Elgato hasn’t simply made an excellent teleprompter, it’s additionally made a terrific USB-C cable that ships with it. Skilled audio engineer Matt “Spike” McWilliams spotted that Elgato’s newest USB-C cable has the bandwidth and USB sort printed on the connector, and now I want all producers did this.
I not too long ago spent too many hours sorting my USB-C cables into ones which can be excessive pace, ones that may ship quick charging, and ones that may do each. None of them had any marker to let me know the pace or sort of USB-C cable with out me having to check them. It’s a standard difficulty for people switching to USB-C proper now, and even a small indicator like Elgato’s can definitely assist. The writing on Elgato’s cable tells me it’s USB 3.0 appropriate and might assist as much as 5Gbps in bandwidth.
The USB Implementers Forum has a logo that producers can use on packaging, however that’s usually ineffective afterward if you’re trying to find a selected USB-C cable in your field of cables. I’ve additionally bought loads of USB-C cables which have claimed, on the field, to ship a sure bandwidth and failed to take action in actuality.
Elgato’s resolution is so easy I didn’t even discover it once I unboxed its Prompter hardware recently, nevertheless it’s so helpful that I want it was extra widespread. “You’ll see spec information on all Elgato USB and HDMI cables going ahead,” explains Julian Fest, senior vice chairman at Elgato, in a post on X (Twitter). “No extra guessing if the cable is the offender of a tech difficulty.”