If you’re in the shop for a new HDMI cable, it can be tough to decide which type to buy. Do you go with the standard HDMI cable, or one of the smaller variants: mini HDMI or micro HDMI? In this blog post, we’ll take a look at the key differences between these three types of cables, and help you decide which is best for your needs.
Types of HDMI cables
HDMI cables come in three different sizes: standard, mini, and micro.
Standard HDMI cables are the most common type, and they’re typically used to connect TVs to Blu-ray players, cable boxes, or other devices with an HDMI output.
Mini HDMI cables are smaller than standard HDMI cables, and they’re often used to connect digital cameras or other portable devices to an HDTV.
Micro HDMI cables are the smallest type of HDMI cable, and they’re typically used to connect mobile phones or other small devices to an HDTV.
Sizes of HDMI cables and ports
The most common size is HDMI 1.4, which is 3 feet (1 meter) long. HDMI 2.0 cables are 6 feet (2 meters) long. And HDMI 2.1 cables are 10 feet (3 meters) long.
- Standard HDMI port dimensions: 13.99mm x 4.45mm.
- Mini HDMI port dimensions: 10.42mm x 2.42mm.
- Micro HDMI port dimensions: 6.4mm x 2.3mm.
HDMI cable speed
HDMI cables are available in a variety of speed categories. The most common are HDMI 1.4 and HDMI 2.0.
HDMI 1.4 is the standardspeed and is compatible with all HDMI-equipped devices. It supports resolutions up to 1080p and data transfer rates up to 10 Gbps.
HDMI 2.0 is the high-speed and is compatible with all HDMI 2.0-equipped devices. It supports resolutions up to 4K and data transfer rates up to 18 Gbps.
Difference between Standard HDMI, Mini HDMI and Micro HDMI cables
The main difference between these three types of cables is their size. Standard HDMI cables are the largest, and can be up to 15 feet long. Mini HDMI cables are smaller, and can be up to 6 feet long. Micro HDMI cables are the smallest, and can be up to 3 feet long.
As far as functionality, all three types of HDMI cables will provide the same audio and video quality. The main difference is in the number of pins that each type of cable has. Standard HDMI cables have 19 pins, mini HDMI cables have 17 pins, and micro HDMI cables have 9 pins.
Another difference between these three types of cables is their connector type. Standard HDMI cables have a Type A connector, which is the large rectangular connector that you typically see on HDTVs. Mini HDMI cables have a Type C connector, which is the small circular connector that you often see on digital cameras. Micro HDMI cables have a Type D connector, which is the even smaller micro-USB connector that you typically see on portable devices.
Finally, there is a difference in the maximum data transfer rate between these three types of cables.
Standard HDMI cables can support data transfer rates up to 10 Gbps, while mini and micro HDMI cables can only support data transfer rates up to 5 Gbps.