Universal Serial Bus (USB) connections have been the most commonly used ports to attach external devices for two decades, but the waters have been muddied lately by the advent of USB Type-C 3.1, or as some like to call it, the port to rule them all. How does it differ from the ports that came before it and why was it given prime real estate on the VAIO SX14? Let’s take a look.

USB connections have taken many forms over the years. You’re most familiar with the USB Type-A which is rectangular and chunky. USB Type-B is used by large peripherals like printers and is a blockish, square port. A number of micro or mini versions of these have been created and just add to the confusion.

VAIO SX14 USB-C

Type-C is small, compact, and has the ability to replace all standard and micro and mini ports. And it’s reversible so no more fails when trying to insert your USB cables correctly. Identifiable by its turquoise port on the right side of the VAIO SX14, the USB Type-C 3.1 has up to a whopping 10 Gbps transfer speed, and provides both Power Delivery and DisplayPort 1.2.

This is where things really get interesting. You can power and charge the notebook fully through this port, carry DisplayPort and HDMI video, and it means VAIO is on the cutting edge of universal alternatives when it comes to their laptops. Again, one port to eventually rule them all.

VAIO SX14 all ports

Until that time, the VAIO SX14 is the ideal business traveler companion since it also comes with a standard-sized SD card slot, USB-A 3.1 port, two USB-A 3.0 ports, an HDMI port, an Ethernet port, a headphone jack, and a legacy VGA port. Now setting up your entire office offsite will only require a desk and comfortable chair.