Techies hailed USB-C as the future of cables when it hit the mainstream market with Apple’s single-port MacBook in 2015. It was a huge improvement over the previous generation of USB, allowing for many different types of functionality — charging, connecting to an external display, etc. — in one simple cord, all without having a “right side up” like its predecessor.
Five years later, USB-C is near-ubiquitous: Almost every modern laptop and smartphone has at least one USB-C port, with the exception of the iPhone, which still uses Apple’s proprietary Lightning port. For all its improvements, USB-C has become a mess of tangled standards — a nightmare for consumers to navigate despite the initial promise of simplicity.
Especially the charging situation with USB-C can be a nightmare. I honestly have no clue which of my U SB-C devices can fast-charge with which charger and which cable, and I just keep plugging stuff in until it works. Add in all my fiancée’s devices, and it’s… Messy.
It works as long as you avoid cheaper stuff.
Some (random) recommendations:
Apple Type-C Laptop Charger: https://www.apple.com/shop/product/MX0J2AM/A/96w-usb-c-power-adapter
At 96W, this should be compatible with most phones and laptops, including Windows ones.
Dell 190W Type-C Dock: https://www.amazon.com/Dell-Docking-Station-Delivery-DisplayPort/dp/B07S3XHMP1
Provides enough power for high end laptops, and can also hook up your keyboard, mouse, monitor, and ethernet devices. The only issue is lack of 4K@60Hz due to technical limitations
Can’t make a direct recommendation, because I don’t use one. The difference would be being able to drive multiple 4K monitors at high refresh rates.
But this one (Lenovo) seems to be highly rated:
Overall you get what you pay for.