Why This WEIRD USB Connector Exists

12 feb. 2021
407 205 Vizionare

Learn through problem solving, and the first 200 people can save 20% today on Brilliant at brilliant.org/Techquickie/
What's the point of the different types of USB connector?
Leave a reply with your requests for future episodes, or tweet them here: twitter.com/jmart604
►GET MERCH: www.LTTStore.com/
►SUPPORT US ON FLOATPLANE: www.floatplane.com/
►LTX EXPO: www.ltxexpo.com/
AFFILIATES & REFERRALS
---------------------------------------------------
►Affiliates, Sponsors & Referrals: lmg.gg/sponsors
►Private Internet Access VPN: lmg.gg/pialinus2
►MK Keyboards: lmg.gg/LyLtl
►Nerd or Die Stream Overlays: lmg.gg/avLlO
►NEEDforSEAT Gaming Chairs: lmg.gg/DJQYb
►Displate Metal Prints: lmg.gg/displateltt
►Epic Games Store (LINUSMEDIAGROUP): lmg.gg/kRTpY
►Official Game Store: www.nexus.gg/ltt
►Amazon Prime: lmg.gg/8KV1v
►Audible Free Trial: lmg.gg/8242J
►Our Gear on Amazon: geni.us/OhmF

FOLLOW US ELSEWHERE
---------------------------------------------------
Twitter: twitter.com/linustech
Facebook: facebook.com/LinusTech
Instagram: instagram.com/linustech
Twitch: www.twitch.tv/linustech
FOLLOW OUR OTHER CHANNELS
---------------------------------------------------
Linus Tech Tips: lmg.gg/linustechtipsyt
TechLinked: lmg.gg/techlinkedyt
ShortCircuit: lmg.gg/shortcircuityt
LMG Clips: lmg.gg/lmgclipsyt
Channel Super Fun: lmg.gg/channelsuperfunyt
Carpool Critics: lmg.gg/carpoolcriticsyt

Comentarii
  • I have a 3.5 internal HDD case that uses USB 3 to USB B cable

    ANSARI5X5ANSARI5X5Acum 21 oră
  • Alright LTT I'm going to have to dislike this video. Title and thumbnail are clickbait. I thought I was learning about the obscure USB 3B connector insead I got a short history of USB plugs and you never even covered the USB type supposedly being referenced in the thumbnail....

    FactorYLabSFactorYLabSAcum 3 Zile
  • With USB Type C, Which you can... C here B-)

    SlovenMalaphorSlovenMalaphorAcum 3 Zile
  • Suggestion for video: why do printers suck ass?

    Uthman BakshUthman BakshAcum 3 Zile
  • It's been like 40 years and we still don't have easy to use, smart printers 🙄

    Dalton McCabeDalton McCabeAcum 4 Zile
  • "There aren't a whole lot of other devices that use it". WOW, you guys really dropped the ball on this one... Ahum... *clearing throat* ... Printers, scanners, external audio interfaces, monitors, mixers, usb hubs, connectivity hubs (with different ports), serial port converters (e.g. RS232), arduino microcontrollers, active interfaced speakers, home cinema sets, amplifiers, pen tablets, drum computers, literally any synthesizer (that being said, actually pretty much every device that has to do with music recording or audio, after firewire died). *pause to take breath* Routers, docking stations, camera applications, robot automations (that's right we're rhyming now). Any form of electronic interfacing (e.g. oscilloscopes, multimeters). Like really. There are a massive ton of devices that use USB-B connectors. Next to that. The thumbnail actually shows a usb 3.0 B connector, which is not the one you guys talk about. I used to like this channel. Now it just feels like a cashgrab by posting dumb video's with false information. Shame on you!

    Luca van der knaapLuca van der knaapAcum 5 Zile
  • Some of your videos cause ROworld to crash 😔

    Samuel SeyllerSamuel SeyllerAcum 5 Zile
  • Just a note; USB B connectors are common in the Sound/Lights/DJ (dying*) industry they are used on Lights & DJ controllers. I probably have a 8+ lying arround :)

    wisico640wisico640Acum 5 Zile
  • You guys.... didn't answer your own question...

