Moshi provides a range of premium accessories to Protect, Connect, Listen and Carry your tech products.
Before GadgetGuy covers a brand like Moshi, we need to review a representative sample.
Spoiler alert: Moshi Corp, founded in Silicon Valley in 2005, aims to bring beauty to the world of tech. These accessories are well-made, beautifully finished and nicely boxed – great for Xmas gifts for the geek who has all.
Moshi Connect products
There are so many ‘desirable’ things in this category that we selected three that will be of most use to USB-C equipped Mac, iPad, Android/Chrome and Windows users.
USB-C to USB-C Monitor Cable $69 (PN 99MO084031)
More laptops use Thunderbolt 3 or USB-C 3.1/3.2 Gen 1/2 to connect to the world of compatible devices. But you can’t just use any USB-C or Thunderbolt 3 cable – there are restrictions on length and wattage (called USB-C PD read our guide here).
Many new monitors support USB-C connection (instead of, or as well as HDMI and DisplayPort). Whether you are using a USB-C or Thunderbolt dock or a spare port on your laptop this cable connects.
This USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 cable is a full-function cable USB-IF certified so you can transfer power, data and multimedia content at up to 10 Gbps – [email protected], HDR and multi-channel audio. And because of this it will support HDR content from streaming services too.
Build-wise it is two-tone, gold/black, the anodised aluminium housing is durable and stylish. The 1.0m cable also is EMCS certified to handle USB-C PD power to 100W.
We tested it on a 38-inch 4K USB-C monitor that had been flashing messages about the use of an unapproved cable – voila, those messages stopped.
USB-C to DisplayPort Cable 1.5 m $99 (PN 99MO084102)
Well, not all monitors have USB-C, so the next best is USB-C to DisplayPort. This cable supports 3840 x 2160 x 60Hz (4K) and is DisplayPort 1.2 compatible with HDR and multi-channel audio. Better still, you can use it with a DisplayPort computer to convert the signal to USB-C (the monitor needs to support DP 1.3).
Depending on the monitor and the GPU (these must support DisplayPort 1.3) it can support 5160 x 2880 (5K) video resolution with 4:4:4 chroma subsampling.
It is VESA certified to support HBR3 (High Bit Rate 3) at 32.4 Gbps using the USB-C Alternate mode.
We tested it on the latest MacBook and an LG 5K Ultrawide – the result was perfect. We had previously had issues with other USB-C to DP cables.
USB-C to HDMI Adapter $74.98 (99MO084202)
OK, you only have an HDMI TV or monitor. This adapter is USB-C (Thunderbolt 3 compatible) to HDMI (female) and supports up to [email protected] as well as multi-channel audio. Just supply your own HDMI Male to Male cable.
It should work with any USB-C computer, 3.1/3.2, Gen 1/2. We tested it on a variety of Mac and PCs and 1080 and 4K monitors and TVs. It supports HDR transmission as well – good for streaming services.
You can also get a 2m USB-C to HDMI cable.
GadgetGuy’s take – Moshi is good, expensive, but good!
Sometimes you must pay a little more to get something that works. Moshi meets or exceeds paradigms for this category.
I spent an hour or so on the website and have left a list for Santa of things that a geek would like.