Probably, one of the greatest and the most amazing innovations of today is the Universal Serial Bus or the USB. This device allows for data to be complied, stored and accessed easily at anytime and anywhere as long as there are compatible devices available. USB cables, on the other hand are cables that are popularly used in gathering, transferring and storing data from one device to another.
Understanding How to Use a USB Cable
Mostly, USB cables are connected to computer units directly to peripheral devices like mobile phones, cameras, camcorders and printers/scanners. The main objective of these cables is to effectively, quickly and properly gather or transfer data from one device to another. For instance, if you want to transfer the images saved on your smartphone, all you need to do is to get an USB cable, connect the right end to the mobile phone and the other one to your computer or laptop. With a few clicks from both the phone and the computer, you can easily allow the transfer process to proceed. Both phone and computer will notify you that a cable has been connected and you will have to agree or click OK. Data transfer usually takes just a few seconds to a few minutes, depending on the size of the data to be transferred or on the speed of the computer.
USB cables can also be used to connect your printer/scanner to your computer if you want to scan documents to be saved to your PC, or to print documents directly from PC to paper. These cables are useful in connecting your mobile phone as well to the printer (if it is advanced enough to have the feature that allows it to print directly without the need for the uploading process). The same thing goes with cameras, you simply connect using USB cables to your printer and you can easily copy the images stored. With your camcorder, you can use the USB cable in uploading your video recording into the computer for easy uploading to social media sites or for simple storage purposes.
Benefits of Using USB Cables
One of the main benefits of using USB cables is their ability to carry more information per second (12 mb/second) than parallel cables (115 kb/second). This means faster data transfer. Another advantage that goes with an USB cable is that its port is smaller than parallel cable port. This allows computer manufacturers to efficiently come up with thinner and more compact laptops or portable computers.
If you are a multi-tasker or if you need to connect two or more devices into your computer or laptop, you will surely love using a hub. This allows multiple devices to be connected to one USB port on your PC. With a parallel cable, only one device can be plugged into the port.
Another good advantage of USB cables is that they can be used to charge gadgets like mobile phones and tablets, which is an ability that parallel cables lack. Just connect the USB charger into the right port on the phone and the other end is to be plugged into the PC's USB port; the charging process commences with the right amount of power running from the computer being effectively transferred into the phone.
With all the benefits and uses of USB cables, it shouldn't be surprising that these are now the more popular connectivity options than parallel cables.