Today's laptops and computers include at least one built-in USB 3.0 port. In comparison to its USB 2.0 predecessor, USB 3.0 offers some great advantages - particularly for photographers.

"What are some notable differences between USB 2.0 & 3.0?" Well, let's look at some facts....
  • Workflow Speed: USB 3.0 is capable of transferring data ten to twelve times faster at speeds up to 5 Gbit/s (625 MB/s), compared with USB 2.0 speeds of 0.48 Gbit/s (60MB/s).
  • Workflow Efficiency: USB 3.0 can read and write data simultaneously, in comparison to 2.0 where data can only be directed one direction at a time.
  • Power Management: USB 3.0 draws less power from your laptop or desktop computer, letting you work longer in the field without needing a recharge.
  • Equipment Sustainability: USB 2.0 accessories are fully compatible and swappable with USB 3.0 ports, and vice versa.
Due to USB 3.0's seamless backwards and forwards compatibility and ten time increase in speed capability, it has become the new standard for photographers who are in search of a smoother, faster workflow. Using a USB 3.0 memory card reader and computer, photographers are transferring two hours of HD 1080p video in 26 seconds, almost 10,000 images in less than a minute, and 2000 MP3 files in less than 13 seconds.
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