    GabrielGabrielAcum 6 Zile
  • Fry's closed!!!!!!! Where do we go, now????? I'm not shopping at, BB!!!!!

    Lip stickLip stickAcum 6 Zile
    • Micro Center?

      Roger FosterRoger FosterAcum o Zi
  • I still use those

    DylanDylanAcum 6 Zile
  • It was universal until type C, in that the end that connects to the PC was always the same. Also any "USB" connector that has more than 2 data wires isn't technically USB, it is UPB, as it sends data in parallel, not serial.

    Franklin AllenFranklin AllenAcum 7 Zile
  • You can transfer a pdf over it...

    shutseal7206shutseal7206Acum 7 Zile
  • Using printer wirelessly on PC/Notebook, uhh this gives me nightmares...

    Star LordStar LordAcum 7 Zile
  • 2:03 type c can achieve this. FireWire/Thunderbolt too!

    EasonTekReviewsEasonTekReviewsAcum 7 Zile
  • Me who already knew this but watched the video anyway

    Zach_CZach_CAcum 7 Zile
  • 3:39 I feel a printer video/rant coming soon. SOOOO much wrong with printers. Someone make a good one allready

    Izzy Ace SpeedrunsIzzy Ace SpeedrunsAcum 7 Zile
  • 2:51 I agree. Those MicroUsb3Extended or what evet there called are terrible. My usb hub has one and it always comes loose and Im never sure if its ACTUALLY plugged in. Micro USB in general also sucks. My headphones use micro USB and it always falls out. Can EVERYTHING just be usb c allready

    Izzy Ace SpeedrunsIzzy Ace SpeedrunsAcum 7 Zile
  • How can there "only be upstream" with DC? Either I'm misunderstanding something or that was a really poor choice of words.

    ChaosSwissroIlChaosSwissroIlAcum 8 Zile
  • Wow, had a genuine eureka moment.

    Tim AdamsTim AdamsAcum 8 Zile
  • Do an episode on why printer are always difficult.

    yasio boloyasio boloAcum 9 Zile
  • Interesting that apparently printer manufacturers often don’t include a cable. All three printers I have had included all of the necessary cables, power, USB, and if they were fax-capable, a phone cord. One of them even included a nice flat Ethernet cable as well. Two of them are HP, one is a Brother.

    Frog 4096Frog 4096Acum 9 Zile
  • HDMI carries power...

    David HaneyDavid HaneyAcum 9 Zile
  • Anyone know how long Gigabyte GPU RMA is? I got a Gigabyte Windforce 2070 super and one of the fan died.

    KevinKevinAcum 9 Zile
    • James sounds like Kermit the Frog and Bill Gates.

      yasio boloyasio boloAcum 9 Zile
  • Do an episode on why printer are always difficult.

    qopoy dnonqopoy dnonAcum 10 Zile
  • I've never plugged in a printer over USB

    tutacattutacatAcum 10 Zile
  • I've used USB B for years on touchscreens and receipt printers

    TheMightyKinkleTheMightyKinkleAcum 10 Zile
  • I like it how you didn't actually talk about that weird USB connector in the thumbnail 🙃

    TheMightyKinkleTheMightyKinkleAcum 10 Zile
  • Luckily my printer is wireless and has worked flawlessly for 8 years... cause I can only imagine the pain of trying to find one of those cables

    Aimee CrawfordAimee CrawfordAcum 10 Zile
    • another devise use it.

      qopoy dnonqopoy dnonAcum 10 Zile
  • James! Where's the clickbait connector from the thumbnail?

    Jacob LongJacob LongAcum 10 Zile
  • Ah yes, the printer. Mine decided that there's no paper, at all, in the world. So now it's just a scanner and has been for the last 5-10 years or so.

    RannonRannonAcum 11 Zile
  • I learned a thing today!

    Jamie ShultzJamie ShultzAcum 11 Zile
  • Did you know you can charge your powerbank with your powerbank? You just plug a USB-A to USB-Micro B cable from a type A port to the micro B port and it will charge itself using itself! #FreeEnergy

    ASOTFAN16ASOTFAN16Acum 11 Zile
  • I recall reading one of the original designers of usb saying the original standard was made simpler to keep the cost down.

