(Updated 28/10) The Apple MacBook with its unique USB Type-C port provided this format under the spotlight. Here are the two three things to know about this connection, this decision-making that will democratize and replace the USB as we know it, and how to transition smoothly.
Monday, March 9, 2015, Apple unveiled its MacBook. An ultraportable computer to extreme choices. Ultra-slim and lightweight, it has only a single port: a USB Type-C plug. If it’s the first laptop to integrate, it is not the first device that does. The Nokia Tablet Android N1 already integrates a USB Type-C port. SanDisk unveiled its key USB dual-format a week before Apple’s announcement, at the MWC 2015. Other manufacturers, like LaCie, benefit from the effect of the announcement of the MacBook to present their first USB Type-C product. One thing is certain, and that even before the choice of Apple, the C USB is promised a bright future and will democratize on computers, tablets, smartphones, accessories. The C USB will supplant the USB that we know. I must say that it has several assets.
The C USB is universal
The most important thing of this new standard is its universality. You can actually do anything transit via USB Type-C. Clearly, almost all the connectors that you know can be superseded by USB-C.Image, sound, provided everything goes smoothly, including the electric current needed to recharge the device. The standard is more scalable and can therefore adapt to future protocols.
The C USB makes more sense
The C USB with its new format of connector is reversible (like taking Apple’s Lightning). USB has more sense, which greatly simplifies the connections. There are more many times where the cable, the key, the USB memory card reader… is in the wrong position, forcing us to repeat the same gesture again and again: the reversal.
USB Type-C offers a close enough size to the USB microphone with dimensions of 8.4 x 2.6 mm.Without winning at this level, it remains compact and easily fits into all types of products. All the universes should spend more or less long term: telecommunication, computer, music, photo, video, automotive, IoT (Internet of the Things)… A standardization that should allow the pooling of chargers, cables and (hopefully) decrease their numbers in homes.
Faster and more powerful
USB Type-C relies on USB 3.1 (even if some products as the key to SanDisk remains on the USB 3.0). A standard which has the advantage of offering greater speed of transfer with a wider bandwidth. The theoretical speed of USB Type-C USB 3.1 is positioned at 10 gigabits per second (Gbps). That’s double what offers USB 3.0 (5 Gbps). The USB Type-C USB 3.1 is also more powerful with a voltage an intensity that can be up to 20 volts and 5 amps (5 V and 1.8 A for his predecessor). This gives the USB Type-C USB 3.1 a potential of 100 Watts power! In practice, this will allow to charge larger devices, faster. This should also happen to external power for a number of devices and external accessories.
Make a smooth transition
As expected Apple has removed all the classic connectors on its new MacBook Pro “Touch Bar” for the benefit of 4 Thunderbolt 3 ports that are nothing else than to ports USB-Type C “to do everything” as you can see in the image below. It’s more than on the MacBook, but this does not solve the underlying problem: USB – C devices are still very rare.
If we find the connector on many smartphone, most of the time we have Type-c on one side and the Type-A on the other. So, if you do not want to replace all your cables you have to go through the “Hub” box. The good news is that since the arrival of MacBook, many manufacturers have embarked on the C USB Hub market, sensing the market come thanks to the impulse given, no, imposed by Apple.
To find what you have lost compared to the previous MacBook Pro Retina, need you at least two 3 USB ports, an SD card reader and finally a HDMI.
You will find Aukey this hub with 4 USB and HDMI output. Attention however, use a second port for recharging the machine. No problem for the new MacBook Pro, but not recommended if only have a port on your machine, as the MacBook.
If you need a SD card reader and be able to reboot your machine you can opt for this hub which offers in contrast to the classical USB port less than previously for a total of 3.
Then there is the most complete, but also the most expensive solution with this hub which has the merit of offering HDMI, card reader, but also Ethernet connector to connect to the internet.
If you do not need all its outputs, you can concentrate on the essentials with with just of USB plug. It will be a less expensive option and you will be spoilt for choice. We have selected this model with 4 USB.
Note that you can also simply choose an Usb-C adapter to USB. Apple offers an “official”… charged 25 euros. Opt for This pack of two adapters under 10 euros. Slightly cheaper. Now you are ready to make the transition smoothly.