Hook your tablet up to your TV for under $4

microhdmiTablets are great for portable, personal use reading books, playing games and watching movies. But a growing number support big-screen TV playback thanks to their HDMI output. The problem is some tablets such as Toshiba’s AT1S0 don’t include a cable or adapter and you’re left to fend for yourself.

There are two ways you can go – if you already have an HDMI cable, you can buy a MicroHDMI-to-HDMI adapter, or if you don’t, a MicroHDMI to HDMI cable. Personally, I prefer the cable option as I reckon it puts less strain on the tablet socket due to greater flexibility. You can find a range of options on eBay.

We purchased a 1.5metre MicroHDMI to HDMI cable for just $3.66 including shipping from eBay. However, you may consider that “wasteful” and go for the adapter, which you can buy for less than $2.

Our cable dutifully turned up in a basic padded bag, complete with end caps on the plugs for protection. We had no trouble getting it working on our Toshiba test tablet, giving us 720p (1280×720-pixel) resolution display. What’s great about doing this is the fact you’ve got a wireless silent video player so you have access to your PC video collection without having a noisy PC anywhere in sight.

If you want to do the same thing with an iPad, make sure you purchase the Apple Digital AV Adapter, which turns the iPad dock connector into an HDMI output. Unfortunately, it’s a bit more expensive – it’ll set you back $45. Note too that there are different versions, depending on whether you have an iPad 2 or 3 (30-pin connector) or the new-generation iPad (Lightning connector).

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