The primary Thunderbolt 5 cables are right here, however there’s barely something to plug in


Obtainable in the present day from Amazon in 1-foot (0.3m), 1.6-foot (0.5m), and 3.3-foot (1m) lengths for $23, $27, and $33, respectively, the brand new cables clearly don’t do something on their very own — you’d want a pc with a Thunderbolt 5 port and a dock or accent of some kind to get some actual use out of it.

However as of in the present day, the one laptop computer we’ve heard of with a Thunderbolt 5 port is the Razer Blade 18, and even there, it’s not assured. You’d have to purchase the $4,500 Mercury version of the laptop computer to get that port. (You do additionally get an Intel i9 and a cell RTX 4090 for the cash.)

A Razer Blade 18 at CES with a Thunderbolt 5 port.
Picture by Sean Hollister / The Verge

And until you personal two of these laptops, there’s nonetheless in all probability nothing particular you are able to do with a Thunderbolt 5 cable as of in the present day as a result of the peripherals we noticed at CES aren’t but prepared: Belkin, J5Create, OWC, and Sabrent don’t but listing any of these Thunderbolt 5 merchandise on their web sites, and Hyper nonetheless reveals its $400 dock as being out of inventory with a “Signal as much as be notified” button.

However in case you do have two of the very same $4,500 Razer laptops, may you use Thunderbolt Share to switch recordsdata between them at ludicrous pace? Inquiring minds wish to know. If not, I suppose you can use it as a USB4 / Thunderbolt 4 cable for now.

In keeping with Cable Issues’ press launch, its cable is manufactured by Lintes, the identical firm that offered the prototype cable we noticed at CES.