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USB-C

USB-C explained: What is USB-C?

USB-C - sometimes called USB Type C - is the latest and greatest version of the common USB (Universal Serial Bus) connector. USB C cables use a compact and reversible 24-pin connector that fits on smartphones, tablets, laptops, and computers of all operating systems - Android, ChromeOS, macOS, and Windows.
USB-C

Where is the USB C port used?

The USB-C port is found on new smartphones, computers, laptops, and tablets for home and business use. USB-C is a powerhouse of a port capable of transferring files, charging devices, and even carrying video to monitors. You can find USB-C docking stations, USB-C chargers, USB-C adapters, and USB-C monitors. Simply put, a USB-C cable is a one-cable solution for every connection need.
Data

Data

Charging

Charging

Video

Video

Blazing-fast USB-C data speeds

The USB-C cable standard is simply a connector - it's the USB protocol version behind it that does the heavy lifting. For many years, USB 2.0 was one of the USB types that reigned supreme, offering a meager 480Mbps of data transfer speed. The introduction of the USB-C connector coincided with the launch of USB 3.0, which upped data transfer to 5Gbps. The latest and greatest protocol version - USB4 - can support blazing-fast 40Gbps data transfer and exclusively uses the USB-C connector.
USB 1.0 & 2.0

USB 1.0 & 2.0

USB 3.0 / USB 3.1 Gen1

USB 3.0 / USB 3.1 Gen1

USB 3.1 / USB 3.2 Gen2

USB 3.1 / USB 3.2 Gen2

USB4 Gen2x2

USB4 Gen2x2

USB4 Gen3x2

USB4 Gen3x2

Data Transfer Rate

Data Transfer Rate
With different speeds comes different cables, and it can get a bit confusing. For the fastest data transfer possible, make sure the USB version of the cable at least matches the USB version of your device. USB4 cables - the latest and greatest USB-C cable standard - are fully backward compatible with all previous USB versions.
USB 2.0 Cable
USB 2.0 Cable
USB 3.0 Cable
USB 3.0 Cable
USB 3.1 Gen 2 Cable
USB 3.1 Gen 2 Cable
USB4 Cable
USB4 Cable
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USB-C Power Delivery (PD) charging

USB-C's one-cable-for-it-all approach even includes power and charging. USB-C can deliver up to 100W of power to connected devices - enough to power and charge high-end laptops and smartphones.
Power Delivery (PD) charging
Different cables support different USB-C charging specifications. To get the most out of a USB Type C charging solution, you'll want to make sure your cable matches the charging power your device can accept over USB-C.
15W Charging Cable
15W Charging Cable
100W Charging Cable
100W Charging Cable
Active 60W Cable
Active 60W Cable
Retractable USB-C Cable
Retractable USB-C Cable
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USB-C video: Watch, charge, and transfer

USB-C isn't just for data and power. Video is where the true versatility of USB-C shines. Through alt-modes, USB-C can carry video signals just like a video cable with another connector on it. Thanks to the outstanding bandwidth of USB-C, these alt modes can carry ultra high definition 4K and 8K video at blazing-fast refresh rates.
USB-C

USB-C

DisplayPort

DisplayPort

HDMI

HDMI

VGA

VGA

DVI

DVI

Mini DP

Mini DP

Support for alt-modes makes accessories like the USB-C to HDMI adapter, USB-C to DisplayPort adapter, USB-C to VGA adapter, and USB-C to DVI adapter possible. You can also find a USB-C to DisplayPort cable, USB-C to HDMI cable, and more. As USB-C becomes ubiquitous, different video adapters might become a thing of the past, replaced by a single USB-C connector. Some high-end monitors already sport USB-C video ports.
USB-C to DP Cable
USB-C to DP Cable
USB-C to HDMI Cable
USB-C to HDMI Cable
USB-C to HDMI Adapter
USB-C to HDMI Adapter
USB-C to DP Adapter
USB-C to DP Adapter
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Multi-functional USB-C switches, USB-C hubs, and USB-C docks

Thanks to the versatility of USB-C, you can find a USB-C hub, USB-C docking station, USB-C dock, or USB-C switch to meet any scenario. Create the ultimate one-cable solution for a full computer workstation - including keyboard, mouse, video, and peripherals - with a USB C dock. Connect dual HDMI and DisplayPort monitors with a dual video USB-C hub. The possibilities are endless.
USB-C Cable
USB-C Cable
Active USB-C Cable
Active USB-C Cable
USB-C to HDMI Adapter
USB-C to HDMI Adapter
USB-C Multiport Adapter
USB-C Multiport Adapter
Dual Monitor USB-C Hub
Dual Monitor USB-C Hub
Triple Display USB-C Hub
Triple Display USB-C Hub
Dual Monitor USB-C Dock
Dual Monitor USB-C Dock
Data Data
10Gbps
(USB 3.1 Gen2)
10Gbps
(USB 3.1 Gen2)
N / A
480Mbps
(USB 2.0)
480Mbps
(USB 2.0)
N / A
Up to 10Gbps (4x USB-A, 1x USB-C)
Charging Charging
100W
60W
60W
60W
60W
100W
80W
Video Video
8K
4K
4K
8K
Dual 4K
Triple 4K
Dual 4K
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Other products: USB-C adapters, USB-C audio, and more

Like the USB connector of years past, the number of USB-C peripherals is endless. Connect USB-C headphones, SD cards, USB-C hard drives USB-C flash drives, network Ethernet ports, and more to the ultimate connector.
USB-C Hard Drive Enclosure
USB-C Hard
Drive Enclosure
USB 3.0 and USB-C SD Card Reader
USB 3.0 and USB-C
SD Card Reader
 USB-C to Ethernet Adapter with 100W Charging
USB-C to Ethernet Adapter with 100W Charging
USB-C to 3.5mm Headphone Adapter
USB-C to 3.5mm
Headphone Adapter
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USB-C vs. Thunderbolt

At first glance, the differences between Thunderbolt vs USB-C might not be obvious. Both connection standards use the USB-C connector. From connection speed to device support, there are big differences between Thunderbolt or USB-C that are worth considering.
USB-C vs. Thunderbolt
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Thunderbolt
Thunderbolt
Docking Stations
Docking Stations
Pro Series
Pro Series

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