What is USB Type-C?
Just now we have reached a point where everyone has same pin charger and forgetting charger at home is no problem, things are changing again.
In 2016, Apple ditched all ports and introduced MacBook with only Type C ports. After that, most of the flagship smartphones are also coming with type-c charging connectors.
Type C cables are breaking the monopoly of Micro USB charging cables in smartphones. Again, the time has come when you will regret that you forget your charger at home.
But, why are these smartphone manufacturers are changing chargers again? Isn’t Micro USB was the best? Let’s understand what is type C cable and how it is different than Micro USB.
How many types are of USB?
To understand USB Type C first we need to understand what are the other types of USB.
Mainly there are three types of USB named as Type A, B, and C. Type A is our standard USB that is used to connect a mouse, keyboard, pen drives etc. Type B USB has a square shaped connector, mainly used for larger computer devices like scanner and printers.
What is USB Type-C?
USB type-c is 24 pin connector system which is unique by its rotational symmetric connector. USB Type-C is also unique because it can connect both host and devices which Type-A and Type-B cannot do. This double side 24-pin connector is 8.44mm in length which is slightly longer than micro-B connector.
What are its Advantages?
Laptops are becoming thinner and standard type-A USB port will not be feasible on these laptops. The type-C connector is thickness so small that it can be used as charging port in smartphones. As we told MacBook Pro 2016 has only type-c ports because it is so thinner standard USB type-A would increase its thickness.
2. Connect anything
USB Type-C can connect anything from charge to display. In future type-C connector will standardize all ports, it can literally connect anything. Google pixel’s type-c connector can be used for USB sticks, charger port, headphone and much more. In nutshell, type C is future of connectors.
This meme feels relatable? Everyone has gone through this and it is so irritating. Not more because of type-c is reversible so you can plug from any side without worrying about the right side. A great relief isn’t it?
3. High Power & Data Transfer
USB-C provides 100 watt which is more than enough to charge laptop which generally uses a 60-watt charger. Also, it is bi-directional so it either receives or sends power. It can deliver up to 10Gbps data. That’s how it could also connect the 4k display.
4. Same connector on both sides
As we stated above it is bi-directional and power can flow both ways. If any laptop has more than one type-C port you can charge your laptop from any of those ports as we have seen in case of MacBook Pro 2016.
What are devices currently using with USB-C?
Currently, laptops and smartphones are majorly using type-C connectors for its versatility. Google Pixel 2 ditched headphone jack just because the type-c connector was able to handle the audio output. Some time ago Sandisk launched a USC-C stick and in near future, many more gadgets will start to adapt USB-C technology. Hence, if you are planning to buy any new gadget be sure that it has USB-C.