Not All USB-C Cables Are Thunderbolt Cables
Wondering why the Thunderbolt connection on your computer is underperforming? Before you blame the port or peripheral, check the cable.
Confused? Blame the Connector
Let’s open with the basics because that highlights why there is so much confusion about USB-C and Thunderbolt cables.
USB-C is a connection standard. The USB Type-C plug is an oval-shaped USB connector that replaced previous USB connectors like Mini-B, Micro-B, and other prior designs. The most notable difference, immediately visible to the user, is the change from a single-orientation plug (where cables have to be inserted right side up) to an orientation-agnostic plug (where there is no up or down).
Unlike previous iterations of USB that were simple and fairly limited, the USB Type-C plug is a rather versatile design that can support a wide range of applications from basic cellphone charging all the way up to delivering enough power for your laptop or advanced display support—but only if you have the right type of connection with the right type of cable.
Usually, people are pretty clear on whether or not the device they…
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