Best USB-C Cables in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update July 1, 2018
As progress marches on, different devices get tougher and tougher to connect. Hower, a USB C cable is starting to overtake the industry as the golden standard and can be used for many different gadgets. ...Read more ...Read less
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OUR VERDICT
Type
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Length
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PROS

The cable supports resolutions up to 4k Ultra HD with no loss of signal or quality compression.

CONS

The PVC jacket is less durable than nylon-braided ones.

OUR VERDICT

A cord specifically intended for high-res video streaming, perfect for watching movies on the big screen or conducting work presentations. You get 4k Ultra HD resolution with no blurs or visual artifacts as well as high-bitrate sound. While the cord isn't able to connect to smartphones, it's still a solid purchase both for your home entertainment and for your office.

detailed parameters
Type

USB-C (male) to HDMI (male)

Connector material

24K gold-plated metal

Length

1.8 metres

Warranty

1.5 years

PROS

This cord has reinforced connectors that won't break even if you bend the cable many times.

CONS

The metal connectors are not as effective as 24K gold-plated ones.

OUR VERDICT

Going forward, USB-C will be the golden standard and a cord like the Anker one will pretty much be the only one you'll need. The lightning-fast speed and reinforced connectors ensure that the cable won't get outdated, making this a reliable and solid choice for any user.

detailed parameters
Type

USB-C (male) to USB-C (male)

Connector material

Metal

Length

1.8 metres

Warranty

1.5 years

PROS

The built-in 56kΩ pull-up resistor keeps mobile devices safe from power surges and any other electrical malfunctions.

CONS

The connectors may be a bit tough to plug in initially.

OUR VERDICT

Compatible with pretty much all USB-C-using devices, the Syncwire cord provides 10 Gbps transfer speeds and has very sturdy nylon braiding so that it can serve you for years. Plus, the surge protector will keep your gadgets safe from any electrical damage. We find this to be one of the most reliable cables, perfect for exchanging data between older devices and modern ones.

detailed parameters
Type

USB-A 3.0 (male) to USB-C (male)

Connector material

Aluminium

Length

1 metre

Warranty

Limited lifetime

PROS

The built-in EMI protection removes all interference and keeps the signal stable in all conditions.

CONS

Not all devices support the fast charging feature.

OUR VERDICT

The CableCreation extender is a useful tool to broaden the capacities of your regular USB-C cable or a hub, offering bidirectional fast charge for most devices, and signal protection from EM interference. It's a sensible choice for people that have many gadgets in their home and struggle to get a stable signal going without losing transfer speed.

detailed parameters
Type

USB-C (male) to USB-C (female)

Connector material

24K gold-plated metal

Length

0.5 metres

Warranty

Limited lifetime

PROS

Made with high-performance copper wires, the Hund cable guarantees high data transfer speed and stable connection.

CONS

The plastic around the connector is too large and may get in the way during the plug-in.

OUR VERDICT

While the Hunda cord offers modest speed and has somewhat bulky connectors, it's still one of the top choices for Apple users as it lets you connect your gadgets to any modern device. Charge fast, transfer files, or synchronize your data, all with just one compact cord that you can coil easily thanks to the snap-strap.

detailed parameters
Type

USB-C (male) to Lightning port (male)

Connector material

Aluminium

Length

1 metre

Warranty

1.5 years

CHOETECH V-CH0018

Stream Media in Highest Resolution

Streaming video and audio from your high-tech laptop to your TV can be easy when you have a SmartTV model. However, if you’re working with an older television set or have to do a presentation at work, you’ll have to find a USB C to HDMI cable to link the devices. And you’re in luck because you’ve stumbled onto the CHOETECH CHOE-CH0018, a cord that’s perfect for video transmission.

The CHOETECH cable supports 4k Ultra HD resolutions at 30 Hz, guaranteeing a crystal clear picture with no blurring or visual glitches. Plus, the cord has interference protection to prevent loss of signal so your presentations won’t ever be interrupted.

A key part of any cable, the connectors on this model are made out of 24K gold-plated metal, which provides more stability and is overall more durable than basic aluminium. However, we can’t give the same praise to the PVC jacket as it’s not as sturdy and damage-resistant as a nylon-braided one. Another flaw is that you can’t use your Samsung Galaxy phone or, for that matter, any USB-C smartphone to connect to a display via this cord, which limits your possibilities.

All in all, while the CHOETECH CHOE-CH0018 certainly has some room for improvement, it’s the best USB C cable for workers that often need to conduct presentations from their laptop. It’s also long enough at 1.8 metres to hook up your big TV to the computer and stream video in 4k Ultra HD.

Review of CHOETECH V-CH0018 USB Type C to HDMI Cable

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Anker AK-A81880A1

Back to the Future

While almost any USB type C cable offers a way to connect to older devices, TVs, and different gadgets with unusual ports, as we move into the future, you might want a way to simply link two devices of yours that both use the USB-C standard. That’s why we recommend the Anker AK-A81880A1, a male-to-male cord that might just become the only one you’ll need as progress keeps moving ahead.

The reinforced casing will protect the cord when it’s being bent and prevent damage to the wires. Plus, the double-braided nylon exterior offers excellent insulation and keeps the cable safe from sharp-toothed pets. We wish we could give the same praise to the metal connectors but no matter what, the 24K gold-plated ones are more reliable, though more expensive.

However, don’t underestimate the signal quality provided by the Anker AK-A81880A1. The cable offers a respectable maximum speed of 480 Mbps as well as fast charging. While the latter function is still being optimized to work with all gadgets, it’s already compatible with flagships like the MacBook, Galaxy, and Google Pixel.

The Anker AK-A81880A1 is not only extra durable, the cord is future-proof and pretty solid in terms of technical specs. So if you want a cable that you’ll be using for years to come, this is the right choice for you.

