- USB – C…what a con.
It was supposed to be the universal serial bus to rule them all. More universal than the previous universal ones.
And it had great potential as you don’t have to plug it in a certain way up, which was the biggest bugbear of the previous “universal” serial bus standards.
It’s crappy, a tiny bit of dirt or fluff and you’ll never get a good charge! There’s no friction in the socket (as I’m told by my ex girlfriend).
I’d rather go back to micro USB or wireless charging.
Sorry, rant over.Posted 1 month agoCougarSubscriber
You can put a “simple flap” over any socket, and I’m not seeing as how USB-C is any more or less flawed than any other connector utilising small exposed pins.
The USB-C connector on my phone clicks into place just like micro USB did, no friction required. Maybe you’ve just got a naff cable?Posted 1 month agomaccruiskeenSubscriber
I think the form factor is the least of USB-Cs problems. It handles data and power, which is nice. But there are quite varying data and power requirements and capabilities between cables, devices and chargers and you can’t tell the difference by looking at them. So you can get data bottle necks because the cable is slower than the devices its connecting but you can also get quite a lot of watts from some devices and charges and a low capacity cable in the middle. Things can get very hot!Posted 1 month agoFuzzyWuzzySubscriber
I reckon USB-C is great, never had issues with it myself. Currently typing on a laptop with a single USB-C cable as the only cable going into it, through which power, mouse, keyboard, Ethernet and 2 x 27″ monitors are connected (via a dock) – it’s like witchcraft…Posted 1 month agoFuzzyWuzzySubscriber
My work laptop has a USB-A port that does the same thing
Fair point – I hadn’t realised most of it was just thanks to USB 3.1 rather than the port type – although can you still drive 2 x displayport monitors over a single USB-A? All my previous laptops needed a dock/port replicator with proprietary connectorPosted 1 month agoross980Member
Couldn’t disagree with OP more. Micro-USB are too fragile and the two little spring bits wear eventually and the leads just fall out (yes, you can try to bodge a fix by bending the springs back out but it never lasts). I’ve got a few USB-C devices and find it superior in ever way. The sooner everything is type C the better. Just my 2pPosted 1 month agouniqueusernameSubscriber
OP listen to spooky. Get the paper clip, pin or used insulin needle out and clean out the port. Be surprised at how much fluff was in there. Rejoice as the cable clicks firmly home. Be mildly annoyed with yourself that you didn’t do it 6 months earlier and instead bought a new cable as temporary relief (or started a post on STW about it)Posted 1 month agoSuperficialMember
The reason USB-C is rubbish is because it supports loads of confusing protocols which each require specific hardware and cables.
E.g. When my laptop is connected to the monitor it uses USB-C as a connector for a DisplayPort protocol. Some monitors will use Thunderbolt but that’s completely different, OK? Thunderbolt allows daisy chaining multiple monitors, but not data connections. On mine, I can use Displayport Alt mode which allows a parallel data connection, but only USB-2.0. Not USB-3.0. When I say USB-3.0 I mean the data transfer protocol, not the connector (obviously). Oh yeah, and my MacBook Pro charges from the cable that came with it, but if I use that cable to connect to my monitor, it doesn’t work since the cable is only for power – despite looking identical to the cable that came with the monitor, which does power, data and AV. It’s a stupid amalgamation of too many standards.
That being said, when I connect the one cable and BOOM! my laptop turns into a desktop, it’s great.Posted 1 month agomolgripsSubscriber
The thing is, we already have and still have a load of different protocols – just that now they are all the same cable.
What the hell are people doing to things that made micro USB an issue?
Having the weight of a cable dangling down from a charging port; moving devices around whilst charging and putting strain on the cable; and occasionally knocking or dropping a device whilst charging. All risks to tiny fragile micro-USBs. I’ve barely had a micro-USB device that didn’t get loose at some point, and I’m incredibly careful. My kids’ tablets don’t stand a chance and I’ve really tried to instill care in them. The tablets are still pristine, but the ports are still wobbly. Half the time it’s the cables themselves. Micro USB is awful.Posted 1 month agoCraigWMember
USB C is a nice idea. But the port on my phone has become very unreliable. Not charging, or charging very slowly, unless I wiggle the cable about. I have tried cleaning out fluff, and using different cables etc.Posted 1 month ago
Or maybe it is just a dodgy phone (Nokia), only about a year old. My brother also had problems with a Pixel 2. Previous phones with Micro USB lasted a lot longer.revs1972Member
If I put my MacBook into my rucksack the wrong way round , it picks up tiny metal filings ( god knows where they come from – I’ve cleaned the bag out several times ).
This then prevents the MagSafe connector from fully engaging , and thus no power.
Then I’ve got to find some fine tweezers to remove said fragments, which inevitably have been moved from where I last left them . GrrrPosted 1 month ago
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