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Chromebooks will now alert you if you’re using the wrong USB-C cable

“Eligible Chromebooks will notify you if the USB-C cable you’re using won’t support displays, or isn’t performing ideally for your laptop”

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Chromebooks will now alert you if you’re using the wrong USB-C cable

Chromebooks will now alert you if you’re using the wrong USB-C cable. Google revealed on Friday that its newest Chromebook update includes a feature that alerts you if your USB-C cable has restricted performance. As USB-C connections can have vastly diverse capabilities, including distinct charging and data transfer speeds depending on the cable, this new Chromebook feature may turn out to be a handy tool to help with troubleshooting issues.

In a blog post, Google states that “eligible Chromebooks will notify you if the USB-C cable you’re using won’t support displays, or isn’t performing ideally for your laptop.” Moreover, “You’ll also get a notification if the cable you’re using does not support the high-performance USB4/Thunderbolt 3 standards that your Chromebook does.” According to the blog, the new functionality will first be available on Chromebooks with 11th or 12th generation Intel Core CPUs that support USB4 or Thunderbolt, “with more devices to follow.”

Google is well aware of some of the issues with USB-C cables, with employee Benson Leung making waves with his testing and evaluations of USB-C cables, including one that wrecked his Chromebook Pixel. Although things have improved since then, it’s still difficult to figure out which USB-C cable does what, so Google’s new notice is a useful addition to its Chromebooks, so Benson and the rest of the team should be thanked for that.

In addition to Chromebooks notifying you if you’re using the wrong USB-C cable, the latest update also offers a few additional features. Google is improving the split-screen magnifier function so you may resize the enlarged half of the screen to see more or less of the zoomed-in region. Additionally, the business is bringing its Cursive handwriting programme to all Chromebooks that accept styluses.

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