De-clutter: Wires to keep, wires to chuck

  • Compiled by Sneha Mahale, Mumbai
  • Updated: Jun 02, 2016 21:07 IST
Do you really need so many wires? (Photo: Aalok Soni/HT)

With the HTC 10 no longer compatible with the standard USB-C wire, we look at the most common cables: ones you need, ones you should chuck

Micro USB: A majority of compact and mobile devices (smartphones, MP3 players, GPS devices, digital cameras) come with this connector.

Verdict: Get three: one each for home, office and the car.

Micro USB

VGA: The staple chord of the old VGA-only monitor, it is no longer compatible with most current devices.

Verdict: Out it goes.

Good old VGA cable

Apple 30-pin: Phased out by Apple with the launch of iPad 3 and iPhone 4, replacing it with newer Lightening connection. Only used by those who haven’t upgraded to the latest models.

Verdict: Chuck it. Also, get a new tab.

USB 3 Micro-B: Compatible with few devices, the odd-looking connector works with newer external hard drives and the Samsung Note 3.

Verdict: Wait-and-watch approach advised.

USB 3 Micro-B

DisplayPort: The latest generation of laptops may be transitioning to the mini DisplayPort, but audio/video enthusiasts still vouch for this connector’s high-performance features.

Verdict: Keep it handy.


HDMI connector : HDMI cables are designed for source to display connectivity in home theatres and desktops. Verdict: Keep it for sure.


3.5mm auxiliary: Found almost everywhere, it can be used with almost all devices, ranging from smartphones and tablets to TVs and audio set-ups.

Verdict: Definitely a keeper.

RCA/Composite: Easily identifiable, the red, white and yellow cable trio is still compatible with some TVs and computer monitors.

Verdict: Hold on to these for some time.


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