New USB Type-C 2.1 standard introduced: 240W and charging without adapter

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Yesterday, May 25, the non-profit organization USB-IF officially unveiled the updated USB Type-C standard with index 2.1, which provides more than double the transmitted power. Representatives of the organization on their website stated that USB Type-C 2.1 can transmit 240 watts of power instead of 100 watts for a similar standard of the previous generation. Thanks to this, the user will be able to power monitors, smartphones, tablets and low-power laptops with a regular USB cable without using an additional adapter. Unfortunately, so far, even such a high power for gaming laptops and powerful solutions is not enough.

To make it easier for users to identify a new cable and its capabilities, all USB Type-C 2.1 certified cables will be labeled EPR – Extended Power Range. This means that this cable can handle up to 5 amperes at voltages up to 50 volts. In theory, this should be enough even for not the most productive gaming laptops like the Alienware m17, but for the next generation consoles, judging by the statements of The Verge, even the new standard is not enough. However, this is still a big leap towards abandoning charging adapters.

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