USB cables are an integral part of our digital lives, but they can be very confusing. From the USB generation to the type of connector, there are a number of things to think about. Also, a USB cable that can charge your phone or laptop super-fast may not necessarily be super-fast at transferring data. So to make your task of buying a great USB cable for your needs easier, we’ve selected the best USB cables on the market right now.
Before we start, here are a few things you should keep in mind before buying a USB cable. If you’re buying a USB cable primarily to fast charge your smartphone or laptop, look at the charging speed supported by the cable. If you’re buying a USB cable that’ll be used for data transfer, check for the generation of the cable.
Here are the commonly available USB generations right now:
Obviously, the data transfer speeds will also depend on the connectors in your devices. So unless your devices on both ends can also support the high speeds, you won’t get them while transferring data. It also goes without saying that cables that support faster transfer speeds will usually be more expensive than those cables that work only on slower speeds (but don’t confuse the higher price as a complete proof of high-speed transfer capability).
Best USB Type-A to USB Type-C Cables: USB Hi-Speed and USB SuperSpeed 10Gbps
Best USB Type-C to Type-C Cables: USB Hi-Speed and USB SuperSpeed 5Gbps, 10Gbps
These are the best USB cables on the market. You can pick one based on your requirements and budget. Just make sure you check the cable charging capabilities and data transfer speeds. If you want a great USB Type-A to Type-C cable, Belkin Mixit DuraTek is a good option, whereas if you’re looking for a Type-C to Type-C cable, the Satechi Type-C to Type-C cable is great. Anker, Cable Matters, and NekTeck also have some decent options.
Which USB cable are you planning to buy? Let us know in the comments section. Meanwhile, if you’re looking for a fast charger for your phone or laptop, we’ve selected the Best USB PD Fast Chargers on the market.TagsUSBUSB 3.1USB 3.2
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