Displayport cables are high performance digital cables used to connect computer monitors, laptops, and other devices to display screens. It supports the transmission of high-resolution video and audio signals, making it a popular choice for connecting devices that require high-quality display output. A display port is always male on the cable and female on the device. All DP cables have the same basic layout and wiring and will support any feature including audio, daisy-chaining, HDR and DSC. You can learn more in our guide to DisplayPort cables.
DisplayPort cables are classified only by their bandwidth certification level:
Before choosing the cable, you will need to consider the connector type on each end of the cable and also the cable length.
Standard - about the size of a USB connector, commonly used on DisplayPort-enabled PC monitors.
Mini - commonly used for the DisplayPort output on notebook PCs including Apple products which includes Thunderbolt.
DisplayPort cables are used with a range of devices including tablets, notebooks, desktop computers, monitors and televisions and include benefits such as:
HDMI was made primarily for home entertainment systems and is used widely on HDTVs as an AV interface. Some PCs and monitors include HDMI to enable connectivity with HDTVs. However, for really high resolutions and frame rates, other options like a DisplayPort might be better.
DisplayPort is a newer standard originally developed to support the higher performance requirements of personal computers, enabling an increase in performance and integration. It provides a more robust and stable AV link. DisplayPort can deliver 4K video over a length up to 2m using a passive cable. A 15m passive cable limits resolution to 1080p and it should manage up to 2560 x 1600 - pixel resolution over 5m.