Does Your Device Need an HDMI Adaptor?

Marilynn Dawson By Marilynn Dawson, 26th Feb 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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When it comes to all things visual, whether projected onto a screen, or sent to a screen via direct cable, HDMI has been the spec to watch and accommodate for in recent years.

Quick Introduction

The HDMI spec has gone through a variety of changes, updates, and improvements over the years, till now we have HDMI 2.0 as of September 2013. Fortunately, while the spec has matured, the connector port has largely been left unchanged. Unlike VGA ports that seem to change from one computing platform to another and from one gender to the other over the years, the HDMI port has been pretty standard across all platforms since inception. The need for adaptors appears for devices that do not yet have the HDMI port built in.

Port Configuration Considerations

Some Galaxy tablets for example, only have a micro-usb port to connect to external devices. To send a video signal from this device, you need an HDMI to micro-USB adaptor. Older computers without the HDMI port on their video card also require an HDMI adaptor. This time, the adaptor must go from an HDMI port, to a DVI port on the computer. As with all adaptors, it is important to pay attention to the male/female aspects of the connectors. Failure to carefully note a port's gender may mean coming home with the wrong adaptor and having to head back to the store. Generally, most DVI ports are female, so a female HDMI port to a female DVI port will work just fine.

Design Flaw

There is one flaw in the physical build of the HDMI connector to port configuration however, that must be accounted for when using an HDMI adaptor. This issue is prevalent even in built-in HDMI ports and can be a pain if you aren't careful. The shape of the port, along with the shape of the HDMI connector itself, does not produce a tight fit, and the cable can be pulled loose fairly easily compared to other cable connectors. Because of this troublesome ease of coming loose, make sure to place your adaptor into a position that will not encourage the connector to pull out or come loose. Some people have been known to tape the connector to the adaptor permanently in order to prevent repeated disconnections. This may work in a setting where nothing will ever be packed up and moved, but such an answer is not recommended if you are using a portable device that will be connected and disconnected at various venues.


There are many good reasons for choosing HDMI in today's audio/visual landscape. From 1080p video to crystal clear audio, and even 3D viewing. HDMI cables can run much farther than VGA cables before signal degradation hits too. As a result, most modern TV's and computer monitors now have an HDMI port available. Just be sure to grab the right adaptor for your needs, and position your devices to ensure it doesn't come loose during transmission of data, for an enjoyable multimedia experience.

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author avatar Marilynn Dawson
I am a computer tech by trade, as well as a Christian author and freelancer. Topics range from devotionals and online safety, to how-to's, family finances, product reviews, and more.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
27th Feb 2014 (#)

i dont understand at all but will leave comment anyway...many thanks...

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