The rise in display interfaces such as DisplayPort, Thunderbolt, and HDMI means that these three display options coexist side by side. You can find them on your humble laptop, laptop docking station, or a monitor. If your laptop and external monitor shares the same connectors, you need to connect the cable, and that's about it. However, the matter is slightly different when your laptop accepts only DisplayPort connections, and your monitor has only HDMI inputs. Thankfully, DisplayPort to HDMI adapters will certainly save your day.
These are simple devices wherein you connect the DisplayPort end to your laptop and connect the other end to your monitor. As simple as that.
You can use these adapters to run dual displays through your laptop (one through HDMI, the other through DisplayPort) if your GPU can provide the additional push.
So, if you are in the market looking for some DisplayPort to HDMI adapters, here's a list of the best ones out there. But first,
If you have a 1080p monitor to connect to, the Benfei DisplayPort to HDMI Adapter proves to be a good buy. It costs just under $10, which makes it super affordable. However, the best feature is that it comes with a small button on the DisplayPort end, ensuring a snug fit. Whenever you need to unplug the cable, all you need to do is press it and yank it out.
Specs-wise, it packs decent features for an office setup. Apart from video signals, it can also pass uncompressed audio signals for 2, 5.1, and 7.1 channels. Plus, it supports up to 60Hz refresh rate with FHD displays.
The build is decent. You won't get fancy features like braided cables and the likes. On the upside, the DisplayPort end's gold plating shields the connector from rust and oxidation in the long run.
Another unidirectional DisplayPort adapter is the one by CableMatters. This one is a popular adapter and has earned more than three thousand reviews on Amazon. Like its counterpart above, this one connects to a 1080p display with HDMI input and passes uncompressed 7.1, 5.1, or 2 digital audio.
It works as advertised and renders good audio and video quality. And quite a few users have praised this adapter for its speed and flicker-free transmission.
Like its counterpart above, there's a small key at the top of the DisplayPort connector. As noted earlier, you will need to press it before latching the adapter to your laptop.
One of the highlights of the Starware adapter is its size. This adapter is only small and compact does away with the hassles of wires and cables. So all you need to do is plug it into the DisplayPort connector of your laptop and then connect the HDMI cable directly to the other end. This small form factor also makes it portable (and pocketable).
However, that's not the only thing that's worth talking about the Starware adapter. For one, it has excellent looks. The exterior has a polished look and the odds are that it will complement the looks of your laptop.
Though the Starware adapter supports 4K, the refresh rate can only go up to 30Hz. Other than that, it will support the lower resolution in the standard refresh rate. This uni-directional adapter proves to be a good buy if you can live with that, thanks to its performance and durability.
The iVANKY adapter manages to address most of the shortcomings of the above ones. Firstly, it comes with a braided cord, which ensures that the cable doesn't break or fray easily in the long run. Secondly, it supports a full 4K at 60Hz resolution. The other end is an HDMI 2.0 connector and can transmit up to 18Gbps, making it ideal for high-end monitors and compatible laptops.
Again, you have to keep in mind that your monitor won't display at full 60Hz if your GPU is not powerful enough.
Nevertheless, the build is solid. The connectors are gold plated, and both the ends are encased in solid aluminum cases, thus elongating the life of the adapter.
It is an active DP adapter meaning that it has an additional chip inside it to make the conversion. One of the main advantages is that the conversion is made regardless of the source supporting DP++ or not.
The adapter is not expensive and costs just around $15, thereby combining the best of both worlds.
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5. Plugable Active DisplayPort to HDMI 2.0 Adapter
If looks are not a concern for you and you need an adapter that does the job fine, then the Plugable DisplayPort to HDMI adapter should perfectly suit your needs. It's pretty affordable and also supports 4K resolution up to 60Hz and passes audio.
If we talk specs, one end packs a DisplayPort 1.2 connector while the other end packs an HDMI 2.0 connector. The latter will really help your case if you already have an HDMI 2.0 cable and connector on your monitor.
It's an active adapter which means it's a tad pricey compared to its passive counterparts.
That said, this adapter is quite popular on Amazon and has amassed more than two thousand reviews on Amazon and an average rating of 4.5-stars out of 5. As per Fakespot's estimates, around 80% of the user reviews are trustworthy and can be relied upon.
Last but not least, we have the CalDigit DisplayPort to HDMI adapter. This active adapter costs a little more than its counterpart above, but the good thing is that it encompasses all the good qualities. It has an HDMI 2.0 connector and supports video resolution up to 4K at 60Hz.
While you do not get a braided exterior, the cabling is thick enough to protect the underlying cables.
Bridge the Gap
Besides connecting your laptop to an external monitor, you can also use DisplayPort to HDMI adapters if your laptop docking station has more DisplayPort connectors than HDMI ports.
If you have an FHD monitor, one standard DisplayPort to HDMI adapters should do just fine. However, if you have a powerful laptop and a 4K monitor or plan to upgrade to one short, the 4K active adapters will be the perfect bet.
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