10 things you need to know about USB-C
Posted: February 18, 2019
Categories: Tech blogs
More and more devices have USB-C ports as the main interface. Compared to the USB Type-A port, the USB-c port provides a range of powerful features that enable a variety of roles. Smartphones have switched to new USB-C ports due to their faster charging and data transfer capabilities, and many modern laptops have USB-C ports. As mentioned earlier, Apple's MacBook Pro fully embraces this powerful new technology and only supports the USB-C port. According to the site, Apple will likely have its 2019 series of iPhones come with USB Type-C support. And you maybe get confused with different types of USB-C and other concepts like USB 3.1, Thunderbolt 3. You can get to know almost every common sense about USB-C in this article. 1. What is USB type-C?? USB type-C, also called USB-C is just a new connector which has some specifications for those cables’ wiring. So the USB-C just tell you how it looks like but doesn’t describe any specific speed, power capability or supported data protocol. It was designed to be around for much longer. 2. USB-C VS USB 3.1? Most people now have a blurry line between the words USB 3.1 and USB Type-C. It is considered that USB 3.1 and USB Type-C are the same concepts (this is mainly because some mobile phone manufacturers deliberately confuse the concept). Let me first talk about what is USB 3.1. USB 3.1 is the latest USB transfer protocol developed by the USB IF Association. The USB transfer protocol mainly has the following types:
9. What kinds of accessories can be connected by USB-C?
USB-C is popular in accessories when numbers of device manufacturers change their interface into type-c.
In order to keep up, many kinds of accessories are compatible with your device. Such as expansion dock, hard disk, U disk, charger and almighty adapter.
Be careful, though, because not all USB-C devices support all of the latest USB-C specs. For instance, just about every USB-C flash drive supports the earlier USB 3.1 Rev 1 protocol, a lot of tablets and phones don’t support Alt Mode video, and we are in the early days of USB Power Delivery, with few devices going beyond 40 or 60 watts. In other words, read the spec sheet carefully so you know what you’re getting before you buy.
10. How USB-C change your life when it’s popular?
USB-C brings us so much even if it’s not perfect.
Now your laptops may have less port and look clean. Also, you can expand the page to the screen and charge the screen at the same time by one single adapter when you connect the expansion dock with your laptops. Same with your phone.
When you want to play with your Nintendo switch and listen to music outside at the same time, it’s easier to carry just a portable display, mini sound box, and one wire.
You can even connect the latest USB-C phone(SAMSUNG S8/S9/Note 8, HUAWEI mate10/20/P20/P20 Pro) to tv with only one USB-C to HDMI cable in seconds. The same goes to the USB-C MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iPad pro and other full-featured USB-C notebook computers like ThinkPad X280, HP Spectre Folio, Dell XPS, Lenovo 720S/YOGA730 and so on.
Imagine when USB-C can be applied to all sorts of devices, you can use just one wire with all your devices.
- USB-Cis easier to use
- USB-C is faster and can support USB Power Delivery spec ("USBPD") fast charging protocol
- USB-C can provide Display Port and other video output
|Devices with USB Type C Port
|Nintendo Switch Console Tablet
|Mate 10, Mate 10 Pro, Mate 20 Pro、Mate 20 X、Mate 20、Mate 20 RS、P20 Pro、P20、
|Galaxy S8、Galaxy S8+
|Galaxy Tab S4、Galaxy Tab A、Galaxy Book2、Galaxy Tab S3、Galaxy Book
|MateBook13、MateBook X Pro、MateBook X、MateBook E
|Macbook、MacBook Pro、MacBook Air (new)
|Notebook 9 Pro、Notebook 7 Spin、Notebook 9、Notebook Flash
|Surface Book 2
|VivoBook Flip、ROG STRIX Hero Edition 、ROG Zephyrus M GM501GS 、ROG STRIX Scar Edition 、ZenBook Pro 15、ZenBook S、ROG Strix
|XPS9380 、XPS 13 9370、Inspiron 13、Inspiron 15、Alienware 17、Alienware 15 R4、Latitude 5590、G3 17
|Pavilion x360、ENVY x360、Pavilion 15-cc610ms、ENVY x2、Pavilion 15-cx0051ms、ENVY x2 Detachable 12-E068MS、ENVY Notebook 17-u193ms、
|Legion Y7000、Miix 630、Flex 14 81EM000LUS、Flex 14 81EM000KUS、Flex 5 81CA0013US、Ideapad 720S、Flex 5 81CA0016US、
|ROG Strix GL503VD-UH73
|Pavilion Gaming Desktop 790-0021、Pavilion 24-XA0031