More modern devices use USB-C cables than ever before. But, what are the benefits of USB-C, and why are tech companies beginning to use it?
What is USB-C?
USB-C is the newest generation of Universal Serial Buses (USB). USB-C describes the port in the computer and the connector on the cable that plugs into it. These ports are used for data transfer, powering peripherals, and charging external devices.
For a more complete description of all of the popular ports on computers, see our blog post Common Computer Cable Connections.
Why is USB-C better?
USB-C cables differ from their main counterparts, USB-A cables, in size and speed. They are smaller than the older USB connectors, and faster for both transferring data, and charging devices. A USB-C cable can also function as an alternative for connecting a computer to its display.
They are considered to be structurally safer cables. The connection is simpler, so they are less likely to be damaged in repeated use. There is no up and down orientation, so it is easier to plug them in. For an in-depth analysis of their benefits check out this How-to Geek article, What Is USB-C? Here’s Why You Want USB Type-C.
Classification and Comparison of USB-A and USB-C
USB-A has two different types – USB-A 2.0 and USB-A 3.0
USB-C has two types – 2.0 and 3.1.
These types apply to the cable, as well as the port in the computer that the cable plugs into. The types have different data transfer, and charging speeds.
Cables are used to connect devices, and each end of the cable may have a different type of port. For that reason, the end with the slower connection will limit the overall speed.
USB-C to USB-C is the fastest connection. This cable is also more simple to plug in because both ends are the same and there is no up or down with USB-C.
- USB-A 2.0 is the slowest for data transfer and charging.
- USB-A 3.0 is faster than USB-A 2.0 and more comparable to USB-C for speed.
- USB-C 3.1 is the fastest.
- Charging bricks also play a part in how fast a device charges. Bricks with less amperage will not charge as fast as better quality ones, regardless of whether they are connecting with USB-C.
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