Do monitors come with HDMI cables?

Do monitors come with HDMI cables

If you are like most people, you probably have a few spare HDMI cables lying around the house. That is not to say you can find them, they work, or that are effective. We take a look at the question – Do monitors come with HDMI Cables?

Monitor connections

We live in an age of rapid technological development. In the past, we had minimal options for connection. Today, we have, apart from good old VGA, we have DVI, HDMI, and others. HDMI has become the standard in most environments and many wonder if monitors come with the necessary cable. Having said that, DisplayPort cables are rapidly becoming the new normal. 

Given that HDMI has become the norm, for now, most monitors will come with the cable. Although, this is not always the case. Many monitors, even the best ones, do not come with an HDMI cable. 

This is due to a combination of the fact that most people already have one and an attempt to keep costs down. The computer monitor market is extremely competitive and highly price-sensitive. Even a few dollars, despite the other attributes and features, could make all the difference to sales.  

Look at Why are monitors so expensive?

The advantages of an HDMI cable

Where would we be without the HDMI Cable? While there are so many new options, the HDMI Cable offers the following:

  • It allows for simultaneous video and audio over a single cable
  • HDCP (HIGH DEFINITION COPY PROTECTION) is integrated into the cable to ensure no digital content restrictions
  • They support the “full” color range
  • Compact connection
  • High compatibility

There are many reasons to love HDMI cables. They are compact, fast, and efficient. 

Alternatives

Apart from DVI and VGA, some monitors have display ports. These are typically found on gaming rigs. They have a small rectangular display next to them with two lines. One can purchase adapters if this does not work for you. This will allow you to use them with HDMI.  Mini Display Ports are also becoming more popular. 

USB-C Thunderbolt 3 is fast become the most common standard on new equipment as it is fast, reliable, and easy to use. For new products, this is great. If your kit is a bit older you will still have to look into the other options. 

Also look at: Why do monitors have USB ports? 

What’s in the box?

When you make a purchase you should be sure to check what you get with the investment. Often, the little extras can add up to quite a bit of money. Any reputable seller will specify what you get for your money. Check it out before investing. 

Here are The Best 32 Inch Monitors for Gaming. 

Is HDMI Cable Quality Important?

This is a much-debated topic and the general consensus is that the quality of the cable will not make a significant impact on the quality of the output. One HDMI cable is very much the same as any other one. There is little to improve or enhance. It has no built-in intelligence or technology, apart from the standard 19 wires. The exception is HDCP which is standard in all cables. 

Final thoughts

Do not assume that you will automatically get a good HDMI cable with the purchase of a new monitor. While in most cases, you will get one, check first. The cost might impact your decision. Either way, go for the best monitor in your budget. You will not regret it. 

This article was last updated on October 7, 2021 .

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