Review of Anker AK-A81880A1 USB Type-C to Type-C 2.0 cable

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Syncwire SW-TC007

Lightning-Fast and Protected Data Transfers

Tired of cords that promise you the world but end up incompatible with half the devices in your home? We think that a USB C charging cable should at least be able to connect to the basic line-up of gadgets and, luckily, the Syncwire ST-TC007 does even more than that.

With a list of compatible devices that stretches on and on, the cord would be a solid buy even without any extras but it also offers unprecedented protection to any linked gadget. A special built-in 56kΩ pull-up resistor prevents power surges or outages from damaging your smartphone while it’s hooked up to your laptop or PC while the aluminium connectors keep the signal stable at all times. You won’t ever have to deal with the annoying sound of your gadget disconnecting while you’re in the middle of transferring a huge file.

And you’ll surely be downloading and uploading quite a lot of data with this, all thanks to the maximum speed of 10 Gbps. As the cord is intended for connecting old USB-A-using devices to their modern counterparts, the speed can be quite important for file backups. Just plug the cable in and get to archiving your data! Be sure to go easy on the connectors the first couple of uses as they need to be “broken in” a bit before they start fitting instantly into the ports.

So if you often work with large files or simply want to protect your devices from getting fried, the Syncwire ST-TC007 is a worthy investment. The short nylon-braided cable may not look very flashy but it does transfer data in a flash!

Review of Syncwire SW-TC007 Nylon Braided USB C Charging Cable

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CableCreation CC0320

Eliminates Interference and Long Downtime

Most modern households are chock full of gadgets, many of which emit electromagnetic waves. This can weaken signals and complicate data transfers, causing a lot of headache to the owner. Luckily, you can use the CableCreation CC0320 to protect your information and connection from EMI interference.

The male-to-female USB-C cord extender establishes a secure and stable link thanks to the 24K gold-plated metal connectors, backed by the EM dampener. Moreover, as the cable utilises the latest USB technology to provide a maximum data transfer speed of 10 Gbps. With that kind of power you could download all contents of your phone to your laptop in just a minute or two, which is great for storing and moving sensitive information.

Of course, the CableCreation CC0320 also offers a fast-charge feature, though its compatibility is still being expanded to fit more devices. As of now, the cord has yet to achieve full stability when working with the Thunderbolt 3 gadgets. You can, however, link Google Pixel phones, tablets, HTC and Samsung smartphones, MacBooks, etc, which covers more than half of household gadgets in the country. The bidirectional cable lets any device be the host as well as the target, giving you a chance to transfer battery charge from your phone to a laptop and vice versa as well as achieve limited remote control of TVs and laptops via your smartphone.

So while we wish the CableCreation CC0320 was a bit longer than 0.5 metres, it’s a reliable USB-C cord that offers incredibly high speed, EMI protection, and fast charge, which is pretty much all you need from a tool of this kind.

Review of CableCreation CC0320 USB 3.1 Type C Male to C Female Extension Cable

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Hunda USB C to Lightning

Keep Your iPhone Connected and Charged

Are you a proud iPhone owner struggling to find a durable and reliable USB C to Lightning cable at a reasonable price? Well, you’ve come to the right page, because the Hunda cord is just what you’ve been looking for!

It’s made with high-performance copper wires routed to aluminium connectors. This not only guarantees durability and years of service, the cable also offers high connection stability, letting no interference get in the way of your signal. Thanks to the very same connectors, you can also transfer files at up to 480 Mbps, which is quite a respectable speed, especially if you're going to use this tool primarily for moving data between your phone and laptop.

Sure enough, you can use the Hunda cord as a charger, optimized for iPhones and iPads. We do wish the charging process was bidirectional as you never know when either of your gadgets might require just a bit more juice to send an email or hold a conference call for work.

To sum up, while the Hunda cable isn’t the most innovative and cutting-edge choice, it’s reasonably priced, very sturdy, and long enough to use with comfort. It’s intended for a narrow subset of customers using Apple gadgets with other devices but it’s sure to satisfy each user in that group.

Review of Hunda USB C to Lightning Nylon Braided Cable

 

What Is a USB-C Cable?

Anybody that’s ever worked with a regular USB cord knows the little annoyance of accidentally trying to plug it in the wrong side up. The USB C extension cable eliminates that issue among a few other innovations that, taken together, constitute a pretty significant breakthrough in data transfers.

Made to be “futureproof”, the C-type cords have symmetrically-designed connectors so they are compatible with a variety of devices including, but not limited to, computers, smartphones, portable consoles, and many others. Plus, most devices that use these cables support the USB 3.1 standard. What that means for you is an increased file transfer speed of up to 10 Gbps, lightning-fast compared to earlier methods. Moreover, the majority of these cords are bidirectional, meaning you can charge your phone with your laptop or, if the need arises, charge your laptop with your smartphone, be it an iPhone or an HTC model!

While we’re on the subject of reliable connectivity, why not take a look at some HDMI cables that will help you transfer audio and video? And the best pairing for a trusty USB C cable is a gaming laptop that you can connect your gadgets to.

Sources:

1. USB-C, Wikipedia. April 8, 2018.

2. Dong Ngo USB-C and Thunderbolt 3: Here's everything you need to know, CNET. October 26, 2016.

3. Chris Hoffman USB Type-C Explained: What It Is and Why You'll Want it, How-To Geek. March 6, 2017.

4. Tim Fisher USB-C: Everything You Need to Know, Lifewire. February 21, 2018.

5. Matthew Murray and Joel Santo Domingo What Is USB-C? An Explainer, PCMag.com. March 2, 2017.

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Publish Date: 2018-04-12 12:24:58