The short and simple answer to the question “do monitors come with HDMI cables?” is a yes. Most, if not all, of the latest monitors come with HDMI cables.
There was a time when monitors used to come with either VGA or DVI cables. However, as HDMI has become the most popular interface for multimedia devices, almost all PC monitors nowadays include an HDMI cable.
However, to get a definitive answer, it is always advisable to check the specification of your monitor.
You should also note that the version of the HDMI cable depends upon the version of the HDMI ports on your monitor.
In the following article, I will talk about how to determine if and what HDMI cable comes with monitors.
So Do Monitors Come with HDMI Cables?
As mentioned earlier, yes, PC monitors do come with HDMI cables. In fact, some monitors not only offer HDMI cables, but additional cables as well as such as DisplayPort cable or VGA cable.
Check the Monitors Technical Data Sheet To Find Out
While finding HDMI cables with monitors is a norm these days, you can verify whether your chosen monitor comes with an HDMI cable or not through its technical specsheet.
Look for sections labelled as either “Accessories“, “What’s in the Box” or “Package Information“.
Take for instance, the technical data sheet for Sceptre E248W-19203R, one of the most popular 24” inch budget monitors.
You can see that it offers one HDMI cable.
Sometimes, however, the technical data sheets do not specify this information at all.
For instance, the technical specifications for HP 24mh, another very popular budget 24 inch monitors, does not specify whether it offers HDMI cable or not.
Hence, my advise here would be to check their unboxing videos. If you still cannot find the right information, contact their support.
HP 24mh, does, however, offer an HDMI cable according to its unboxing video.
The Version of the HDMI Cables Can Differ Depending On the Monitor
While all monitors come with an HDMI cable, you must understand that not all HDMI cables are the same.
While Full HD monitors with 60Hz refresh can work just find with your average HDMI cables, if you want to run a 4K monitor at 60Hz or a monitor with a resolution higher than 4K with 120Hz and higher refresh rate, then you need more robust HDMI cables.
This is where different version of the HDMI cables become relevant.
There are essentially four types of HDMI cables as shown in the table below.
|Max Data Rate|
|Specs Supported||Best Port|
|Standard||4.95 Gb/s||720 or 1080P @ 60Hz||<1.4|
|High Speed||10.2 Gb/s||FHD @ 60Hz|
QHD @ 60Hz
4K @ 30Hz
|Premium High Speed||18 Gb/s||4k @ 60Hz||2.0|
|Ultra High Speed||48 Gb/s||4K @ 60Hz|
8K @ 120Hz
10K @ 120hz
These cables also referred to as follows:
- Standard HDMI aka HDMI 1.1/1.2 cable (Obsolete)
- High Speed aka HDMI 1.4 cable
- Premium High Speed aka HDMI 2.0 cable
- Ultra High Speed aka HDMI 2.1 cable
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Figuring Out the Version of HDMI Cable Your Monitor Comes With
So how to figure how what version of HDMI cable your monitor would come with.
The version of the HDMI cable your monitor comes with mostly depends upon the version of the HDMI ports on your monitor.
If your monitor has an HDMI 1.4 port, then it will almost certainly come with a High Speed aka an HDMI 1.4 cable.
If your monitor has an HDMI 2.1 port, then it will almost certainly come with an Ultra High Speed aka an HDMI 2.0 cable.
One way to find out is, again, through the specsheet.
Take for instance the specs for the premium ASUS TUF Gaming VG28UQL1A monitor.
This monitor has 2 x HDMI 2.0 ports and 2 x HDMI 2.1 ports.
Hence you can see that this monitor comes with an Ultra High Speed (HDMI 2.1) cable owing to the fact that it has HDMI 2.1 ports.
You can read the specs of this monitor here.
It should be noted that while HDMI cables are backward compatible, they are not forward compatible.
Meaning an Ultra High Speed (HDMI 2.1) cable can work with HDMI 2.0 and HDMI 1.4 ports, but it won’t work the other way around meaning an HDMI 1.4 cable will not support a monitor designed with HDMI 2.1 specs.
Some Monitors Specs Do Not Highlight The Version of Cable
Unfortunately, some monitor specifications do not clarify the version of the HDMI cable included.
Take for instance this 4K AOC U2790VQ. This is a 4K monitor that offers two HDMI ports 1 x HDMI 1.4 port and 1 x HDMI 2.0 port.
While its package information does tell you that it includes a 1.8 ft HDMI cable, it does not specify what version it conforms to.
So the only way to verify what version of cable this monitor comes with is through trial and error.
Since this is a 4K monitor, if the included cable only operates this monitor at 30Hz or at significantly lower refresh rate than 60Hz, then you most probably have an HDMI 1.4 (High Speed) cable.
If it can operate the monitor at 4K @ 60Hz, then you have an HDMI 2.0 cable.
Also Read: Are All HDMI Cables 4K?
There Are Exceptions
There most certainly are exceptions as there are some monitors that DO NOT come with an HDMI cable, but instead offer DisplayPort cables.
Take for instance the LG 34GP83A-B. This is a premium ultrawide gaming monitor that does NOT offer an HDMI cable and instead offers an DisplayPort cable.
Additionally, you may still find certain newer monitors offering the older VGA or DVI cables. But in the era of HDMI, such monitors are quite rare.
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Do Monitor Come with Multiple HDMI Cables?
No, monitors do not come with multiple HDMI cables.
Also Read: Can You Add HDMI Ports to a Computer?
What Cables Come with Monitors?
All monitors come with a C13 Power Cable.
As far as display interface is concerned, majority of the monitors come with an HDMI cable. However, you may find monitors with VGA, DVI, DP or even Thunderbolt cables as well.
Majority of the monitors come with only a single cable for connecting them to your PC, however, some monitors may come with multiple display cables for different interfaces.
Also Read: Can I Transfer Files with HDMI Cable?
While there are exceptions, the answer to the question “do monitors come with HDMI cables.” is a yes for a majority of the monitors.
However, in order to be certain and also to figure out what version the included cable belongs to it is worth it to check out the manufacturer’s official website for the technical specsheet.