Why is everyone so amped up about USB-C?

Don’t get tied down with the wrong cord.


USB Type-C 101:

USB Type C is a type of cable that has a connector about the same size as a micro USB connector. It is fast becoming the new standard for power charging and transferring data, and is now being widely adopted by the latest devices such as MacBook Pro, Samsung S8 etc. It will replace most of cables we are using now. Below are the benefits in a nutshell.

The Benefits of USB Type-C:

  • SPEED:

For DATA, USB-C 3.1 Gen 2 doubles the transfer speed of 3.0 to a whopping 10 Gbps. With 4 data lanes, USB 3.1 Type-C can even carry DisplayPort and HDMI video signals, further adding to its ubiquity. It can support up to 10 gigabits of data transfer per second that is twice as fast as USB 3.0 and 20 times faster than the old USB 2.0 cable.

For POWER, for example, the newest power standard USB Power Delivery 2.0 makes a big step forward with up to 100W of power (20 V/5 A) power output, enough to power and charge full sized notebooks.

However, the traditional USB won’t be able to use USB PD since its power transmission is too slow, while a USB-C 3.1 will benefit from USB-PD and perform well therefore enhancing power charging to a higher level.  

  • Fast power delivery – Power capabilities have been extended up to 15W thanks to new provisions allowing the source to dynamically manage current from 0.5A to 3.0A. USB3.1 Power Delivery support enables negotiable power up to 100W. that could satisfy the power need of a laptop, a large high-resolution monitor, even some printers. The Type-C connector is rated at up to 100W, which means it can be used to charge not only smartphones, it can be used to power lots of other devices that would previously have needed a separate power supply.
  • The Type-C cable is reversible. That means that it doesn’t matter which way you connect it. No more trying to plug in a cable, finding you got it the wrong way around, trying again and then realizing that you had it right the first time.
  • The Type-C connector is small. That means no more micro or mini ports. No more confusion about which cable you will need. The Type-C connector is small enough for a smart phone but powerful enough for a PC.
  • The Type-C cables will use the new small connector at both ends. So even if you’ve imbibed too much, or you are half asleep after being overworked, you can connect with ease.
  • Type-C will become an industry-standard connector for most devices, so you don’t to carry multiple cables for different type of devices. Think of all the room that’ll save  while traveling.
  • BEWARE USB Type-C isn’t the same thing as USB 3.1. USB Type-C is just a connector shape, and the underlying technology could just be USB 2 or USB 3.0. 
    • Just because a device or cable supports USB-C does necessarily mean it also supports USB PD (USB Power Delivery). So, you’ll need to make sure that the devices and cables you buy support both USB-C and USB PD.
    • When buying devices, you’ll just need to keep your eye on the details and make sure you’re buying devices (and cables) that support USB 3.1.  USB 3.1 (aka USB 3.1/gen 2) Can be identified by its bright colored port.
  • USB 3.1 (aka USB 3.1/gen 2) Can be identified by different colored port. It is the successor to USB 3.0.