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Faster USB Standard Is Coming Out, but There Are Complications

By April 13, 2019No Comments

Data Transfer has become very important these days in the world of technology. Data is of vital use, and it has to be ensured that it remains secure and dependable. No user wants to waste time on transferring the information rather than processing it.

The speed of data transfer from one device to another is one of the most critical aspects of data manipulation. USB is one such device which is used to transfer the data securely and efficiently across devices. With the advent of technology, there have been some extraordinary inventions in this field, and faster USBs are now at the forefront of it. Any user gets attracted to the speed of USB as it will save time if one is willing to transfer a considerable amount of information. But, there have been some complications with the coming out of the new and faster USB Standard.

There are various USB standards and versions of new devices where better features are added. To improve the performance, efficient and compatible new standards are being introduced. With this, it gives rise to complications as well. Let us now look at some of the different types of USBs that are available in the market.

Types of USBs

  1. USB Type-A

The standard and most common type which can be found on almost every device such as desktop, laptop, TVs, game consoles and media players also.

  1. USB Type-B

Use of these USBs is generally in the connection of printers and external hard drives to the computers. It comes in two configurations such as USB1.1 and USB2.0.

  1. USB Type Mini-B

It can be mostly seen in portable electronic devices such as digital cameras, MP3 players and also in some cell phones.

  1. USB Type Micro-B

It is found in various new Androids and hard drives with a different configuration for USB2.0 and another for USB 3.0.

  1. USB Type-C

It is equipped with various features such as compatibility, reversible orientation connection, high-speed data transfer and powerful than the others. It is now being found in new laptops, tablets, and mobiles. 


  • The wrong Cable can affect devices

This is a common problem with the USB. The numerous USB standards have different requirements and specifications. As for example in the case of USB-A and USB-C, it can be seen. In the early generations when cable was just a cable, and it could be used with any kind of port. But that’s not the case with the new generation products as using the wrong cable can damage the user device. Ignoring the USB-C specification can be fatal if not used correctly with the port. USB-A was being used for transfer, but USB-C supports faster charging also. The device can draw too much power from another device which can severely damage the mobile or computer.

So, it is recommended to buy a USB after reading its specifications and requirements and then use it.  Knowing computer compatibility also ensures the right USB for the device.

  • The complexity of Alternative Modes

Things were simple and easy when there were not much of variety and standard. Anything could be paired with foreign devices. That’s not the case of new generation USB standards as many features will get affected with the use of the wrong type of plugin. Some standards are specially designed for data transfer while some are designated for charging of the device. Not knowing the need can lead to some problems.

The complexity increases as some companies collaborate to design a new type of USB standard for their devices. Due to this reason, the confusion between the types of cables has increased. Also, there are now developments of different types of standards for different uses such as for display connection, for faster charging, for faster data transfer which just gives rise to confusion.

So, one must know about the alternative modes of the device and then use the right USB standard. To avoid confusion, it is rather advised to study the requirements and then purchase the right cable.

  • Difference in Speed

One of the major complications is the difference in the data transfer speed of the cables. If a user wants to buy a USB, then they get confused with the price and speed. As some cables provide high speed but slow charging and are cheap, some give medium speed, but fast charging and are expensive.

From the speed of USB1.1 which is 12Mbps to almost 10Mbps which is provided by the USB 3.1 Gen2, the difference in speed is rather confusing. The faster and higher generations often require a different environment from the lower and older ones. The mismatch of devices can lead to data loss and more damage to the devices.

The fact that there are so many choices and variety of USBs types that often leads to confusion and misunderstanding. The power mismatch across the ports leads to severe problems. The fragility of USBs is also one thing that has to take care of. If the cable gets interrupted during a transfer, then it might lead to data loss.

There also a number of cables used with the ports and the price depend on the type of wire made available. The price difference between the USBs can be a headache as the user can buy only after knowing all the prices ranges. The user has to consider all the specifications of the device in order to buy the right one. It is essential as any mismatch between the devices can be dangerous to the cable and the machine.

Therefore an individual must make sure that what type of USB is offering what kind of speed within a specific setup environment. That’s quite confusing. The security of the data is also very necessary.

So, the problems are various with the advent of new technology, but there are researches going to resolve such issues. The aim is to create a way to transfer data between devices more efficiently and securely.

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