At one point in time, the Belkin F2N028 may have been the best VGA cable available. It is made of quality materials and constructed in a way to ensure a solid connection. However, it only supports VGA or SVGA monitor displays, which are quickly becoming outdated. Additionally, Belkin’s customer support needs some improvement.
When VGA first came along, it was intended for monitors that had a display resolution of 640 x 480 pixels. This cable supports display resolutions of SVGA, which is one step further at 800 x 600 pixels. Nowadays, however, computer monitors can show high-definition images with resolutions of WXGA (1280 x 768 pixels), UXGA (1600 x 1200 pixels), WUXGA (1680 x 1050 pixels), QXGA (2048 x 1536 pixels) and higher, so SVGA is primitive in comparison. However, if you have an older monitor, then this VGA cable will work just fine.
The male connectors on each end of this VGA cable feature gold-plated copper contacts. This helps to ensure maximum connectivity between the connector and the port. Gold is an excellent conductor of electric current, and it is resistant to corrosion, so gold plating is always desirable in a cable connection.
In addition to the gold plating, the HD15 connectors on this VGA cable are molded for a better fit to the port. The thumbscrews are also ergonomic, which makes it easy to secure the cable to the connection. And the flexible PVC jacket allows this cable to go where you need it to go.
This VGA cable also features an aluminum undermold, which shields it from external interference. Electromagnetic interference (EMI) and radio frequency interference (RFI) can cause ghosting and pixilation on the monitor, so it’s important that your cable is shielded. Some of the other cables in this review featured multiple layers of shielding, so this single aluminum shield wasn’t very impressive.
Belkin only offers three different length options for this VGA cable: 6 feet, 10 feet and 15 feet. These three lengths will probably work with most computer configurations. However, when most of the other VGA cable manufacturers offer eight to ten different lengths, Belkin’s offering pales in comparison.
The Belkin F2N028 is backed by a lifetime warranty. You can contact their customer support team by phone, by email or by live chat. However, you have to log in to ask a question, which is annoying. We sent them an email, but after a week we still hadn’t received a response, so we contacted them using their live chat feature. The representative we spoke with, however, was not very helpful and simply told us to contact customer service by phone.
It is mostly because of the low maximum supported screen resolution that this cable ranked so low in our review. This VGA cable is built using quality materials and creates a solid connection between the cable and the port, to help improve signal integrity. Nonetheless, the Belkin F2N028 needs some improvements before it can be ready for today’s computer monitors.