Printer Cables, not too long ago, were series or parallel cables which were very different from what we are used to seeing today. Today, the Printer Cables have evolved from the previous avatar of series or parallel wires to the more advanced USB cable. USB cables enable the print to achieve a transfer rate of 480Mbps which substantially cuts down the time it takes to print dozens of pages. This is way better than the transfer rate of older cables which was limited to a max. of 2Mbps.
USB cables are now the norm is almost every gadget and computer peripheral and within no time they will completely replace older systems or methods of connecting. Continual research is being conducted to make them more efficient and faster. The USB Printer Cables are faster, better and more reliable.
The USB Printer Cable is better than series or parallel wires because they operate efficiently over multiple platforms. You will find them used with Mac, PC or even Linux/UNIX systems with the same effectiveness if the proper drivers have been installed in the systems.
The other good thing about these Printer Cables is that they are swappable devices. A computer peripheral device is swappable when you can plug it or unplug it repeatedly while your computer is active. Unlike older devices, this doesn't require you restart your computer system to read the device again. In the older devices like the ADB interface cables, you would have to start your computer all over again for the peripheral device to start working once you disconnected it.
This has made working a lot more convenient, it also means that you can unplug the device when it is not in use. This is great for saving power on some devices that use the computer to power up. This is how the Printer Cable evolved because it became a plug and play device which would immediately be recognized by the computer once the printer drivers have been installed during the first time of use or installation.
Unfortunately, they aren't as ideal or perfect as they may seem due to their widespread usage. Because of the way by which they send and receive data, these cables have a severe length limitation that results in rather short cables. Most computers have a limited number of USB slots which can be 6 to 8 or more depending on the configuration of your computer. Everything today seems to run via USB cables and the problem with this is that your Printer Cable might not find a place or USB slot because other devices like your mouse, keyboard, external Hard Disk Drive or Micro SD Card Reader etc may already have taken up all the available slots. You will need an extension slot to get around this.