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USB Cables

by engineer331 / August 13, 2005 1:56 PM PDT

I have been comparing prices on USB A/B cables for a new printer. I was wondering, do things like the gold plated connectors matter? Is an expensive cable going to be faster/produce higher quality printing/otherwise better than an inexpensive one?

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Odd.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 13, 2005 11:27 PM PDT
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I pick such up at newegg.com or geeks.com for 2 to 10 bucks and never thought to buy anything buy USB 2.0 cables. I wonder if you went to the retail outlet and are seeing those 40 buck cables I've never purchased?

Bob

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Bob
by Alan Copeland / August 13, 2005 11:54 PM PDT
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A few years ago I found that I needed a USB hub for my old Compaq. I was at the local WalMart and they had side by side Belkin 6' USB cables for $19.95 and a 4 port Belkin USB hub with the same 6' cable for $19.95.

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Alan.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 14, 2005 12:25 AM PDT
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Shop smart, Shop S-Mart.

Cheers,

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Do you have a link?
by Alan Copeland / August 14, 2005 10:49 AM PDT
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Google came up empty.

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See
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / August 14, 2005 11:01 AM PDT
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(NT) (NT) Thanks!
by Alan Copeland / August 14, 2005 9:58 PM PDT
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usb cables
by confused in florida / September 8, 2005 9:21 AM PDT
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I just ordered a 15 ft. usb cable to use on my printer so I can move it around, it cost me $3.19
from cyberguys.com, they have alot of stuff, check out their website

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USB CABLES
by confused in florida / August 14, 2005 9:09 AM PDT
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i FOUND THE USB CABLES ARE CHEAPEST AT CYBERGUYS.COM, THEY HAVE EXTENSIONS FOR USB REALLY CHEAP, A FEW BUCKS, i ORDERED ADAPTER LIBERATOR PLUGS, THEY ARE GOOD TO CLEAN UP SURGE PROTECTORS, WITH TOO MANY OF THE BLACK BOXES THAT TAKE UP SO MUCH SPACE, I FORGOT THE NAME OF THEM, ANYWAY MY ORDER ARRIVED IN TWO DAYS. THEY HAVE ANYTHING YOU CAN IMAGINE FOR COMPUTERS AND MORE. DON'T WASTE MONEY ON USB CABLES IN STORES, TOO COSTLY, TRY THIS WEBSITE, AND GET A CATALOG TOO. YOU CAN GET A/B AND A/A EXTENSIONS, LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK.

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by Coryphaeus / August 15, 2005 12:30 AM PDT
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Gold plating - All connectors should be gold plated. Have you ever looked at the connectors inside the PC? Gold. Why? Gold is very stable and will not corrode/oxidize like copper. If gold does oxidize, it's oxide is a conductor, unlike copper oxide which is an insulator.

As long as the cables meet the USB standards, they will work at their designated speed.

One thing to note. Speed ratings are in lab conditions, generally transferring one file. Multiple files will take longer. Example: I tested a USB-1 and a USB-2 cable a while back. I transferred XP SP-2 (266 Meg) from my internal HD to an external HD (USB-2) using both cables. Both drives Maxtor 7,200 RPM, 80 Gig. The USB-2 cable finished faster than the USB-1 cable. I don't remember the exact times, but the USB-2 was faster. I then did the same thing with a ton of .jpg picture files, about 200 Meg. Overall speed dropped dramatically because multiple files were transferred rather than one file (which the vendors don't mention when they are trying to tout their transfer speed). The USB-2 was faster again.

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