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  • Writer's pictureBen Lake

What the Heck is This Port?

Updated: Nov 4, 2022

The picture above shows a port that has been showing up on computers within the last few years, and I often get asked what its function is. That little port is called “USB-C”. Most people can recognize a traditional USB port and know that it’s primarily used for data transfer (like a flash drive) or sometimes charging (like for a cell phone). The USB-C port does all that and more, and in a smaller reversible form factor that can be squeezed into thin laptops and tablets. It moves data faster, provides more charging power, and can even send a display signal to external monitors. While the pervasiveness of the traditional USB port means it will persist for a long time, expect to see the USB-C port available on any new computer you purchase from now on.

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