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Analogix Semiconductor SlimPort Cable (HDMI Adapter) Review

Analogix Semiconductor SlimPort Cable (HDMI Adapter) Review

Analogix Semiconductor's SlimPort cable connects your compatible smart device up to your TV with ease. Let's dig in and take a close look.

| Cables & Accessories in Mobile Devices | Posted: May 29, 2013 4:02 am
TweakTown Rating: 95%      Manufacturer: Analogix

Introduction

 

To tell you the truth, Analogix Semiconductor aren't a company I know off-by-heart, but judging from this first review of one of their products, I'll remember them for quite sometime to come.

 

My first contact from the company had some cables being sent to me, and days later our own Managing Director, Cameron, posted an article covering the SlimPort Summit 2013 in Shanghai, asking 'What is SlimPort?'. His article covers pretty much what an introduction might cover, so you might want to check that out.

 

For a quick introduction, Analogix Semiconductor is a champion of high-performance mixed-signal semiconductors that enable HD everywhere. In layman's terms, they make cables that connect up to your smart device and allow you to plug them into your big-screen TV.

 

 

First Look

 

Before I received the SlimPort cables, I seriously expected them to be bigger, but the SlimPort HDMI adapter, which is the one we'll be concentrating on today, is just so tiny. I'll be using the SlimPort HDMI Adapter on my trusty Nexus 4.

 

The other set we have here to test today is a Samsung Galaxy S III and some MHL-based cables. Let's take a look at what we have here today.

 

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Pricing and Availability

 

One of the downsides to Analogix's SlimPort adapters are their price. Amazon sell the SlimPort HDMI Adapter for $71.42, which is quite expensive. The next entry on Amazon's website when searching for "SlimPort" is the Skiva MHL-based HDMI Adapter, which sells for just $9.99.

 

This is a huge difference in price, and something you'll need to consider. I think the SlimPort cables will eventually come down in price, especially if their technology becomes a standard in the future. Keep reading and you'll find out why I think that price is still justified.

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