HDMI and DisplayPort both have their advantages. Which should you use to hook up your computer to your monitor – well, the answer lies in what type of monitor you have and how you plan on using it.
Whether you already have a computer monitor set up or are considering buying a new one, the ports you have are the ports you have and that’s pretty permanent. Take a look behind your monitor and computer, and see what you’re working with. You may have DisplayPort or HDMI depending. Although there are PrimeCables adapters which can be purchased to modify the ports you have, all in all, you’re going to be working with whatever you got going on already.
As you can imagine, different ports carry with them different capabilities. Gaming monitors typically carry with them at least two different port types – HDMI and DisplayPort.
HDMI cables are one of the most popular consumer cables available, used on TVs of all varieties. Achieve high-definition video and audio in a single cable. There are multiple versions of HDMI cables available – such as HDMI 1.4, HDMI 2.0, and HDMI 2.1. The differences between them are admittedly minimal however they do count. The great thing about HDMI ports is that they incorporate FreeSync technology usually which reduces and eliminates screen tearing in games by matching the monitor’s refresh rate to your video card’s frame rate.
DisplayPort is similar to HDMI however DisplayPort is more common to PCs than TVs. Using DisplayPort, you get high-definition video and audio just like HDMI and also come in different standards – DisplayPort 1.2, DisplayPort 1.3, and DisplayPort 1.4. Although some have the perception that HDMI is better than DisplayPort cables, it is the latte which is featured on some of Canada’s best computer monitors. DisplayPort also carries FreeSync technology and can also be used to split a signal across multiple monitors – something which multiple HDMI ports would be required to achieve.
So which one you choose depends on you. HDMI and DisplayPort are very much equal. DisplayPort carries a little more versatility to it however HDMI is a little easier to use. Oftentimes, available ports will make the decision for you on which to use.
PrimeCables has DisplayPort cables, HDMI cables, computer monitor cables, and much more available on-sale. If you don’t have the right ports on your computer and devices, consider browsing some of our adapters which are equipped with the right technology to instantly convert your ports into something more accommodating. Shop with Canada’s own PrimeCables today.