Right now, as new technology, USB type C cables are quite expensive and, at £25, this is no different. But for that kind of money you kind of expect something a bit special and that’s where most cables fall short. In this case, though, we have a high quality braided cable (with a 1 metre length in this case), coupled with some excellent USB fittings on either side. The braided cable does make it less flexible than standard cables but it’s a lot more hard wearing and will pretty much never tangle.
I’m no Google engineer so I can’t give you the technical breakdown and comparison, but charging my phone (a Nexus 6P) via this cable was not only comparable to the equivalent cable supplied with the phone but actually gave a higher charger. Whereas the Google cable settled around 1100 mA, this cable fluctuated between 1250 and 1290 mA, which is excellent. I attempted a data connection to my Macbook via the cable and this worked great too. Essentially, all the features you’d really need of a cable.
The cable comes in a rip-able plastic package and is held together by a couple of plastic ties. Yes, it’s minimal but the use of plastic for everything is disappointing.
If you’re on the market one for a USB-C cable, and want it to be sturdy rather than flexible, then this is an excellent choice. But, yes, that price!
Disclosure of gift - I received this product at a discounted price in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.