The Pros and Cons of USB Type-C

Published On September 15, 2017 | By admin | Technology

If you use a mobile device—and who doesn’t, these days—you probably charge that device with a USB cable.  USB cables have been around for about 20 years, evolving quickly as computing needs and capabilities grew, particularly in the last decade.  But even in this somewhat lengthy period, USB technology has really only been through three iterations.

Unless you count the USB type C. 

The three iterations we know of all belong to the USB type A protocol, in which we are now in generation 3.0.  These are the micro USB chargers and ports that we see on phones and tablets today.

USB type C, however, has long only been featured on Apple products. This is a unique, proprietary 24-pin USB connector system that allows for the transport of both data and power.  What makes this protocol so special is that is horizontally symmetrical, meaning that the port is reversible with its connector.

What’s more, though, you can simply use a USB type c adapter at if you have a device that is not compatible.  However, it is quite important to note that while USB type C might be common at the same time as the USB 3.1 protocol the two are not necessarily equivalent.

USB Type-C Advantages

Here are the major advantages to using devices with USB Type-C protocol:

  • USB Type-C is small—at half the width and one-third the height of standard USB, these connectors are very easy to use
  • USB Type-C is reversible—USB 2.0 and 3.0 are tapered, trapezoidal. That means they can only be connected one way.  USB Type-C does not have a “face” side so it doesn’t matter how you plug it in
  • USB Type-C is fast—At 10 gigabits per second, this is easily the fastest USB protocol to date
  • USB Type-C is powerful—Capable of 100 watt outputs, these connectors can power any type or size mobile device
  • USB Type-C is flexible—finally, users can employ adapters to plug unsupported devices into USB-C ports, and that includes technologies that might not have been traditionally USB-based.

USB Type-C Disadvantages

Here are the major disadvantages to using devices with USB Type-C protocol:

  • USB Type-C is not yet supported by all devices.
  • USB Type-C has thin security, at least for now. Some forms of malware can infect a laptop through the firmware in a USB Type-C cable

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