Hi this is Ben with Nick Youssef comm, have you ever realized how many USB cables? There are it's kind of ironic considering the U and USB stands for Universal today. We're going to take a look at the different kinds of USB cables that you'll probably encounter see what they're used for and what their differences are.
So let's get started. Our first USB cable is the USB cable. And this is a typical USB cable you're. Going to see all over the place it's, the standard cable that you'll plug into a.
Computer your TV probably has one game systems have multiple USB, ports, and it's, the standard, and you'll see on pretty much everything. And we have an example of that here power brick that you'd get with any smartphone. Typically, has a USB a. And the other end goes into your phone, which we'll talk about in a minute.
The second kind of USB cable is actually not very common anymore. It's, the USB B cable that you can see here. Now, this cable used to be more popular with large devices like printers. But it's it since fallen out of favor, because there are smaller connectors do the job better that's? What we're going to look at next.
Our next type of USB cable is the mini USB cable. Now, this is technically a smaller version of USB be that we just looked at, however, it's, not really hugely called USB B it's, just called USB mini USB it. This one is more common on Sony devices. You'll, see it often like the old Walkman line. Another example is the PlayStation 3 controller uses a mini USB input. It. Used to be more popular, but it since kind of faded out a bit it'll still find some of the places that use it though.
And the reason the mini USB has faded out is that a new version has taken its place micro USB, it's, a little small, but you can see it here. This is the standard on most Android phones and all sorts of other devices like Bluetooth. Headphones. External battery packs things like that you'll find micro USB. Now this is very common on Android phones. As we mentioned you'll also find it on. The Sony PlayStation, 4 controllers, recharges with a micro USB, Microsoft's, Xbox controller, Xbox, one will also charge if you have the external battery pack for it.
Now, while microUSB was popular for quite a while there's a new version that's kind of taken over Android phones, you'll still see micro USB, but phones from the last couple of years have a different connection. And that is USB type-c. Now, USB, see you might notice is reversible. Meaning, you can plug in any other way, and it'll be just fine. Compared to USP Alike we looked at earlier word only goes in one way. Now, you'll, also notice here that I have a USB cable that is USB-C on both ends, which I actually don't. But if I did, um, you would know that it was a USB-C on both ends. And the reason for that is the USB-C is used for more than just connecting a phone to a computer.
Um, you might have seen the new MacBook that have all USB-C ports. You can use that to, for example, connected display, connect an external hard drive all things like that. Connect a power cable to charge it. So you'll see these cables that we have USB an on one end and C on the other.
But you'll also see C 2, C I should mention that you won't see us be a 2a cables. And the reason for that is there's, really no good use for them. In fact, if you plugged a USB cable into two computers, it would probably cause an issue because the computers wouldn't know which device was the host, and which one was the receiver. So that's an important point to note. So we've talked about the. Different types of USB cables.
We've looked at a and B. We looked at the smaller types, but there's, also another significant thing to know about USB cables. And that is the standard that they use.
So USB has gone through three major standards. USB 1.0 was the first. This is really old-school you're, very unlikely to find any devices that use USB 1.0. Nowadays would be very slow. USB 2.0 is the older standard that's still used. And you can recognize that by just the standard USB, a plug like we have on this.
Micro USB cable here, USB 2.0, you'll, still find it in some cheap or flash drives and similar devices things that don't need to charge very quickly or throughput data quickly still use USB 2.0. But for flash drives and external hard drives and other devices where you want to transfer a lot of data quickly USB 3.0 is the PES, the new standard. And you can tell a USB 3.0 cable, usually because right here as you see on the a, and it has the blue color, and you'll also sometimes see a little lightning bolt. Symbol if you have a USB 3.0 port on your laptop, for example, it'll be blue. It typically has a little lightning bolt symbol. So you know, it's 3.0 compatible. Now, again, USB 3.0.
The biggest difference is the speed if you connect a USB 2.0 flash drive and try to transfer a bunch of files you'll. Notice that it's much slower than connecting a USB 3.0 flash drive and transferring the same files. Now certain cables have slight modifications to be USB 3.0 compatible. So for example, this is a cable that I have.
For external hard drive you'll, see, that's, USB, 3.0 on the and because it's blue, it's, also micro USB on this end, however, because it's USB 3.0 there's, an extra little piece that has to be on there to make a USB 3.0 compatible and be fast enough for an external hard drive. So we take a look at all the different types of USB cables. We didn't talk about Apple cables here because that's his topic for another video. But we hope that this enlightened you and helped you figure out the differences between. The various USB cables in general, if you have a new Android phone, you're, probably going to use USB C and probably have some micro USB cables around for older devices, mini USB is not very common anymore, and we'll see USA ports on computers for some time to come until USB-C eventually, phase them out that's all for this video. Thanks so much for watching please subscribe to make you subs YouTube channel for more videos like this along with giveaways to the latest and coolest tech, and we'll see you. In the next video take care.