If you are purchasing a new computer, smartphone or tablet in the next few years, then there is a good chance that it will have the new USB C port that supports USB 3.1 technology. The challenge you may face with this new device is figuring out how to connect it to all of your existing devices.
C2G will offer products that will connect a new laptop or desktop with a USB C port to most of your existing devices. For example, if you purchased the new Chromebook Pixel and want to connect to your existing phone, you can use the USB 2.0 USB C to Micro B cable. If you need to connect the USB Mini B port of an existing hub to a 2015 Apple MacBook, then you’ll need a USB 2.0 Type C to Mini B cable. This would allow you to continue to use all of your existing USB devices, like a keyboard, mouse, and an external hard drive, through a single USB C port. If you have a printer that requires the standard USB B port, don’t throw it away, simply use the C2G USB 2.0 Type C to USB B Cable.
Though you will be able to connect your existing devices using C2G cables and adapters, it is important to note that those existing devices will not be able to take advantage of all of the new features offered by the USB C port and the USB 3.1 technology. Typically, a USB C port will utilize all of the features of the USB 3.1 specification which include a bandwidth of 5-10 Gbps and up to 100 watts of power. Connecting an existing USB 1.1, USB 2.0, or USB 3.0 device to a new USB C port with USB 3.1 technology means that those devices will be limited to the lowest common speed of all connection devices. For example, a USB 2.0 device connected to a USB C port on a laptop will only operate at the transfer speeds and power for a USB 2.0 connection. So while a new laptop can handle a much faster transfer rate and power for charging devices and your old devices will not be able to utilize these speeds and additional power, you will be able to connect them and use them as you do today with USB Type C to USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 cables.