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Mini DisplayPort cable

What is a Mini DisplayPort cable?

This is a monitor cable used for connecting an external monitor to a computer. The connection was introduced by Apple in 2008 and starting in 2013, all new Apple Macintosh computers were equipped with this modern full digital monitor port. The Mini DisplayPort cable is the successor to the also miniature DVI port. It supports maximum capacity of 1920×1200 pixels at 60 Hz, something not sufficient for connecting 4K monitors. The capacity of a Mini DisplayPort cable is 4096 x 2160 pixels which allows a PC or laptop to easily drive a 4K monitor or projector in full resolution. Apple has switched to USB-C for connecting external monitors with newer iMacs and MacBooks, but many devices from Apple and other manufacturers still circulate with this connection. Aside from Apple, it can be found on the various types of Microsoft Surface tablets and laptops. Microsoft has released Surface devices through 2018 that a Mini DisplayPort cable can be connected to.

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The miniature version is a derivative of the standard DisplayPort cable and has the same number of connectors. The major difference is the much smaller connector, which allows the miniature version to be easily built into small devices such as a laptop. It is important to check carefully which connector or your laptop or PC has. The Mini DisplayPort cable connector and the DVI connector are roughly the same size and are internally similar, so you can quickly mistake between the two. A DVI connection on laptop or tablet can be identified by the U-shaped cutout. The miniature DP connector can be identified by a rectangular tab inside the connector. It is important that you order the correct cable because these similar connections are not interchangeable. Officially, the standard is supported up to version 1.2. Development is now at version 1.4. With version 1.4, the data speed is doubled, allowing higher resolution monitors to be connected. In addition, version 1.2 lacks options such as High Dynamic Range Video (HDR) and Display stream compression (DSC).

Conversion to HDMI

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With a regular Mini DisplayPort cable, you can easily connect other equipment. Think of an extra monitor or a beamer. If you want to connect equipment with a different type of connection then an adapter cable offers a solution. Many modern monitors, flat screen TVs and beamers are equipped with an HDMI connection. Almost all equipment with the miniature version support dual mode. This is capable of switching between a DP, an HDMI and a DVI signal. If you connect a miniature DP to HDMI adapter cable to your laptop, it automatically switches to an HDMI signal. This allows you to use an inexpensive passive adapter cable. For ports without dual mode option, we have a number of active cables in our assortment. When selecting, pay close attention to the supported resolution and refresh rate. The supported resolution should be equal or higher than the resolution and refresh rate of the connected equipment. An active adapter cable often supports a higher resolution than a passive one.

Conversion to other video standards

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In addition to conversion to HDMI, it is also possible to convert the signal to other video standards. Do you have a dual mode option? Then you can use a passive Mini DP to DVI cable. If you do not have dual mode, choose an active Mini DP to DVI converter. An old familiar in computer technology is the analog VGA connector. There are still perfectly good working TV screens and beamers that only have a VGA connector. Is it possible to connect this older equipment? Yes it is! You will need a Mini DisplayPort to VGA adapter to do this. Because this converter converts the digital to the analog VGA signal, it is always an active converter. With an active adapter it is always important to pay attention to the maximum supported resolution and refresh rate. Make sure when ordering that you choose a type of which the indicated resolution and refresh rate is equal or higher than the resolution and refresh rate of the connected VGA equipment.