HDMI vs DisplayPort: Which display interface reigns supreme?

Both are capable of sending high-def video and audio from a source device to a display. So what’s the difference?

The HDMI audio/video interface standard is everywhere. You’ll find the connection in TVs, set-top boxes, Blu-ray players, A/V receivers, gaming consoles, camcorders, digital cameras, and even some smartphones.

You’ll also find an HDMI port in most consumer desktop and laptop computers. No modern all-in-one is complete without an HDMI input that allows you to connect a gaming console or a set-top box to the computer so you can use its display for a second purpose.

But given HDMI’s ubiquity, you might have forgotten the other digital audio/video standard: DisplayPort. Though you’ll find it alongside HDMI in many late-model, add-in video cards, as well as in laptops marketed to business users, it rarely appears in Windows PCs aimed at consumers.

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