Trading Tech: Which Video Cable Should You Use? HDMI vs DisplayPort vs DVI vs VGA.

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Which monitor cable should you use to connect your monitor to your computer? Okay, so you're building a computer or you're looking to buy a new monitor, right? There's about a million options, well, more like Nine, 10 different video options for how you should connect your computer to your monitor and what to give you the best signal In this video I'm not going to talk about all the details or the specs or whatever that go along with that I'm gonna talk about what the options are and why I chose what I chose and hopefully that will help you make a little better decision So let's start from the oldest and work to the newest, okay? So in this pile of cables here I have a VGA cable I'm sure anybody whose owned a computer for any amount of time more than 10 years or so has seen one of these cables

This is pretty old school This is the only actual analog cable in our pile which means that it doesn't actually talk to the end device at all Basically it just sends an analog signal and whatever is on the other end of it receives it and you're good to go In terms of what this thing can do, it's getting pretty dated at this point and a lot of the computers you're gonna be buying probably aren't even going to have this as an option If this is your only option well this is your only option you should probably get a new computer

So we're not using this one The next option is a DVI cable This is pretty similar to what the HD, or the VGA cable was in terms of that it uses pings like this to connect to your computer to your monitor This one is better It is actually a digital cable

It doesn't do audio over it, which may or may not be a big deal, a lot of new monitors do have speakers built in so that's kind of nice but So this one isn't the end of the world This isn't what I use but it is definitely an option if this is what you have available You can get a decent HD signal out of this and not have any problems It's not gonna be quite as clean

You can get some banding or some lines through it every once in a while if you go with DVI But it will work and it will get the job done The next option, which I'm sure everyone has heard of is, that's not the right cable, HDMI If you have a TV, who doesn't have a TV right? If you have a TV that was made it the last 10 or 15 years I'm sure you know what HDMI is This is primarily used in the TV world

You can totally get monitors and computers that support HDMI just because it is so prevalent in the TV world And it's a great options Like if this is your option, this is the only option then great go with the HDMI It's going to do everything you need it to do The latest specs with support 4K and they run audio over them and everything works good

You get syncing and everything looks great, right? So HDMI, viable option Our last option which I actually have two cable for, probably a little redundant But it's display port and this end is actually a mini display port And this is what I choose to use This is what I use whenever I build a new computer and a new system

I always go display port and that's for a couple of reasons One, it's got clips on it, a raised minisol, it goes in there and physically clips into your monitor and into your computer so it's not going to fall out or wiggle loose or anything like that So that more of just not a nuisance of not having your cable fall out all the time Where as like the old cables, like the VGA has like physical like screws in the clips are a little nicer than that The next this is display port is super adaptable

So I have three different cables here Three different adapters, and they all start with display port So this is a mini display port, this is a full size display port, and this is another mini display port And this one adapts to a DVI, another DVI adapter and this one goes to HDMI And you can also get adapters that go to VGA or that's pretty much it, those are pretty much the main ones

So, you can pretty much hook anything up to it So if you have a computer that supports display port you can pretty much plug any monitor your gonna get into it So that's kind of nice It's kind of an all around good one there And it's digital, it supports 4K, does audio

So it's just a good all around connector Like I said HDMI you can't really adapt to anything So that's kind of why that one is a next step down But in terms of technical specs that pretty much does everything that the same thing that display port would do too So yeah go with display port

There is the option that is just starting to come of USBC base monitors I've never used those My main monitor that I actually have on my desk, has a USBC port on it that I could use that for video I don't so I don't really know a whole lot about that but that's definitely an option as well And really USBC, pretty much all new lap tops and computers have USBC so you could just plug a monitor right in and don't have to worry about which display ports and stuff you have, so

That's kinda the wrap up Those are the main ones You got VGA, you got DVI, you got HDMI and you got display port I personally recommend display port if you have the option It's gonna get you a really good quality signal, it's gonna give you 4K, you can plug it in to pretty much anything, if you wanna hook up your TV over here and you want to hook up some monitors over here and a projector or whatever you want to do you can pretty much plug anything into it

So that's my recommendation, go with display port If you don't have another option, probably the next step down is gonna be go with the HDMI, if that doesn't work, go with the DVI and if you have a VGA connection, that's your only option get a new computer

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