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.
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
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 – 4K@60fps, 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.
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.
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.
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.
OK, you only have an HDMI TV or monitor. This adapter is USB-C (Thunderbolt 3 compatible) to HDMI (female) and supports up to 4K@60Hz 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.