USB-C is here to stay

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For years, micro USB connectors were the standard for almost every device on the market. Also known as USB Type A connections, they were the preferred method for charging, data transfer, video transmission, etc. Then USB Type-C connectors were developed, replacing the need for USB Type-A connectors. This technology aims to make charging much faster and it even added high quality streaming capabilities through the connection.

According to Ilan Sredni, CEO and President of Palindrome Consulting in Florida, “USB-C is the latest tech gadget, but it won’t be the last. The reason we like USB-C as a connector is that the cable is universal and therefore you can insert it at either end of the cable, the data transfer is faster and it allows fast charging. . ”

What are the main advantages of USB-C?

It took a while for the USB Type-C connection to become mainstream, as device designers had to find more improved ways to implement the technology and make the connector type more affordable. Today, USB Type-C is starting to appear in more and more consumer devices and has some cool features that you won’t find in older USB connectors.

Size. The new port is half the width and one-third the height of a USB Type-A connector and is slightly larger than Apple’s Lightning or micro-USB connectors.

The cable is reversible. Unlike other USB cables, you can insert USB Type-C in either direction.

Speed. USB Type-C ports can deliver data at speeds of up to 10 Gbps.

It packs the power. With up to 100 watts, USB-C cables can power almost anything

It’s versatile. With USB-C, Via users will be able to connect older devices to USB Type-C ports through adapters.

The latest Android phones use USB-C and some Apple devices use this port. It’s increasingly common to see at least one USB Type-C port on newer mobile devices. “The biggest advantage is that USB C handles everything from data transfers, external devices of all kinds, video output, including super high definition output, and it has the ability to power a workstation. or laptop, ”said Bryan Badger, CEO of Integrated Networks in California.

USB-C is by far the most flexible connector we’ve seen in technology. We find USB-C ports on almost every modern device, from monitors to drones to cellphones, ” said Alan Sielbeck, president and CEO of Safe Network Solutions in Tennessee.

How to make USB-C less confusing?

Obviously, USB Type-C is here to stay. However, acquiring the future is never a straightforward process, and there are things about USB-C that users should know. For example, not all USB-C cables work the same, and not all USB-C ports are the same. If this is your first time using a USB-C port, there are a lot of things that you need to pay special attention to. Things with USB-A were pretty basic. Typically, anything you could connect to it would work. With USB-C, things are not that simple anymore. Connectors and cables may not work depending on the specifications of your device.

The only confusing part is the different manufacturers and the lack of a clear list of supported features by device manufacturer and / or device. For example, does it support video? Will it power / charge my laptop? It must be much clearer. Everything should be standardized on it so that we don’t have to worry about all these different connections including video, ” said Bryan Badger, CEO of Integral Networks in California.

USB-C can be confusing because USB 3.1 and Thunderbolt use the same connector. USB-C only refers to the size of the shape of the plug, manufacturers should better label cables with the proper specifications. Still, it’s better to standardize and use a single connector instead of having multiple, ” said Jorge Rojas, Partner and Business Technology Expert at Tektonic in Canada.

The challenge and the frustration lie in the maze of cable standards between connectors. Between USB 2, USB 3, USB 4, Thunderbolt 3, Thunderbolt 4, and something called Display Port Alternative, it is extremely frustrating for a consumer to know what cable might be required, even if it is “USB-C” “. I went through this process myself, trying to connect a monitor that has a USB-C input. It took no less than 4 USB-C cables to finally sort out the mess of protocols and standards to get my monitor to work. This is a problem I never had with those “old cables” using HDMI, Display Port or even VGA connections, ” Sielbeck added.

Do you need USB-C?

USB-C isn’t just limited to phones and tablets. USB-C is gradually making its way onto other devices. The shape of the USB-C connector isn’t going anywhere. The USB-C connector could even replace the Lightning connector on iPhones and iPads as it has already made its way to the latest MacBooks. If that were to happen, Android users and Apple users could use the same charger. USB-C cables will definitely be a solid investment due to their many benefits.

Currently, the industry is going through a period of unpredictability, in large part due to the reluctance of many device makers to commit to switching to USB-C technology. However, the research and data on USB-C is very clear, there are many devices that use this technology. Still, it’s highly likely that users still have devices that rely on micro USB technology. It is safe to assume that there will still be devices using micro USB technology for several years to come.

While USB-C ports have proven to be a breakthrough for many in terms of efficiency, flexibility, and convenience, they are not without drawbacks and confusion. For now, some users will back off until they know they can continue to use their existing devices and equipment without confusion. However, other users are eagerly waiting for USB-C to replace the micro USB connector types. Now that you know a little more about USB-C, are you going to take the leap and update some of your devices?

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