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How to determine if a computer has a USB 3.0 port.

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There are several ways to determine if a computer is equipped with a USB 3.0 port.

NOTE:  There are several important differences between the new USB 3.0 standard and previous versions.

  • All computers equipped with a USB 3.0 port will display the USB 3.0 logo somewhere on the computer itself, usually on the front (desktop computers) or on the bezel surrounding the keyboard (notebook computers). Image
  • The physical USB 3.0 port on the computer will be color marked with blue plastic material. Image
  • The USB 3.0 cables will also be color marked with blue plastic material:
    • Some USB 3.0 cables will be completly blue, and will have an embossed USB 3.0 symbol. Image
    • Some USB 3.0 cables will be black with blue plastic at the connector end. Image