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#1 Crisp



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Posted 03 April 2014 - 12:11

This is the reversible USB cable that will end your frustrations




The most abundant connector standard in technology, the Universal Serial Bus, is getting ready for its most revolutionary change yet with a new specification that will be finalized in July of this year. Breaking physical compatibility with current ports, USB Type-C is much smaller than the USB plugs you're used to and is, perhaps more importantly, symmetrical. The reversible design means you'll be able to connect a Type-C cable without worrying about the plug's orientation or the cable's direction.

Intended to replace both USB and Micro USB with one universal standard, Type-C looks to be pretty much the same size as Apple's proprietary Lightning cable, which has a similar reversible design. With support for USB 3.1, the new cables will offer bandwidth of up to 10Gbps, though their biggest benefit will surely be in eliminating the frustration of trying to plug devices in the right way round. The design and the full spec have not been fully settled yet, but the USB Implementers Forum is confident enough in its current plans to release these images illustrating what can be expected.



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Posted 03 April 2014 - 12:53

Long overdue, about time it was one standard design on both ends, that it's also reversible is just extra nice 

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Posted 03 April 2014 - 13:01

I'm looking forward to this. The lack of reversibility has been an inconvenience. Unfortunately it will take years before this becomes common place.

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Posted 03 April 2014 - 13:02

About ######ing time. This is why I love. Lightning.

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Posted 03 April 2014 - 14:49

Another USB cable type to keep track of? I already can' never find the right one for the device I'm connecting as it is!


Yeah. I know this is meant to be a solution to the multiple cable type problem, but I think it'll just end up being yet another flavor added to the mix.

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Posted 03 April 2014 - 14:50

So no backwards compatibility? Great way to make more money :)

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Posted 03 April 2014 - 14:55

I see nearly every week someone bring in a system with mangled up USB ports.  Some are so mangled they short out and cause all sorts of problems.  Some of the people even admitted to jamming the USB cable in repeatedly, like a porn star. :laugh:


I welcome the symmetrical idea as well as the smaller size.  Will be interesting to see USB hubs and such with the smaller connections.

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Posted 03 April 2014 - 15:02

People get frustrated plugging USB cables in? :huh:


Wow.. pathetic.

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Posted 03 April 2014 - 15:06

seriously? cant say ive ever had a problem putting in a usb cable, but now just another one to keep track of, though the backwards compatibility or lack off blows goats

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Posted 03 April 2014 - 15:06

Never thought this was a huge problem, but it definitely can be irritating when you're trying to plug a cable in somewhere behind a machine and all you have is touch to go off of.  You have a 50% chance of getting it right the first time.  Same thing with HDMI cables.  Oh, and trapezoidal Dsub and DVI?  F--- you.  That's all I have to say to them.

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Posted 03 April 2014 - 15:12

So no backwards compatibility? Great way to make more money :)


USB has been around since 97 so it has had a pretty good run. Hopefully this new USB cable will have 15-20 years before it needs to be replaced :yes:

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Posted 03 April 2014 - 15:15

Can't say i've had an issue plugging them in blind. Now Scart leads however...

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Posted 03 April 2014 - 15:36

Good news, after using the Lightning cable it makes sense. Not revolutionary but a massive convenience 

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Posted 03 April 2014 - 15:49

since this is for USB 3.0 and all the current cables out there are mostly v2 its not a major issue (in terms of backwards compatibility).

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Posted 03 April 2014 - 15:56

I've never really had any trouble plugging in USB devices; it's very easy to see which way the plug goes in and the ports are always oriented the same way.