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(Pocket-lint) - Choosing a top USB to HDMI cable can open up a new world of connectivity, whether you want to link your computer, tablet, or smartphone to another device. 

In most cases, users simply want to use an adapter to sync up these portable devices with a monitor or TV for better viewing. Thankfully, both HDMI and USB  - particularly USB-C, which features heavily in this guide - are ubiquitous connection standards that the latest tech are generally equipped to handle. 

Even still, though, not all of these linkers are the same. Some will be long cables that join the two devices together, while others are smaller adapters that allow you to feed an HDMI to HDMI cable into. For those who want to squeeze in a few more connections, the odd adapter will act as a base station for USB-A and SD cards, too. 

To help you decide on your HDMI/USB connector, we've detailed some of the best picks we've used. 


What are the best USB to HDMI cables? Our top recommendation comes from Uni. However, we also think it's worth considering options from QGeeM, Mokin, Syntech and Ablewe.


Our Top Pick: Best USB to HDMI cable

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Uni USB C to HDMI Cable

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For

  • Great size variations
  • Very capable connection

Against

  • Chunky design

If you're after a USB-C to HDMI cable, Uni's 6ft cord is an excellent pick to consider. 

You'll no longer need to cast from your devices to a TV or monitor, with this direct line capable of delivering up to 4k resolution at 30Hz and 2k resolution at 165Hz. 

Since the design is also made from braided nylon, it should remain durable and free from fraying.

If you need a longer connection between your devices, there are also 10ft and 15ft variations to explore.

USB to HDMI cables we also recommend

There are many different needs for a USB to HDMI connector, which is why the option above won't fit everyone's requirements. To help find the right cable, also check out the four options below.

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QGeeM USB C to HDMI Adapter

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For

  • Neat and sturdy design

Against

  • Not the best transfer capabilities

Another USB-C to HDMI adapter is available from QGeeM, which is able to deliver 4k resolution at 30Hz. 

Naturally, it's compatible with everything from newer Macbook devices to Android smartphones, with no software or driver installation required for it. 

The design is also fairly durable, with the short cable made from woven nylon and the connection itself coming gold-plated. 

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Mokin USB C Hub HDMI Adapter

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For

  • Ideal for gaining connections

Against

  • Quite an ugly attachment

If you require an adapter with plenty of additional ports, Mokin's 5-in-1 hub is an excellent choice. 

It can link up your USB-C and HDMI 2.0 gadgets with 4k resolutions at 30Hz, with ports also on the side for an SD card, TF memory card, and two USB-A 3.0 connections.  

It's the perfect complement to a MacBook with few connections, and can neatly provide you with a way to project onto a bigger screen.

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Syntech USB C to HDMI Cable

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For

  • Decent speeds

Against

  • Relatively expensive

Syntech's 6ft USB-C to HDMI cable is one of the top options you can consider, delivering up to 4k resolution at 60Hz.

Since it's a simple cable connection, there are no drivers or software downloads required for use, with it able to pretty much act as a plug-and-play solution for any compatible smartphone, tablet, or laptop. 

The braided nylon design also means that it should hold up over time and avoid fraying. 

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Ablewe USB to HDMI Adapter

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For

  • Nice solution for older gadgets

Against

  • Only compatible with Windows

Most of the options on this list are USB-C connections, but Ablewe's adapter is instead for users with a USB 3.0 port on their device. 

Ideal for syncing with a monitor, TV, or projector, the connector is able to deliver 1080p resolution at 60Hz.

Just keep in mind that it will only support Windows and Windows XP devices, not Mac or Chrome OS.

Other products we considered

No matter the subject area, we always consider a range of factors when it comes to recommending products - and apply the same process before a new product enters our top five selections. We don't just take into account our own testing, either, but also consumer reviews, brand quality and value.

In all of our roundups, there are also many products we test that don't make the final cut. Since they may be the right fit for some people, however, we've listed them below.

How to choose a USB to HDMI cable

As we've alluded to throughout this guide, there are plenty of different reasons to require a USB to HDMI connector. Since you may not have thought of everything, though, here are some key considerations.

 Check the refresh rate and capabilities

Typically, USB to HDMI cables are able to deliver 4K content at 60Hz - and that'll do for pretty much every occasion. However, on the off chance you have something running more than 60Hz - or more than 4K - you'll need to find a cable that can actually deliver that. Naturally, the devices you're using on either side of a connector also play a role in delivering the picture you desire.

Do you actually need a USB hub?

Perhaps you don't need a connector at all. If you're looking to improve the number of connections you have coming from your computer, a USB hub (that includes an HDMI port) is exactly what you need. This can result in your device perhaps receiving an HDMI to HDMI connection, then feeding it through your laptop, for example. As well as the options above, we also have plenty more to check out in our dedicated USB-C hub guide.

What USB type do you require?

As we've already detailed, almost all USB connections nowadays will favour USB-C - and for good reason, of course. However, if you're looking to connect an older device, or you have an open slot available, consider looking for a connector with USB 3.0 connector.

More about this story

Every product in this list has been assessed thoroughly to ensure it will perform exactly as a recommended pick should.

This includes testing the claims of the cables, such as the transfer speed, resolution quality and non-tangle designs, as well as weighing up each product's value for money.

As with any roundup, it's not possible to deliver a list that works for every type of user, but we lean on the experiences and opinions of the wider Pocket-lint team - as well as thoroughly assessing the areas above - in order to do our best in this regard.

What we always tend to avoid when compiling these picks are needless spec comparisons and marketing lines; we just want to provide an easy to understand summary that gives you an idea of what each stand is like to use. Our verdicts are concise, but this is purely in the interest of brevity.

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Writing by Conor Allison.