Confronting the growing lack of laptop I/O
The trend with laptops in the past couple of years has been to drop many of the inputs that were once standard. Ethernet was an early casualty of the Ultrabook design, and now even standard USB ports are missing from the thinnest designs. USB Type-C does offer an all-in-one solution, but laptops with no other connectivity require dongles and adapters to be practical. AUKEY’s USB C Hub is one option to add I/O back to your machine in a single package, and they sent one over so we could check it out.
In case you haven’t heard of them, AUKEY is a common sight when browsing Amazon, offering a wide range of adapters and accessories. This CB-C55 has now been superceded by the "improved" version which offers media card slots on the side as well, but we are looking at the standard version today.
Subject: Displays | September 28, 2017 - 11:25 AM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: VP3881, VP3268-4K, VP2785-4K, viewsonic, usb type-c, ultrawide, UHD, ips, DCI-P3, Adobe RGB, 4k
ViewSonic has announced three new monitors in their VP series featuring factory-calibrated professional grade color, with the VP3881, VP2785-4K, and VP3268-4K.
The VP3881 features a 37.5-inch curved 21:9 aspect display with 3840x1600 resolution and HDR10 support.
"Featuring a unique ergonomic design, ultra-wide 21:9 aspect ratio, and integrated speakers, the VP3881 delivers a panoramic viewing experience ideal for video editing, content development, high-end entertainment, and other color-critical applications."
The 27-inch VP2785-4K offers the most impressive color specs of the group, with 99% Adobe RGB and 96% DCI-P3 from its Ultra HD (3840x2160) panel.
"This 27-inch 4K Ultra HD monitor delivers unmatched color accuracy for photographers, graphic designers, content developers, and other design pros and multimedia creatives. That means you get true images with vivid colors from real life, to camera, to screen. With USB 3.1 Type C, HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort, and Mini DisplayPort 2.1 connectivity options, the VP2785-4K can be used with a variety of external devices as well."
Finally we have the VP3268-4K, a 32-inch Ultra HD monitor with an IPS panel and minimal bezel design.
"The newest member of the VP68 family, this monitor balances ultra-high definition and a large 32-inch display to deliver the ultimate in detail, clarity, and screen real estate – perfect for limitless creativity. With a SuperClear® IPS panel and 4-sided frameless design, this monitor provides a near-seamless viewing experience ideal for multi-display setups. It also includes HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort, Mini-DisplayPort, and USB hubs for flexible connectivity to a variety of computing devices and peripherals."
ViewSonic states that "all three of these VP series monitors are factory calibrated to deliver an amazing Delta E" of <2, making them ready for color-critical work out of the box. The monitors are available now, with list prices (USD) as follows:
- VP3881: $1329.00
- VP3268-4K: $989.00
- VP2785-4K: $989.00
Subject: Mobile | December 28, 2016 - 12:01 AM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: usb type-c, thunderbolt 3, ThinkPad Type-C Dock, ThinkPad Thunderbolt 3 Dock, Thinkpad, notebook, Lenovo, laptop, dock, CES 2017, CES
Lenovo has teased a pair of new docks for their upcoming ThinkPad refresh at CES, with both Thunderbolt 3 and USB Type-C options. We don’t have a lot of details but the photos from Lenovo show the available ports on these two docks.
ThinkPad Thunderbolt 3 (left) and USB Type-C (right) docks (Image: Lenovo)
The ThinkPad Thunderbolt 3 Dock supports up to 3 displays, with a pair of DisplayPort outputs along with a full size HDMI. The front panel offers a Thunderbolt 3 port, USB, and 3.5 mm audio, and the rear offers four more USB 3.0 ports (one charging), LAN, and a VGA output.
Back view of Thunderbolt 3 Dock (Image: Lenovo)
The Type-C dock supports up to 2 displays via DisplayPort, and has three USB 3.0 ports between the front and back panel (plus a front panel Type-C port), along with legacy USB 2.0 ports for peripherals. The smaller dock retains VGA and LAN ports as well.
Back view of USB Type-C Dock (Image: Lenovo)
Expect full specifications after the official launch of these products, presumably at CES 2017.
