sometime in the next few days.
 

Cvx5832

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Be careful about length when ordering these generic USB-C cables. I did and found that 3.3ft is useless given the MacBook 12's use profile. Remember this won't be sitting at your desk.

I've shopped around and surrendered to the original cable. Its length allows you to use it however or wherever, and the flexibility of the cable itself (some replacements are really stiff) doesn't interfere with the really light weight MacBook sitting on your lap, for example. The rigid ones drag or push your MacBook off your lap because they're so thick.
 

dianestory2

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Sep 16, 2014
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Be careful about length when ordering these generic USB-C cables. I did and found that 3.3ft is useless given the MacBook 12's use profile. Remember this won't be sitting at your desk.

I've shopped around and surrendered to the original cable. Its length allows you to use it however or wherever, and the flexibility of the cable itself (some replacements are really stiff) doesn't interfere with the really light weight MacBook sitting on your lap, for example. The rigid ones drag or push your MacBook off your lap because they're so thick.
What's the purpose of this new type of cable? I dont understand why they have to create something so that we all have to upgrade yet again when there's nothing wrong with the present system. Could someone please explain this to me?
 

ZipZap

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I purchased http://www.amazon.com/Portable-multiple-X-Smart%2599-Technology-Designed/dp/B00MOHYJAY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1431877303&sr=8-1&keywords=4+port+25w+usb+chargerthe other day to see how well it would charge my rMB, phone and apple watch. With all 3 plugged in and drawing a charge I'm still charging my rMB while using it. Sure it's only 2.7w and will take 6 hours to charge fully, but this is a great one stop solution for those of us who want to eliminate clutter and use one charger for all our devices.
The Apple chargers pack so much tech in them that I don't think I would use a knock off. Might be bad for the battery in the end.
 

palmwangja

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The Apple chargers pack so much tech in them that I don't think I would use a knock off. Might be bad for the battery in the end.
Really?
USB-C wasn't supposed to be a standard? I don't think charging an iPhone with a "decent" knock off has been causing any problem. Same goes with a new Macbook... ?
 

squirrrl

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Really?
USB-C wasn't supposed to be a standard? I don't think charging an iPhone with a "decent" knock off has been causing any problem. Same goes with a new Macbook... ?
Just because the technology is a standard, doesn't mean that the materials and manufacturing process of different chargers are the same.
 

Dayv

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What's the purpose of this new type of cable? I dont understand why they have to create something so that we all have to upgrade yet again when there's nothing wrong with the present system. Could someone please explain this to me?
It's a new USB standard (not limited to Apple only) that has a reversible, durable plug and can carry data, video, audio, and power simultaneously of a single cable. It's better in every way when compared to older USB ports, except for the fact that its newness makes it difficult to find things to attach it to without adapters. As it increases in adoption (and it will), USB-C devices will become far more common.

More info: http://www.macworld.com/article/289...r-new-connection-overlord-get-used-to-it.html
 

kingofwale

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It's a new USB standard (not limited to Apple only) that has a reversible, durable plug and can carry data, video, audio, and power simultaneously of a single cable. It's better in every way when compared to older USB ports, except for the fact that its newness makes it difficult to find things to attach it to without adapters. As it increases in adoption (and it will), USB-C devices will become far more common.

More info: http://www.macworld.com/article/289...r-new-connection-overlord-get-used-to-it.html
funny, i heard the same argument with thunderbolt, betamax, HD-DVD....
 

dyn

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funny, i heard the same argument with thunderbolt, betamax, HD-DVD....
And yet none of those are comparable since USB-C is merely an improved connector for an already existing and very popular piece of technology: USB. The ones you mention are all entirely new pieces of technology. Major difference.

Also, the USB-C connector solves a very big and very annoying problem USB has had for all those years: being successful in plugging the damn thing in after 3 tries. With USB-C we can do it in 1 try. Another great thing: it is just a connector and thus also usable with USB1.1, 2.0, 3.0 (aka 3.1 Gen 1) as well as 3.1 Gen 2 (the actual 3.1).

USB-C has only one threat: existing machines with USB-A connections. This will change over time though because the impact of being able to plug it in in 1 try is just huuuuge.
 

bcaslis

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USB-C does provide more than a different connector. It allows power, data, and video feeds all simultaneously. This is a major difference. For example if someone produces a monitor with a full USB-C hub in it, then a single cable from the monitor to the laptop could provide everything; video, power, wired ethernet, etc...
 

a.guillermo

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Jan 12, 2015
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For those that are subscribed to this thread, I mentioned earlier that I'm getting the TechMatte cable-- it works very well. I'm highly pleased with it-- and in the packaging was a coupon for their HDMI & VGA adapters for a $10 off coupon. The code is X5E9OKLW to these two products:
http://www.amazon.com/Adapter-TechM...id=1433430792&sr=8-1&keywords=techmatte+usb+c
http://www.amazon.com/Adapter-TechM...id=1433430792&sr=8-8&keywords=techmatte+usb+c


I got the HDMI one, and figured someone else might want to use the coupon as well.
 

Esoom

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For those that are subscribed to this thread, I mentioned earlier that I'm getting the TechMatte cable-- it works very well. I'm highly pleased with it-- and in the packaging was a coupon for their HDMI & VGA adapters for a $10 off coupon. The code is X5E9OKLW to these two products:
http://www.amazon.com/Adapter-TechMatte®-Reversible-USB-C-Macbook/dp/B00XYDAOHE/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1433430792&sr=8-1&keywords=techmatte+usb+c
http://www.amazon.com/Adapter-TechM...id=1433430792&sr=8-8&keywords=techmatte+usb+c


I got the HDMI one, and figured someone else might want to use the coupon as well.
Thanks, ordered the HDMI adapter with the code...
 
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