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USB Type-C to Micro-B (USB 3.1) cable

David Brostoff-2
I notice a very large price difference between these two USB-C to Micro-B (USB 3.1) cables:

$7.99
"AmazonBasics USB Type-C to Micro-B 3.1 Gen2 Cable - 3 Feet (0.9 Meters) - White"
<https://www.amazon.com/AmazonBasics-Type-C-Micro-B-Gen2-Cable/dp/B01GGKYJG8/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8>

$29.95
"Belkin USB-C to Micro-B Cable (USB 3.1)"
<https://www.apple.com/shop/product/HHST2ZM/B/belkin-usb-c-to-micro-b-cable-usb-31?afid=p238%7CsnyqazwFs-dc_mtid_1870765e38482_pcrid_246387003261_&cid=aos-us-kwgo-pla-btb-3pp--slid--product-HHST2ZM/B>

I also found several others at about the same price as the Amazon Basics one.
<https://www.amazon.com/Cable-Matters-USB-C-Micro-Black/dp/B00UUBQ710>

Is the Belkin cable really worth so much more?

Maybe there is something I am missing?

Thank you,

David


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Re: USB Type-C to Micro-B (USB 3.1) cable

Randy B. Singer

On Apr 1, 2018, at 6:43 PM, David Brostoff wrote:

> Is the Belkin cable really worth so much more?

In my experience it is rarely worth overpaying for a brand-name cable over a discount cable from an excellent source.

I recommend you go with this cable from a proven reliable source:

Palette Series 3.0 USB-C to USB Micro B, 3ft Black
$6
<https://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=14853>


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Re: USB Type-C to Micro-B (USB 3.1) cable

Marilyn Matty
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> On Apr 1, 2018, at 9:43 PM, David Brostoff <[hidden email]> wrote:
>
> I notice a very large price difference between these two USB-C to Micro-B (USB 3.1) cables:
>
> $7.99
> "AmazonBasics USB Type-C to Micro-B 3.1 Gen2 Cable - 3 Feet (0.9 Meters) - White"
> <https://www.amazon.com/AmazonBasics-Type-C-Micro-B-Gen2-Cable/dp/B01GGKYJG8/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8>
>

I bought three AmazonBasics cables about a year ago, two 6 & one 10 ft, because the Apple cables I was paying ridiculous amounts for kept falling apart after about a year. I do treat my cables respectfully, though I do have to roll them up often to fit in a briefcase or luggage. The AmazonBasics are just starting to fall apart too, esp. the 10 ft. cables.

So I'm interested too, and I'm willing to spring for more for durable cables. Some friends recommended Belkin, and I'd also like to hear any suggestions. I'd hate to shell out top dollar and have them self destruct around their first birthday.

Marilyn

> $29.95
> "Belkin USB-C to Micro-B Cable (USB 3.1)"
> <https://www.apple.com/shop/product/HHST2ZM/B/belkin-usb-c-to-micro-b-cable-usb-31?afid=p238%7CsnyqazwFs-dc_mtid_1870765e38482_pcrid_246387003261_&cid=aos-us-kwgo-pla-btb-3pp--slid--product-HHST2ZM/B>
>

Marilyn



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Re: USB Type-C to Micro-B (USB 3.1) cable

Al Varnell
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On Apr 1, 2018, at 9:09 PM, Randy B. Singer wrote:

>
>> On Apr 1, 2018, at 6:43 PM, David Brostoff wrote:
>> Is the Belkin cable really worth so much more?
>
> In my experience it is rarely worth overpaying for a brand-name cable over a discount cable from an excellent source.
>
> I recommend you go with this cable from a proven reliable source:
>
> Palette Series 3.0 USB-C to USB Micro B, 3ft Black
> $6
> <https://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=14853>
>
>
> ___________________________________________
> Randy B. Singer

Just be aware that Apple has tightened up their standards for such cables once again, so make certain that whoever you buy from has a return policy you can live with.

-Al-


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Re: USB Type-C to Micro-B (USB 3.1) cable

Marilyn Matty
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I forgot to mention...someone else recommended Anker.

