Confused about cables?

Written by: Jon Duffy



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A cable is just a cable, right? Well, it isn’t quite that simple. There are all sorts of cable types, with features and tech details that are important to understand to make sure you get the ideal cable for your needs.


A braided cable offers greater durability so your cable will last longer. It also makes it less likely to tangle, which is always a huge plus!

Full HD / 4K Ultra HD / 8K Ultra HD

If you’re connecting your cable to a monitor or TV, you’ll want to make sure you get the best visual quality possible. For example, if you have a 4K TV, you’ll want a 4K cable to enjoy every detail! Make sure you choose a cable that matches the definition of your screen.


Some cables can also carry a networking signal, so you can create a wired Internet connection between two devices. The benefit? You won’t need separate HDMI and Ethernet cables, helping you to keep your setup neat and tidy.

High Speed / Super Speed

If you need to charge devices like your smartphone or transfer data quickly, keep an eye out for cables that feature High Speed or Super Speed connectivity. This will help you charge and transfer at top speeds, saving you lots of time!

HDMI Versions

As a general rule, the higher the number, the better the performance. For example, HDMI 1.3 is only capable of streaming Full HD content at 60Hz, whereas HDMI 2.0 can deliver 4K Ultra HD visuals at 60Hz. So, if you’re after top quality, make sure to go for HDMI 2.0 and beyond.

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About the author

Jon Duffy is a Digital Merchandiser at Maplin.

An avid gamer from a young age, Jon has dabbled in gaming journalism and dedicates much of his spare time to this hobby. He also has an interest in music, playing bass guitar in a rock covers band.

Having previously worked as a copywriter with another electronics retailer, he was eager to join Maplin with their new online venture. In addition to writing blogs, Jon also works on many of the website's landing pages and adding new tech to the range.