USB Type-C is a relatively new standard, this is why most people do not know it yet. However, this will change soon, because this new standard is a lot more versatile than USB Type-A. If you are wondering, what exactly you can do with your notebooks USB-C connection or where the differences between the different USB-variants are, our FAQ-site will help you.
For USB-C there are different cables. USB-C to USB-C cables allow you to charge a type-C device with a Type-C charger or to connect two USB type-C devices. USB-A to USB-C cables are often used to charge phones or to connect type-C devices to a “regular” USB port.
These devices still use the USB-protocol but use a hub and other chips to extend their functionality. They have at least one USB type-A connector, often a type-C port for charging and sometimes card readers, audio, video or LAN ports.
They are a lot bigger and bulkier than dongles, but also offer a lot more functionality. All of them can charge the device, have multiple USB ports, offer a LAN connection for a reliable and fast network connection and sometimes even multiple display connections. Sometimes they even have an on/off switch, so that you can access the full potential of your device via a single cable.
They offer the same connections as their USB-C counterparts, but more of them via a faster connection. You can also daisy chain additional thunderbolt devices off of them to connect a lighting fast SSD or even an external GPU.
The newest USB standard is made to carry more than just USB signals. It can do a lot more than its predecessors. However, its functions can become a bit confusing. This is why we have listed the most prominent of its possibilities here for you.
The difference between the specifications is their maximum throughput.
The different USB Types A, B and C differ only in their physical form, the USB protocol they transmit is the same.