Plugable USB 3.1 Type-C to HDMI 2.0 Cable review: Easy Mac to monitor

You do not need a MacBook with an HDMI port if you have Plugables USB-C to HDMI cable. Just pull the cable between the external monitor and your Mac or iPad and you have 4K @ 60Hz. Even better, it’s currently available with a discount that lowers the price below $ 17.

I tested this accessory in my home office to make sure it lives up to its promises.

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Review of USB 3.1 Type-C to HDMI 2.0 cable that can be connected

People do not like dongles. It is understandable. And Plugables USB-C to HDMI cable takes that into account by integrating an HDMI adapter into a USB-C cable.

In fact, it’s the same as if you had a MacBook with an HDMI port. Without having to spend at least $ 1999 for a 2021 MacBook Pro.

The cable also works with iPad Pro and iPad Air models with USB-C.

Hardware and design

The plug-in USB 3.1 Type-C to HDMI 2.0 cable is 6 feet long. That’s enough to connect your Mac to a monitor on your desktop.

The accessory is essentially Plugables USB-C to HDMI adapter but with a much longer cable. And that’s a good thing, because the adapter works pretty well.


The cable connects your computer to an external monitor with a maximum resolution of 4K (3840 × 2160) and a refresh rate of 60Hz. That’s what HDMI 2.0 in its name means.

This is not the latest version of HDMI, but is all you need to watch Netflix, Disney + or Amazon Prime Video in 4K Ultra HD.

To test Plugables USB-C to HDMI cable, I used it to connect my iPad Pro to an external monitor and to my home TV. It was quick and easy and I am fully satisfied with the result.

Finally USB 3.1 Type-C to HDMI 2.0 cable last thoughts

This USB-C to HDMI cable offers the same convenience as having an HDMI port built into your Mac. You will not find a simpler solution for connecting your MacBook to an HDMI monitor.

Although there are several options, such as connecting to multiple monitors, these are not as affordable as Plugables product.


The retail price for Plugable USB 3.1 Type-C for HDMI 2.0 cable is $ 19.95. Which would be a deal in itself. But it’s getting better.

Buy the cable from Amazon and at the time of writing you get $ 3 off. It lowers your costs to $ 16.95. (Be sure to check the box for the extra discount.)

Buy from: Amazon

An alternative that is almost as easy is the Plugables USB-C to HDMI adapter ($ 13.95). Just plug it into the end of an HDMI cable and you are ready.

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