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VGA and USB cables represent the two most successful cable types for transmitting data and power to computer units in this digital revolution era. Nowadays, several improved versions of either model have already come and gone; but they remain absolute in their category -- and even older models still have their niche uses. With this buying guide Shopbot expects to help you find out more about the uses of each particular cable subtype and, in the end, settle only for the best possible offer  for your needs and your pocket.

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Buying guide

VGA CableVGA and USB Cables

In the last few years, the development of VGA and USB Cables has helped the world of technology and communications immensely. VGA Cables refers to a cable which is used for transmitting video signals in analog forms. These kinds of cables are primarily used for connecting devices such as projectors to a display monitor or computers, game console with a computer or television. Similarly, USB Cable – or the “Universal Serial Bus Cable” – is used for power and communication supply between computers or other electronic devices. They may be used to connect peripherals of a computer, such as keyboard with the monitor or pointing devices, compact cameras with computer or printer with a laptop. Replacing a variety of other interfaces such as parallel ports and serials, these cables have also become popular for being chargers for portable products, gadgets and devices. For those who seek to choose between different kinds of VGA and USB Cables, this buying guide can be of good help.

Choosing between different VGA Cables

VGA cables are designed for electrical data transfer of analog video signals. It contains a video graphics array at the end of the connector for performing such task. Despite being a relatively old technology, to this day VGA cables are still used by a vast range of products of different natures that involve video display. As a general rule, they connect devices through a 15-pin connector that is still supported in many products manufactured these days. Here is a list of different kinds of VGA Cables and how one can choose between them:

Economy VGA Cable

Useful only for older devices, these VGA cables are made from gauge wire of a thin kind. The resolution offered is a maximum of 800 x 600 pixels. By any means, such cables are not what you would be looking for these days if you are looking for picture quality – however, sometimes we have to deal with older equipment for one reason or another; and in some cases, they are only compatible with this type of VGA cable.

Standard or ‘Super’ VGA cable

SVGA cables are composed of thicker wires. These standard type VGA cables provide better performance and have cable shielding of coaxial kind. To this day, they are useful for general purposes such as playing with game consoles or transmitting video signals on regular computer or laptop.

Premium cable

Premium VGA Cables are quite expensive and have individual braided shielding alongside foil shielding. Constructed with a minimum of 26 gauge wire, this kind of cable can be used for transmitting higher quality videos on projector screens. Due to the higher quality output and overall reliability, these cables are advised when setting up specialized integrated systems and critical applications.

Super Premium

Majorly used for rental equipment and signage, cables of this type are generally used for systems that demand the highest quality, durability and reliability in their video performance. They use heavy gauge wire that is generally larger than 26 gauge. 100 percent braided shields are provided along with dual layered overall shield. The end result is a product that can support extreme video resolutions and suffers from little to no performance issues, depending on product quality.

Choosing from different kinds of USB Cables

Traditional Cable

Referred to as USB 1.1 cables, the transfer rate of these traditional cables is a maximum of 12 megabytes per second – meaning it would take just under one-and-a-half minute to transfer 1GB of data using one of these in optimal conditions. They work with older USB Components, including older computers and laptops. In the last few years, these have become redundant and are seldom used. They can be used (and are very often necessary, due to compatibility issues) for transferring information from older electronics to newer electronic gadgets.

USB 2.0

April 2000 saw the release of the second generation of USB cables that ruled world market for at least a decade. This USB 2.0 Cable is used for transferring 40 times faster than first counterparts, with a rate of 480 megabytes per second. For comparison’s sake, that 1GB of data that took 85 seconds to transfer with an USB 1.1 cable would now be handled in under 3 seconds. They have been by far the cable of choice for transferring data for the past few years; therefore, users who have purchased their electronic gadgets after 2000 can use this to transmit, share or transfer information with a lot more speed and reliability.

USB CableUSB 3.0

This cable, which was unveiled in 2008, transfers almost 10 times faster than its predecessor. With transferred files becoming bigger and bigger by the day, this is a significant step forward in keeping the USB technology up to date with the technological necessities of the world. As of 2013, however, USB 2.0 technologies still have the bigger share of the market – a tendency that is slowly dissipating with the passing years due to practical reasons. Before purchasing USB 3.0 cables, make sure that the device where you intend to use it offers proper support.

Choosing USB Cable on the basis of connectors

Connectors define the functionality of USB Cables. For instance, some cables can help in charging a product, while other USB Cables simply transfer or help run a printer or scanner. There are two types of USB Cable connectors which can be chosen in accordance with one’s requirement:

 

a) Type-A Cable Connector

 

This is one of the most popular types of USB Cable connectors available. This connector is used for almost all kinds of transmitting and receiving information purposes, such as transmitting photos from memory card to a laptop, hard disk to a laptop or HD Television, USB device, computers and gaming consoles. These cables have rectangular connectors that connect USB Devices, including phones to other personal devices.

 

b) Type-B Cable Connectors

 

Majorly used for connecting printers and scanners, this type of USB Cable connector comes in packaged form with most of those products. It has square connectors that allow for printing or scanning of the information. Older USB Cables are now only available online. Otherwise, VGA and USB Cables can be purchased online or at an electronics store.

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