Why do monitors have USB ports? (Answered)

You can never have too many USB ports. The purpose of having USB ports on a monitor is simply to give you more connection options. Most will. They work in the same way as a USB hub. Anything connected to these USB ports will connect to your PC in the same way as the USB ports on the PC itself. It will allow you to add more peripherals.

Not only do you have the convenience of additional USB (Universal Serial Bus) ports but is often a quick and easy way to connect something. 

Your PC might be tucked away or under the desk. Plugging something into a monitor right in front of you is generally much easier. Sure, you could use an extender or a USB hub that that just means more wires and clutter. 

It is, however, not quite as simple as that. There are different types of monitor USB ports. 

Types of monitor USB ports

USB port UP type A – This is a square USB port that has to be connected to the PC via a USB cable. It then performs much like a USB hub and allows you to connect other USB devices and peripherals to the monitor. They will operate in the same way as if you connect them directly to the PC. 

USB IN type B – These are rectangular ports and can be used for connecting a keyboard, mouse, or other peripherals. They do not allow you to play files directly to the monitor as you would with a Smart TV. 

Smart TV monitors USB ports – A growing trend is to use a Smart TV as a substitute or in addition to a traditional monitor. They often feature multiple USB ports. In this instance, you can play content such as audio or video directly from the USB port. 

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Some will also have a USB port that is square that allows you to create a USB hub once this port is connected to the PC. 

This video should give you some more insight into monitor USB issues. 

USB port quality

USB, as with most technology improves over time. The modern USB ports are much faster, more reliable, and more versatile than those that were around just a few years ago. 

You need to know what technology your USB port uses as this will determine its capabilities as well as speed. 

The latest option and current standard is USB-C. It is ideal for data transfer as well as power. It allows for increased functionality from a single port and the data transfer rate is faster than earlier options. 

USB-C Plus Thunderbolt

Thunderbolt is a hardware interface that will enhance the speed of the USB-C port. It greatly improves the speed as well as power for a better experience. 

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Final thoughts

There is little doubt that one or more USB ports on your monitor will come in handy. They will make your experience more convenient and offer greater versatility. This is handy for business use, gaming, designing, and a range of other applications. 

You can live without USB ports on your monitor but they sure make life a lot easier. They are certainly something to consider when investing in a monitor. 

This article was last updated on December 17, 2022 .

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