FAQ about USB 3.0

What are the main features of USB 3.0 and how does it compare to USB 2.0?

USB (Universal Serial Bus) has a Superspeed SS mode that increases transfer rates 10 times compared to 2.0. USB 3.1 was introduced in 2013 and will be adapted more in 2015 and beyond. It offers twice the speed of USB 3.0

USB 3.0 vs. 2.0

Can you use USB 3.0 on USB 2.0 port?

Absolutely. USB 3.0 is backwards compatible, it will work at the ports of both USB 2.0 and even USB 1.1. However, speed will be limited to the maximum transfer rates of earlier version. So you will not get the transfer speed of USB 3.0 on USB 2.0; but you will be able to transfer files, albeit at a slower speed. You can plug USB 2.0 into USB 3.0 ports too

How do I understand if I have USB 3.0 or 2.0 port on my device?

USB 3.0 ports colored blue inside whereas 2.0 are black. Many computers have them both

Do I need to buy a USB 3.0 or is 2.0 sufficient?

Given that USB 3.0 drives could be 5x times more expensive, unless you are transferring large files frequently, USB 2.0 should be enough. Looking at top 10 USB flash drives, only 2 of them were USB 3.0.

How many songs would a 128GB USB 3.0 Flash drive hold?

About twenty to twenty-five thousand songs. But USB 2.0 will hold the same if it is 128GB; just the transfer speed will be slower.

Here are some of the best USB 3.0 flash drives

1.      SanDisk Extreme PRO CZ88 128GB USB 3.0

With speeds up to 260 MB per second, this flash drive works about 60 times faster than your normal flash drive.  It has a sleek aluminum casing with a retractable connector.  Software comes on the drive for secure encryption and enough space to hold your whole media collection.

Price: $61

 

 

2.      ROOFULL Rotatable Waterproof USB-C 64GB Memory Stick

This Waterproof USB 3.0 flash drive is exactly what you need for all your USB 3.0 and Type-C devices.  Its rotating design holds Type-C and USB 3.0 dual ports, in a tiny package.  Small enough to be attached to your key ring, you have the added protection of anti-magnetic and waterproof features.

Price: $23

 

 

 

3.      Patriot 128GB Supersonic Rage Series USB 3.0

Designed with a rugged rubber coating this drive is designed for life.  The retractabel design of the product keeps the USB connector protected while not in use.  The Rage series offers up to 180 MB per second read speeds.

Price: $34.99

Table of USB drives

Features SanDisk Extreme PRO CZ88 ROOFULL USB-C Memory Stick Patriot Supersonic Rage
Price 60.38 $26.96 $34.99
Max Memory 128 GB 64 GB 128 GB
WaterProof No Yes No
Read speed 260 MB/s 40 MB/s 180 MB/s
Backward Compatible Yes Yes: Type-A Yes
File Encryption Software Yes No No
Case Aluminum Rotating Retractable

 

 

 

 

Here are some of the best USB 3.0 Hubs

 

4.       Pluggable 7-Port USB 3.0 SuperSpeed Hub with 25W Power Adapter

Features 7 ports that are backwards compatible from USB 3.0, this Hub gives you the ability to network all your media in one place with the added option of a Wall AC Outlet for charging.  Compatible with multiple O/S including Windows and Apple.

Price: $29.95

 

 

 

5.      iXCC 4 Port Compact Portable High Speed USB 3.0 Data Hub

Small enough to fit in a laptop or tablet bag but large enough to connect all the necessities on the go.  This power house USB hub has overload protection and works at 5 Gigabits per second.

Price: $9.99

 

 

 

6.      Juiced Systems 6+1+1 USB 3.0 Smart Charging Hub

Used to network your USB devices together or charge seperately, this Hub comes with a USB 3.0 cable to connect to your computer, and a power adapter to connect for charging separate devices.  Use the 1 dedicated port to charge your devices, or unplug the USB transfer cable and use all 7 ports to charge your devices.  Both power supply and USB transfer cable are provided.

Price: $45

 

Table of USB Hubs

Features Plugable

SuperSpeed Hub

iXCC

Compact Portable Hub

Juiced Systems

Smart Charging Hub

Price $29.95 $9.99 $45
Power Adapter 25 Watt N/A 12V
Ports 7 4 6
Hot-Pluggable Yes Yes Yes
Multi OS Compatability Yes Yes Yes
Transfer Rate 5Gbps 5Gbps 5Gbps