Help Center - What is the Difference between USB and HDMI Cables?

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What is the Difference between USB and HDMI Cables?

The difference between USB and HDMI cables is that HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) is for HDTV use while USB (Universal Serial Bus) is for PC use.

Function HDTV use PC use
Devices Use For HD sources devices to HD displays Hardware devices to computers

HDMI cable is the current standard to link HD source devices (such as DVD players) to HD displays (such as HDTVs). It is the first to carry audio-and-visual data in complete digital format. HDMI 1.1 to 2.1 allows high resolution videos (4k-8k pixels) to move at smoother frame rates (60-120 Hz).

USB cables is the current standard to link computers (such as desktops) to hardware devices (such as mouse, printer, scanner, etc.). It allows them to speak the same language without needing additional drivers or software to act as a middleman. USB 1.0, which was released in 1996, is able to transfer 1.4 Megabytes per second (Mbps). USB 2.0, which was released in 2001, was able to transfer 40 Mbps. USB 3.0, which was released in 2008, was able to transfer 5.0 Gigabytes per second.