Back in November, a Google software engineer named Benson Leung had a problem: He came across a few USB-C cables for his Chromebook Pixel that didn’t function according to the USB-C specification and risked damaging the laptop.
So he started reviewing them on Amazon, using specialized diagnostic tools to see if each would pass the correct amount of power to a laptop, phone or tablet… and kept at it. You can browse his findings —105 posts to date — on the Google+ page Leung set up, or you can get a tl;dr summary of his endorsements on his Amazon wish list.
You’ll see that having a no-name brand is no bar to quality (no, I hadn’t heard of Cambond or Yoozon either); about the only companies I recognized that got his nod were Xiaomi and Monoprice. It’s also remarkable how such vendors as Cable Matters and TechMatte shaped up their act and shipped spec-compliant cables after getting dinged in Leung’s earlier reviews.
Alas, that’s likely to be Leung’s last word on the subject for a little while. He wrote on Monday that a badly wired SurjTech cable had fried his test equipment, including his Pixel: “I am very unhappy, and this is going to affect how quickly I get through cables and other accessories in the short term since my computer is dead.”