USB Type-C was billed as the solution for all our future cable needs, unifying power and data delivery with display and audio connectivity, and ushering in an age of the one-size-fits-all cable. Unfortunately for those already invested in the USB Type-C ecosystem, which is anyone who has bought a flagship phone in the past couple of years, the standard has probably failed to live up to the promises.
Other than my Nintendo Switch, my back-up phone (a Galaxy S8), and my old Nexus 6P in storage somewhere, I don’t use USB-C at all, so I’ve been able to avoid all of its problems so far. It seems like a real mess.
I fully expect a chorus of people to tell me I’m wrong, but based on two machines and three hubs, I’ve found both the cables and sockets for USB C to be very fragile. All the hubs were different brands and different price points, and the the machines are unrelated manufacturers.
It’s possible that I’m just having bad luck, but so far I’ve had a USB C hub connector break with less than 10 uses, and one that broke after two weeks of use.
After about a month of use, my laptop’s USB C socket is so loose the plug just falls out (and the intermittent connection can cause bluescreens with DRIVER_LESS_THAN_OR_EQUAL asserts on Windows 10 if you jiggle it, lots of fun).
My desktop’s USB C socket worked for about a week, and then the center post broke off while just unplugging a hub.
So my review of USB C so far is, it saves like 2 seconds of looking at a USB cable before plugging it in, but the hardware is so fragile it breaks after less than a month of use. Would not buy again.
Edited 2018-06-11 23:39 UTC