Believe it or not, more than 3 billion USB ports are bought and shipped every year. Throughout the past decade, Universal Serial Bus has become the world’s preferred connection type and over time, it has grown to be re-designed to heighten performance. USB-C, otherwise known as USB Type-C, is the most advanced cable in this category on the market and is the ultimate port selection for any computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone.
When it comes to selecting the right USB cable for your device, speed and functionality are among the top factors you may be considering. Type-C was an advanced design, originally built off of the Micro-B USB port, measuring approximately 8.4 mm by 2.6 mm. Highly adaptable, this makes for an easy application across multiple devices. Type-C cables, unlike other USB cables, use the same connectors on both ends. This type of reversible plug orientation means that it functions both ways, adapting as you need it and also meaning you never need to worry about plugging it in backwards.
Type-C began to see widespread adoption in 2015, when the latest smartphones and tablets took it on. Since then, storage devices of all types have accepted Type-C for their chosen port. Nearly all devices using USB 3.1 also can accept Type-C, with a top speed somewhere around 10 Gbps and da power output of nearly 100 watts. For the average fifteen-inch laptop, only sixty watts of power is required for it to power. In the future, advancements originally achieved through USB 3.1 and Type-C are likely to mean that laptops will charge in the same way that other devices charge today, through a Type-C or similarly styled port.
Among the last points that need to be made on Type-C is that it comes complete with bi-directional power. This means that, for the host device and peripheral device, both can be charged at the same time providing the cable you choose has the capacity to do so. Instead of mixing and matching adapters like a consumer used to do to get their devices to charge, Type-C provides a single, tiny solution across everything. That means less mess in wires and more functionality. USB Type-C is simplifying the way we charge our devices and is leading towards a world where there is only one type of port to connect every computer, laptop, tablet, and smartphone by.