What is USB Type-C?

USB Type-C is the latest USB connector type/shape (it isn’t USB 3.1).

It is set to become the standard connector for future devices.

USB Type-C is the latest connector shape ? i.e. hardware. USB 3.1 is the latest USB specification ? i.e. the operating standard that controls the hardware. Read on to learn about the benefits of USB Type-C.

It Has a Reversible Plug

There is no ‘upside-down’ or ‘right side-up.’ Plug it in the first time, every time.

USB Type-C Offers Many Exciting New Possibilities


Up to 100 W Power Delivery

Like standard USB, USB Type-C can deliver power. And, depending on the device, can deliver up to 100 watts. That’s 20 times more than USB 2.0.


Audio and Video Transmission

Unlike standard USB, USB Type-C is capable of audio and video transmission on compatible devices.


‘All-in-One’ Cable

Because USB Type-C can transmit data, video, audio and power, fewer cables are necessary when connecting compatible devices to each other.

For example, when connecting a laptop to an external monitor.

  • Video/Audio (e,g, HDMI or DisplayPort)
  • Data (USB)
  • Laptop Power Cable
  • Monitor Power Cable
  • Video/Audio + Data + Laptop Power
  • Monitor Power

Thunderbolt 3 and USB Type-C

Thunderbolt 3 is a hardware interface that uses USB Type-C connectors. Unlike some USB Type-C devices, ‘Thunderbolt 3’ labelled devices support ALL of USB Type-C’s possibilities: power delivery, audio, video and data transmission.