Change can be hard. And for those of us who have been plugging in our smartphones, tablets, digital cameras, Bluetooth speakers, etc. with the standard USB connectors for years, the smaller USB charging cables that are showing up more and more with newer devices can seem like an unwanted curve ball. Does this just mean needing more cords and multiple adapters to power all our various devices?!?
Well, it can actually mean more performance and convenience. This is a case where change can truly be for the better. Here's why:
First and foremost, you can benefit from USB Type-C's high-speed specs. The majority of USB Type-C ports are designed to work with a significantly faster standard – the USB 3.1 Gen 2 protocol – than most of the Type-A options. This standard boosts the speed for both data delivery, say for the next time you’re downloading a movie prior to a plane ride, and for charging when getting those beloved phones to a full battery. Added to this, many USB C devices also support Thunderbolt 3, which might sound like a cool racecar, but is instead a monstrously fast data-transfer technology from Intel, as well as USB Power Delivery (USB PD), which increases power potential drastically for faster charging and efficient powering of much larger devices. While making the most of these fast features requires use of the right accessories, as discussed in an earlier post, it's important to know that USB C isn’t just newer, it can truly be better.