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You can never be too careful these days when you add a cable to your accessory collection. Sometimes product designers include first-party solutions, but more often than not, I’ve noticed that you have to search to find your own connection cables. It used to be that way with only specialty cables and adapters, but today, simple one-to-one cables are needed for regular tasks and they aren’t included with the product. Because cables can be such a tricky accessory, I like to use companies I know are dependable rather than the cheapest option on Amazon. When I acquired a 2016 MacBook Pro with Touch Bar, I knew that I would need to update my cable collection in order to stay up to date with the new USB-C standard that seems to be emerging. So, I turned to Moshi.
Moshi is a premium accessory company that focuses a lot on the needs of Apple product users. They have a wide variety of cables for many different uses. I picked up the USB-C to USB cable and decided right away to add it to my menagerie. The cable features USB 3.1 Gen 1 and is Thunderbolt 3 compatible. It is a power and data transfer cable and will support transfer speeds of up to 5 Gbps and power transfer up to 3 amps. The cable is encased in aluminum and has reinforced stress relief points. It comes with a HandyStrap that helps to keep the cable nice and neat when you store it.
I have really come to enjoy having this cable. It’s very sturdy and I don’t feel as though the exterior wrap on it will come apart easily. There are some cheaper cables that easily rot away the more you use them and with this being an option for me to charge my laptop easily and efficiently, I don’t want something that will break up after multiple uses. As far as looks go, it’s pretty standard. The cable is black while the ends are a Space Gray color. There is a white version of the cable, too.
Even though I have a couple of USB-C/Thunderbolt 3 devices, I decided to test the cable with my new MacBook Pro since it’s my primary computer. As you will recall, the 2016 MacBook Pros come equipped with 4 Thunderbolt 3 ports on it — and no other connectivity options aside from wireless. With my laptop, the data transfer option didn’t really seem to apply so I tested it as a secondary power cable. I connected the USB-A end to a desktop smart charger that provides an output of 5V/2.4A. I plugged the USB-C end into one of the Thunderbolt ports on the MBP. I was greeted with the charging chime of the laptop and saw that my charging source was labeled as “power adapter” in the menu bar of the MBP. It also shows that my laptop’s battery is indeed charging from this cable connection, too.
It’s important to point out that the 13-inch model of the 2016 MBP only requires 61W whereas the 15-inch (with Touch Bar) needs 87W. Just because my laptop worked with this cable and the specified charger, doesn’t mean they all will. I’m certain that the cable will do a fine job of transferring the power properly even with the larger model, but you need to be mindful of the wattage from the power adapter you are using.
The Moshi USB-C to USB Cable is a really nice investment. It’s not too long or too short. In the words of Goldilocks, this cable is just right. I really like having it as a part of my personal cable collection.
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