Difference Between VGA And HDMI

VGA and HDMI are interface standards used for cables that connect devices — such as laptop computers and DVD players.

VGA vs. HDMI Capabilities

VGA cables were designed to carry only video signals from a device to a display.  The HDMI transfer of both digital video and audio signals via the same interface (port).

VGA Connector Types

Signal through cables: Analog Compatibility: VGA to DVI and VGA to HDMI converters available.

VGA Resolutions

First released in 1987 with IBM’s PS/2 computers, the resolution is also called “standard definition” compared to HD (“high definition”) and Full HD.


VGA cables are incompatible with HDMI ports, except with the use of converters. Even with converters, video signal quality is greatly compromised.


VGA cables, as they have fallen out of common use, are often inexpensive and can be found online easily.