USB Type-C refers to the connector on the end of some of the most popular consumer cables in North America today. Type-C has become a standard in cable technology due to its ability to uphold high speeds of transfer and its compatibility with a wide range of devices.
Type-C may appear as a standard double-sided, 24-pin USB cable but it is so much more. Featuring a reversible design, it does not matter how it is plugged into your devices, it will sync and charge from frontwards and backwards both. Type-C is less bulky than its predecessors and is easy to carry. Sleek and modern in its design, Type-C is easily adaptable to laptops, cameras, smartphones, and tablets, among other high-tech devices.
As a matter of fact, Type-C has seen so much success among consumer purchases and devices that it is considered by some tech gurus as the ultimate replacement to the traditional power cable. Some laptops have already switched to being powered and charged exclusively with Type-C, including the latest MacBook Pro.
Moving beyond past standards such as USB Micro, USB Mini, and USB Type-B, the Type-C connector features more compatibility than any other standard type cable. As long as you have an adapter for it, a Type-C connector can be hooked up to nearly anything.
As we stated earlier, Type-C does not refer to the technology inside on the cable but is instead only identifying the exposed, external connector. Arguably, what is inside a Type-C cable is just as important as its connector. USB 3.0 standard is recommended as a minimum, which is known to have speeds of up to 5 Gbps. There’s also USB 3.1 standard with speeds of up to 10 Gbps and the recently-released USB 3.2 standard with speeds up to 20 Gbps. Though it can be somewhat overwhelming to keep up with this advancing technology, USB 3.0 and USB 3.1 are widely used, and it is likely that a Type-C cable you would buy today will have one of the two.
Type-C has made it possible for USB standard technology to advance far beyond what was possible even a decade ago. A simple, straightforward cable type, having one on hand can solve connectivity and compatibility issues present in other cables. Type-C was first released into consumer hands in 2014 and since then, it has been a favourite of ours!
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