Got your eye on the new 16-inch MacBook Pro? Or maybe you already have a MacBook or MacBook Pro that's serving you well. Or maybe you aren't a macOS user and instead have a or even Linux laptop. Or perhaps you have replaced your laptop with an iPad Pro with its USB-C connector.
No matter what platform your run, if you own a USB-C- equipped device, you need to buy this cheap $25 accessory.
Because it could save your device from a nasty accident.
So, what is this accessory? It's a 20-pin USB-C magnetic breakaway connector that acts like the old MagSafe connector.
The connector is a standard USB-C type connector that is attached to a dongle using a magnet. The magnet is strong enough to keep the connector together but will allow the connector to separate if the cable is given a tug that is strong enough to take the laptop on a journey groundwards.
I've tested it several times - a couple of times by accident - and found it to be effective.
It just works.
The connector is rated for 100W (20V/5A) power transfer, which is what I use if for, but it is also good for data and can support a throughput of 10Gbps, and can support 4K@30Hz video output.
Usage is simple -- plug the USB-C connector into the laptop, and connect your USB-C charge cable to the breakaway part of the assembly, and you are ready to go.
Given the price of high-end USB-C devices, $25 is a small price to pay for a little insurance against dragging it to the floor via the cable during a clumsy move.