Interesting piece from Wired on the rocky rise of USB-C:
The reason for USB-C’s ascent is simple: It’s just better. It can charge both ways, letting you use a laptop to power your smartphone, for instance. It can also charge fast, pumping 18W to your device to get you from empty to 80 percent full in only an hour. It can transfer data at blistering speeds of up to 10 gigabits per second—and eventually much faster, as Intel’s Thunderbolt protocol converges with USB4. It can power video to external displays. And it’s reversible, meaning it works whichever way you plug it in.
The situation has improved over time, but it’s still something of a tangle. To know exactly what you’re getting, you’re best off sticking with the USB-C cable that comes in the box. If you need a replacement, either get it straight from the same manufacturer, or something with clear labeling from a reputable vendor like Amazon or Monoprice.
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There seems to be a little item that everyone forgets with USB C, there doesn’t seem to be any USB C splitters. If you have multiple USB C peripherals, you really can’t use them.
USB C seems to solve the charging issue and a monitor issue. But little things like charging and using a monitor at the same time are problematic.