Connect HDMI Laptop To Displayport Monitor (Guide)

Displayport and HDMI are both used in modern electronics.

But sometimes we face situations where the monitor or projector only receives Displayport, but your Laptop or Device only has HDMI.

What to do, then? We have answered exactly that through this Article. So, let’s start with a bit of history and some fundamental understanding of these standards.

Connect HDMI Laptop To Displayport Monitor (Guide)

How To Connect HDMI Laptop To Displayport Monitor

Even after all this, we still have not solved the million-dollar question of how we can connect to a DisplayPort Monitor using HDMI.

Although it is doable, it requires a bit of hassle, and it requires you to buy some accessories. So, stay with us as we find out how we can connect a DisplayPort Monitor with HDMI.

1. Using the HDMI Port (HDMI to DisplayPort Adapter/Cable)

The HDMI Port you have can be used as a Displayport one. For this, you would need to use a special Adapter or cable.

These Adapters or Cables are pretty inexpensive, and they can come in handy from time to time. This adapter translates the signals of HDMI to DisplayPort and lets you view your content.

This way, you can beat a technological hurdle with technology. So, buy these adapters in cable or adapter form and get going with your work without much hassle.

2. Using the USB -C Port (USB-C to DisplayPort Cable)

If you have a fairly modern system, your system might have a USB-C port. Depending on the specification, it can have a DisplayPort over USB-C support.

So, you can pick up a cable that has USB-C on one end and DisplayPort on the other, and you are good to go. Generally, Macbook monitors already come with USB type-c connections.

You can also opt for a USB-C Male to DisplayPort female adapter if you already have a DisplayPort cable. This will help you save some costs.

 If you find that your Monitor has a USB-C input, you can directly connect that with the USB -C of your Laptop or PC with a USB-C to C cable, and you are good to go.

But, if you use a USB-C to C  cable, make use it is rated for these speeds and that it can transmit data within the proper limits.

These cables are quite inexpensive and can be bought from Amazon or local computer stores. So, buy from the place which is convenient for you.

3. USB-C Hub:

If you lack ports and want a lot of functionality and want ports like Ethernet, and SD along with a Displayport, a USB -C Hub might be the option for you.

USB- C Hubs offer a lot of functionality. You can get the good old USB -A Ports, and you can get the great SD Card slot.

Not only that, but you can also get the functionality for which you are here. You can get a DisplayPort in these USB Hubs.

But not all laptops and devices have these features. So, be careful and consult your manufacturer to note if they support this or not.

Thunderbolt-enabled ports and ports, which specifically state DisplayPort support, have this support, and only then it is viable to buy these docks and hubs.

One thing to note would be about Thunderbolt ports. All thunderbolt ports are USB Compatible and support these docks. But if you have a Thunderbolt port and need extra features, you can go for Thunderbolt-specific Docks as well.

History Of HDMI and DisplayPort

After VGA’s slow demise, two prominent standards are left for the transmission of Display Content.

HDMI and DisplayPort are both in various Displays and devices. They are both actively developed and used. Their latest version of DisplayPort is DisplayPort 2, and the latest HDMI version is HDMI 2.1a. 

HDMI and Displayport are quite neck to neck for a normal workload. DisplayPort was developed by VESA which is an organization that sets the standards for the display industry, while HDMI was co-developed by a bunch of companies like Sony, Panasonic, and many more and was originally meant for the TV industry. But a lot has changed since their birth.

Be it offices or houses, HDMI is seen almost everywhere, and DisplayPort is not far behind either. It is especially common in PCs and laptops of the Midrange. After the introduction of USB-C, DisplayPort supports Data over USB -C, and you don’t need any big DisplayPort cable.

Types Of Connecters That Can Be Used

1. HDMI Cable:

The HDMI Standards have used the same connector since its first iteration.

Although the quality of conductors has changed and not all cables support all the versions, the connector layout is still the same since its debut in 2002. It still uses the same 19 connectors and transmits data.

2. DisplayPort Cable:

The DisplayPort standard uses two connectors as of now. These are USB-C connectors and Displayport connectors.

The DisplayPort connector is old, but it is still around, along with USB-C. Since its debut in 2006, the DisplayPort connector is still going with its 20-connector design and achieving amazing quality.

3. USB-C DisplayPort:

USB-C is a revolutionary invention; it is bi-directional, so you can plug any end into the source or the receiver.

USB-C is also reversible. So, you don’t need to be cautious about which way you are plugging them in.

Along with these specs, the USB – C is capable of very high transmission rates. So, it can transport DisplayPort signals also.


To conclude, fixing this issue of having an HDMI Device and a DisplayPort computer is very easy and can be fixed cheaply.

But this is not recommended if you are after high refresh rates, high-quality colors, and these things. This is a workaround for emergency situations.

Although the USB C Hubs are a legitimate solution, even if you want to do Gaming or Editing, we can’t recommend the same for HDMI to DisplayPort Adapters.

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