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Benson Leung, an engineer on Google’s Pixel team, was doing God’s work by risking his Chromebook Pixel, which charges via USB-C, to test every single USB-C to USB-A cord available to general consumers. One crappy cord, and his $1500 computer would be fried.
You know how this story ends right? On Monday, a cheap cord purchased from Amazon destroyed all his testing equipment, including his computer. According to Leung’s Google Plus page, the “SurjTech 3M USB 3.1 Type C to Standard Type A” cord was unbelievably poorly made, with some necessary wires soldered incorrectly, and other wires missing. (Mercifully, the faulty cable is no longer available for purchase on the site.)
It's crazy that he used a $1500 laptop to test USB-C cables from unknown brands. There are probably many cheaper devices like tablets and smartphones with USB-C ports. He probably also could of asked a hardware employee from Google to build him a USB-C cable tester instead of using an expensive $1500 laptop.
I wonder if the laptop was his own personal laptop which he bought with his own money.