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Rowkin Surge Wireless Earbuds review: Active users can go cordless

Rowkin is here to make true wire-free earbuds easier for everyone by doing away with cords on the Rowkin Surge wireless earbuds.

#Rowkin #WireFree #Earbuds #RowkinSurge #Review #Audio

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I've done a #USB   #TypeC  cable review. Aukey's CB-CD8 USB 3.0 cable.
tl;dr: Bad cable. Missing 6 data wires. Missing e-marker. Won't work for video out.

This cable claimed to be a USB 3.0 cable, but upon closer inspection, it has a bunch of serious problems. It's 6 wires short of being a true USB Full Featured cable, meaning it fails to support Alternate Modes that take advantage of ALL of the wires in the cable, for example, using DP Alternate Mode to display 4k60 video.

What likely happened here is that Aukey designed a decent A-to-C USB 3.1 cable and decided to make it a C-to-C cable by swapping the A plug for a C plug. They didn't read the spec on the section that describes that cable, which would have told them that they needed to design the cable with 15 wires through, not 9.

Aukey didn't read the spec, but I did. Bad cable.

Also, the cable is missing an e-marker chip, and is missing proper USB logos to top it off.

I'll be contacting Aukey, and try to pursuade them to pull the cable, destroy their inventory, and offer refunds to every customer they sold one of these to...

#USBC  

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I've done a USB-C charger review. BOLWEO's 65W charger.
tl;dr: Bad charger. Bad cable. Avoid this.

I was looking for a good quality 60W charger that would work with my Chromebook Pixel, and this new listing caught my eye.

This charger has some serious Type-C spec violations, most pressing of which is that the manufacturer tried to save a few cents (if even) by tieing together the two CC pins in the connector instead of using two separate resistors.

That means that this charger won't work with e-marked cables at all, such as the one that comes with Apple's MacBook Pro, or other USB-IF certified cables.

Also the 2M cable they shipped with this charger also violates the spec too with too high IR drop on GND.

BOLWEO needs to fix this immediately... I should also mention that this product is listed on Amazon, which has a strict policy against selling noncompliant USB Type-C products.

Look elsewhere for a USB-C and PD charger...

#USB   #TypeC   #USBC  

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I've posted a review of Veckle's (formerly iOrange-E) #USB  3.1 Gen2 #TypeC  cable.

tl;dr: Excellent SuperSpeed+ cable with 100W power support, but missing USB logos means you may forget what kind of cable it is.

This is one of the first C-to-C cables I've reviewed that comes certified by USB-IF. It supports 10gbps operation (backward compatible with 5gbps and 480mbps of course), and supports 5A operation, for up to 100W charging.

It also comes with the required e-marker identification chip, which provides vital data that helps corroborate that this cable is indeed USB-IF certified.

In my review, I use a tool to read and decode the e-marker, and cross reference the XID field with one listed on USB's web site.

This is a good cable, but the one flaw is that despite getting all the necessary certification, they actually didn't bother to put a USB logo on the box or the cable itself, so the end user may simply forget what kind of cable it is!

Officially, there are actually 6 valid kinds of C-to-C cables with subtle differences in speed and power capability. It's really important to use the right logos that are available (in this case, it should have a SuperSpeed 10 trident logo) to tell them apart.

I can tell you that I'm already building up quite a drawer of USB cables, and having anonymous cables doesn't help!

Anyway, good cable, small flaw in lack of labeling. 4 stars.

#USB   #USBC  

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It's been a little while since I've posted a review of USB Type-C cable, but I want followers to know I've got a couple of new reviews in the works.

One trend I will highlight is that more cables are getting USB-IF certified compliant. In fact, I see a number of cables on Amazon that not only claim to be USB-IF certified, they list the TID (Test Identifier) assigned by USB-IF for the cable in the product description.

This is important because this allows for someone to verify by cross checking USB's official list of certifications, available here:
http://www.usb.org/kcompliance/view/USB%20Type-C%20Cable%20Certifications.pdf

So if a vendor tells you their cable is USB-IF certified compliant, you have a way to check that claim.

In fact, with more advanced cables, there's a way to further corroborate that the cable is the same one approved by USB-IF by querying the cable itself for a piece of information that's also on the USB spreadsheet entry.

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I've done a #USB   #TypeC  cable review. Aukey's CB-CD7 USB 3.0 cable.
tl;dr: Bad cable. Missing 6 data wires. Missing e-marker. Won't work for video out.

(NOTE: This cable is practicaly identical to the CB-CD8 I reviewed a few days ago. It's safe to assume that Aukey has made this error on all of their "Fully-Featured" USB 3.1/3.0 C-to-C cables)

This cable claimed to be a USB 3.0 cable, but upon closer inspection, it has a bunch of serious problems. It's 6 wires short of being a true USB Full Featured cable, meaning it fails to support Alternate Modes that take advantage of ALL of the wires in the cable, for example, using DP Alternate Mode to display 4k60 video.

What likely happened here is that Aukey designed a decent A-to-C USB 3.1 cable and decided to make it a C-to-C cable by swapping the A plug for a C plug. They didn't read the spec on the section that describes that cable, which would have told them that they needed to design the cable with 15 wires through, not 9.

Aukey didn't read the spec, but I did. Bad cable.

Also, the cable is missing an e-marker chip, and is missing proper USB logos to top it off.

I'll be contacting Aukey, and try to pursuade them to pull the cable, destroy their inventory, and offer refunds to every customer they sold one of these to...

#USBC  

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One more USB Type-C cable review: TouchTonic's USB-C 3.1 cable.
tl;dr: NOT a USB 3.1 cable. False advertising. Also, out of spec for IR drop, means possibly slow charging/no charging.

This cable vendor is trying to pull a fast one. They claim the cable is 10gbps USB 3.1 Gen 2, and even say it's 100W. It's none of those things... it's a cheap poor quality USB 2.0 cable at best.

#USBC   #USB   #TypeC  

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Here's one more #USB   #TypeC  cable review. AmazonBasics C-to-C cables!
tl;dr: They're excellent cables, certified by USB-IF too.

These are USB 2.0 cables, so look elsewhere if you need SuperSpeed or want to do Alternate Mode (video, for example), but if you want a solid charging cable for your Mac, Chromebook, Pixel or Nexus phone, this is it.

Amazon sets a solid benchmark for all other 2.0 cables at 0.5ft, 3ft, 6ft, or 9ft. If these are available in your region, I'd highly recommend you start with these.

EDIT:
I want to also give props to +Amazon.com for how they did certification. They provided to USB the global ASIN (Amazon Standard Identification Number) as the part number for each cable they had certified. That means that you can easily grab the product ID from this PDF:http://www.usb.org/kcompliance/view/USB%20Type-C%20Cable%20Certifications.pdf, looking at the entries for "Amazon Fulfillment Services, Inc." and searching your local Amazon store for that ASIN, and you'll find it...

#USBC  

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Acer Liquid Zest Plus review: With a 5,000mAh battery, this baby will last you awhile

The Acer Liquid Zest Plus is a budget-minded smartphone that joins a barrage of other budget phones providing a decent but not great experience.
#Acer #LiquidZest #Zest #techreviews #soapreviews #strangenameforasmartphone #technology

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Dell P2418HT touchscreen monitor review: Get the most out of Windows 10 on your PC

Windows 10 is Microsoft's best version of Windows yet and the Dell P2418HT touchscreen monitor can certainly help you get the most from it.

#Dell #Windows10 #Touchscreen #Monitor #review
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