    Peter NichollsPeter NichollsAcum 11 Zile
  • Is it really hard to figure out a printer?

    Andrew CoolAndrew CoolAcum 11 Zile
  • My amp uses the USB-B connector for the DAC

    Baba GanduBaba GanduAcum 11 Zile
  • wait...is this a bit? They actually ignored the USB 3.0 Type B connector in the thumbnail? ha.

    SuperWolfkinSuperWolfkinAcum 12 Zile
  • 0:33 did you mean 3DS

    shotarcherZshotarcherZAcum 12 Zile
  • James sounds like Kermit the Frog and Bill Gates.

    Benderdick CumbersnatchBenderdick CumbersnatchAcum 12 Zile
  • The only computer hardware what i actually hate: printers! Lets burn them ALL!!!!!!!!!

    Attila DeákAttila DeákAcum 12 Zile
  • Midi Keyboards always use a weird USB connector, as a music producer it's so annoying because if I forget the cable chances are I wont find another one easily

    TigerChuuTigerChuuAcum 12 Zile
  • Yeah Type-C to be everywhere is the idea.

    StaySic4EverStaySic4EverAcum 12 Zile
  • I have about 50 of USB-B in a box due to people using their old printer cable when getting their new printers and not even opening them. Besides a printer I never used or seen another devise use it.

    mrbunnylamakinsmrbunnylamakinsAcum 12 Zile
  • erm. Ethernet cables can carry power and have identical connectors on both ends.

    Rick HornsbyRick HornsbyAcum 13 Zile
  • what about the universal transfer cable which is usb-a on both sides?

    Omni ByteOmni ByteAcum 13 Zile
  • Forgot about the Mini B connector my personal favorite. And the USB 3.0 B connector in the thumbnail. There is also a bit of the standard not just for power as it had the directionality due to host and device distinctions that is until peoples mouse's started being computers on their own. Oh and you should do one on firewire and how it's nowhere near the same as USB and unofficial unstandardized FireWire to USB adapters/cables can fry things!

    imark7777777imark7777777Acum 13 Zile
  • "you won't find other devices with usb B" *cries in arduino*

    Ailsa NiAilsa NiAcum 13 Zile
  • All I want to know, printers have been around as long if not longer then the computer, why the hell is it so complicated. They are extremely unreliable.

    FangerZeroFangerZeroAcum 13 Zile
  • i'm using my printer wirelessly over wifi and it tends to work fine (there was a period where windows was REFUSING to recognize it untill i uninstalled the driver and had windows look for the printer...every damn time i used it) but when i got the printer and for the last i wanna say 8 month's or so it's been ez. turn on printer, open scan or send whatever you want to print to it and it does it's thing.

    anub1s15anub1s15Acum 13 Zile
  • A TECH PCs. ROworld channel... Yall should check it out..

    Custom PcCustom PcAcum 13 Zile
    • "Mini" connectors were't even mentioned. 'Cause those were a thing too before the "micro" connectors.

      Ailsa NiAilsa NiAcum 13 Zile
  • James has never heard of mini hdmi

    Benjamin PadillaBenjamin PadillaAcum 13 Zile
  • Hate to be that guy but what's the song in the background? Shazam didn't work with no break in talking 😅

    Nathan McintyreNathan McintyreAcum 13 Zile
  • Dude. Why did you not explain every type of USB except the one in the thumbnail

    Garlic Bread the ProducerGarlic Bread the ProducerAcum 13 Zile
  • who cares? we have USB C now. so we dont need USB A and B anymore why even make this video with USB C u can plug in the hosts in both ends

    Jesper HammarlundJesper HammarlundAcum 13 Zile
  • "This is a type B connector [...] there aren't a whole lot of other devices that use it" Music Equipment: Am I a joke to you?

    Sam DelfaveroSam DelfaveroAcum 13 Zile
  • So where is the strange connector you reeled me in with? I hate this type of scam so I'll never watch one of yours again

    Clive BradleyClive BradleyAcum 13 Zile
  • you skipped right over mini USB and when straight to micro USB. Im still rocking mini USB since both my dash cams use it, my usb hub, my harmony one remote ( yah I know its a old model ).

