Monitor cable types: everything you need to know
These are all the monitor cable types that you need to know about
Several types of cables can be used to connect a monitor to a computer. The most common types are HDMI, DisplayPort, DVI, and VGA.
HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) is a digital interface that transmits audio and video signals in high definition. It is widely used in TVs, monitors, and other video devices. HDMI cables have a small, rectangular connector and can transmit video and audio signals over a single cable, making them a popular choice for connecting a monitor to a computer.
DisplayPort is a digital interface that is commonly used in computers and monitors. It can transmit audio and video signals and is capable of supporting high-resolution displays. DisplayPort cables have a rectangular connector with a latch on one end. They can transmit audio and video signals over a single cable, making them a good choice for connecting a monitor to a computer.
DVI (Digital Visual Interface) is a digital interface that is commonly used in computers and monitors. DVI cables have a big rectangular connector with 24 or 29 pins. They can transmit only video signals. There are several types of DVI cables, including DVI-D (digital only), DVI-A (analog only), and DVI-I (digital and analog).
VGA (Video Graphics Array) is an analog interface that is commonly used in older computers and monitors. It transmits video signals, but not audio signals. VGA cables have a large, rectangular connector with 15 pins. They are not capable of supporting high-resolution displays and are not as common as they used to be.
Other cable types
In addition to these four main types of cables, there are also a few other less common options, such as Thunderbolt and USB-C. Thunderbolt is a high-speed interface transmitting audio, video, and data signals. It is primarily used in Apple products but also in some PCs. Thunderbolt cables have a small, rectangular connector with a lightning bolt symbol.
USB-C is a digital interface that is becoming increasingly popular. It can transmit audio, video, and data signals and is capable of supporting high-resolution displays. USB-C cables have a small, rectangular connector with a symmetrical design that can be plugged in either way.
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