This site aims to give you a carefully curated selection of USB-C devices for your new USB-C or Thunderbolt based device, such as the 12″ MacBook, the 2016 MacBook Pro, the Dell XPS and many other devices.
Who are we?
We are two software engineers with a love for the latest and greatest. We’re enthusiastic about the possibilities that USB-C offers and were pleasantly surprised when Apple started offering the Late 2016 MacBook Pros with only USB-C receptacles. We hope this boosts the ecosystem.
Our companies are called DutchVirtual, located in Utrecht, The Netherlands (KvK 11065157); and JWorks, located in Sydney, Australia.
How do you earn money? Can we trust you?
When you choose from the selection of products we offer, we usually get a bit of commission. Not always, though. We often provide lots of links to interesting news, products, rumors and what have you.
When we do reviews, we regularly buy them outright, and sometimes receive products from companies. They get sent back or if it’s a hassle, we get to keep them. It’s noted in the review if that’s the case.
Why this site?
This site makes a strict selection among the USB-C peripherals. This is important for two reasons: availability and quality.
For some categories of devices, the availability isn’t that great at the moment. For example, to our knowledge there are no USB-C keyboards available thus we point to alternative solutions. For other categories like chargers, the availability is great but the quality is unclear.
USB-C promises to do away with all sorts of different cables and connectors. The data over those old cables isn’t going away, though. Thus USB-C (or more accurately “USB type-C”) needs to transport a lot of different things. It can charge all sorts of devices too, so that makes it even more complicated.
Although there’s a standard, it’s not yet well understood by all companies. The specs are complicated because you can connect nearly anything to USB-C including monitors, beamers et cetera. Thus USB-C devices have to talk to each other, to tell what they can do and what they need from each other.
Sometimes, there are also quality issues with the physical connector itself. A nice example of this is Apple’s own USB-C Digital AV Multiport Adapter, an expensive dongle which users rate at 2 out of 5 stars. It’s finicky and doesn’t always fit snugly into the USB-C port. Another example would be the multitude of overheating cables and chargers.
Cables and chargers
Quality of USB-C cables is important because together with the charger, they determine how much power a device can draw. So in other words, USB-C cables are smarter than old USB cables.
Chargers also contain intelligence. You can hook up phones, tables and laptops to USB-C chargers, and these all have different power requirements. To give the right power to a device, the USB-C charger has to generate that power, and the USB-C cable has to be able to transport that power.
Thus, devices ask both the USB-C cable as well as the USB-C charger what power they can supply. If any of those lie to the device, you could have chargers and/or cables causing overheating or even fire, or you may damage your expensive device. This is not just theory. Well-known brands have had to recall cables because they blew up devices.
The cables and chargers that we point to, have all been tested by experts such as Nathan K., and Benson Leung. Have a look at their Google+ pages to know more about how they test. Amazon reviews nowadays are simply not good enough. Brands are not much better, because the USB-C regulations might not be fully understood by their engineers. Thus we have to rely on experts and their repeatable tests.
At the moment, we do not recommend any products with Qualcomm’s QuickCharge 3.0, which has compatibility issues with USB-C. Qualcomm is currently working on a new version of QuickCharge.