    Will BarWill BarAcum 13 Zile
  • What you mean? I have never plugged into my printer. I wirelessly print everything for at least the last 5yrs

    Matt SpoonerMatt SpoonerAcum 13 Zile
  • Bur but but ethernet cable supports power. And I like my 3th option for printing, via cat5

    daniel browndaniel brownAcum 13 Zile
  • (1:59) USB host-to-host www.datapro.net/products/usb-2-0-host-to-host-cable.html#:~:text=The%20USB%202.0%20host%2Dto,have%20a%20free%20USB%20port www.amazon.de/Goobay-Aktives-USB-Data-Link-Kabel-Daten%C3%BCbertragung/dp/B00PI7ZB9U Not a normal a-to-a cable tho, it's a crossover cable. But it can be done.

    Tyrian2kTyrian2kAcum 14 Zile
  • I've had so many fights with my printers in the past that I still tend to avoid trouble shooting them. Whenever a less techsavvy friend/family member asks for my help. I usually say, I don't understand printers. 🤣

    8packK8packKAcum 14 Zile
  • You are so wrong I have a type A to A lead for a web cam also a A to A with a box in the center that is for PC to PC

    alun robertsalun robertsAcum 14 Zile
  • 1:59 RAIDMAX!!! Built my first PC is that case :-)

    Matt NicholsMatt NicholsAcum 14 Zile
  • My Brother printer works wirelessly amazingly well for years. It has Linux drivers and a wonderful app.

    Dat NguyenDat NguyenAcum 14 Zile
  • "Mini" connectors were't even mentioned. 'Cause those were a thing too before the "micro" connectors.

    nieooj gotoynieooj gotoyAcum 14 Zile
  • James: You probably don't have a USB-B cable lying around Arduino users: ...

    DevnolDevnolAcum 14 Zile
  • USB - Urritating Serial Bus.

    Jon DoeJon DoeAcum 14 Zile
  • Exceedingly civil and informative. I learned something here. Thank you very much for your clean presentation.

    TobwaTobwaAcum 14 Zile
    • So the thumbnail is a USB 3.0 type B yet they never even mentioned it...

      nieooj gotoynieooj gotoyAcum 14 Zile
  • "You probably don't having one lying around" laughs awkwardly while looking at my multiple boxes of random cords from the 90's to today.

    Gavin DruckGavin DruckAcum 14 Zile
  • i have a usb-a to usb-a somewhere. never known what it's for. probs gonna bin it next time i see it now.

    BillBillAcum 14 Zile
  • A lot, and I mean really a lot of external audio interfaces use USB type B. And it's pretty robust, construction-wise.

    Laurenţiu LozanLaurenţiu LozanAcum 14 Zile
  • Love how the thumbnail cable was never mentioned. Pretty sure it's usb B 3.0. He did show usb B 2.0 however. Not the same cable

    newt0nnewt0nAcum 14 Zile
  • So i can't connect 2 computer by a USB cable?

    SancoSancoAcum 14 Zile
  • it's pretty damn annoying that my DAC/amp takes that USB B connector. I don't really care that much when used from y PC, I'll just use optical anyway, but I had to get a usb B to lightning cable from my phone, and a usb B to type C for my iPad. Just make everything C already....

    Joey LJoey LAcum 14 Zile
  • Even better is the Type B USB used on the XBOX Kinect 2. It has an additional power line and therefore a weird hump on it making it propietary. To use it with your computer, you have to solder in your own power to the Kinect 2 and then use a normal type B plugged into the Kinect to type A for your OC. It's a mess!

    Smile SpaceSmile SpaceAcum 14 Zile
  • And for funnsees I set the CC option going... apparently James is speaking Vietnamese. Who knew?

