I have started having problems with my controller after Microsoft released its windows update patches from October 22nd.
Microsoft had added on a new driver for xbox one controller and ever since then it has failed to work or start up correctly without crashing.
controller with dongle costs a little bit more than controller without dongle
no usb cable included, any usb cable will do, its low power
dongle is handy as it doesnt have bluetooth issues as bluetooth on windows aint really perfect and with xbox dongle it can handle 4 controllers
you sure its not your bluetooth whats acting up? try reinstalling bluetooth drivers or try different bluettoth driver version