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Subject: General Tech | September 6, 2016 - 01:07 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: hdmi, usb type-c, HDMI 1.4b
HDMI Licensing have agreed to allow a single cord converter that converts HDMI 1.4b to USB Type-C, no additional dongle required. The HDMI Alt Mode will support all the features of the new HDMI standard, including 4k resolution and an audio return channel. That will mean any computer, tablet or other device with Type-C out can be plugged into an HDMI port on an external display with a single cord, no additional dongles or other hassles. The Register does point out one small defect, the HDMI port is not reversible so you will still have to turn it three times before it will plug in.
"HDMI Licensing, the administrator of the High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) spec, has decided that the time has come to do away with dongles and given the thumb's up to USB-C."
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- Adobe Flash goes crawling back to Linux for some security @ The Inquirer
- The New AMD Socket AM4 Chipsets Revealed @ Tech ARP
- The 7th Generation AMD A-Series Desktop APUs @ Tech ARP
- The survivors: Intel's Apollo Lake netbook CPUs stagger from Goldmont bloodbath @ The Register
- A Review Of The Zmodo Pivot Smart Camera Security Solution @ Techgage
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Subject: General Tech | August 31, 2016 - 12:44 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: usb type-c, anker
The good news is that Google researcher Benson Leung has some help in his quest to rid the world of bad USB Type-C cords, the bad news is that he still needs it. Another intrepid investigator who goes by the moniker Nathan K discovered that the Anker PowerLine USB-C cable model A8185011 is a danger to your electronics. The labelling states 5A, 100W and yet testing shows 3A, 60W which would not be so bad except that the wire allows Rp pulldown to be doubled. This leads to a very hot charger as 5V Vconn voltages end up where they really should not be. Anker has recalled these cords so you should not see them for sale anymore but you might want to double check any you currently own.
Drop by The Register for info and a link to Nathan's Google+ post, which includes the testing data.
"Peripherals builder Anker has issued a recall after researchers found that one of its USB-C cables could potentially cause serious damage to connected hardware."
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- OneLogin breached, hacker finds cleartext credential notepads @ The Register
- Fedora 25 Alpha Linux Distro Now Available @ Slashdot
- Forcing the Windows 10 Anniversary Update @ Hardware Secrets
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Subject: Storage | July 15, 2016 - 02:46 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: usb type-c, usb 3.1, Porsche Design Desktop Drive, LaCie, external hdd
LaCie's newest external drive is called the Porsche Design Desktop Drive and comes in 4, 5 and 8TB models, giving you plenty of room to back up important files and to take your stories with you when travelling. It connects via Type-C USB 3.1, finally giving you a peripheral to plug into that port on your motherboard although it requires an AC power adapter to be plugged in when in use. Benchmark Reviews tested the drive and saw reads and writes hitting just under 180MB/s which is not bad, although far short of the theoretical maximum performance of the new USB protocol. You can check out the full review here.
"Utilizing the latest USB-C connector and providing up to 8GB of storage as well as simultaneously charging your laptop computer, the LaCie Porsche Design Desktop Drive is powerful, stylish, and usable with any computer with a USB 3.0/3.1 port. There are other features as well, which Benchmark Reviews will test in this review of this interesting external drive system."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- Corsair Neutron XTi 480GB @ Kitguru
- Toshiba TransMemory-EX II 128 GB USB 3.0 @ techPowerUp
- Seagate Enterprise Capacity v5 8TB Review @ Hardware Canucks
Subject: General Tech | April 13, 2016 - 12:59 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: usb type-c
The USB Implementers Forum, in charge of developing the standards for USB interfaces have developed software which can confirm the authenticity of a USB device or USB charger before allowing power to pass over the connection. This is intended to prevent the death of another Pixel, or any other device which might charge over a Type C connection thanks to a dodgy cable. It is not yet released but was written with the intention enabling it to be distributed as a patch to your OS as it was designed with a proper signature and certificate to ensure it is not easy to tamper with. The Register has more on this story as well as information on Google's WebUSB protocol which will allow a connected USB device to communicate with connected networks.
"The USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) has announced the "USB Type-C Authentication specification", a set of software-defined rules that a device can use to protect itself from potential sizzlage."