Marilyn

> On Apr 2, 2018, at 12:36 AM, Marilyn Matty <[hidden email]> wrote:
>
>
>
>> On Apr 1, 2018, at 9:43 PM, David Brostoff <[hidden email]> wrote:
>>
>> I notice a very large price difference between these two USB-C to Micro-B (USB 3.1) cables:
>>
>> $7.99
>> "AmazonBasics USB Type-C to Micro-B 3.1 Gen2 Cable - 3 Feet (0.9 Meters) - White"
>> <https://www.amazon.com/AmazonBasics-Type-C-Micro-B-Gen2-Cable/dp/B01GGKYJG8/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8>
>>
>
> I bought three AmazonBasics cables about a year ago, two 6 & one 10 ft, because the Apple cables I was paying ridiculous amounts for kept falling apart after about a year. I do treat my cables respectfully, though I do have to roll them up often to fit in a briefcase or luggage. The AmazonBasics are just starting to fall apart too, esp. the 10 ft. cables.
>
> So I'm interested too, and I'm willing to spring for more for durable cables. Some friends recommended Belkin, and I'd also like to hear any suggestions. I'd hate to shell out top dollar and have them self destruct around their first birthday.
>
> Marilyn
>
>> $29.95
>> "Belkin USB-C to Micro-B Cable (USB 3.1)"
>> <https://www.apple.com/shop/product/HHST2ZM/B/belkin-usb-c-to-micro-b-cable-usb-31?afid=p238%7CsnyqazwFs-dc_mtid_1870765e38482_pcrid_246387003261_&cid=aos-us-kwgo-pla-btb-3pp--slid--product-HHST2ZM/B>
>>
>
> Marilyn
>
>
>
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Re: USB Type-C to Micro-B (USB 3.1) cable

Neil Laubenthal
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Just consider cables as a consumable that needs replacing. I routinely buy them from Monoprice…but just the cheap ones and have a bag in the IT puka in the RV we live in. My wife is much harder on them than I am.



On Apr 2, 2018, at 12:36 AM, Marilyn Matty <[hidden email]> wrote:

So I'm interested too, and I'm willing to spring for more for durable cables. Some friends recommended Belkin, and I'd also like to hear any suggestions. I'd hate to shell out top dollar and have them self destruct around their first birthday.


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Re: USB Type-C to Micro-B (USB 3.1) cable

Rodney

On Apr 2, 2018, at 20:19, Neil Laubenthal <[hidden email]> wrote:

Just consider cables as a consumable that needs replacing. I routinely buy them from Monoprice…but just the cheap ones and have a bag in the IT puka in the RV we live in. My wife is much harder on them than I am.

To each his own, I reckon. I don’t like to have to change stuff. I don’t enjoy having to keep up with spares, and more importantly, I don’t enjoy having to do the troubleshooting required to figure out that it is the cable that’s gone bad and not some other link in the chain. This can be very annoying when the problem is intermittent. Also, when something of mine fails, it usually fails at the worst possible time.

I don’t mind paying $20 for a cable if it will last approximately 3 to 4 times as long as a $5 cable. There are some advantages to better cables. They’re mechanically better built, and more flexible. I’ve heard people claim, “Hey, they’re digital. They either work or they don’t.” That’s not strictly true.

I’m most definitely not one of those people who’ll spend many hundreds of dollars for audio interconnect cables, but I usually don’t choose “store brand” (unless I know and trust the store) or bargain basement cables. I buy cables so seldom that I don’t notice the price difference, and I appreciate the peace of mind. As always, YMMV.



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Re: USB Type-C to Micro-B (USB 3.1) cable

Neil Laubenthal
Expensive ones haven’t lasted any longer in my experience.

TTFN:

 neil


> On Apr 2, 2018, at 15:08, Rodney <[hidden email]> wrote:
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> I don’t mind paying $20 for a cable if it will last approximately 3 to 4 times as long as a $5 cable. There are some advantages to better cables.




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Re: USB Type-C to Micro-B (USB 3.1) cable

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On 2018-04-01 (19:43 MDT), David Brostoff <[hidden email]> wrote
> Is the Belkin cable really worth so much more?

No, Belkin is simply extremely expensive. I have had no problem with Amazon Basics, but shy away from other low-price brands.

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Re: USB Type-C to Micro-B (USB 3.1) cable

Randy B. Singer
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On Apr 2, 2018, at 1:02 PM, Neil Laubenthal wrote:

> Expensive ones haven’t lasted any longer in my experience.

^^  This.  ^^

Monoprice offers excellent cables with their own branding, at excellent prices.  They are sort of to cables as OWC is to RAM.

I previously used and recommended cables from Triangle Cables:

https://www.trianglecables.com/

and their cables were/are excellent also, but eventually I just couldn't justify the additional price over Monoprice cables.

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