The Best USB to HDMI Adapters and Converters


USB to HDMI adapters and converters can be quite useful to connect computers to external displays, TVs, or video projectors when you don’t have an external display port (or it’s broken or already occupied). To use a USB to HDMI adapter you will typically need to install special software on your computer that the adapter manufacturer creates. This software is often included with the adapter and can also be found on the manufacturer’s website.

Example uses for USB to HDMI adapters and converters:

You want to connect your laptop to an external monitor but the normal external monitor port on your laptop doesn’t work, so instead of paying for a costly repair, you can use one of these USB to HDMI adapters. Or, you have only one external display port on your computer but you want to connect two external displays to it at the same time. Another possibility: your computer only supports HDMI output at 1920×1080, but you want to hook it up to a 4K display that your computer’s graphic card supports.

The Best USB to HDMI adapters and converters:

Cable Matters USB 3.0 to HDMI DVI Adapter for Windows and Mac up to 2560×1440 / 1920×1200
USB to HDMI Adapter

This USB to HDMI adapter is pretty much what you’d expect: USB on the end that plugs into your computer, and a female HDMI port on the other end. Note that you’ll need to supply your own HDMI cable. Like other USB to HDMI converters, this product requires you to install software on your computer first (it’s on an included CD and is also available from the manufacturer’s website if your computer doesn’t have a CD drive like many modern laptops don’t).




StarTech Slim USB 3.0 to HDMI External Video Card Multi Monitor Adapter
USB to HDMI Adapter

Here’s a super slim black USB to HDMI monitor adapter. Like other USB to HDMI converters, this product requires you to install software on your computer first (it’s on an included CD and is also available from the manufacturer’s website if your computer doesn’t have a CD drive like many modern laptops don’t).

StarTech USB 3.0 to HDMI External Multi Monitor Graphics Adapter with 3-Port USB Hub and 3.0 Mini Dock
USB to HDMI Adapter

This USB to HDMI adapter allows you to hook up your laptop or other computer to a television or other monitor as a second display. Unlike many other USB to HDMI adapters, this particular model also functions as a hub, supplying you with three additional USB ports in addition to the HDMI out port. Note that it requires USB 3.0 to function properly (it will be slower on USB 2.0 and may not update the correct number of frames per second of video).

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