HDMI Mini And Micro Cables
There are so many types of devices on the market today and seemingly just as many different connectors and cables, that it’s hard to keep track of what cable will plug into what device. There’s only one thing that’s almost always true: whatever type of connecting cable you need, you won’t have an extra one hanging around.
For example, it’s extremely unlikely that you have any mini-HDMI to HDMI cables, or micro-HDMI to HDMI cables, sitting in the box of “extra” electronics and cables that everyone keeps in their closet or garage. While mini and micro HDMI have been around for a few years now, they are finally becoming ubiquitous; in fact, it’s a pretty good bet you already own at least one micro-HDMI equipped device: your smartphone or tablet. But mini-HDMI connectors are somewhat common as well. Keep reading to understand why these cables should be part of your home electronics arsenal.
The Why and Where of HDMI Mini and Micro Cables
You’re probably already familiar with the benefits of the regular HDMI cables you use to connect your HDTV television or monitor to other video components. HDMI is the worldwide standard for nearly-perfect transmission of digital video and audio signals at the 720p or 1080p resolutions required for high-definition, and are capable of performing just as well as for 4K and 3D resolutions which will become the "new normal" over the next few years. They also provide two-way communications between devices via a return channel, and can handle HDCP content protection signals, deep color, Ethernet connectivity, fast refresh rates, lossless audio formats like Dolby TrueHD and advanced control data.
HDMI mini and HDMI micro cables do exactly the same thing, because they really are the same thing. The only difference is that mini and micro connectors are made to fit smaller ports, primarily because some devices aren’t large enough to accommodate a regular-sized HDMI port. So you’ll get almost-perfect video and audio signals whether you use HDMI, mini HDMI or micro HDMI cables; you just have to figure out which one fits your device.
Micro HDMI (also known as Type D) is probably more familiar to you, because the chances are good that you have one or more handheld devices with a micro port. All sorts of Android smartphones and tablets are outfitted with micro HDMI ports, including most HTC and Samsung Galaxy phones, and newer Nexus, Windows and Kindle Fire tablets.
Mini HDMI (also known as Type C) ports are too large to fit on phones, but you can find them on some tablets like Acer, Asus and Microsoft Surface. You’re more likely to find a mini HDMI port on your portable HD camcorder, since as cameras are large enough to fit a mini port and record the type of high-def video which benefits from a high-quality HDMI connection. Many computer video and graphics cards are also equipped with mini HDMI ports; you’ll also find some with micro ports.
Uses For HDMI Mini and Micro Cables
You’re can probably already understand why mini and micro HDMI connections are so useful for use with today’s devices. For example, when you can just plug your smartphone or tablet directly into to your HD television by means of a mini HDMI cable, the whole family can easily watch personal videos or see photos that you’ve taken on your device, you can surf your phone or tablet and watch YouTube or any other streaming videos you find online, and you can connect to friends or relatives on an application like ooVoo or Skype and put them up on the big screen. Showing videos at outdoor gatherings or even tailgate parties is as easy as bringing a small HDTV, since the video source fits right into your pocket.
The advantages to using this cable in conjunction with your personal device should be just as obvious for professional settings: taking a factory tour and then quickly sharing the photos or video with your management team when you get back to the office, taping instructional videos which can then be displayed on a big screen in a company classroom or conference room – you probably have more ideas than we do.
Obviously, you can also connect your mini or micro HDMI-equipped laptop to a television with one of these Cmple cables. But it can work the other way as well; for example, you can watch TV or movies in high-definition on your computer by sending the signal from your HDTV, or use your laptop to connect to the Xbox 360 or PS3 that feeds your TV for a super high-res or 3D gaming experience. And since the cables pass HDCP signals, there’s no problem with the signal being blocked by copy protection algorithms.
Cmple HDMI Mini and Micro Cables
Our mini and micro HDMI cables are no different than any of our other products in one important way: we never compromise on quality. The cables meet the latest HDMI 1.3 specifications and are designed with high-end materials to ensure faithful reproduction of video and audio signals, with shielding and corrosion-proof gold connectors which minimize radio frequency interference.
These Cmple cables support all of the video resolutions you’ll ever encounter, from standard definition 480i up to high-definition 1080p and beyond, and they deliver perfect sound even with signals using the latest high resolution audio codecs. One end of each cable has a standard (Type A) HDMI connector and the other has either a mini HDMI or micro HDMI connector.
Cmple Micro HDMI and mini HDMI cables are each available in four lengths: three feet, six feet, ten feet and 15 feet. This allows you to choose the right length for your application without having to use a cable that’s too long, since signals do start to degrade a bit over long cable runs.
If you’re tired of watching your videos of the kids on your phone’s tiny screen, aren’t sure how to get the video from your camcorder onto the TV, or want to live the ultimate gaming experience by feeding your Xbox directly into your laptop, you need one of these micro or mini HDMI cables. And if you don’t think you need one yet – trust us, you’ll be searching for one soon enough. Stock up now.
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