[Attack of the Cables!] 18th #USB #TypeC analysis: Plugable USB3.1Gen2 USB-IF Certified eMarked C-C cable. [Model USBC-C100]
tl;dr: GOOD. Properly eMarked 3A, USB-IF certified, economical, good support. High IR drop could be improved.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01E4NPPGW/

[PDF of Cable Checklist for Plugable USBC-C100]
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B2OJRSgNnm4GMmlqZE1sQVc5TEE
(These analyses will be a lot shorter, and rapid-fire. READ THE PDF.)

Here's a question: if manufacturers everywhere are breaking the rules, and you find a name-brand cable that is decent, cheap, reliable, and has good support -- do you go for it? Or push your luck? (Shopping mall parking hypothesis.)

This cable lies perfectly within USB-IF Specifications. It is properly USB-IF certified and eMarked, and the company itself is "honorable", for lack of a better word. But I will point out two hiccups in the design:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zero-based_numbering

First, the "Product ID" field in the eMarker on some cables appears to be "Zero". If you are a computer guy/gal you know what "zero indexing" is. But do product numbers allow the same rules? To my eyes, "zero is a number" so it's OK, as long as it's unique and never re-used for another product. However, poorly-coded USB-C devices might scan the eMarker, see a zeroed out "Product number" field, and naively assume it's not there. So it's something to be aware of.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Engineering_tolerance

Second, the IR drop causes some charging issues on the Google Nexus 6P. (More on this in another post, later.) This is allowed for in the USB-C spec, and Plugable is doing everything by the rules. But again, a "problem device" that isn't following the rules is having trouble.

So if you want an USB3.1Gen2 cord "just to have", or for general use -- I recommend grabbing this since it is reliable and *literally* half the cost of the Belkin.

Details/proof in the PDF report.
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