The performance offered by gaming laptops might soon improve in the near future as upgrades to the USB-C standards has it deliver a whopping 240W power. This bump in power offered by USB-C could also benefit various other products as well.
According to a CNet report, the USB-C standard can now offer up to 240 watts of power starting this year. This will let users plug in electronic gadgets that require a lot of power, including gaming laptops, docking stations, 4K monitors, printers, and various other products. Recently, the USB Implementers Forum, the group that develops the technology, announced that the new power levels in version 2.1 update earlier this week.
For those unaware, gaming laptops are usually limited by a couple of major parameters. This includes power draw, size, heat dissipation, and others. Bulkier laptops are easier to cool while more power leads to higher temps. Although, this in turn, also improves performance as the components have more power to work with and are not throttled. In simpler terms, manufacturers are constantly struggling to strike a balance, so this higher power delivery might offer firms more flexibility in terms of specs and power draw limits.
This new 240W option is called Extended Power Range or EPR. The group stated that “We expect devices supporting higher wattages in the second half of 2021.” USB technology has come a long way with a number of improvements in power and data transfer. Now, the latest 240W Extended Power Range would further boost its applications. Although, the higher power transfer would also require the cables to support higher 240 watts as well, which the “users will be able to confirm visually” through specific icons, as per the USB-IF.
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