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Did you actually manage to break that tiny wafer or it's more of a theoretical concern? I admit I had the same concern as you, but I'm not a mechanical engineer, and I'm sure a lot of thought was put in the mechanical design of the connector.

It seems to me that the outer metal sheet on the connector will prevent a "wrong" angle on the wafer.

Linus Tech Tips actually tested 10000 USB-C insertions: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqtNleXhTRE

Spoiler: USB MicroB failed at 8000, USB-C was still working at 10000

Not with type C. But I’ve seen friends break the very similar wafer in HDMI ports.

All it takes is for one fragment if debris to get wedged in the wrong way, and now that port on your expensive device is broken irreparably.

It may have that durability during normal use, but I doubt that these tests account for being shoved in backpacks or banged around in potentially dirty environments. Most people I know don’t use their laptops in sterile labs.

It's not at all irreparable.

There are very affordable (relative to the cost of a new laptop) online businesses specializing in this exact problem. But a skilled hobbyist (possibly with some advise from Youtube) or decent phone repair shop can do it too.

It's actually not that hard (put kapton tape around, remove old using hotair and tweezers, clean with flux and wick, solder new with iron or hotair, a compatible solder or paste, and lots of flux. Clean with spray/brush). Assuming you can source a replacement part, but between Digi-Key/Mouser, eBay and AliExpress that's rarely impossible.

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