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    News - Reversible USB Type-C connector revealed by Foxconn

    Smaller connector, facilitating less fumbling, is on the way.
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    Re: News - Reversible USB Type-C connector revealed by Foxconn

    "unnecessarily complicated in that there are two different kinds of ends and both ends need to be orientated correctly as you fumble around behind your PC"
    Really?
    THIS is what people think is complicated (let alone 'unnecessarily complicated')??!!
    We can no longer cope with matching the right shaped block to the right shaped hole, despite it being a skill most of us learn from the Fisher Price toys we had at 6 months old... ??!!

    Anyway, I thought this was why we also have front USB ports, where you can see what you're doing...

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    Re: News - Reversible USB Type-C connector revealed by Foxconn

    Quote Originally Posted by Ttaskmaster View Post
    "unnecessarily complicated in that there are two different kinds of ends and both ends need to be orientated correctly as you fumble around behind your PC"
    Really?
    THIS is what people think is complicated (let alone 'unnecessarily complicated')??!!
    We can no longer cope with matching the right shaped block to the right shaped hole, despite it being a skill most of us learn from the Fisher Price toys we had at 6 months old... ??!!

    Anyway, I thought this was why we also have front USB ports, where you can see what you're doing...
    Laptops and many other equipment makers must start using this standard now! 2015 is just too far away.

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    Re: News - Reversible USB Type-C connector revealed by Foxconn

    I thought the biggest reason was that micro USB 3 type B was a horrid cable:


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    Re: News - Reversible USB Type-C connector revealed by Foxconn

    Quote Originally Posted by Ttaskmaster View Post
    Really?
    THIS is what people think is complicated (let alone 'unnecessarily complicated')??!!
    We can no longer cope with matching the right shaped block to the right shaped hole, despite it being a skill most of us learn from the Fisher Price toys we had at 6 months old... ??!!

    Anyway, I thought this was why we also have front USB ports, where you can see what you're doing...
    It nearly always takes me 3 goes to connect a USB connector, although mini is easier as it has an easier visual indication of orientation. You're right, unneccessarily complicated is a stretch, but since theres no reason for it to be a fixed orientation, why make it one?

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    Re: News - Reversible USB Type-C connector revealed by Foxconn

    Quote Originally Posted by herulach View Post
    It nearly always takes me 3 goes to connect a USB connector, although mini is easier as it has an easier visual indication of orientation. You're right, unneccessarily complicated is a stretch, but since theres no reason for it to be a fixed orientation, why make it one?
    Agree - it's pretty frustrating to try and fiddle around the back of machine with a tight USB plug, only to find that that the correct way was the first one you tried. And no "but you should know which way around the plug is" comments - I've got cases etc where some of the ports are effectively upside-down.

    An orientation-neutral cable - and especially one that doesn't have a "right" end like current USB cables do - would remove that unnecessary frustration in one sweep.

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    Re: News - Reversible USB Type-C connector revealed by Foxconn

    I only hope that the smaller connector is as capable of bearing weight as the standard one. I have a USB thumb drive sticking out of my PC which I use to hang up my headphones while they're charging. ;o)

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    Re: News - Reversible USB Type-C connector revealed by Foxconn

    [QUOTE=herulach;7004]
    Quote Originally Posted by Ttaskmaster View Post
    It nearly always takes me 3 goes to connect a USB connector, although mini is easier as it has an easier visual indication of orientation. You're right, unneccessarily complicated is a stretch, but since theres no reason for it to be a fixed orientation, why make it one?
    That is because USB connectors exist in the same realm of physics as quantum mechanics.

    http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=2388

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    Re: News - Reversible USB Type-C connector revealed by Foxconn

    The only worry I have about the new design is the tiny tongue in the port. It looks like a prime candidate for getting damaged, and as it's going to be part of the laptop/phone it's going to be hard to fix. Admittedly micro-usb ports are like this too, so it's not like the situation is getting worse, but I think Apple did it right with Lightning's form factor.

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    Re: News - Reversible USB Type-C connector revealed by Foxconn

    "...another nice feature of the new plug will be an audible click when it is correctly inserted..."

    I'll just leave that there for a bit...

    Other than that the new connector/plug/whatchamacallit is actually pretty cool.
    Last edited by azrael-; 04-04-2014 at 05:38 PM.

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    Re: News - Reversible USB Type-C connector revealed by Foxconn

    So, 20 years to improve on a mediocre connector, that's what I call progress

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    Re: News - Reversible USB Type-C connector revealed by Foxconn

    Quote Originally Posted by jimbouk View Post
    I thought the biggest reason was that micro USB 3 type B was a horrid cable:

    It's actually quite a smart design. You can use a micro USB 2 cable with it, just not get the usb3 speeds
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    Re: News - Reversible USB Type-C connector revealed by Foxconn

    I agree with the above - got a Note 3 and it's fine
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    Re: News - Reversible USB Type-C connector revealed by Foxconn

    [QUOTE=slipthemonkey;3244901]
    Quote Originally Posted by herulach View Post

    That is because USB connectors exist in the same realm of physics as quantum mechanics.

    http://www.smbc-comics.com/?id=2388
    Exactly! (or rather )

    I thought you were alluding to some perverse combination of the Uncertainty Principle crossed with Murphy's/Sod's Law. So the connector only assumes an orientation when observed (U.P.) and that orientation will be the opposite from that which you require/thought-initially (M./S. L.)

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    Re: News - Reversible USB Type-C connector revealed by Foxconn

    i hope i will never have to check what way a usb is facing ever again... shut up and take my money!

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