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.

"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, 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.
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 need a smoother, faster workflow. Using a USB 3.0 enabled memory card reader, photographers are transferring two hours of HD 1080p video in less than 30 seconds or almost 10,000 images in less than a minute or as many as 2000 MP3 files in less than 15 seconds.
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