Quickie: An HDMI cable that snaps into place and cannot be pulled out without pressing the little lock. It works.
I have had numerous issues with HDMI cables that don’t stay in place. For some reason, random cables seem to come unplugged just slightly and cause problems with the audio or video. This locking HDMI cable from PPC should not have that problem.
The secret is that the ends have a little lock on them that ensures the cables stay in place. The lock is strong and will not accidentally come unplugged. If for some reason it is forced out though, the cable will not re-lock in the same device. The lock on the cable remains intact, but the device’s female port seemingly doesn’t like the lock anymore. The cable will still transmit the signal fine though.
There is a little button on the top of the cable that disengages the lock just as you can imagine. It’s that easy.
As for the picture quality, it’s an HDMI cable and only 12ft long. I didn’t notice any audio/video quality difference, which is a good thing.
These cables are pricey at $48.99 for the 3-feet, $59 for the 6-foot, and $72.99 for the 12-footer. But, the locking connector is sweet and I would love to do up my entire rack with these cables just for that feature. I can’t afford them though. I don’t see any reason not to buy these if you dig the locking connector besides the high price though.
Hopefully, it won’t be long until a similar locking mechanism is standard on every HDMI cable including the ultra-cheap Monoprice specials.