Speed is not a factor unless you often perform large file transfers, such as backing up the server or copying gigabytes of files. You should note that these speed are theoretical speed, in fact, you will never experience these speed in everyday life.
The thing with Thunderbolt is that it is mainly an Apple Mac thing, this is because most computer manufacturers decided not to support Thunderbolt technology, therefore it is safe to conclude that Thunderbolt will probably not see the day of light. USB on the other hand is backwards compatible and provides more than enough speed and power for everyday use. The USB technology will always be the main connector in many more years to come.
01 – Comparison Between Various Connector
The newest technology is always better, but there are times it is better to wait for a few months. This can be seen with Apple’s Firewire and Thunderbolt technology, which is dying a slow death as the industry moves to the latest USB Type C connector.
If you plan to buy a new portable Hard Disk or Power Bank, always choose those that offers USB 3.0, even if it is 10 or 20% more expensive.
USB 2.0 High Speed
USB 3.0 SuperSpeed
2.5 - 7.5 W
USB 3.1 SuperSpeed+
2.5 - 7.5 W
USB Type C
2.5 / 4.5 / 7.5 / 15 W
Apple 30 pin
5 - 12 W
02 – Advantage of USB Type-C
- Entirely new design tailored for emerging product design including Apple laptops.
- New smaller size with reversible plug and orientation cable.
- Supports scale-able power charging.
- Designed to establish future USB performance needs.
03 – MiniUSB vs. MicroUSB vs. Lightning Comparison
These connectors only differs in term of physical design, the transfer speed still depends on which USB technology they are using. This can be seen with Lightning Cable that uses the older and slower USB 2.0 technology.