The simple answer to the question “do monitors have HDMI ports” is yes, absolutely they do. Almost all of the modern monitors come with HDMI ports. HDMI being one of the most common multimedia interfaces is found in abundance on computer monitors.
However, there may cases where your monitor may not feature an HDMI port at all. If you have an old monitor, particularly, then chances are that it would miss out on the HDMI port.
Hence to confirm if your monitor has HDMI port or not, you can either check its port panel or the specsheet.
The exact number and the version of the HDMI port on the monitor varies from model to model. It should be noted that not all HDMI ports are the same. Some carry a higher bandwidth compared to others.
Generally, the run-of-the-mill full HD monitors that home and office users often use would have one HDMI 1.4 port. Professional, enthusiast or gaming-grade monitors can have multiple newer gen HDMI 2.0 or even HDMI 2.1 ports.
In the following text I will talk in detail about HDMI interface and also talk about whether you can find HDMI ports on monitors or not.
A Primer on HDMI Versions
Before we delve deeper into the topic, it is worth pointing out there that HDMI ports are not equal. Some are more robust than others and that is determined by their version.
Essentially, newer HDMI Port versions can carry more data compared to their older counterparts. Meaning, newer HDMI interfaces can support higher resolution as well as frame rates.
The following table explains this in detail:
|HDMI Version||Max Resolution||Max Refresh Rate||Max Bandwidth|
|HDMI 1.0||1080p||1080p @ 60 Hz||4.95||3.96||No||- 8 Audio Channels|
|HDMI 1.1/1.2||1440p||1440p @ 30 Hz||4.95||3.96||No||- 8 Audio Channels
-Super Audio CDs
|HDMI 1.3/1.4||4096 x 2160 (4K)||120 Hz @ FHD Resolution|
30 Hz @ 4k Resolution
24 Hz @ 4k Resolution
|10.2||8.16||No||- 8 Audio Channels
- Dolby TrueHD
|HDMI 2.0||4096 x 2160 (4K)||60 Hz @ 4K Resolution||18||14.40||Yes||- 32 audio channels,
- Dynamic Resolution Adaptation (DRA)
- High-Efficiency Advanced Audio Coding (HE-AAC)
|HDMI 2.1||Upto 10240 x 4320 (10K)||Upto 120Hz @ 10K||48||42.67||Yes||- 32 audio channels
Checking the Version of HDMI Port on Your Monitor
Unfortunately, since all HDMI ports look the same, the only definitive way to check what version of HDMI port you have on your monitor is through its specsheet.
Most monitor specsheets tell you exactly the version of HDMI port they have such as this one below for HP 24mh:
In case if a monitor does not specify the version of the HDMI port it has, you can deduce it by looking at its max resolution and max refresh rate.
For instance, if a monitor supports 4k resolution at 60Hz refresh rate, then we can deduce that the port conforms to HDMI 2.0 since the older HDMI 1.4 can only support 4K @ 30Hz.
Learn More Here: How to Check HDMI Port Version?
So Do Monitors Have HDMI Ports?
There is no doubt in that a majority of the monitors, particularly those released in the last decade or so, absolutely have HDMI ports.
In rare instances, if you have a very old LCD monitors, then chances are that it may miss out on the HDMI port and instead feature a VGA or a DVI-D port.
There are two ways to check if your monitors has HDMI ports or not.
- Physically Checking the Video Ports On Your Monitor
- Referring to the Specsheet
- Physically Checking the Video Ports on Your Monitor
1. Physically Checking the Video Ports on Your Monitor
You can physically look at the monitor’s video ports in order to check if it has HDMI port or not.
For that you will first need to know what an HDMI port looks like. The port looks almost like a USB port but instead of square shape, it has a trapezium-like shape.
There are also different HDMI connectors. However, we only concern ourselves with the Type A ports.
Once you can identify what an HDMI port looks like, you can use the knowledge to check if your monitor has HDMI port or not.
2. Referring to the Specsheet
I already talked about this earlier for checking the version of the HDMI port.
Hence, naturally, you can also use the specsheet to verify if you have an HDMI ports on your monitor or not and if so, how many.
Take the spec sheet for ASUS Tuf Gaming VG28UQL1A for instance, this premium gaming monitor does not have one but four HDMI ports. Two of which conform to HDMI 2.0 specs whereas the other two conform to HDMI 2.1.
While having 4xHDMI ports on a monitor is certainly an overkill – what could you possibly attach to so many ports – but they do give you the luxury of plugging in your PC in one port, gaming console in the other and perhaps other multimedia devices in the rest of the slots.
Some Monitors Have No HDMI Ports
It is certainly possible for monitors to have no HDMI port at all, however, this is generally observed on very old monitors released more than a decade ago or so.
Take Acer V6 V226HQL for instance. This monitor was released in 2014 and it lacks an HDMI port. It only features a VGA and a DVI port.
Can Monitors Have two HDMI Ports?
Yes, monitors can have two or even more HDMI ports. While a majority of the monitors often feature one of various kind of ports such as one HDMI, one DP, one VGA, one DVI-D etc, on some monitors you can find multiple HDMI ports just because this is the most common port out there.
Why Do Monitors Have Multiple HDMI Ports?
Some monitors may feature two or more HDMI ports for the sake of convenience. Since HDMI ports are found on a variety of multimedia devices, you can use the two ports on a monitor to add two devices simultaneously.
You can use one port for PC while the other for your gaming console, for instance, and you can switch between the two using the control buttons on the monitor – similar to changing a TV channel.
Some premium monitors also have PiP feature or Picture-in-Picture feature which allows you to see the source of two or more HDMI ports simultaneously on one screen.
Also Read: Do Monitors Come with HDMI Cables?
So the answer to the question “do monitors have HDMI ports?” is a resounding yes.
While the older monitors may lack one, if you have monitor that was bought in the last decade or so and if it was particularly bought in the last five years, then there are high chances that it would have an HDMI port indeed.