HDMI ports are now becoming as ubiquitous as VGA ports once were as the latter are being removed from devices. However, every now and then, we still need to connect to old machines that require VGA ports, which is when HDMI to VGA converters prove useful.
Until the day that the last VGA port-needing machine on this planet finally conks out, you and the rest of us self-respecting tech nerds will have to stock up on good HDMI to VGA converters.
Here are the 10 best HDMI to VGA converters in 2018.
1. VicTsing Gold-Plated HDMI to VGA Converter Adapter
We like the utilitarian design of this good old converter from manufacturer VicTsing. This is a one-way HDMI to VGA converter that has advanced active IC chip technology. This built-in feature is responsible for the HDMI to VGA conversion.
This affordable device supports high-resolution transfers of up to 1920 x 1080 (full HD), including 720p and 1600 x 1200. The item looks good and sturdily built. The gold-plated HDMI connector is ideal because it resists corrosion, abrasion, and other common issues with electronics. More importantly, gold improves signal transmission.
If you need a converter for multiple devices, you may find this one useful because of its wide compatibility. You can use this device with a laptop, a TVBOX, and any machine with an HDMI port. The female VGA port works with any male VGA port.
The only drawback with this model is that it does not support audio and is not compatible with Sony and Apple devices. That is a shame because a lot of us still have working Sony devices today that require the use of such converters.
Overall, we think that this one-way HDMI to VGA converter is good for its price. It does what it claims to do and does not make false claims. However, if you have Sony or Apple devices that need this, you may want to skip this for its younger brother.
• tried and tested
• simple and easy to use
• not compatible with Sony and Apple devices
2. Rankie Gold-Plated Active HDMI HDTV to VGA Adapter Converter
In a nutshell, this HDMI to VGA converter from company Rankie sounds like a good option because it has all the standards built in. It uses an active IC chip, which helps a lot with compatibility.
True enough, this converter can be used with a desktop, laptop, notebook, Ultrabook, MacBook Pro, Raspberry Pi, Chromebook, Apple TV, and a lot more. In fact, the only devices this does not support are copyrighted ones, such as Blu-ray and Playstations.
Our only issue with this is that the VGA cable, which is required, does not come with your purchase. However, a micro USB cable and an audio cable are included.
In summary, we think you will like this HDMI to VGA converter from Rankie. It looks good (especially this white version), and it does what it promises well. The only issue is that it requires a VGA cable but does not include it in the package, which makes this a little more expensive than the other items here.
• with micro USB cable
• supports high resolutions
• wide compatibility
• VGA cable is required but sold separately
3. Cable Matters Active Micro HDMI to VGA Adapter
As the name suggests, this product is a micro HDMI to VGA converter. Like the other items on this list, this one has an active IC chip built right in to enhance compatibility. You can use this model with tablets, smartphones, and other devices that have micro HDMI ports.
The only ones not supported are copyrighted content, as well as audio. This converter allows full HD video even at high resolutions, such as 1920 x 1080 (including 720p) and 1600 x 1200. These already cover most VGA displays.
The only issues you may not like are the excluded micro USB cable and the lack of support for audio (over VGA). For something of this price, those features are expected.
In general, this micro HDMI to VGA adapter appears okay for its price. If you particularly need a converter that can work with micro HDMI and do not mind buying a micro USB cable separately (chances are, you already have that), then this is a good choice.
• lightweight structure
• supports micro-HDMI
• compatible with many devices
• no micro USB cable included
4. VicTsing VGA To HDMI Converter Adapter
This product jumps right out of any online shopping page initially because of its price. With or without a sale, this product is expensive. However, you may eventually like it because of the features it offers.
This converter/adapter supports high resolutions of up to 720p, 1080i, and 1080p. It also already comes with all cables necessary, unlike other converters. This product also has wide compatibility and usability.
You can use this with nearly any device with the concerned ports. It also has a neat LED indicator for when the HDMI output is at work. Finally, the gold plating helps resist corrosion, and it is only right that this pricey item has that feature.
The price alone will definitely deter you from buying this product, but take a closer look at the features and you may give in. This product supports a lot of devices and functions and works with high resolutions as well. It is indeed pricey, but its usefulness may be enough to justify that.
• supports many functions
• has wide compatibility
• comes with all cables necessary
5. NewBEP HDMI to VGA Adapter Cable
This HDMI to VGA converter from NewBEP also uses a built-in chip for conversion and does not require the use of any additional adapter or any complicated set up process. It also comes with a cable of decent quality so you do not have to buy one separately.
This product can work with a wide range of resolutions going up to 1080p (HDMI input). Like many decent converters today, this model also has gold-plated connectors, which preserves the life of the device and improves performance.
The only problem you may have with it is that it has trouble working with Sony products and certain Apple models. However, many other converters have this issue anyway.
Overall, this converter appears to be fair relative to its price. It is not the most high-end product out there but is not at the low end either. Sure, it has problems with certain Apple and Sony units, but many other HDMI to VGA converters in the same price range have that issue.
• plug and play
• supports high resolutions
• no other adapter required
• not compatible with Sony devices and some Apple machines
6. Moread Gold-Plated HDMI to VGA Adapter
This portable adapter from Moread looks very nice and compact, which is what initially won us over. This is a one-way converter and does not include the required VGA cable. Resolutions of up to 1920 x 1080 are supported (60 Hz, 1080p full HD).
The gold-plated HDMI connector works well and improves signal transmission. The cable has a unique design that the manufacturer calls molded strain relief, which makes the cable durable.
The only issue we are seeing right now is that this adapter does not work with low-power HDMI ports. These are the types you find in certain Sony and Apple devices, including the PS4, the MacBook Pro, and Apple TV.
We believe that this converter is alright for the price. If you are looking for a trusted basic HDMI to VGA converter that is within budget, this sounds like a good option for you.
• works with many devices
• good IC chip
• does not work with low-power HDMI ports
7. FineSource VGA to HDMI Converter
Everything you can possible expect in a premium converter seems to be here already. It supports a wide range of resolutions and works with a huge variety of devices.
What really stands out, though, is the body of the device itself. The material looks and feels high-grade, and all of the external parts look well-made and properly put together.
The only possible problem you might have with this is its price. It is expensive, but its premium features may help you get past this issue.
This is another converter that is worth its prohibitive price tag. It works with a wide range of machines and is made of impressively high-grade material. This is why a lot of people are able to use this for a long time.
• works with a lot of devices
• gold plating is well-made
• heavy-duty body
8. Belkin Universal HDMI to VGA Adapter
This is the most expensive converter on this list, easily around thrice as costly as many of the other items here. That is understandable, seeing how many adapters this product comes with.
Having a lot of accessories means there are more to misplace. However, if your job or hobby calls for working with a wide range of machines and devices with ports of varying types and sizes, you really have no choice but to invest in this and keep everything organized.
High quality and useful electronics are pricey; this is a fact of modern life. A good example is this product from Belkin. It costs a lot, but its many features and wide usability and compatibility may be worth it.
• comes with necessary adapters
• works with Apple devices
• requires set up