ChubbyCable USB-C Review


The good folk at ChubbyCable have sent me a trio of gorgeous USB-C cables to review.

USB-C cables one is red and yellow, one black and sliver, the other hot pink.

If, like me, your work colleagues always "borrow" your cables never to be seen again - these are a godsend. They're available in a range of colours - you can even design your own. You'll never have to say "where's my boring black cable? Janice? Do you still have it?" No, you'll see the dayglow colours from miles off!

A chonky yellow cable with red connectors.

So, let's put them to the test.

The Good

They feel great in the hand. They're weighty and solid. The silicone texture feels smooth, and the woven cable has a pleasing texture to it.

The heads of the cable have decent sized grips which make them each to grasp and manipulate.

They come with a fake-leather clasp. Wrap the cable round your hand, wrap the clasp over, boom - secured. No more cable tangle.

A braided nylon cable with multiple colours and silver ends.

One of them has a Smart Light which cycles through a rainbow of colours while your device is charging. I'm not sure that it is particularly "smart" but it does look nice.

I shoved one in my laptop and another in my ridiculous USB-C hub and my laptop started charging using Power Delivery.

All my gadgets were instantly connected.

Well, almost.

The Bad

These cables don't support HDMI over USB-C. So no matter what hub you attach, you can't get video out over them.

I ran a speed test via the USB-C hub's Ethernet - and these cables got up to 330Mbps. Which is pretty good. But when using a better cable, I was able to max out my broadband at 540Mbps.

Now, to be fair, ChubbyCable do say that they're only designed for 480Mbps - so they're not doing anything wrong. You just need to be aware that USB-C features are hellishly complicated!

I think these are USB-C 3.1 cables. Here's how I made that determination.

The Linuxy

Linux lets you see the version of USB your computer is using for each device by running:

sudo lsusb -vvv |grep -i -B5 bcdUSB

With my regular USB-C lead, my hub showed up as bcdUSB 3.20. But with the ChubbyCable, the hub was bcdUSB 3.10.

Verdict

They are gorgeous.

The worked in every device I had. Whether it was an Android phone, Windows laptop, printer, Nintendo Switch, or just charging my headphones - power flowed without an issue. Transfer speeds were also fine. The cables didn't get torn or scuffed in daily use. The tying mechanism held fast, and the grips on the ends were useful. The flashy light on the black cable is fine - if you like that sort of thing.

If all you want is data and power, they're perfect. If you need faster speeds and video, you'll need a 3.2 compatible cable from somewhere else.

If you like the look of these cables - or any of the other weird gadgets sold by ChubbyCable - you can get 10% off their products using the discount code edent.

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2 thoughts on “ChubbyCable USB-C Review”

  1. James says:

    I'd have instinctively thought it to be a USB 2.0 cable with a 480mpbs speed.

    What it might be is that it is using the newer USB 3.1 signalling, but only over the single data pair that would be present in a USB 2.0 cable. This would explain why it isn't reporting USB 3.2, as the major difference is the extra conductor pair for an additional transmission channel. That is also what the DisplayPort alternate mode used for video does.

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  2. Miz Kate says:

    These cables might be gorgeous, but their customer service is terrible and shipping is slow. Their return policy says, "If you have any problems with your order or you aren’t satisfied with your product, just let us know within 30 days and we’ll get you your money back!"

    I received a cable that didn't work with my system and sent an email the same day to request a refund, and I got an email back that said that the web description clearly stated that the cable wouldn't work with certain devices (with a screenshot). No accountability or empathy with heavy dude overtones.

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