Christopher Erickson wrote:
>>> All flat cables still have twisted pairs inside. USB specification.
Has anyone cut open a ZWO cable and looked? They sure do not feel to the hand like there is room to twist the pairs, but really tiny wires maybe…
But I think the bigger issue is there appears to be no reliable certification or other source of “these cables are good” and “these not so much”.
I’ve bought a huge collection of amazon cables, for example, and tossed quite a few (even more cheap hubs). To me it’s basically one-strike-and-you-are-out, because time is more important than the cost of the cable. I have not had a ZWO flat cable fail – but I also do not use them, they just look inadequate. Unfair assumption perhaps.
But once I find one that works well, I buy some more of them. Same applies especially to USB C cables, also hard to find reliable ones.
So for me it’s survival of the fittest cable. Not a real reliable technique, except over decades, by which time they change.
Someone mentioned, I think the word was “consumer”… but I’ve also not seen clear indication that paying a lot more from specialty vendors results in better cables (though for hubs I think moreso it does). I’d love a source of hyper-reliable USB cables in various flavors and lengths even if it cost 3-4x Amazon. Mostly I just see ones that cost 3-4x, no real reputation of that much better (well, other than their own marketing).
When USB C came out there were some independent testing – I think one Google engineer was doing it? Kind of dried up. Does anyone know of any independent testing of cables still happening?