Monoprice Palette Series 3.0 USB-C cables review: Affordable, high quality cables

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A couple months ago, Monoprice announced a new Palette Series 3.0 USB-C cable lineup. Monoprice has always been synonymous with very affordable, high quality cables and computer accessories, and their Select Series of USB-C cables also received a glowing 5-star review from Benson Leung himself. Monoprice was kind enough to send over a selection of their latest lineup, and our Palette Series 3.0 USB-C cables review takes a look at a few USB-C cables from the online retailer.

Design

Monoprice sent us the following cables to test out: one 3-foot purple USB-C to USB-C cable, one 3-foot pink USB-C to USB-A cable, one 6-inch red USB-C to USB-C cable, one 6-inch green USB-C to USB-A cable, and finally one black 6-foot USB-C to USB-B cable. All cables were well designed, with a nice colourful braided finish, and hard plastic sheaths around the connector ends. Both ends are engraved with the Monoprice logo, and the USB-A connectors have the USB SS logo on the reverse side.

The braided cables are plenty flexible, and lay pretty flat after repeated use. They have a really nice feel to them and try as I might I was unable to tangle them up. I mentioned a few colours above, most of the Palette Series 3.0 USB-C cables are available in black, white, grey, blue, green, pink, purple, and red.

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High quality, affordable, and colourful!

Ease of Use

The Monoprice USB-C cables, like most cables, couldn’t be easier to use. The ends slide in snugly to whatever port they’re intended for, and aren’t loose or wiggly at all when in use.

Performance

All the cables performed as expected, although it took me awhile to find a USB-B device to connect to the USB-C port on the Lenovo ThinkPad 13 laptop I recently reviewed. Once connected, the speeds were as expected, and with the right charger I was able to get that good “charging rapidly” message I like to see on my Nexus 6P when charging. Transferring files was quick, especially when transferring files between two Nexus 6P phones.

Price/Value

You really can’t go wrong with the price on these cables. Starting at $4.99 and topping out at $9.99, the value for these colourful braided cables is decent to say the least. Toss in a lifetime warranty on their cables, and you know that Monoprice definitely backs their products.

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Monoprice has USB-C to USB-C, USB-A, Micro-USB B, and USB-B for any connection configuration you might have.

Wrap-up

If you’re looking for a high-quality, braided, and possibly colourful USB-C cable for your devices at a very reasonable price, Monoprice has you covered with various connectors, lengths, and colours. While the Palette Series have yet to be tested by Benson Leung (to my knowledge), there’s no reason to doubt they aren’t USB-C compliant like the Monoprice Select Series USB-C cables are. The performance, quality, and price definitely make the Monoprice Palette Series 3.0 USB-C cables one of our Top Picks of 2016.

Monoprice Palette Series 3.0 USB-C cables
5 Out of 5
Nailed It
High quality, great price. Great performance and various colours and sizes to choose from. Lifetime warranty.
Needs Work
None.
Bottom Line
If you're looking for a high-quality, braided, and possibly colourful USB-C cable for your devices at a very reasonable price, Monoprice has you covered with various connectors, lengths, and colours.
Design5.00
Ease of Use5.00
Performance5.00
Price/Value5.00
*We were sent a review samples of various Monoprice Palette Series 3.0 USB-C cables for the purposes of this review.
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