Thursday, 12 March 2015

What is USB Type-C and how it makes impact in Macbook and Chromebook.

USB Type-C,the latest USB standard came to the spotlight after been introduced in latest Macbook with retina display and Chromebook pixel,so what is USB Type-C. It is an another standard like USB 3.0,USB 2.0 so what makes this USB Special. Lets see.

  • It is Reversible:Yes. You can plug the dongles even upside down.It is reversible like Apple lightning charger(thanks to its circular design).So there will be no frustration in plugging the dongles in to the ports.
  • It may be also be used as a charging port:Yes.It is like the Micro USB port we use in the mobiles.It can be used as a primary USB port and also as a charging port.It can charge faster upto 100 watts.
  • It may also Used as a Display Port:This type of ports support Outputs such as VGA,HDMI even 4K displays such as Monitor,Tv's and many things.
  • Backward Compatible:Like all USB standards this is backward compatible with USB 3.0 and below.
  • Its Fast:The new standard USB can transfer data upto a speed of 10gbps which is two times faster than USB 3.0
Even though USB-C ports have several advantages,the major disadvantage of Macbook is that they have only one USB-C port on its left side. While the Chromebook pixel have two USB-C port on either sides which makes it easier to charge and transfer data simultaneously.Apart from that they also have two USB 3.0 ports and a sd card port which makes life more easier without dongles.So more than one USB-C port is always advantageous.I don't know why Apple settled with just one port and thought of providing dongles which we need to carry with us every time to connect more than one devices. Macbook and Chromebook are the  two devices currently to employ USB Type-C soon we may able to see many laptops powered by USB-C standard.Google in their Chromebook Promo video said that it may also could be employed in Android phones in near future. So we could also expect mobile phones powered by USB Type-C which provides faster charging and data transfer speeds.