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USB 2.0 and 3.0 are the second and third major versions of the USB standard.

by Vikas Dayal • March 08, 2024

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USB cables and cords come in a variety of configurations and are used to connect devices with a USB connector, such as printers and digital cameras to your laptop or computer. USB 2.0 and 3.0 are the second and third major versions of the USB standard. Cables.com stocks the quality USB cables you need. 

If you’ve used an electronic device within the past ten years, you’ve almost certainly handled a USB cable. They’re commonly used not only to connect devices to each other, such as printers and digital cameras to your laptop or computer, but also for charging devices and for saving or transmitting data.

USB 2.0 and 3.0 are the second and third major versions of the USB data cables standard. USB 2.0 offers a maximum speed of 480MBPS, while USB 3.0 cables are about 10x faster, with a maximum speed of an impressive 5GBPS. Even among USB 3.0 or USB 2.0 cables, however, there are differences of function, compatibility and connector types; this means that it’s essential to order the correct USB cables for your needs.

What Are USB Cables?

USB stands for "Universal Serial Bus," and it's long been an industry standard not only to connect devices to each other, such as printers and digital cameras to your laptop or computer, but also for charging devices as well as for saving and/or transmitting data. If you’ve used an electronic device in recent history, you’ve almost certainly handled a USB cable. These days it's a good idea to have multiple options on hand, and maybe even duplicates so you're covered whether you need to connect at home, in your car, or at the office. 

Which USB Cable Do You Need?

There are different kinds of USB configurations, but some are more common than others. These include: 

  • USB A Male to B Male - found in many printers,
  • USB A Male to A Female extender cables - which are used to connect two USB cables and if active, extends them beyond the standard of 5 meters or 16 feet, and finally,
  • USB A Male to A Male - which are used to connect two devices in order to transfer data between them. 

USB 2.0 A Male to B Male

As the most popularly used USB cable, the USB A Male to B Male cable is often included when purchasing a computer or home printing device. Cables.com’s USB A Male to B Male cable is constructed with a 28 awg conductor for data, and a 24 awg conductor for power. It features a shielded jacket to reliably transfer data, and we stand behind the high quality of this cable. 

USB Cable 2.0 Male to Male - Shop Cables.com.

USB 3.0

Datacomm offers USB 3.0 Connector, Extender and Micro USB Cables. In addition to the configurations seen in USB 2.0 cables, Cables.com stocks a USB 3.0 A Male to micro USB cable that’s Galaxy S5-compatible for charging and syncing and acts as a plug-and-play cable for hard drive enclosures. 

Blue Galaxy S5 Compatible USB Charge and Sync Cable - Shop Cables.com.

Cables.com also stocks the latest USB 3.1 generation 2 cables. They feature a Type A male connector on one end and and a Type C male connector on the other. The reversible Type C connector allows you to connect your cable with either side facing up, and to charge USB Type C enabled devices including the Nintendo Switch, newer generation Kindle tablets, and Bluetooth keyboards.

USB 3.1 Generation 2 A Male to C Male Cable - Shop Cables.com.

Buying USB Cables at Cables.com

When you come to us for your cables, we want you to get exactly what you’re looking for, even if it isn’t available on our online catalog. You can contact us about a Custom Cable order based on your particular need, including color, length, and configuration. Our cables warehouse is located here in the US, and our Datacomm cables are proudly manufactured in New York. All of our cables are available to ship quickly and are backed by a lifetime guarantee. Email us at sales@cables.com with any questions you might have! We look forward to hearing from you.

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