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Modern Universal Serial Bus (USB) ports have replaced a number of older data transmission technologies over the years due to its increased speed and dead-simple ease of use.
Nowadays we can buy a wide variety of USB devices such as USB printers, external USB hard drives and USB flash drives that make our day-to-day lives so much easier than they were just a few years ago.
There are currently two generations of USB technology in common use: USB 2.0 and USB 3.0.
USB 3.0 offers a couple of important advantages over the older (yet still widespread) USB 2.0:
1 – USB 3.0 is capable of transferring data at 10 times the speed of USB 2.0, and you’ll really notice that difference while using a USB 3.0 external hard drive, SSD or flash drive.
2 – A USB 3.0 port can supply almost twice as much power to attached devices as a USB 2.0 port can.
That means you can attach most any external USB hard drive to a USB 3.0 port without having to connect a supplemental USB cable for added power. It will also charge the batteries in your mobile devices a lot faster.
As you probably know, virtually all new home computers now include high-speed (and high power) USB 3.0 ports.
But did you know that you can easily upgrade most older PCs to USB 3.0 for about the cost of a pizza? Well, it’s true, and this is one upgrade that I strongly recommend.
And while you’re at it, you can even add USB 3.0 ports to the front of your computer for about $12-$15 more if you want to.
As you can see, you can easily take advantage of the benefits of USB 3.0 even if you have an older PC that doesn’t currently support it. And it won’t cost you an arm and a leg to make it happen!
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