Six Reasons Why DisplayPort is Superior to HDMI
HDMI might be the most widespread video connector out there, but we think it’s an injustice that DisplayPort isn’t the king of connectors. In this article, we’ll explore six compelling reasons why DisplayPort stands out as a superior choice when it comes to video connectivity.
1. Hidden Prowess: EDP
DisplayPort can operate in places that you don’t even see it. We’re talking about a derivative of DisplayPort called EDP, where the ‘E’ stands for embedded. Many laptops and tablets actually incorporate a DisplayPort connection inside the machine to feed the internal display. This not only makes your device cheaper but also simpler and thinner than if it relied on an internal HDMI protocol. HDMI lacks an equivalent feature, making EDP a standout for standardization.
2. USB-C Compatibility
DisplayPort has a special alt mode that works over USB-C. Even if your computer has only USB-C ports, it likely supports DisplayPort. The latest DisplayPort standards, such as uhbr20, can deliver high-resolution signals, ensuring you don’t sacrifice performance. Some USB-C monitors even support charging your laptop over the same cable, offering a superior, clutter-free setup. HDMI’s alt mode, on the other hand, lacks support and has been officially discontinued.
3. No Royalties
While both HDMI and DisplayPort are common in PC monitors, there’s a crucial difference. HDMI requires manufacturers to pay royalties, ranging from 4 to 15 cents per unit sold, adding up significantly for companies producing many displays. DisplayPort, on the other hand, is completely royalty-free, with manufacturers only paying a fee to join VESA, granting access to the latest specs. This lack of royalties has made DisplayPort a preferred choice, especially when HDMI decisions appear consumer-unfriendly.
4. Daisy Chaining
For those running a multi-monitor setup, DisplayPort offers a more elegant solution for driving all your screens. With DisplayPort 2.1, you can daisy chain up to four 4K monitors, running at up to 60 frames per second. This simplifies cable management, particularly if your computer has a limited number of ports. The feature enabling this is called multi-stream transport, allowing a single cable to carry multiple streams.
5. Ease of Conversion
Converting DisplayPort to HDMI is far easier than the reverse. DisplayPort features a dual mode or DP++, which can output a native HDMI signal through a physical DisplayPort connector. Adapters for this conversion are straightforward to find and affordable. However, going from HDMI to DisplayPort requires more complex adapters with active logic to ensure proper signal conversion.
6. Secure Connections with Latches
Many DisplayPort cables come with latches that lock the connector in place. When you push the cable all the way in, these latches pop up and secure the cable to the device, often audibly. To disconnect it, you need to hold down a button on the cable end while pulling. This feature reduces the risk of your cable coming loose during crucial moments, like gaming or important work.
While this feature may not be as flashy as the others, it’s undeniably useful, especially if you’re someone who moves around with your laptop frequently. Keep in mind that this is an optional feature, and you can find DisplayPort cables without these latches if you prefer a simpler connection.
In conclusion, DisplayPort offers a range of advantages over HDMI, from hidden capabilities like EDP to USB-C compatibility, no royalties, daisy chaining support, ease of conversion, and secure connections. These features collectively make DisplayPort a compelling choice for various applications where high-quality video connectivity is essential. So, next time you’re in the market for video connectors, consider the many advantages of DisplayPort.
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