VGA vs. HDMI – what should you use?

When it comes to actually connecting to a computer monitor, or even a flat screen television, you will want to consider the options that you are going to have available to you.  This will include VGA or HDMI.  These are the most popular options that you will want to look into.  However, before you make a decision you are going to want to know a little bit about each of these.  This will help you make an informed decision about what will work the best for you.



This will be your digital format.  That means that you are not going to be required to worry about any conversions taking place between the media devices that you are using and the television you are hooking up to.  It is also very nice to know that if you use this option you will be getting surround sound.

While all of the above may sound really exiting you are also going to want to know that there are some downfalls related to this option as well.  For example, you will see that you are going to have a good signal for about 30 feet.  After that you are going to see that the signal you are receiving is going to drop and it will not be nearly as strong.

Something that you will want to keep in mind when it comes to HDMI is the fact that is can handle video.  But, that is not all.  In fact, you will see that you are going to be able to control up to eight different channels of audio and that is amazing.



Now, you already know that HDMI is a digital format.  But, that is not the case when you are working with VGA.  Instead, this is going to be an analog format.  When you use this option you are not going to be able to access any audio.  It is important to know that you have to different cables if you would like to be able to establish sound.

Along with the problem with sound, it will be very important to know that VGA could decrease the sharpness that you are going to have with the color and the overall picture.  You are going to see that there are problems with the signal.  It might shock you to know that many of the flat screen panels out there are not going to accept a signal that is higher than 1366×768 pixels. It would be a good idea to find out about your television before you purchase any equipment.

If you are planning on using VGA for a computer monitor then you will see that it is going to accept signals up to 1080p resolutions.  Whether you are using a television or a computer monitor it is nice to know that if you use VGA you will not have to worry about the image being damaged, or a signal being lost, until you are up to 90 feet or beyond.


Overall, whenever you have the option to use HDMI connectivity, use it. It’s just better on every aspect.

VGA to HDMI cable

Just don’t buy it. It will cost between $1-$10 so it might be tempting to try it, but in absolutely most cases it won’t work. You need a converting box in order to change analog signals to digital signals. These cables don’t have what it takes.