USB-C is the newest USB cable and connector. USB-C differs from the more well-known USB Type-A (big fat old USB) and Micro-B (standard for most current phones and other devices) in that it has a much slimmer design and a reversible connector. This means you never have to worry about flipping over a connector, it works regardless of orientation.
USB-C can be broken down into three segments: power, performance, and the physical connector design:
- Power: USB Power Delivery for faster charging
- Performance: SuperSpeed USB 10Gbps
- Convenience: USB Type-C cable & connector
As technology progresses, we find the need for smaller, slimmer connectors for smaller, slimmer devices. Where USB-A connections were big and bulky, we moved to the cell phone-specific MicroUSB connection — however the connection isn’t robust enough for larger tablets and laptops. USB-C solves this problem by becoming a future-proof technology. USB-C has a slim design with reversible plug orientation, supports power delivery up to 100W, and SuperSpeed USB 10Gbps performance.
What Types of Devices Use USB-C?
- Apple MacBook
- Google Chromebook Pixel
- HP Envy & Pavilion laptops, 8-inch Windows 10 tablet
- LG G5, Nexus 6P and 5X, OnePlus 2, Microsoft Lumia 950
USB-C has multiple benefits, and will be the standard in the industry going foward. USB-C has a slim and sleek design that enables ultra-thin form factors, a reversible plug orientation and cable direction which solves user confusion, scalable power and performance capabilities that future-proof the technology, and alternate modes aid a truly single-cable solution. USB-C supports a number of protocols such as USB, power, HDMI, DisplayPort, and VGA connections.