After testing this & a number of independent people also doing this test, I can confirm that a USB adapter rather than a USB cable sounds best. It seems to match, if not better expensive USB cables although it hasn't been auditioned against very expensive ones yet.
So here's what you need - for my devices - a USB B male to USB A male adapter.
In the USA you will find them here
In the UK you will find them here
You will also need a USB A male to A female adapter to do two things:
- give you extra clearance between PC/laptop & device for the plugging in of other cables
- orient the device the correct way up
You may prefer to get swivel type USB adpaters but these have not yet been tested:
Ones to consider: