Today, Monorprice is offering a Micro High-definition Link (MHL) adapter cable, for compatible smartphones.
The cable enables MHL-enabled smartphones, tablets, and other devices to provide HDMI output, as well as charge the device directly, via the power supplied from the HDMI cable. It also facilitates CEC communications, so that a Television can directly control the host device.
There aren’t too many devices currently that support MHL, but they are rather popular devices. Here’s a list of most of them today: Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Samsung Galaxy S II, Samsung Infuse 4G, HTC EVO 3D, HTC Flyer, HTC EVO View 4G, and HTC Sensation. It is expected most devices from Samsung and HTC in the future will utilize MHL, so it may be a good idea to snatch one at this low price for your next smartphone or tablet.
If you have one of these devices, this cable is practically essential at the sub-$10 price-point. Typically, these cables sell from the manufacturer for between $40 and $60. Monoprice is notorious in the tech sector for providing devastating price-cuts on adapter cables. The store was one of the first to source mini-DisplayLink cables for Apple’s MacBook products, with much more affordable adapters, as well as one of the first cheap HDMI adapters for their products.
California residents should take note that Monoprice does charge sales tax, however, even with sales tax the price is still the lowest we’ve ever seen for such an adapter. Shipping is not free, but at around two dollars, not a major impact.