As time passes and technology improves, we see new cable inputs all the time. The latest, and the current standard bearer, is HDMI. Look at any television, computer, or gaming console you have purchased in the last several years and it likely has an HDMI input/output.
But what happens if you have an older device that you want to use and it only has VGA connections? The good news is that there is a VGA/HDMI converter that can help meet your needs. Check out why you should have at least one of these in your home.
There are two different adapters to be aware of: VGA to HDMI and HDMI to VGA. Both could work for what you need depending on what you are connecting from and what you are connecting to. VGA to HDMI is the more common because of older gaming consoles, but it has since become a more favorable option.
If at all possible, use HDMI to VGA to connect your devices. The HDMI output allows you to hook right into televisions, laptops, and computers with ease. These are typically used when connecting old laptops and computers, projectors, and gaming consoles.
If you have never gone VGA to HDMI before, there are more reasons to have one of these beautiful converters than you could realize. As a matter of fact, there are three major reasons why you need at least one of these in your home.
Projectors are something of a niche device anyway, so this is probably the least common reason to need a VGA to HDMI converter. That said, you can transmit images from your computer to an older projector by using an adapter like this.
The key here is that you need to know what kind of resolution the projector requires. Failing to do so could lead to warping or distortion of your images. You also need to make sure that the port is VGA instead of USB or mini VGA. Projectors like these were designed with older cameras in mind, which were used to directly display a slideshow. An adaptor can save you money by not necessarily needing to buy a new projector.
If you have an older monitor or television that you want to connect to a gaming console or laptop, then you will need a converter (likely HDMI to VGA). Just make sure you’re dealing with VGA before you get the adapter because there is a chance you need a DVI adapter, which is a totally different kind of port.
Check compatibility ahead of time as well. Depending on the resolution, you might experience a lag when it comes to editing videos or playing games if you aren’t able to line the resolution up properly. The refresh rate should tell you what you need to know, especially with gaming devices.
Perhaps the most common reason to have an adapter is because of gaming. As graphics cards and displays have improved, some systems have become obsolete. That’s not to say you can’t play them, you just need to make sure that you have the proper adapter with you in order to play them.
Just about any older console is going to require an adapter when connecting to newer televisions and displays. If your console uses RCA cables, then you’ll need another type of adapter. Most gaming consoles and PCs are able to handle at least 1080p, though some of the older ones top out at 720p. Knowing this is critical to getting the right adapter.