I’ve had one thing of a tough relationship with dongles. Specifically, the humble USB-A dongle—the little factor you plug into your desktop or laptop computer pc to make wi-fi peripherals like keyboards, mice, and headsets, work. These little issues have precipitated me no finish of sleepless nights, emotional anguish, and private turmoil.
They look and really feel extraordinarily janky after they’re plugged right into a laptop computer, doubly so when it’s a must to plug a USB-A dongle right into a USB-C dongle as a result of so many laptops now have solely USB-C ports. They’re terrible, I hate them, and I want ailing upon them. Thankfully, we’re beginning to see extra and extra gadgets transport with USB-C dongles, and these new digital barnacles are like a balm upon the religious wounds inflicted by the dongles of yore.
Why Do Dongles Even Exist
First issues first: Why do some gadgets have dongles? Generally, wi-fi equipment like mice, keyboards, headsets, and gamepads will hook up with your gadgets over both Bluetooth or the 2.4-GHz band. Bluetooth can introduce a palpable latency into communications between your equipment and your pc. That can imply the audio is out of sync with the video, and your mouse and keyboard can really feel unbearably gradual.
That’s the place the 2.4-GHz band is available in. Not solely is it faster, eliminating any sense of lag between your gadgets, nevertheless it has a for much longer vary than Bluetooth. That means you possibly can plug your headset dongle into your PC and rise up and stroll round with out dropping the sign, except you get fairly distant. All the best gaming accessories embrace 2.4-GHz dongles as of late, as a result of if you’re gaming, even the slightest little bit of latency could be disastrous.
That used to imply your pc or laptop computer could be lined in thick black rectangular dongles protruding of each out there port. But over the previous 12 months or two, USB-C dongles have turn into the norm, and I’m by no means going again.
More Like USB-Cool
The greatest advantage of a USB-C dongle over Bluetooth is that I need not fumble with pairing and unpairing when switching gadgets. But its leg up over USB-A is that I can simply seize my USB-C dongle from my PC, stick it into my pill or my recreation console, and that’s that. Sure, that is attainable with USB-A dongles, however there’s a catch. Look round at your gadgets, and consider every one you employ on a given day. How many have USB-A ports? Your desktop, positive. Your laptop computer, perhaps. But your telephone? Your pill? Your recreation consoles? Exactly.
Every gadget I personal has a USB-C port. Not simply my laptop computer and desktop however my (Android) phone, my iPad Pro, my Nintendo Switch, my PS5, every little thing I exploit in a given day has USB-C ports now. Heck, even Kindles. That means my keyboard (Logitech G915), mouse (SteelSeries Prime Wireless), and headset (Logitech G735) can work seamlessly with any of them.
With that in thoughts, take a look at the value of a good gaming headset. You’re wherever from $100 to $400 for a killer one; that’s not a negligible expense. When I take a look at a high-end gaming headset and I see no USB-C transmitter, I simply take into consideration how limiting that’s. A terrific wi-fi gaming headset can also be a fantastic pair of wireless headphones, however with out USB-C connectivity, they’re severely restricted. They’re not take-everywhere, wear-everywhere headphones, however they’re priced like they’re.
Infinite Joy, or Crushing Darkness
Now let’s take a look at what it’s prefer to have a gaming headset that has a USB-C dongle. Here is the place you think about me and a pair of headphones gleefully bounding by a sunlit meadow in gradual movement, hand in earcup—not a care in the world, free from wires, free from the oppression of USB-A, we will go wherever collectively. The headphones include me to work, to the café, to the sofa to play some Elden Ring, and even to mattress if I need rain sounds blasted into my cranium whereas I sleep. She is my fixed companion and I’m hers; we’re inseparable, hovering by the world swaddled in a comfy quilt of infinite sound.
Sounds nice, proper? That’s as a result of it’s. Meanwhile, utilizing a headset with a USB-A dongle is type of like, properly, have you ever ever seen outdated footage of Harry Houdini being sure in a straight jacket and chains, then locked right into a trunk and thrown into the sea? It’s type of like that, however as an alternative of being a magic trick the place you swim to the floor unscathed, you simply type of simply keep down there. Locked in the trunk. Chained up. Screaming into a chilly, detached ocean that may inevitably crush the life from you as you sink into its lightless depths. Forgotten. Alone.
It’s fairly simple to see which one’s higher. I don’t need to get chained up and drowned. That’s why I’ll all the time select a USB-C dongle over USB-A. Yes, this comparability is smart, don’t give it some thought too onerous.
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