- Jan 17, 2001
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For now, this is technically true. But the fully implemented USB4 has Thunderbolt support. Future AMD laptops will likely come with TB support. The main issue is that manufacturers may choose not to enable TB support in USB4 for product differentiation, adding to the confusion.thunderbolt is for intel versions only, ryzen has regular type c. am also eyeing the probook 635, loses 1 type c but 1 type c is likely more than enough for me.
1 USB-C port is definitely not enough for me. Other than one being used as the charging port, my security keys are USB-C/NFC. My external SSDs are also USB-C for full 10Gbps support. The second port is important for me.
Also, it is good to be forward looking in new tech. The less manufacturers move on to the newer standards, the more likely the standard will stagnate. I'm of the view that USB-A slots should be phasing out and more full-function USB-C ports being introduced. The industry is so messed up that even USB-C ports are not full function, which is upsetting. From the lack of charging, to a lack of USB 3.2 Gen 2 support, to in future the withdrawal of Thunderbolt support for "product differentiation" nonsense. Just set a fixed standard and not allow manufacturers to give less than that. It'll drive standards adoption better.
From a practical perspective, we all like being able to charge our devices with a single type of cable, rather than hunt for multiple different connectors. It's shocking that at the end of 2021, we can still buy devices being charged by MicroUSB. And Apple's idiocy in sticking with Lightning for the iPhone 13 does not help matters.