What Does USB 3.1 and the USB C Connector Mean for Laptops?

What Does USB 3.1 and the USB C Connector Mean for Laptops?

Technology is constantly changing, but it is very rare for a new technology to come along that will completely change the current landscape. The USB 3.1 standard and the USB Type C connector will do just that for laptops. The USB 3.1 standard is the latest USB specification and brings with it many new advances, including increased charging capacity, support for audio/video, and an increased data transfer rate. The C connector is the newest USB connector, and it be introduced in the coming months. This new connector will be compatible with the USB 3.1 standard. The USB Type C connector will offer an entirely new design for USB and will be a similar size to the USB Micro B connector. An added bonus to this new connector—the ends are identical.

This small connector will eventually make all other laptop connections obsolete. The need for connections such as VGA, HDMI, and DisplayPort on our laptops won’t exist. Even when using a laptop docking station, you will only need one connection to the laptop since the USB Type C connector will support data for a keyboard, mouse, and audio/video for the display and speakers. Since laptops will be using the USB C connection, the need for adapters and converters may increase, so that you can still connect your new laptop to legacy devices.

There will be many benefits when it comes to the USB C connector and 3.1 specification. The new USB 3.1 specification has an increased data speed of SuperSpeed+, which will equate to a transfer speed of 10 Gbit/s. That’s almost twice as fast as the legacy 3.0 spec! This means you will have faster access to your data. No more waiting on large picture or video files to load or be transferred.

Another benefit of the new specification is that of power delivery. USB C will give charging a boost. There will now be charging power up to 20V (or 100 W) with the new USB standard, compared to 5V with USB 3.0 Not only will there be more juice, but the new USB specification also decides which device receives the most power, allowing larger devices to draw power from another device. This means that you can charge your smartphone with power from your tablet. Additionally, because of the power delivery support, you will be able to charge your laptop’s battery through a USB Type C port.

USB C will take a few years to become as popular and mainstream as the current USB, but once it does, this one small connector will simplify how we connect with all devices!

By-Lauren Swallow

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