The magic of USB-C is its versatility, meaning it can be simple to use your phone or computer's USB-C port for more than just charging and the occasional data transfer. Of course, sometimes the device you want to connect to doesn't have a USB-C port. This weekend's giveaway allows you to use a host device with USB-C to stream video up to 4K and 60Hz refresh rate over HDMI. Read More
The second-generation Pixel phones have had some struggles. Following user reports of problems with the OLED display, strange effects when taking photos of LED lights, seemingly muted microphones, a mysterious buzzing noise, random reboots, and crashes in Android Auto mode, it has been a tumultuous time for Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL owners. Multiple users in the Google Product Forums have now claimed that the USB-C to 3.5mm headphone adapters are not working on their phones, with sound instead being played through the device. Read More
It doesn't matter how big smartphone batteries get or how efficient processors become; we'll always need extra juice for when we're on the go and don't have access to an outlet. If you haven't yet invested in a portable battery, now's a great time to. AUKEY is offering up to 32% off some products on Amazon, including a 25,600mAh battery pack with USB-PD, USB-C, and every other technology you could expect to find on a battery. Read More
Some deals don't require you break your piggy jar or dig into the couch cushions for all the pennies you have lost. Take for example this Samsung flash drive. In September, we were happy when it was down to $23.99, and earlier this month we found it an awesome deal when it dropped further to $19.99. But now? Now it's just $12.99. How 'bout that? Read More
USB-C is the future, but as we're all slowly switching to the updated port, the change isn't without its inconveniences. Chief among them: all your old stuff isn't gonna work without dongles and adapters.
Why not just use it as an excuse to upgrade? That old 2GB drive you've been hanging onto isn't enough space anyway, and Amazon's just dropped the price on Samsung's 64GB ($19.99) and 128GB ($39.99) USB-C flash drives, bringing each to an all-time low. Read More
I have bad news, and I have good news. The bad news is headphone jacks are dying, and Google is helping to kill them. That means you need adapters to keep using your existing audio devices with 3.5mm jacks. The good news is you can buy a Type-C adapter on the Google Store for much less money than you could a few days ago. Silver lining, and all that. Read More
The new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will come with an 18W USB-C PD charger in the box, but luckily for you, if you want your brand new phone to charge faster, the phones support a higher power input.
According to Googler and all-around USB-C fan/evangelist/know-it-all Benson Leung, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL support up to 27W charging with compliant USB-C PD (power delivery) chargers. Read More
As you might have already heard, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL don't have headphone jacks. It's disappointing, yes, but Google has a solution if you need to charge and listen to your tunes at the same time. The only problem: it's a $44.95 solution, and you'll have this giant dongle hanging off of your shiny new phone. Read More
Yesterday I reviewed some of Xtorm's USB-C products and came away pleased but not convinced by the prices. It then occurred to me that a little discount could go a long way in making these prices palatable so I reached out to Xtorm and got y'all a 20% coupon code discount. If you were interested in grabbing something from the company, this makes the products more competitive against other brands.
Xtorm makes EU-compatible (EU plug, 220V) hubs, chargers, and cables. The most interesting to me was the Vigor power hub since it marries one USB-C port, one USB QC 3.0 port, 4 regular 2.4A USB ports, and a Qi wireless charging pad on top. Read More
We're putting USB Type-C connectors on everything these days: phones, tablets, laptops, accessories - you name it. The latest USB-C product on the market comes in the form of the YubiKey 4C Nano, an astonishingly tiny authentication key that retails for $60. If you've got a laptop with a USB-C port and like to have additional security, this is absolutely worth taking a look at. Read More