I'm looking to but a new printer which has a USB2 interface (as does the PC). My question is if I use my old USB printer cable will I suffer any loss of speed etc? I notice that some places actually advertise USB2 cables... but surely it's simply a case of connecting terminal a on computer to terminal A on printer so the old cable should do the job?!?
On the other hand I once looked into this and asked a cable manufacturer what the difference was and what specification a cable had to meet to be classified as USB2, they didn't know. I've never detected any speed difference using so called USB 1 cables on USB 2 peripherals.
If anybody can post a link to any applicable page specifying cable standards, I'd still like to see it.
Electrons travel at the same speed whether USB or USB2. Connectors and fittings are the same for both. The cable in between would have to be extremely poor quality (falling apart?) for any difference to be noticed. Don't be taken in by marketing hype.