There have been a host of double-ended USB thumb drives in the past. Some have legacy USB Type-A on one end and USB-C on the other, some have Micro USB for using with an Android phone, and even one or two support Apple’s proprietary Lightning connector. But Silicon Power’s Mobile C50 thumb drive might just take the cake for port options on a single USB stick. It supports a verifiable alphabet soup of USB Type-A, USB Micro-B, and USB-C all in a single, mostly compact form factor (via AnandTech).
Do I have some doubts about the stability of the integrated USB Type-A / Micro USB connector? Yes. But Silicon Power claims that the drives are designed to be pretty durable, with protection against dust, water, and extreme temperatures (plus a five-year warranty), so that does offer some assurances.
Plus, the whole thing seems just legitimately useful, especially as the awkward transitionary period between USB-C and USB Type-A in laptops continues to drag on. After all, having a drive that’s pretty much guaranteed to work with any laptop seems like a pretty great idea.
The Mobile C50 will be available in 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB capacities, although no formal price or release date has yet been announced.