An Actual HDMI Input vs an HDMI Dongle?
One feature that's a must due to the desktop's purpose is HDMI. Unfortunately, there really doesn't seem to be much option with an actual HDMI input around our price-point. We've bought refurbished a variety of times -- and I don't know if it's my imagination or not -- but it seems the price-points on refurbished desktops have increased and most places have the exact same ones. With an actual HDMI input, we've been focusing on the Optiplex 5040 or 7040, which is 6th generation, but it's running at about $500-ish all in depending on the source. There's one eBay seller from Canada that's a bit less expensive, but he/she closed his/sher store and only has a few listings and reviews so we're not sure he/she is a good choice. We're in B.C., so no free shipping from Refurb.io's site and they don't sell any desktops with an HDMI input on their eBay store.
We started thinking about getting an HDMI dongle instead and not worrying about the actual HDMI input. A few of the refurbishers sell older desktops already with HDMI dongles, but besides the fact that they're older, we've been wary of getting the dongle.
So -- are dongles acceptable? It's hard to believe an HDMI dongle functions up to the standard of an actual HDMI input. And can anyone offer a suggestion re: a good HDMI dongle if one exists?