Product Type: Belkin International in Output Accessories
Newest Review: ... cost was £5.30 including £2.00 delivery, not bad considering similar cables from imitation brands are available in PC World and Currys... more
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Belkin PC Monitor Cable
Member Name: Randal
Belkin PC Monitor Cable
Advantages: Well made, durable and looks good.
For whatever reason, my monitor cable on my desktop computer at home started to play up. The colours appeared to be washed out and there was a bit of a strange flicker going on across the screen. At first I wasn't sure whether it was the monitor, the cable or the video card, but after borrowing a monitor cable from a friend to try out, I managed to quickly confirm that the monitor cable was indeed at fault. The problem then was that the cable was totally sealed, and hence, any attempted diagnosis or repair was going to be pretty much impossible. Quickly looking on Amazon, I found the 3m version of this Belkin cable for just over £7 delivered, which arrived very quickly.
3m might seem excessive when most people opt for a 1.8m cable. But in my experience I've always found the 1.8m to be just a little too short if I wanted to put the monitor on say one end of the desk and the PC unit underneath on the other side. So a 3m cable would give me plenty of flexibility and length to do what I wanted, and any spare could be wrapped up and tucked behind the desk. For those interested, you'll find that these cables will come in various lengths from 1.8m right up to 15m.
Another thing worth considering is that the brand name of Belkin also drew me towards this cable. Belkin make many different computer cables and bits and pieces, and through the years I have used many of their products with various computers. In each case, although sometimes slightly more expensive than their competitors, the quality of their products that you get in return for the cost is excellent - durable, well made and look good. In the case of this cable, the cable itself feels quite thick and is well sheathed and protected. The protective shields over the back of the plugs are also securely in place around the plug and the cable, and it seems that no degree of flexing of the joint in this area is going to expose the inner cables in any way. So in true Belkin tradition, this cable has been well made.
The cable I have is a 15 pin male VGA plug to 15 pin male VGA plug cable, which you use to connect your computer monitor to your PC unit. You can normally recognise this type of cable because they will have 3 rows of 5 connectors in each plug. The plug bits on either end look like the bottom bit of a cut off triangle with 2 sloping sides, and these plug in to the corresponding sockets on your monitor and your PC unit. For added security of fixture, you also have 2 screw in bits on either side of each plug. These have a knurled section on the back of each screw which will then allow you to screw them down into the corresponding fixed nuts by the sockets, ensuring that the plug is then securely held in position once fitted.
When I first connected it up between my computer and my monitor, I was quite surprised at how vivid and the bright the colours suddenly became on my monitor screen. My old cable must have been gradually deteriorating over time, and I hadn't really noticed it until it finally became really bad. But this new Belkin cable gave my monitor a new lease of life, making everything colourful and bright - so much so that I had to turn down some of the settings on my monitor's display, and now nearly a year later, the display still seems very vivid and bright thanks to this new cable.
In summary, although this is pretty much a fit and forget type cable, the quality of it did make quite a noticeable difference to my monitor's display. In true Belkin fashion, the cable is well made and durable, and if Belkin's trusted reliability is anything to go by, I don't expect that I will need to buy another monitor cable for many years to come. So an easy 5 star recommendation.
Review also on Ciao under Randal1.
Summary: Another typical Belkin well made and reliable product.
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