USB Type C, launched in 2014, is the latest solution for charging and transferring data developed by the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) — a group of industry leaders within the consumer electronics community like Apple, Intel, Dell, and Belkin. Since it was released, various devices like laptops, tablets, phones, among others, have increasingly started using USB Type-C, making it closest to a universal charging cable, if ever there will be one.
In this article, we’re going to discuss why USB Type C is better than its predecessors and why more and more gadgets are being released with Type C charging ports, that have also helped in facilitating a more efficient fast charging in gadgets.
New Connector Shape
The new USB Type C has a new, tiny physical connector that has roughly the size of a micro USB connector. USB Type-C is the latest USB cable available in the market right now. It holds significant advantages over other USB cables as it is small, robust and more efficient.
Unlike other USB cables, Type C can be inserted into a plug with either side up as they are reversible. This is the biggest and most exciting advancement in the history of USB cables as earlier Type-A and B couldn’t be plugged in from both sides. They had to be the right way, which — speaking from experience — usually needed several tries before one got it right.
Apart from that, they are also faster and possess a higher data transfer rate. Additionally, it can also be used to connect with other non-USB supporting devices through an adapter. It is powerful enough to be used as a connector to charge a laptop too.
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USB Type C can transfer data at USB 3.0 (USB 3.1 Gen 1) speeds of up to 5Gbps. It is known that USB-C to USB-C cables can be plugged in with the help of the double end that implements a more convenient experience to its users.
Extensive Port Support
USB Type C supports video signals and power streams simultaneously. Therefore it means that you can connect to and power a native DisplayPort, MHL, or HDMI device or connect to almost anything else assuming you have the proper adapter and cables.
USB Type-C has been catching steam as not only is it being used as a charging port but doubles up as a headphone jack for the earpieces with type-C connectors. Alternatively, some smartphone manufacturers also supply a type-C to 3.5mm port dongle to enable users to connect their existing headphones.