HDMI adapter box vs wire

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  1. Clyhead

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    So I just recently realized that the S5 doesn't have an actual HDMI port (didn't try plugging the micro HDMI cable I have until today) and after a quick search I have found a ton of different cables and boxes that as far as I can tell do the same thing. So is there a difference between the Samsung smart adapter and just a generic MHL micro usb to HDMI cable?
     
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    Welcome to the forum! You might have to check Samsung's website to verify but I do know the S3 required an MHL adapter that was made specifically for the S3 so the S5 may be the same.
    I still have my S3 MHL adapter so ill have to see if it works on my S5 and get back to you.
    Sorry, won't be tonight though...I need to find it first.

    tap'n on my S5
     
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    I also haven't checked to see if my S3 mhl works with the S5. I normally use Chromecast. The S5 can screen cast. Advantage for the mhl is to avoid using WiFi.
     
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    I found my mhl cable so ill check it out tomorrow after i get home from work and report back.

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    Update please? I'm in the market myself. Thanks.
     
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    Sorry for the delay! The Samsung MHL adapter I originally purchased for my S3 works great with my S5. [​IMG]

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    Beautiful! There was no delay, I just got my phone a week ago, posted under 20 minutes ago, so you were quick in that regard. Thanks!
     
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    Yeouch, a bit expensive, was hoping for something under ten bucks via Amazon Prime. One review of the phone said that the ultimate answer is to go streaming. Doesn't work when you want to show your non-internet grandparents pics on their hdmi tv. I'll keep looking, thanks again, but I now have a better idea of the MHL/Samsung standard. This is my first Samsung and boy do I love it.
     
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    ... I'm not addressing anyone in this thread that already has a setup; I'm posting it here for others that may come after.
     
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    Thanks for the info! Looks like a great deal.
    Update:
    Bear in mind, this cable only supports 60hz. (Thus the inexpensive price) If you intend to do any type of gaming, or watch any action sports or movies streamed from your phone, you're going to notice a considerable "blur" effect on your HDTV. If you can find one I would recommend 120hz at the VERY minimum. Of course if all you intend to do is browse your phone via your tv, this will be perfect.

    tap'n on my S5
     
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    Hmm. Watched South Park for an hour with no noticeable blur but I'll get back if it does. I will say that it dropped the power about 2% an hour, perhaps since it isn't USB3? Anyway I just got it, and if I have issues I'll report back. I'll be watching 1080 movies soon enough (if I haven't already lost it). But thanks for the tech details, that stuff is lost on me and/or my brain is lazy.
     
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