The USB 3.Optical Cables by Corning is designed to link computers and USB-equipped devices over long distances at astonishing speeds.
I’ve been utilizing Corning’s Thunderbolt Optical Cables for nearly 18 months now and they continue to perform flawlessly. I was anxious to put the USB version of the cable to the test and since receiving the 10 m variation for review three months ago, it has performed with the same consistency and reliability as its Thunderbolt counterpart. The USB 3.Optical Cables by Corning are designed to link computers and USB-equipped devices over long distances at astonishing speeds. As with Corning’s optical Thunderbolt cables, the USB variation is lightweight, thin and surprisingly durable.
Designed to be compatible with USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 self-powered devices, they are available in 10 m (33 feet), 15 m (50 feet), 30 m (100 feet) and 50 m (165 feet) lengths priced at $109.99, $164.99, $309.99 and $499.99, respectively. At the time of this writing, Corning’s USB-IF has not yet developed a fiber transmission specification, but I haven’t had a single compatibility issue using the cables with a wide variety of hard drives and audio interfaces. Unfortunately, the cables have a hearty price tag, but if you are in a situation where a long USB run is a necessity and performance (these things boast a 5 Gb/s data rate) can’t be compromised, the Corning USB cables are undoubtedly the best option.