When you’re connecting your PC to your monitor, you want to make sure you get the clearest picture possible. The Cables Unlimited PCM-2230 is a first-rate VGA cable that supports high-resolution displays and will give you a crisp image on your monitor or television. Cables Unlimited made the PCM-2230 using high-quality materials, and this VGA cable is backed up by helpful customer support. We award the Cables Unlimited PCM-2230 the approval because of the quality construction and its ability to support high-resolution images.
One of the standout features of this VGA cable is that it is rated for a maximum of 2048 x 1536 pixels. This is the highest display resolution support we found in our review. Even though it only has the standard VGA connector ??? a 15-pin HD15 connector ??? this cable can transmit VGA, SVGA, UXGA and QXGA signals. This connector is compatible with any VGA port, which can be found on most computer monitors, video cards and some HDTVs.
Inside the PCM-2230 you will find three coax wires for your red, green and blue (RGB) signals. Each one of these coax wires has an American Wire Gauge (AWG) of 28. With wire gauge, the higher the number is, the smaller the wire. And smaller wires are more resistant to current, which is bad for signal transfer. An AWG of 28 is common among the VGA cables we reviewed.
Shielding is common in most cables these days, but this VGA cable has double shielding to protect the video signal from electromagnetic interference (EMI) and radio frequency interference (RFI). These wires are wrapped in aluminum foil and a copper braid ??? to shield them from outside interference. The cables also have foam PE insulation and a PVC jacket to give it extra insulation as well as flexibility.
In addition to the shielding and insulation, the Cables Unlimited PCM-2230 VGA cable has a ferrite bead near each connector. These cylindrical additions to the cable are yet another protection against interference. The ferrite cores work as an electronic choke to block high frequency currents coming from your computer or other devices. A ferrite core will gather these frequencies and then dissipate the energy through small amounts of heat. Having ferrite beads is an extra way to ensure the signal from your PC stays pure all the way to your monitor.
Gold is an excellent conductor of electricity. This PCM-2230 VGA cable features gold-plated contacts on each one of the connectors. This, along with the molded thumbscrews, will give you a solid connection and help keep your analog video strong as it travels from one connector to another. Gold is also resistant to corrosion, so this Cables Unlimited monitor cable can last a long time without any signal deterioration.
This VGA cable is also environmentally friendly. It is RoHS compliant, which means that no hazardous substances were used in the construction of the PCM-2230. This cable is free of lead, mercury, cadmium and other materials that could harm you or the planet. This certification doesn’t enhance the signal at all, but it does give you a little extra piece of mind when using this cable.
Cables Unlimited offers a variety of lengths for the PCM-2230. You can get this VGA cable in lengths of 3 feet, 6 feet, 10 feet, 15 feet, 25 feet, 35 feet, 50 feet, 75 feet and 100 feet, so you shouldn’t have a problem finding the right length for your computer-monitor arrangement. The construction of this cable also allows signals to run up to 100 feet without a booster. We were quite pleased with the range of lengths the PCM-2230 comes in.
There isn’t much information on the Cables Unlimited site about the PCM-2230 VGA cable, but we were impressed with their customer service. After sending them an email with some specific questions about this monitor cable, we received a response a few days later with answers to all of our questions and additional information about the cables. Their technical support team was prompt and knowledgeable.
The FAQs page on the Cables Unlimited website is a series of links leading to other websites. Many of the links led to negative articles about their competitors. This seemed odd and it wasn’t very helpful, but if you have any additional questions about your monitor cable, the customer support team is ready and willing to help ??? you can contact them by phone or by email. A lifetime warranty covers this product.
If you want the highest quality connection between your PC and your monitor, then the Cables Unlimited PCM-2230 should be your first choice. This VGA cable supports high-resolution QXGA images up to 2048 x 1536 pixels. Additionally, it features double shielding and ferrite beads to prevent signal distortion and ghosting. You will not be disappointed with the results of using this VGA cable to transfer your video signals.
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