What Is USB Type-C and Do You Really Need It

Cables and connectors for devices are always changing, and USB Type-C is the latest addition to the already vast collection. Devices of all kinds are already adopting this new USB-C standard, but what does that mean for those devices and their users?

The Details on USB Type-C

USB-C, like other USB types before it, is a cable standard for transferring both data and power. It seeks to set a standard cable for all devices, allowing them all to interconnect and making chargers and accessories the same for all.

While some manufacturers still try to make proprietary connectors to encourage customers to stay within their brand, many people are turning against this idea.

Choosing the Right Connector

The simplest deciding factor whether or not to choose USB Type-C is whether or not a certain device supports it. Devices have shaped ports that only accept certain cords. USB Type-C is a rectangle with rounded ends.

With so many options, any devices using USB Type-C are extremely interconnective and easy to use, making it the easy choice for any new device.

The Versatility of USB Type-C

One of the reasons USB Type-C is seeing so much use is the wide range of features it includes. It has drastically increased power throughput, meaning larger devices can be powered and charged. There is also video capability that works with HDMI devices.

USB 3.0 can be identified by an additional connection pin inside the connector. It’s most commonly used for external hard drives that need high transfer speeds.

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Older devices, and those with proprietary connectors, don’t support USB Type-C. However, there are many adapters and other assets that let them make use of the technology. USB Type-C adapters are available for data transfer, power, and video applications.

Adoption is the biggest hurdle for any new standard, and the wealth of adapters and their ease of use help USB Type-C face that challenge.

USB Type-C Limitations

Despite all these great features, there are still some issues with USB Type-C. Most devices using this standard offer some kind of fast charge feature, but often it only works with the original charger. Even high-quality replacements won’t trigger the fast charge.

While it’s disparaging to see the same kinds of proprietary issues showing up in the new tech, the problem isn’t so serious as before.

Top USB Type-C Applications

One of the biggest new areas where USB Type-C is taking hold is ultra-thin laptops and netbooks. Traditionally requiring larger chargers, now they can be powered by simple USB Type-C. Gaming is another major adopter, with most consoles support the standard.

Smartphones and tablets see the most use of USB Type-C cables, alongside various other devices. Shop USB-C cables, adapters, and more at PrimeCables.ca.

The Best Back-to-School Gear, Essential USB type C Accessories you’re gonna need!

USB Type C cables, adapters, and accessories are among our back-to-school gear deals at PrimeCables.ca. Here are some type C essentials you’re gonna need going back to school this autumn.

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PrimeCables USB type C for back to school

Hands down, our most recommendable USB type C cable would be our 1m USB-C to USB 3.1A Charging/Sync Cable with Aluminum Alloy Connector in white, on sale now for just $5.99 each. This USB type-C cable, with 56K ohm pull-up resistor, is ready for quick charging, as well as data transfer speeds of up to 10Gbps.


Check out more than 150 customer reviews on the product page!


The USB-C compliant type A to type C cable is not only safe for your device, but sturdy, too, combined with a stylish design. The reversible type-C connector is user-friendly, allowing you to plug it in both ways. Connects to new Apple MacBooks, ChromeBook Pixel, Nokia tablets, computer or USB charger, and complete with aluminum alloy connectors, making it the most durable cable available on the market.


All our cables come with lifetime warranties, as well as including our free return policy. If you don’t feel satisfied with your purchase, or find out you’ve ordered the wrong type of cable for your devices, ship it back at no extra cost and order the one you need.


Shipping is free on orders of $49 and up, and fast shipping is available on all our products for just $5.95. With warehouses located in Montreal and Vancouver, we deliver quickly all over Canada.


Another big seller of ours is the PrimeCables® USB-C to USB-A & to USB-C Charging/Sync Metal Braided cable – 2-in-1 Combo, available in rose gold, on sale now for just $8.99. These incredibly durable, metal-braided cables are tailor-made for quick charging and data transfers, for PC and MacBooks, and compatible with all your USB-enabled devices.


Up to 480Mbps transfer speed, reversible design, and heavy-duty metal housing makes these some of the most durable cables you can get your hands on. Measuring a metre in length each, you’ll be able to use these cables to connect devices on your side table to your desktop computer, or from awkward public wall sockets to your mobile without a sweat.


If you’re already a fan of PrimeCables, then you’re gonna love our sale price for the USB-C 3.1 to HDMI & USB 3.0 & RJ45 & Type-C Charging Adapter, regularly $43.99, now just $34.99 until June 30th. Achieve 1080P HDMI output with simultaneous charging and syncing of all your USB devices with this all-in-one accessory.


Shop around in our massive online catalogue and find all the back-to-school gear you’ll need this year at PrimeCables.ca.

Your All-in-One HDMI, USB 3.0, USB-C 3.1 to Type-C Adapter is Right Here

If you’re struggling to find the right adapter for your home entertainment setup and devices, you’re not alone. Buying the wrong devices and/or overpaying on adapters that are unreliable is not something any of us want. When you shop with PrimeCables, we do our best to point you in the right direction. As one of Canada’s premiere eCommerce sites for cables and adapters – and as an authority in the marketplace on this subject – we offer high quality products at discount prices. Please feel encouraged to browse our selection of cables and adapters to find the best product.

USB TYPE-C Adapter
USB TYPE-C Adapter


The USB-C 3.1 to HDMI Type-C Charging Adapter – 15CM – PrimeCables® is available today for only $43.99. Enjoy 1080p HDMI output with simultaneous charging and syncing capability for your USB devices. Easy to use and carry, and easily portable, this adapter services a wide range of needs, including USB-C input, HDMI output, former versions of the HDMI standard that need to be considered, multiple USB 3.1 interfaces to plug-and-play, and more. Buy your adapter today from PrimeCables and receive free returns and a 1-year product guarantee. Should there be any issues with its functionality, please don’t hesitate to get in touch and we will do everything within our power to resolve the issue.


The USB-C 3.1 to HDMI & USB 3.0 & RJ45 & Type-C Charging Adapter – 15CM – PrimeCables® is the perfect solution for someone looking to connect their USB device to a computer or hub. The Gigabit Ethernet port, Type-C charging port, and HDMI port hub creates a unique experience in which the USB-C female port can charge for the host computer, the host computer can connect to the network via the Ethernet port, and the HDMI adapter means connecting to an extra monitor is easy. Though this might sound complicated, for those that know how to use it and/or for those willing to learn, an adapter like this comes with a tremendous amount of value and makes consuming media and charging devices that much easier.


Buy your all-in-one HDMI, USB 3.0, USB-C 3.1 to Type-C adapter via PrimeCables today. Enjoy amazingly fast network speeds, resolutions up to 1920x1080p at 60Hz, per lane data rates of up to 2.7Gbps, content protection, and USB super speed transmission. There’s no better source for cables and adapters on discount in Canada than PrimeCables. Shop today and see the savings!