USB ports are very common in Computers and Laptops.
In Computers, you would see different color coding in the USB port from which you can get an idea of the USB version and its use.
Here I have explained in detail the meanings of the USB Ports Colour like Blue USB Port, Teal USB Port, Black USB Port, Red USB Port, White USB Port, and Orange USB Port.
Blue vs Teal vs Red vs Yellow vs Orange vs Black vs White USB Port
|Port Type||USB Type||Specifications||Transfer Speed||Remarks about the USB Port|
|White USB Port||USB-A or USB-B||USB 1.x||up to 12 Mbps||1st Gen USB Ports.|
|Black USB Port||USB-A or USB-B||USB 2.0||up to 480 Mbps||2nd Gen After White Ports came(USB 2.0). They are very fast than White USB.|
|Blue USB Port||USB-A or USB-B||USB 3.0||up to 5 Gbps||Much faster than Black USB Port|
|Teal USB Port||USB-A or USB-B||USB 3.1 (Gen 1)||up to 10 Gbps||Twice as fast as Blue USB Port. Excellent for large file transfers.|
|Red USB Port||Sleep-and-Charge Port (Type USB-A)||USB 3.1 (Gen 2) or|
|up to 20 Gbps||Always-On port|
|Yellow USB Port||Sleep-and-Charge Port (Type USB-A)||USB 2.0 or USB 3.0||If USB 2.0: up to 480 Mbps|
If USB 3.0 then upto 5 Gbps
|Higher power or always-on port|
|Orange USB Port||Sleep-and-Charge Port (Type USB-A)||USB 3.0||upto 5 Gbps||Charging capable or |
Sometimes charge only
Blue USB Port
Blue Coloured USB ports are standard, and you can see this frequently in the Desktops.
The Blue color represents the USB 3.0 Port.
The speed of the Blue USB port is up to 5 Gbps (Gigabits per second).
This type of USB port is found commonly in desktops and laptops.
Here is the Blue USB Port, USB 3.0’s connector pinouts diagram.
Red USB Port
You might even find a Red Coloured USB Port.
When a USB port is red, it indicates the port is USB 3.2.
The Red USB port is even faster than the Blue and the Teal Blue USB ports.
The Red USB Port transfers data stream at a speed of 20 Gbps.
You would find Red USB Port (USB 3.2) inexpensive motherboards and hence are not commonly seen.
Teal Blue USB Port
Teal Blue colored USB port is another type of USB port where USB 3.1 is present.
This Teal Blue USB Port has a speed of up to 10 Gbps, two times faster than Blue USB Ports.
This speed is breakneck and is ideal for large file transfers.
Black USB Port
Black USB Port is also known as USB 2.0.
This type of USB port is the most common USB Port ever seen.
This Black USB Port is commonly used in desktops and laptops.
This USB port was made to transmit data streams at much higher speeds than the USB 1.x versions. This innovation was a breakthrough as it can transfer up to 480 Mbps, about 40 times faster than White USB Port.
Hence, this was also labeled as “Hi-Speed”.
Yellow USB Port
A yellow USB Port is a special type of USB Port present in the motherboard.
A Yellow USB Port denotes that it is an always-on Port.
This USB Port can be a USB 2.0 or even a USB 3.0 port.
White USB Port
The white USB port is the earliest specification for the USB port.
Generally, the white connectors are USB 1.x version. However, quite a few are USB 2.x compatible.
The transfer rate is slow, which is up to 12 Mbps.
Today, Macbooks have USB 3.0 ports as White USB Ports.
So, you should not always consider a white USB port means USB 1.x version.
USB Ports Colour Demonstration
Here, in these videos, find the different types of USB Port colors explained with detailed specifications.
You will also get to know about what the different color USB Port looks like.
FAQ’s on USB Port Colour Codes
Is USB 3.0 blue or black?
USB 3.0 Port is Blue USB Port. The Black USB Port represents the USB 2.0 USB Port.
What does a yellow USB port mean?
Yellow Port denotes always on the port on the motherboard. The Yellow USB Port can be either of USB 2.0 or USB 3.0.
Though we are going through different color coding for USB like Blue USB Port, Red USB Port, Teal Blue USB Port, and many more, there are several cases where these color codes are not always followed.
So, it is better to check the motherboard specification, and for the laptop, it will be denoted by the text below the port.
I hope you got a good idea about the different colors used to classify different types of USB ports.
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