Is it worth switching over to USB C?
07. 11. 2016
New technology has always managed to capture our attention effortlessly. This is true also for USB connectors. We all know and has used USB technology to plug devices into something. It has become a connection standard by default.
The latest USB type C connection is slowly but steadily replacing microUSB connectors but may have a long way to go before being widely adopted.
The 12” MacBook from Apple was the first device to sport the USB-C connector providing power to the device and also a connection to all its peripherals. Google, OnePlus, HTC, LG slowly joined the bandwagon. Though Samsung launched its flagship with the standard microUSB connector.
This brings us to the question is USB-C really futuristic? Is it worth changing the charging port right now?
As is true with all new technology, USB- C has also brought with it a lot of questions regarding its safety and long-lasting durability. Let us see if it is actually worth the change!
Day in and day out we all are undergoing the task of connecting our phone to the MicroUSB charger the ‘RIGHT’ way up. An incredibly daunting task. Especially when it is dark or we are very sleepy. Thanks to the latest USB-C connector, if at all it catches on, this task will be a thing of the past. A USB-C can be connected from any side.
In other words, there is no ‘wrong way’, just plug it in and it starts working. This is possible because the USB-C port looks exactly the same at both ends and the plugs in it are all symmetrical.
One connection, many options
We all have an assortment of the connector in different sizes to plug in smartphones, gaming controllers, digital cameras, etc. At the rate this technology is catching on, the USB type C port will gradually become a standard form of every device. This physically tiny connector will be the powerful port for all devices, big and small. Many companies are waking up to the benefits of USB-C including its fast charging capabilities.
USB type C when compliant with USB 3.1 standard has the capabilities of delivering faster data up to the rate of 7.2 Gbps. The same holds true for fast charging.
The MacBook, for example, has USB-C port compliant with the 3.1 standards thus delivering fast charging and even faster data transfer. On the other hand the OnePlus Two handheld sports a USB type C connector compliant with USB 2.0 standard thus not making use of all the capabilities from USB-C.
Thus till the cables are compatible with the latest norms; purchasing a smartphone solely on the basis of a new technology will not be a good idea.
Secondly, the market is already flooded with USB-C connectors and adapters. But most of them do not follow the safety norms hence a hazard to the devices it is plugged into. The safer cables are expensive and not easily available. So till these issues are dealt with, we rather are safe than sorry. This could be one of the reasons for flagships still being launched with the microUSB connector.
And because of its small outlook, it could also mark the end of a 3.5mm jack.
You END some, you gain some
Yes! USB-C port has replaced the age old 3.5mm jack. This has been witnessed in many new flagships like OnePlus 2, HTC 10, Nexus 6P, etc. As aforementioned this new port is becoming the ‘one for all’ connections.
Every possible way of shrinking the ‘bulky’ 3.5mm jack failed. This was the primary reason for the phones not being slim enough. Now that the bulk is being unloaded from the phone in form of thinner USB-C connector we have our fingers crossed for slimmer smartphones in the near future.
Well, all is said regarding this new minute technology. It’s small, reversible, powerful, flexible and fast nature is surely futuristic and worth the change.