TECH TIPS - USB TYPE C EXPLAINED

WHAT IS IT?

USB Type C is a new, reversible USB connector commonly found on mobile phones, laptops and cameras.

WHAT CAN IT DO?

USB C is the latest USB type connector coming after USB A, Mini USB and Micro USB. USB connectors allow you to transfer data between devices. USB C cables are able to charge mobile phones or laptops and some can even be used to send 4K video to a display.


IS USB C THE SAME AS USB 3.1 OR USB 3.2?

Not exactly. Although USB C often comes alongside USB 3.1, USB C refers to the physical connector or port. USB 2.0, USB 3.1 and USB 3.2 are all versions of USB technology that determine the speed and USB features of the device.


IS THERE ANY DIFFERENCES IN USB TYPE C CABLES?

There are slight variations depending on the USB Type C cable you buy. USB C cables can support any different USB standard from USB 2.0 to the latest USB 3.2 specification. To explain this in a little more detail here’s a handy guide.


HOW DO I KNOW IF MY DEVICE HAS A TYPE C PORT OR AN OLDER USB PORT?

An easy way to check is by inserting a cable. Type C connectors are reversible so will work no matter which way it is inserted into the port, while older USB connectors such as Micro-B only work when inserted with a specific orientation. This guide also provides a simple reference as to what each USB connector looks like so you can check if they will fit your device ports.

WHAT IS HDR?

Here is a link to our in-depth HDR FAQ


WHY DO YOUR PRODUCTS MENTION 10.2G AND 18G?

When we talk about 10.2G and 18G we are referring to the bandwidth capabilities of devices such as extenders, switches, and splitters etc. Bandwidth is measured in gigabits therefore 10.2G and 18G would be 10 gigabits, and 18 gigabits.

10.2G is the maximum bandwidth the device can operate at. This means the amount of data, including the image and audio among other things that can be sent. The higher the bandwidth, the more data it is possible to send to a display, resulting in higher resolutions, better quality audio and other improvements including higher refresh rates and better colour spacing. 


WHAT ARE THE OTHER FEATURES OF USB TYPE C?

There are two optional features that are common with USB Type C cables, and these features need to be supported by both the cable and the devices used.

Power Delivery or PD – This does exactly what you would expect. Delivers power from 15W up to 100W to charge a device. Most phones currently support charging between 15W and 30W, with laptops supporting between 45W and 60W.

Alternate Mode – Currently Alternate Mode is only widely supported by a single standard, DisplayPort. With DisplayPort Alternate mode a USB Type C cable can be used as a video cable similar to a normal DisplayPort cable, but only if the device it’s connected to supports alternate mode.


ANYTHING ELSE I NEED TO KNOW?

Well you should now have a basic idea about USB Type C but if you need more information on USB in general why not take a look at our in-depth Guide to USB 3.1