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- Best smartphones 2016: iPhone SE, Huawei P9, Galaxy S7 Edge and more @ The Inquirer
- Security researcher to IBM: 'Fix that 2013 Java bug' @ The Register
- Security is the biggest bug of open source, says Linux Foundation CTO @ The Inquirer
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- How to not get pwned on Windows: Don't run any virtual machines, open any web pages, Office docs, hyperlinks ... @ The Register
- Linux Kernel 4.5 Gets Its First Point Release, Receives Hundreds of Improvements @ Linux.com
Subject: Storage | June 3, 2015 - 09:15 AM | Sebastian Peak
Tagged: usb type-c, microDuo 3C, kingston, flash drive, computex 2015
Kingston has announced a new high-speed USB flash drive with the new Type-C connector, and the dual-interface drive also works with standard USB Type-A devices.
The microDuo 3C offers read speeds up to 100MB/s and 15MB/s writes for the 32GB and 64GB models, with write speeds of 10MB/s on the 16GB version.
Specifications from Kingston:
Pricing was not revealed, but the drive will ship later this month so we will find out soon.
A substantial upgrade for Thunderbolt
Today at Computex, Intel took the wraps off of the latest iteration of Thunderbolt, a technology that I am guessing many of you thought was dead in the water. It turns out that's not the case, and this new set of features that Thunderbolt 3 offers may in fact push it over the crest and give it the momentum needed to become a useable and widespread standard.
First, Thunderbolt 3 starts with a new piece of silicon, code named Alpine Ridge. Not only does Alpine Ridge increase the available Thunderbolt bandwidth to 40 Gbps but it also adds a native USB 3.1 host controller on the chip itself. And, as mobile users will be glad to see, Intel is going to start utilizing the new USB Type-C (USB-C) connector as the standard port rather than mini DisplayPort.
This new connector type, that was already a favorite among PC Perspective staff because of its size and its reversibility, will now be the way connectivity and speed increases this generation with Thunderbolt. This slide does a good job of summarizing the key take away from the TB3 announcement: 40 Gbps, support for two 4K 60 Hz displays, 100 watt (bi-directional) charging capability, 15 watt device power and support for four protocols including Thunderbolt, DisplayPort, USB and PCI Express.
Protocol support is important and Thunderbolt 3 over USB-C will be able to connect directly to a DisplayPort monitor, to an external USB 3.1 storage drive, an old thumb drive or a new Thunderbolt 3 docking station. This is truly unrivaled flexibility from a single connector. The USB 3.1 controller is backward compatible as well: feel free to connect any USB device to it that you can adapt to the Type-C connection.
From a raw performance perspective Thunderbolt 3 offers a total of 40 Gbps of bi-directional bandwidth, twice that of Thunderbolt 2 and 4x what we get with USB 3.1. That offers users the ability to combine many different devices, multiple displays and network connections and have plenty of headroom.
With Thunderbolt 3 you get twice as much raw video bandwidth, two DP 1.2 streams, allowing you to run not just a single 4K display at 60 Hz but two of them, all over a single TB3 cable. If you want to connect a 5K display though, you will be limited to just one of them.
For mobile users, which I think is the area where Thunderbolt 3 will be the most effective, the addition of USB 3.1 allows for charging capability up to 100 watts. This is in addition to the 15 watts of power that Thunderbolt provides to devices directly - think external storage, small hubs/docks, etc.
Subject: General Tech | April 14, 2015 - 01:00 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: usb type-c, usb 3.1, dell, asus
DigiTimes has seen evidence that non-Apple fanatics will have a chance to get their hands on USB 3.1 Type C connectors in the near future. Dell will be releasing a Windows 10 powered, 11" LCD Venue 11 Pro in the fall which will sport Type-C connectors for the new USB standard. ASUS will also be releasing gaming laptops with Type-C connectors this year as well although we do not have a specific date nor do we know when they will be included on less expensive models. If you are wondering when we will start to see USB 3.1 devices on the market you can check the list that ASUS provided The Tech Report here.
"After Apple's adoption of the USB Type-C port on its 12-inch MacBook, Dell also recently announced to use the technology for its 11-inch tablet and Asustek Computer is planning to launch gaming notebooks with USB Type-C support in the second half at the earliest, according to a Chinese-language Apply Daily report."
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- Intel: Moore's Law will be more relevant in the next 20 years than the past 50 @ The Inquirer
- Unpatched 18 year-old Windows man-in-the-middle diddle revived @ The Register
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