What are the two cables used to connect the monitor?
Entering the digital age, you may encounter an array of devices requiring varying connector types. For monitors, specific cables ensure the seamless transfer of ultra-crisp images and high-quality audio. It seems daunting, right? Let's demystify this.

Cables You Need To Connect A Monitor

Most contemporary monitors come equipped with various connector types; however, the frequently used ones include HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface), DisplayPort, and USB-C™.

These technologies endorse the operation of newer devices, boasting impressive resolutions and unbeatable refresh rates. To understand better which connection is optimal for your setup, you can check out our article on Monitor Connections: Which Is Best For My Setup?.

On the other hand, monitor models designed for past generations employ older connection types, such as VGA (Video Graphics Array) and DVI (Digital Visual Interface). These interfaces may seem obsolete, yet play a vital role when connecting monitors to retro equipment.

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Old Monitor Connectors 

Retro connection standards are encapsulated in VGA, an old-school technology from 1987. VGA cables ruled the early nineties, only to be gradually replaced by descendants like DVI, HDMI, and DisplayPort.

IBM developed this for use with older video cards, monitors, TV sets, and laptops. While our current monitors align with contemporary technology trends, VGA ports continue to exist in older models.

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Do monitors have 2 cables?

Yes, certainly. Modern monitors often include multiple ports and, hence, are typically equipped with several cables. Always confirmed by us are the availability of a power cable—your monitor's lifeline—and an HDMI cable, instrumental in establishing the connection.

Keep in mind, though, that quite a few monitor packages do not pack an HDMI cable, prompting a separate purchase. So, when buying your next monitor, ensure to check for an HDMI cable in the box!

Two Common Connectors Used In A Monitor

VGA and HDMI serve as the two primary possible connectors for a monitor. VGA, one of the older ports, is found primarily on desktop monitors and caters primarily to older systems.

However, HDMI, the new kid on the block, effectively substitutes VGA and DVI in the modern context, providing superior display resolution and quality. Other noteworthy interfaces for connecting screens incorporate DisplayPort (or Mini DisplayPort), DVI, and USB-C.

These alternatives are quite popular among users who demand optimal display resolution and quality.

What is better HDMI or DisplayPort?

While both HDMI and DisplayPort serve a similar purpose, they are not quite identical. The difference lies in the details. User requirements drive the choice, much like a marathon athlete requires sneakers that a casual runner doesn't.

DisplayPort takes the jump on HDMI when dealing with high resolutions, enthusiast-level refresh rates, and professional pursuits such as graphic design, gaming, or multimedia production.

One of DisplayPort's unique traits is its ability to support daisy-chaining. This feature lets users connect several monitors, making it a marvel for multi-monitor setup enthusiasts.

Connecting Monitor to PC With Just HDMI

While looking at our PC's rear panel or the wake of our laptop, we often spot an HDMI output. Correspondingly, most modern monitors also cater to HDMI input. HDMI, being a universal standard, links devices notably effortlessly.

To comprehend why HDMI is preferred, look through our detailed post on monitor connections for your specific setup. Consider running a standard HDMI cable from your computer's output to the monitor's input. Doing this paves the way for automatic display detection by your Windows system.

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Connecting Monitor To PC Wirelessly

Yes, laptops can connect wirelessly to additional screens using embedded features like Miracast, native to Windows devices, or Apple's superior AirPlay. These features expedite wireless connectivity.

An alternate route could involve standalone solutions such as Chromecast or wireless HDMI products, PeakDo being a standout example. To further your understanding of using laptops as additional monitors, you might want to take a look at this Desky guide on using 2 laptops as dual monitors.

Do wireless computer monitors exist?

Indeed, there are wireless monitors designed to streamline workspaces and minimize cable clutter.

These gadgets offer a phenomenal experience of convenience, inviting us to start working straightaway, sans the fuss of managing surplus cords. To experience more comfort while working, you might be interested in our range of monitor arms and stands for a flexible setup.


Finding the right cable to fortify your video connection can appear complicated. It doesn't have to be. Once you understand the purpose and pros/cons of each type – VGA, HDMI, DisplayPort, USB-C™, or DVI – selecting the one most suited to your demands becomes a breeze.

Embrace advancements but don't forget legacy connectors; they might come in handy interfacing with older equipment. As a rule of thumb, always ensure your chosen cable can deliver the quality you seek for your work or entertainment requirements. Happy connecting!

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