If you’ve ever wanted to transfer data or even charge a device, you’ve probably seen and used a USB cable. But — as you may have realized with utter disappointment when those bulk USB cables you bought failed to fit the gadget you wanted to use — not all USB cables are the same. The Universal Serial Bus (yes, that’s what it stands for) was first developed in the 1990s, and there have been a lot of technological developments since then. This newest USB cables offers faster speeds and different compatibility.
This USB cables is also a type-C. Unlike other connectors, this one is actually reversible, meaning that it can be plugged in upside down if you want. It also offers data transfers of higher speeds and is generally thought to be more powerful. It’s become the standard for many new laptops, tablets, and phones (and even by Apple).
This cable is a USB 3 cable and it is known as “backward compatible,” meaning they actually work with older USB ports and other bulk USB cables. But these cables have different shape pins so they can be used more frequently (and are often colored blue so you can tell them apart). However, it’s important to note that all devices have to be USB 3 compatible to obtain those higher speeds. For example, if you have a USB 3.1 compliant device, you’d be able to transfer data at 10 Gbps if you use these cables. But if you have an older device, you won’t be able to achieve the same speedy data transfer rates.
Depending on the number of devices you own and the way in which you use them, you’ll probably have at least a few of these USB cables in your possession. But now, you’ll be able to identify them — and understand the lingo if you need to replace them.
The USB 2.0 Type-C to Micro-B Cable from Highmark will allow users to connect micro-USB Type-B devices, such as cell phones, external storage, memory card readers, and more, to their compatible USB Type-C system, such as the 2015 Apple MacBook, Google Chromebook Pixel, or any other computer with a USB Type-C port. USB 2.0 provides a maximum data transfer rate of 480 Mb/s through its reversible USB Type-C connector, meaning that the connector can be inserted whether oriented right-side up or flipped upside down. In addition to connecting micro-B devices to compatible systems, this cable is also able to connect compatible devices to USB Type-C chargers and supports device charging up to 3A.
The USB 2.0 Type-C to Micro-B Cable has a length of 3′ and is backwards compatible with USB 1.1 at speeds up to 12 Mb/s.