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Monitor and Video Cables: Connect to Better Visuals

If you use a laptop on a regular basis, you might find the screen is starting to feel cramped and restrictive. This is especially true if you have to do work or have a hankering to binge the latest Netflix hit series on a bigger screen. Connecting the laptop to a monitor is a great solution, but it's possible the monitor's connector cable and your laptop's ports are like mismatched jigsaw puzzle pieces – they don't fit together properly. 

Best Buy to the rescue! We carry a huge selection of monitor and video cables so you're sure to find one that'll get your monitor and laptop talking to each other properly. 

How Video and Monitor Cables Work 

The main job of video and monitor cables is to carry a signal from the laptop or desktop computer to the monitor. The tricky part is when your monitor comes with a DVI port while your laptop only has an HDMI port. 

This is easily solved by a quick search on BestBuy.ca or a visit to your local Best Buy store. We carry computer cables for almost every possible combination of ports, so it won't be long before you're bingeing your favourite show on a big, beautiful screen. 

Types of Monitor and Video Cables 

If you're not the kind of person who'd subscribe to Video and Monitor Cables Monthly (if it existed), then you might be a bit confused about all the different types of cables and connectors. Here are the main ones you're likely to encounter. 

VGA (Video Graphics Array) 

VGA cables and ports have been around since the early 1980s. This was a very popular standard, so if you have an older computer or monitor it probably includes a VGA connection. 

DVI (Digital Visual Interface) 

DVI was the successor to VGA and helped usher in the move from analog to digital signals. You can find DVI cables in three main varieties: DVI-I, DVI-D, and DVI-A. 

DisplayPort 

The DisplayPort standard was created to replace older standards like VGA and DVI. The most common varieties of this standard are Mini DisplayPort and Micro DisplayPort. 

HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) 

One of the most popular standards these days, HDMI is capable of transmitting both visual and audio signals at the same time. 

Converting Between Cable Types 

While it would be nice if all of our tech devices used the same type of ports, sadly that's not the case. Thankfully, you can convert between different types of connectors with products like a DisplayPort to HDMI cable or DisplayPort to VGA.