Universal serial bus ports (USBs) are one of the most common cables you’ll see around the world. As their name suggests, they are universal and can be plugged into almost every laptop and computer you can find. This is why they are so popular and are used in almost every attachable piece of computer technology.
However, although the USB is a fairly simply concept that everybody knows, there are many variations the people are not aware of. One such variation is the 3.1 and it is lightning fast compared to its predecessors. If you’re still interested, continue reading to learn more about the 3.1 and its capabilities.
What is a USB?
So let’s clear up the basics before we continue. A USB is one of the most universal devices when it comes to computer technology. They can be used with just about every computer system and are specifically used to connect computers to external devices, such as scanners, printers and hard drives. USBs also use a “plug and play” design, allowing them to be plugged into a computer or laptop without the need of a restart. The computer will even install any drives or files that are needed automatically. In addition, there are many variations of the USB which differ in data transfer speed and shape. The Speed Abilities of the USB 3.1
If you are familiar with the way USBs are distinguished, you will be familiar with the fact that the numerical value assigned to USB devices corresponds with their speed and data transfer rates. USBs have come a long way since their first release in the 90s, moving up from the USB 1.0 all the way to the USB 3.0. Now there is the USB 3.1 which is crazy fast.
Let’s put the 3.1 into some perspective and compare it to the first gen USBs. The 1.0s would only be able to transfer 12 MBPS whereas the newer 3.1s can transfer data at a whopping 10GBPS! That’s 10,000 megabits!
As for the actual stats of the 3.1, they’re quite impressive. The USB uses the same USB Power Delivery Specification that the 3.0 uses and offers 20V at 5 amps. This allows the device to produce an impressive 100 watts! A big jump when you compare it to the 2.5 watts available in the 2.0 models. The logo/symbol of these USBs is slightly different to the 3.0 models, featuring a “superspeed+” symbol.
The USB 3.1 Cable
If you want to get the most of your USB 3.1, however, you will need the correct cable, power outlet and compatible hardware. If you want to get the best speeds out of your new USB, both your computer, cable and hardware need to be available for 3.1 USBs. That way, when you use the device you can unleash the huge 10Gbit/s transfer rate.
The 3.1 cabling also allows for some extra performance enhancing features thanks to the extra cables it incorporates. These include 4K video resolution, better power usage and DisplayPort capabilities!