USB-C

Belkin USB-C Express Dock 3.1 HD Review

Belkin USB-C Express Dock 3.1 HD Review

For over a decade, Apple has been using its own proprietary charging connector for its MacBooks. While it offered safety features no other connector did or does to date, it was also non-standard and incompatible with the not so small number of competing standards already in the market. When Apple finally gave in, it didn’t come without a price. The 2015 MacBook only had one USB-C port for both data and charging and last year’s MacBook Pros threw all ports out, replacing them with two or four Thunderbolt 3 ports. That, however, consequently gave birth to a new market of docks and dongles that aimed to bring back what was lost. One of them is the new Belkin USB-C Express Dock 3.1 HD, which we have taken for a spin to see how it fares against the competition.

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Razer Hammerhead earbuds get USB-C just in time for Razer Phone

Razer Hammerhead earbuds get USB-C just in time for Razer Phone

It's been a big week for Razer. Just a couple of days ago, it finally launched its long-rumored Razer Phone in the US, stepping into the ring with the other big Android manufactures. Now Razer has announced a new version of its Hammerhead earbuds, making them compatible with the Razer Phone in this release.

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AdventureUltra portable battery with AC adapter: like a mobile wall plug

AdventureUltra portable battery with AC adapter: like a mobile wall plug

The folks at myCharge make a battery called AdventureUltra that outputs to USB and AC adapter. This monster has a battery capacity up to 13400mAh, and it's made for camping. Of course you can use it anywhere, as over the last few weeks I've tested and confirmed. It's a lifesaver when I'm working on a bus or making a trip across the country in a car with no outlet.

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AOC USB-C monitor detailed for laptop expansion

AOC USB-C monitor detailed for laptop expansion

The folks at AOC have a new monitor they want to add to your backpack of goodies. This display is a 15.6-inch panel that connects to a computer with a single USB-C cord. That cord acts as both power and video source, allowing for the most mobile-friendly display add-on for a laptop basically ever invented - with a wire, that is to say.

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Google cuts USB-C headphone adapter to Apple price

Google cuts USB-C headphone adapter to Apple price

Google's gone to war with Apple with a single accessory, one dongle that connects the past to the future: the headphone jack adapter. This dongle connects to the Pixel 2's USB-C port on one end, and a standard 3.5mm headphone plug on the other. Google's just reduced the price of this dongle from $20 down to $9.

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Google: Pixel 2 ‘still comes with a headphone jack’ but…

Google: Pixel 2 ‘still comes with a headphone jack’ but…

This week Google responded to public outcry about the lack of a standard audio headphone jack for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. The response comes from Google Pixel/Nexus Community Manager Orrin Hancock. "The Pixel 2 still comes with a headphone jack," said Hancock, "but we have moved to USB-C, a standard that is becoming commonplace in the best phones and laptops of today."

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Google Pixel 2 can charge really fast, compensates for no wireless

Google Pixel 2 can charge really fast, compensates for no wireless

There is no such thing as a perfect smartphone. Even the Google Pixel, especially the new Pixel 2, forces even its fans to compromise on some things. While Google has, like it or not, embraced wireless audio by ditching the 3.5 mm headphone jack, it seems to still snub the other wireless trend: charging. One of Google's reasons is that wireless charging isn't fast enough and there is some truth to that. "USB C Crusader" Benson Leung reveals exactly how much power the Pixel 2 can take in.

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Google Pixel 2 XL tipped to ‘copy’ iPhone X in these 3 ways

Google Pixel 2 XL tipped to ‘copy’ iPhone X in these 3 ways

The Google Pixel 2 XL has a slightly different design than its predecessor and its release schedule will differ as well. In the most basic sense, these are the two ways in which the Google Pixel 2 XL will end up following Apple's iPhone X lead - a later release than previous devices, and a relatively large redesign. But we're interested in more specifics - and in providing proof on whether Google actually did "copy" Apple at all.

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Yubico’s new USB-C authenticator is entirely too tiny

Yubico’s new USB-C authenticator is entirely too tiny

The Yubico YubiKey 4C Nano is the perfect way for you to lose access to your computer because of it's miniature size. The image of this device you see above and/or below should give you an accurate sense for scale - it's just about the size of most USB/Bluetooth dongles. The difference here is that this device is the key to your crypto and touch-to-sign, FIDO U2F, one-time password, smart card (PIV), and smart card (OpenPGP) authentication - important stuff.

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OWC USB-C Travel Dock hooks the MacBook up

OWC USB-C Travel Dock hooks the MacBook up

This week the folks at OWC have a new super-duper-dongle that they call the USB-C Travel Dock for Mac and PC. This device rolls with five ports, extending the abilities of the meager USB-C port well beyond its original, single-ported existence. Of course this device would be nothing if USB-C wasn't able to provide the connections - it's a teamwork sort of situation.

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USB 3.2 doubles the speed, doubles the confusion

USB 3.2 doubles the speed, doubles the confusion

For something that has “universal” in its name, the USB standard is anything but. It is honestly all over the place. USB Type-C, a.k.a. USB-C, was supposed to become the end all and be all of USB connections but, that is only true in an ideal world. In the real world, devices still use non-reversible USB 3.0, even much older USB 2.0, connections. And to keep things moving forward, the USB 3.0 Promoter Group has just proudly revealed the existence of yet another one: USB 3.2.

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Satechi USB-C to HDMI adapter and cable go fully 4K

Satechi USB-C to HDMI adapter and cable go fully 4K

The folks at Satechi have revealed a couple of new USB-C accessories for those device users that wish to output video from small screens to big screens. Two devices were shown today, one a dongle, the other a cable. The cable has USB-C on one end, and a full-sized HDMI plug on the other. The smaller device is the adapter which has a full-sized HDMI port on one end and USB-C on the other.

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