In the last couple of years, USB-C has gone from something we’d only see on flagships to becoming the current standard.

Phone reviewers are now disappointed if a new smartphone comes with a microUSB port, and even a lot of affordable smartphones are now sporting USB-C ports.

The unfortunate truth is that USB-C is still a mess in 2019.

USB-C cables from various OEMs and third-party manufacturers may all look the same, but there’s a lot to consider.

It’s gotten much better than what the situation was three or four years ago, but there are things you should look out for.

USB 2.0/3.0/3.1/Thunderbolt 3 – Currently, we have cables that could be compatible with USB 2.0, USB 3.0, and USB 3.1 (Gen 1 and Gen 2), with the version number defining function and speed.

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