If you're trying to find a way to set up a new device to connect up with your TV, or share media, you've probably come across HDMI Cables in your search.
HDMI connectors are one of the most common and versatile cables used for a variety of things, from TVs to laptops to streaming devices and more. It's one of the most basic things to know when first diving into the world of tech accessories.
What to know about HDMI cables
HDMI stands for High Definition Multimedia Interface. an HDMI cable is a single cable that is capable of transmitting audio and video from one device to another with one HDMI connection, as opposed to the two to three cable combinations that people needed before HDMI became more common.
Types of HDMI Connector Cables
It is important to note that HDMI actually refers to the standard for data transmission, not the connector itself, although the data is always transmitted the same way. There are three different types of HDMI connector cables below, and the only real difference between them is what device the corresponding port is usually found on.
Type A is the standard type of HDMI port that you will find on most devices such as AV devices, televisions, laptops, game consoles, and so on. These are the largest connectors, about the same size as the USB Ports, just a different shape.
Type C, also known as mini HDMI, is a much smaller connector. These types of HDMI ports are typically found on smaller, portable devices such as cameras, tablets, and even some laptops.
Type D, also known as micro HDMI, is even smaller than the other two types. It's not very common and it's usually only found on super compact devices, like smartphones.
If your two devices don't have the same type of HDMI port, that doesn't mean they're not compatible. There are HDMI cables with different combinations of HDMI ports on each end, so you can always find a way to connect any two HDMI-enabled devices.