Top 6 USB‑C to HDMI Cables for Apple MacBook

Namrata Gogoi

It all changed in 2016 when the news broke about USB-C cables can output to HDMI directly without the dongle or adapter. And it has changed the scene drastically. Now, all you need is a capable USB-C to HDMI cable, and you can extend the display of your MacBook Pro or Macbook Air to a TV or a monitor. Yes, it's that easy.

Top 6 USB C to HDMI Cables for Mac Book

The best part about it is its plug and play nature. Secondly, if you have a 4K monitor or a TV, you can connect via your Mac via USB-C to the HDMI cables and enjoy your favorite shows in 4K resolution.

If you are considering extending the display of your MacBook Pro and MacBook Air, here are some of the best 6 USB-C to HDMI cables you can buy. These aren't too expensive, and the good build quality means they will last for a long time.

1. Uni USB C to HDMI Cable for Home Office

  • Available lengths: 3ft, 6ft, 10ft, 15ft
  • Compatible with: MacBook Pro 2020/2019, MacBook Air/iPad Pro 2020, Surface Book 2, Galaxy S20
Uni USB C to HDMI Cable for Home Office

With more than nine thousand reviews, this Uni cable gets top scores for both picture quality as well as durability. This braided USB-C to HDMI cable helps to keep the cord in better shape, and prevents unnecessary tangling. The best part is that the USB-C connector has several texturized bumps on the sides, which help provide a better grip while plugging and unplugging.

This cable supports the HDMI 2.0 standard and can transmit 4K signals at 60Hz, making it ideal for connecting your MacBook to a 4K UHD TV or monitor for streaming content.

A lot of users praise the cable's quality and the durability. At present, it has more than 80% 5-star reviews on Amazon, with users speaking highly of the picture quality it brings to the table.

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The company provides a lifetime warranty of its products and refunds quickly in cases of quality-related issues.

2. JSAUX USB C to HDMI Cable

  • Available lengths: 3.3ft, 6.6ft, 10ft, 13ft
  • Compatible with: :MacBook Pro (2016-2019), MacBook (2015-2017), MacBook Air (2018-2019)
JSAUX USB C to HDMI Cable

With the ends colored in a deep shade of red and packing a strong strain relief at either end, the JSAUX cable looks both smart and reliable. And that's not the end of the story. The nylon braiding prevents regular wear and tear, and the textures on top of both the connectors make it extremely easy to unplug the cable.

The solid construction has certainly earned praise from its user base. One user writes, "This cable is made extremely well and easily connects to your devices. I'm using it to connect my MacBook Pro to my Panasonic TV. There is no way you can pull the cable apart from the ends."

If we talk numbers, it has around 4.4-stars out of 5 on Amazon.

Speaking of the specification, it's a standard HDMI 2.0 cable capable of carrying over 4K signal at 60Hz, provided your system supports it.

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These cables are available in multiple lengths and you can take your pick depending on your needs.

3. Choetech USB C to HDMI Cable

  • Available lengths: 6ft
  • Compatible with: MacBook Pro (2016-2018), MacBook Air 2018, iMac 2017, MacBook (2015-2016), iPad Pro
Choetech USB C to HDMI Cable

The Choetech USB-C to HDMI Cable is compatible with both USB-C ports and Thunderbolt 3 ports, meaning it can play well with a variety of Apple devices, including the iPad Pro. The highlight of this cable is the 90-degree angled connector and the light and flexible nylon sheathing.

So, what's the use of the 90-degree bend of the cable? For starters, the cable stays out of your way, preventing you from pressing down on the cable every time you type on your Mac. In short, it indirectly prolongs the life of the cable.

At the same time, it comes with a nifty clip to hold the cable together when not in use.

With over 70% 5-star rating, this Choetech cable has earned its share of good reviews. It's well made and works equally well on FHD, QHD, and 4K displays.

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For the record, it can go up to 4K at 60Hz.

4. Plugable USB C to HDMI 2.0 Cable

  • Available lengths: 6ft
  • Compatible with: 2018 MacBook Air, 2017 iMac/iMac Pro, MacBook/MacBook Pro (2017-2018 ), MacBook Retina 12" (2016 -2017)
Plugable USB C to HDMI 2.0 Cable

Plugable offers a slightly more expensive deal than some of the others on the list. The cable features a rubberized material with reinforced connectors at either end, and delivers 4K up to 60Hz and 30Hz on older devices. The available length of 6ft affords you the flexibility of connecting your devices from anywhere.

So far, it has collected a rating of 4.3-stars out of 5 on Amazon. Most users appreciate its durability and ease of use.

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The cable works as advertised in the supported MacBook models. However, some users have reported the cable not working in older versions of macOS.

5. Cable Matters USB C to HDMI Cable

  • Available lengths: 3ft, 6ft, 10ft
  • Compatible with: MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro
Cable Matters USB C to HDMI Cable

Another USB-C to HDMI cable that lets you experience all the advantages of HDMI 2.0 cables is the one by Cable Matters. Like its counterparts above, it supports 4K up to 60Hz, and you simply have to plug it in to get the desired output. A user writes, " I have a 2018 Macbook Pro w/4 thunderbolt ports, and I use this adaptor almost daily to use my TV as a second monitor. Great product and easy to use - just plug in and go."

The cable is available in several incremental lengths and sports a solid build. The HDMI end has a raised lip edge, which makes it convenient to unplug (or plug) the cable. At the same time, the connectors are coated with a gold plating to prevent oxidation.

It's rated 4.5-stars out of 5 on Amazon.

6. Anker USB C to HDMI Adapter Cable

  • Available lengths: 6ft
  • Compatible with: MacBook Pro(2016-2019), MacBook Air (2018-2020), iPad Pro (2018-2020)
Anker USB C to HDMI Adapter Cable

Over the years, Anker has earned a good name for its products and after-sales service. It's a known fact that many of their products hold up well in the long run. And the Anker USB C to HDMI Adapter Cable is no different. It's great for hooking your MacBook Pro or Macbook Air to an external display. The 6ft length makes the work convenient, especially if you prefer to route the cable via a wire cage.

The user reviews for this product have been exceptionally great. Users have spoken highly of its no-fuss use and the great picture quality minus lags and stutters. At the time of writing, it has amassed a rating of 4.6-stars out of on Amazon. Furthermore, it's backed by an 18-month warranty.

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The only issue is that the HDMI connector is almost twice the size of a standard HDMI connector, and this might make things a bit difficult for you, especially if you have a wall-mounted TV or a monitor.

The Bigger Picture

So this was how you could connect your powerful MacBook to a compatible external display. The good thing about MacBook Pro is that the USB-C ports are on either side of the device, and you can hook the cable as per your preference. While the situation is slightly limiting on the MacBook Air, an L-shaped cord will help keep the extra length of wire out of the way.

Next up: Looking to add an ethernet port to your setup? Take a look at the post below to discover some of the best Eth­er­net adapters for the Apple Mac­Book Pro


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Namrata loves writing about products and gadgets. She has been working for Guiding Tech since 2017 and has around three years of experience writing features, how-tos, buying guides, and explainers. Previously she worked as an IT Analyst at TCS, but she found her calling elsewhere.