Most laptop and desktop computers made after 2016 will usually include one or more built-in USB 3.0 port. It can be easily identified by it's blue color as opposed to black for lower speed USB ports. In comparison to its USB 2.0 predecessor, USB 3.0 offers some great advantages - particularly for photographers.
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, rather than the older 2.0 where data can only be directed one direction at a time.
- Power Management: USB 3.0 draws less power from your computer, letting you laptop work longer in the field without needing a recharge.
- Equipment Sustainability: USB 2.0 accessories are fully compatible with USB 3.0 ports, and vice versa.