USB-C Stories January 2, 2019

USB-C Authentication Program could let OEMs clampdown on ‘non-compliant’ USB chargers

With USB-C seeing wide adoption on Android phones, tablets, and Chromebooks, the dream of having one convenient connection is here. The USB-IF standards body today officially launched the USB Type-C Authentication Program that will allow OEMs to “protect against non-compliant USB chargers.”

USB-C Stories February 6, 2018

In a world of truly wireless earbuds and disappearing headphone jacks, wired earbuds are quickly falling to the wayside. However, we’ve seen a few pairs of USB-C earbuds hit the market since the debut of Google’s Pixel 2, and now, Essential is jumping into that market with its own option.

Launched earlier this year, Essential’s new Earphones HD are a pair of USB-C earbuds designed to provide stellar audio quality in a package you don’t have to pair or charge. Simply plug them into the USB-C port on your Essential Phone, or any other device with a USB-C port, and you’ll have stellar audio — that’s the goal. Do they deliver? Let’s take a closer look.

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USB-C Stories November 2, 2017

Google’s new phones drop the headphone jack — that’s just a fact we’re forced to live with if we want the latest and greatest. While Bluetooth is a great option in many ways, having effortless headphones you never have to charge, pair, or use with a dongle is something many will miss. Thankfully, there are solutions, like the Libratone Q Adapt USB-C earbuds.

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USB-C Stories October 5, 2017

You’ll be able to charge the Pixel 2 phones even faster with a 27W USB-C charger

[Update: Benson Leung shared in a blog post update that 27W charging isn’t supported after all. “I’d like to clarify this post as Pixel 2 and 2 XL will not be able to support 27W charging. While the phones may be able to negotiate more power using USB Power Delivery when connected to a higher wattage charger, there are other factors which may limit the speed at which it charges the battery. The included 18W charger in the box will provide optimal charging for Pixel 2 and 2 XL. Sorry for the confusion!”]

Google is (mostly) good at using USB-C and taking advantage of what it can do, and the Pixel phones are a big part of that. Last year’s devices were able to fast charge over USB-C without any proprietary Qualcomm tech, and the Pixel 2 family can do the same. New this year, though, is expanded compatibility with even faster chargers.

USB-C Stories April 6, 2017

If you’re looking for an external SSD for use with your Chromebook or other laptop or desktop, Western Digital’s My Passport SSD looks like it could be ideal for the job. With a USB-C connection as standard (and a USB-A adapter in the box), it will be available in a choice of three capacities …

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USB-C Stories January 27, 2017


Satechi is launching a new USB-C Power Meter that can detect faulty cables, batteries, and chargers before they damage your Chromebook, Pixel or other hardware. USB-C Power Meter measures voltage, current, and power input over time so you can tell if an accessory is working as advertised or misbehaving.

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