SpyderX and USB

Clearing Up Some USB Confusion

I have seen some questions about the new SpyderX devices and their compatibility with various forms of USB. This confusion starts with the fact that USB C ports showed up about the same time as USB 3, so some people assume that they are USB 3 ports. Let’s start with the plug end of things.



USB A is the flat end of a typical USB cable that plugs into your computer; the one you have to flip over once or twice before you get it right side up. It has been around since USB 1 and is compatible with USB 2 and 3, as well. This is the type of plug that is on SpyderX, since it’s the most common form used to this day.


USB C AdapterUSB C

USB C is a smaller port and plug that works either side up and which some recent computers offer, usually in addition to standard USB A ports. Apple tends to cut the cord on older formats first, and their laptops are the only common devices to offer only USB C ports, with no additional USB A ports. Most everyone who owns these recent MacBooks have already acquired a USB A to C adaptor, so that they can plug in their USB devices; this adaptor would be needed to attach a SpyderX to these computers as well.


USB 1, 2, 3

SpyderX is compatible with USB 1.1, 2.x and 3.x, via any USB A port of any speed, as well as working with USB C ports and adaptors. Using ports directly on your computer, or on a powered hub, is recommended, to assure that the Spyder gets enough power to run.


Backward Compatibility

The question of backward compatibility sometimes comes up as well. SpyderX is backward compatible with USB 2 and USB 1.1, and does not have any issues working at any of these speeds, through a powered USB port.



So, all cases are covered automatically, except the need to have a USB A to C adaptor, for any device only offering USB C ports – and those users know who they are – since they need such an adaptor for most USB devices.


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About the Author – C. David Tobie


C. DAVID TOBIE has been involved in color management and digital imaging from their early days, developing affordable color solutions, and teaching users how best to utilize them. Photographers know him for his writing and tech editing of textbooks and periodicals including Mastering Digital Printing, and Professional Photographer magazine, and his seminars on color and imaging at photo expos and workshops around the globe.


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