Major 6 Types Of USB Cables You Use

You might use many of these, probably without knowing the full form of this genius of an invention.

USB stands for Universal Serial Bus and was introduced to the markets in the late 1990s. They are high functioning connectors – they help you set up a connection between your laptop and any other device that has a USB port. 

Ever since it was first introduced it has undergone multiple technological developments and many types of USB cables have been introduced, they are now faster and offer different compatibility.

As humans, there are male and female USBs. Male USBs could be plugged into something and female USBs are used to receive something.

Well, here we have a list of different types of USB cables that you use or might’ve come across. Male and female USBs have their own variation of the following USB types.


“There are only two ways this could go in and none of them works!!” Rings a bell? Well USB- A are ‘those’ connectors. They are typically used to transfer data from your computer to any other device, or when you are using an external keyboard or mouse with a PC.


Type-B connectors are also known as ‘Standard B’ connectors and they have a square-ish appearance. They aren’t as common as type-A connectors. You must have noticed they are commonly used for non-host devices like printers, external hard drives, and audio surfaces, etc.


This is one life-saver of USB cable types. It is new on the scene and already replacing type-A connectors. Why? They are reversible, meaning you can put these in from both sides. This design has been adopted by many tech-giants. Oh, it also offers high speed, powerful data transfers.


Like the name implies these types of USB cables are smaller than a regular USB port. Mini USB is further divided into A-type, B-type, and AB-type. One of the first miniature USB forms introduced this has a 5-pin connector. Once a standard for mobile devices, cameras, and MP3 players they were appreciated for their complex design, but they aren’t used as often anymore.


The difference between micro and mini USB is this – micro USB is a tad bit smaller than the latter. Micro USB ports are frequently seen on Android phones, tablets, and numerous other devices such as Digital cameras. This USB allows information to be read without help from a computer, meaning you can connect one device directly to a phone with help from one of these bulk USB cables.


Also known as “backward compatible,” – they actually work with older USB ports and other bulk USB cables. Since they have different shaped pins so they can be used more frequently (and are often colored blue so you can tell them apart). As per Wikipedia – USB 3.0 adds the new transfer rate referred to as SuperSpeed USB that can transfer data at up to 5 Gbit/s, which is about 10 times faster than the USB 2.0 standard. However, it’s important to note that all devices have to be USB 3 compatible to obtain those higher speeds. But if you have an older device, you won’t be able to achieve the same speedy data transfer rates.

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