• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Good, but cumbersome and restrictive

    • Written by Lucas W

    The cable works well, and fast-charging is helpful, but it's cumbersome. Unlike Apple's previous chargers, this cable trades the standard USB-A plug for a USB-C plug, allowing it to connect to MacBooks and the new iPad Pro. This also means that it can ONLY connect to MacBooks and iPad Pro's, unless you decide to spend $80 on a wall adapter, but that's another issue entirely. My biggest complaint is the length of the cable; it's just too long. The shortest available length is 1 meter, which is more than 3 feet long. A long cable is helpful, if you want to charge your phone from across the room. However, as said above, there isn't a reasonable power adapter. Most people are going to charge their phones from their MacBooks. This forces you to wind the cable into a massive coil that takes up most of your desk. Then there's the power bricks. Personally, I bought this cable so I could sync my phone to iTunes without having to use an adapter, but at this point I'm considering going back to using a dongle. I'd love to take advantage of the fast charging without having to use my MacBook, but despite Apple leading the charge with USB-C, they only make two compatible power adapters. Both of them are massive, both of them are expensive, and both of them are sold separately. This just isn't common sense. Honestly, you're better off with a USB-A adapter. Fastcharging isn't worth the frustration.

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