    Chris MonkmanChris MonkmanAcum 14 Zile
  • "you can always use your printer wirelessly" hey guess what Google killed this time

    Tyler FurrisonTyler FurrisonAcum 14 Zile
  • Poor Mini-B, being so ignored.

    rougenaxelarougenaxelaAcum 14 Zile
  • 0:39: My monitors actually use them too. I had to buy an extra one, but I believe one of the ones I have was just lying around with a bunch of other cables. I want to buy a midi adapter which uses this type of cable too. So, there are a few uses of it other than just printers.

    happysmash27happysmash27Acum 14 Zile
  • Got a whole box of USB B connectors, once I used for so many devices. Now just using it for laser show interface control

    Scott ShortlandScott ShortlandAcum 15 Zile
  • Whats nice about the devices that have that 3.0 micro B+ with the extra bit to make more data lanes to make them 3.0 speed, is that the non-extra bit is just a normal micro-B, and in a pinch, you can use a normal micro on that side (careful plugging it in), and it will still work, just slower. This is very critical to know if you have external hard drive (or thin enclosures) with that micro-B+ and dont have/cant get the 3.0 "+" cable and really need the data off it (or moved onto one)

    uberfuzzyuberfuzzyAcum 15 Zile
  • The NEW NERF Missile Launcher! Now with SOCIAL DISTANCE range capability! "MY EYYYYES!"

    the DapperFoxtrotthe DapperFoxtrotAcum 15 Zile
  • So the thumbnail is a USB 3.0 type B yet they never even mentioned it...

    DeLucaDeLucaAcum 15 Zile
  • I have like 7 USB-B Cables

    Nicholas LovanNicholas LovanAcum 15 Zile
  • My boss rammed a standard USB-B connector in to a USB-B 3.0 socket, you can guess what happened (he sheered the pin completely off).

    That Goth GuyThat Goth GuyAcum 15 Zile
  • wireless printing.. no, just no. why do i have to pay extra to get a network jack on a printer, but not wifi,i do not want or care for wifio n a printer, just a network jack i'd use a raspberry i zero if i could get arm linux drivers for printers

    Chad McKeanChad McKeanAcum 15 Zile
  • You left out the mini B

    Rory WalterRory WalterAcum 15 Zile
  • And what about the mini usb connector?!

    cedric simoncedric simonAcum 15 Zile
  • you didn't even address the connector you used in the thumbnail

    DannyDannyAcum 15 Zile
  • The last time I watched Techquickie was when Linus had the FUCKING CRINGE INTRO FOR SUBSCRIBING AT THE VERY BEGINNING. Now that it's long gone the channel is finally quality.

    Γιάννης Παναγιώτης ΤζανάκοςΓιάννης Παναγιώτης ΤζανάκοςAcum 15 Zile
  • Nice! After this video I will start powering my gaming pc with my USB-C powerbank

    Jan VollmerJan VollmerAcum 15 Zile
  • You guys should rise the teleprompter a bit higher, so his eyes don't look like watching the floor all the time.

    Diego SteffalooDiego SteffalooAcum 15 Zile
  • I have a whole bunch of USB A to A cables for keyboard switches. THEY DO EXIST!!!

    DJ ESKYDJ ESKYAcum 15 Zile
  • Used to be a computer tech.. Printers are a big reason why I am no longer in the field. Idk what it is about printers either, but I hate them

    Nick GoblirschNick GoblirschAcum 15 Zile
  • My Roland drum machine and Boss katana amp use USB-B

    TheeTurkey79TheeTurkey79Acum 15 Zile
  • 0:07 I always wanted the USB Christmas tree, but never had the space on my desk. Although it seemed like a novelty to have something that can only be basically powered by a computer. Hold on I gotta be a Grinch and restart and turn off the tree. But now they have wallplugs with USB built in and I wouldn't be surprised if they put them right into electrical sockets....

    MPG187MPG187Acum 15 Zile
  • Reminds me of the USB Rant

    MPG187MPG187Acum 15 Zile
  • I'm still using that connector for my slightly older usb3.0 hdd dock

    sunny stevesunny steveAcum 15 Zile
  • The teleprompter distracts me sooooo much

    Rick94rrRick94rrAcum 16 Zile
  • I hate type-A-to-type-A cables required by some external hard drives used by Western Digital

    TheExileFoxTheExileFoxAcum 16 Zile
ROworld