For all of you who have ever suffered sticker shock at the sight of an HDMI cable price tag, there’s good news: you don’t have to pay that much for a fantastic high-definition connection. Society has become superficial in so many ways, and now we’re actually letting it spill over into the realm of cables – can you believe it? Well, I think it’s time to restore a little common sense to the electronics-buying experience, and one of the best ways to do that is to say NO to boutique cables in fancy packaging.
I’ll admit that some things are worth paying more for; for instance, a Lamborghini will justifiably run you more than a Hyundai. Both vehicles will get you from Point A to Point B, but one’s going to do the job with infinitely more power and style than the other ever could. But here’s the catch: the same rules don’t apply to HDMI cables. They’re first and foremost a utilitarian product. While in the automotive world it’s not unusual for the hottest cars to also perform the best, cables just don’t work that way. When you’re shopping for an HDMI cable, always remember that looks have nothing to do with performance.
The key to a quality HDMI connection doesn’t lie in great style or expensive-looking packaging. Rather, it all has to do with certification. As long as a cable is HDMI certified, it doesn’t matter if it costs $15 or $150 – it’s going to do the job. Who cares if it doesn’t have a brand name? The only thing that matters is that the cable effectively transports high definition signals from your A/V equipment to your high-def screen.
If you’re ready to jump off the brand-name bandwagon and find happiness with an HDMI cable that won’t drain your bank account, you’ll find ATC certified HDMI 1.3a (the latest standard) cables, complete with 24K gold-plated connectors, at CableOrganizer.com. Get ready for a new, improved, and much happier version of sticker shock: they start at around $6.99!
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Even if you’ve already gone wireless, it never hurts to keep an Ethernet cord tucked away inside your laptop bag just in case you have to get connected somewhere where there’s Internet, but not Wi-Fi, available. Stop wrinkling your nose; thanks to today’s brilliant product, toting an Ethernet cord along on your travels isn’t nearly as much of a pain as it used to be. Gone are the days when you’d have a 15ft cable snaking through your notebook attache, threatening to swallow up your very computer. These days, savvy on-the-go laptop owners reach for auto-retractable Ethernet cords instead.
If you’re wondering what difference auto-retraction makes, the answer is this: it’s all in the case. The cords, of course, need something to retract into, and that something (the case) is only 2.5″ x 3″ x 0.5″. Sure beats a huge coil of loose cable, doesn’t it? The really beautiful thing is that you never need to use more cable than you need; the cord dispenses from both sides of the case, and stays put as soon as you stop pulling on it. Without any excess trailing around on the floor, you (and passers-by) have nothing to get tangled up in. When you’re finished, simply unplug, then tug both ends of the cord to activate the auto-retraction. Pretty cool, huh?
My favorite part of the retractable Ethernet cord is the space it saves — with such a compact design, there’s actually still room left in my bag for my laptop.