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USB Type-C peripherals are on the way, and storage devices are first up

Agam Shah | March 30, 2015
With Apple's latest MacBook and Google's newest Chromebook just out and featuring the new USB Type-C connector, we're on the lookout for peripherals that use the interface, and storage devices appear to be first out of the gate.

Apple now sells a Lightning to USB 2.0 converter, so it's possible it may in future offer a USB Type-C to Lightning converter to connect iPhones and iPads.

Cheaper cables

Amazon is selling a handful of inexpensive USB Type-C to Type-A converters, which could help connect existing peripherals to Type-C ports in the newer computers. The most expensive cable from Aukey is priced at $21.99, and the cheapest is priced at $7.88 by Chenyang.

Type C for desktops

If you're building a desktop, scouring online retailer sites could lead you to motherboards with support for USB Type C ports. These Type C ports support the newer USB 3.1 protocol, and are capable of moving data at speeds of up to 10Gbps. Asustek's Rampage V Extreme boards for gaming desktops is selling for a whopping $519, but it supports the newer DDR4 memory and the latest Intel processors. Other Asus motherboards with the older DDR3 memory and USB 3.1 ports are being sold at prices ranging from $159 to $259. MSI is also bringing Type C connectors to a range of motherboards.

 

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