USB-C has been making headlines for several years now, thanks to its reversible design and wide range of features. The result? You can use one USB-C cable for all your different devices without having to worry about plugging it in the right way.
Before diving into devices with USB-C, it's important to note that USB-C isn't always what it seems. USB-C is a connector - and may not be a standard, just like other versions of USB. USB-C ports typically use the USB 3.1 standard, but can use the older USB standard or another popular and powerful standard, Thunderbolt 3. -Thunderbolt 3.
Both standard USB-C ports and Thunderbolt 3 ports are widely used today - and will only continue to be so as time goes on. Thunderbolt 3 ports work with all USB devices - but USB ports do not work with all Thunderbolt 3 devices.
There are a large number of different types of devices that use USB-C ports, whether they use the USB 3.1 standard or Thunderbolt 3 standard. Below is a brief description of the devices that use USB-C.
Perhaps the most obvious type of device is a computer. Modern desktops and laptops use USB-C ports, which means they can be used with different types of peripherals. Keep in mind that not all USB-C ports are created equal. Some laptops use USB-C for charging only, while some use USB-C for charging and data. Transferring data via USB-C also includes connecting to a wired Ethernet via an adapter, as most USB-C computers are thin and do not have a standard Ethernet port. Many thin and light laptops use the USB-C port to connect to external displays in addition to charging and data because it is slimmer than older video ports such as VGA and HDMI. High-end computers often have a Thunderbolt 3 port instead of a direct USB port. Considering that Thunderbolt 3 ports work with USB devices, this makes them more versatile. With the right docking station or multi-port adapter, all of these features can be implemented on a single USB-C port.
While these may be the primary devices that use the USB-C port, there are a variety of other devices that will use USB-C. Often, this is just for charging. For example, many recent external battery packs and power adapters have USB-C ports, but only for charging smartphones and laptops, not for any type of data transfer. USB-C is also making a name for itself in the automotive industry and will begin to become a common charging standard in vehicles.
Another major category with USB-C ports is mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablets. Almost all modern smartphones offer USB-C ports for data transfer and charging, with the exception of the iPhone, of course. Many tablets also offer USB-C ports, including the iPad Pro. other iPad models are not yet USB-C, however, some expect Apple to migrate to USB-C on all of its mobile devices within the next few years. however, be aware of the USB-C ports on your phone, as not all of these ports support video output. You will need to check the specifications of your mobile device to see if it supports "DisplayPort Alternate Mode", which allows it to connect to a display via USB-C.
In fact, anything with Micro USB or USB-A will eventually get a USB-C port. Devices such as wireless mice, keyboards, speakers and smart home devices all currently offer, or may in the future offer, USB-C ports for power and data transfer. Because of USB-C's 10 Gbps transfer rate, USB-C is rapidly appearing on storage devices ranging from flash drives to external hard drives.
There is a reason so many devices are powered by USB-C. USB-C can transfer more power than previous versions of USB, meaning that larger devices such as laptops can be powered via USB-C. USB-C supports up to 100 watts of power, enough to power larger devices such as laptops.
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