Only vaguely USB-C related rant incoming...
Ahh, *another* interconnection standard. Great, just what we need.
Here's how my Saturday afternoon went. On Friday I got given a new docking station and laptop for WFH larks.
Existing PC has VGA and DP
Existing monitor has VGA & DVI, connected by VGA.
New docking station has DP
New monitor has DP(2), miniDP(1) and HDMI(2), came with DP-miniDP cable, so good for one device.
Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to get both PC and docking station hooked up to the new monitor by procuring a suitable cable on Saturday afternoon in the affluent home counties.
"OK, let's do this" I thought.
First port of call; Tesco. Nope. (long shot I know)
Argos? Nope. (again, long shot)
Screwfix? Nope. (don't laugh, they do HDMI stuff nowadays and are handy)
Maplin? Hmmm, none within easy reach any more, but as it turns out their website says they only have miniDP-HDMI which wouldn't get me going without a less-than-ideal adaptor.
OK then, CurrysPCWorld (as we must now call it) will surely have one. Cue 10 minute drive.
Quick scan showed they didn't seem to have one hanging up so I asked a CPCW bod.
Me: "Hi, do you have any sort of DisplayPort cables? Not really bothered which flavour, just about any kind should do."
CPCW bod: "Is it VGA or HDMI?"
Me: "No, DisplayPort. It's a different connector."
CPCW bod: "Oh. I don't know much about these things. I'll go and get someone who does."
3 minutes later...
CPCW bod 2: "Hi, how can I help?"
Me: "Do you have any sort of DisplayPort cables? Not really bothered which flavour, just about any kind should do."
CPCW bod 2: "Is it for a Mac?"
Me: "No, PC"
CPCW bod 2: "DisplayPort is Mac only"
Me: "No, it's not. I definitely have a need to join a Lenovo docking station to a Dell monitor and neither are Macs yet both have DisplayPort"
CPCW bod 2: "Is it like this?" *points to HDMI cable*
Me, sighing: "No, it's DisplayPort"
CPCW bod 2: "They're Mac only though"
Me: "Err no, they're not" *scanning nearby PCs* "Look, here's a PC on your shelf with DisplayPort"
*CPCW bod2 whips out iPhone to use as torch to inspect the port*
CPCW bod 2: "Oh yeah. We only have cables for Macs though"
Me: "OK, can you show me those then?"
CPCW bod 2 *shows me various dongles and adaptors "for Mac" (i.e. white), but no cables*
Me: "So, no cables then. Thanks for your time"
I can only imagine how introducing yet another connection type into this unholy mess will "improve" matters, stores are already struggling to support the numerous combinations of source and sink ports.
VGA was ubiquitous to the point that I could realistically expect Tesco to have a cable in emergencies. The industry, through lack of planning, greed and hubris, has managed to screw this state of affairs up royally.
And the cable? I eventually got one delivered on Sunday from Amazon for a few quid. Take that, high street. If I'd done that straight away instead of pissing about I could have gotten it same day. *sigh*