It’s a very confusing time for laptop USB ports, with the current transition from USB Type-A to USB-C. The latter is maybe being adopted more quickly than it should be, leaving a lot of Type-A connections out in the cold and making working between devices more of a pain than it needs to be. Incompatible devices are a pain. Silicon Power looks to make that burden a little less burdensome, at least for those looking to swap data between devices. Meet the handy dandy Mobile C50, the transformer of thumb drives.

Silicon Power’s Mobile C50 thumb drive is equipped with USB Type-A, USB Micro-B, and USB-C connectors, all in one tiny (yet bigger than normal) thumb drive. It’s dual-sided, with one side seemingly pulling double duty and looking something like the aforementioned transformer. With the Mobile C50 thumb drive, you can transfer data between all sorts of devices, regardless of their conflicting ports. On top of that, the company claims that the drive is durable and protected against dust, water, and extreme temperatures. And in the event that you somehow ruin it anyway, you’ll have a five year warranty, so you shouldn’t have any trouble getting your wet, dusty, melted thumb drive replaced.


We don’t yet have a release date or pricing for the Mobile C50, but we know that it will come in 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB variants. Hybrid thumb drives aren’t new, but to my knowledge there haven’t been any with this many port options on a single stick, and if such drives did exist, they were likely gimmicks that crashed and burned before fading from memory entirely. These are three widely-used ports, which should make this new stick pretty valuable. At least, until someone comes along, steals the idea, and makes a better one. That seems to be how it usually works!

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