minidisplay port or hdmi. Which is better?

hajime

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Hello, which connection type is better in case of connecting a MacBook Pro (15" 2017 , 17" 2010) to a 4K monitor/TV?
 

Audit13

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Some HDMI connections will only support 1920x1080.

Do either of your laptops have HDMI? I think the 2010 only has display port and the 2017 doesn't have HDMI.

What connections are on the monitor?
 
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kschendel

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DisplayPort (and mini-DP, they are basically the same) will in general support higher resolutions than HDMI, and in my opinion it's a better physical connector as well. The HDMI plug design sucks.
 
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hajime

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Some HDMI connections will only support 1920x1080.

Do either of your laptops have HDMI? I think the 2010 only has display port and the 2017 doesn't have HDMI.

What connections are on the monitor?
Thanks. I have a Moshi mini displayport to hdmi adapter. However, when I plugged in my MBP 2010 17" to my 65" Samsung 4K TV at home, nothing showed up even I closed the lid. I tried to change the resolutions of the TV but it did not work.

If I buy 40s" TV as an external monitor, they only have HDMI. Samsung does not say if it is HDMI 2 but I suppose so. If I buy computer monitor, they have both minidisplay ports and hdmi ports. There are many complains about the Philips 43"'s burn in issue. I hesitate to buy it. So, I am thinking of TV.