Is this Nintendo Switch HDMI cable worth buying for $100?

CNET | 7/14/2019 | Joshua Goldman
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The mCable Gaming Edition HDMI cable from Marseille promises to "eliminate jagged edges and shimmering texture without creating blurring artifacts" among other things. The cable also starts at around $100 for a 3-foot version and after being told over and over and over again not to buy an expensive HDMI cable, I originally took this claim as pure marketing, but I was wrong.

The mCable is more than just an HDMI cable, so there's a good reason why it's pricier. Inside one end of the cable is a graphics processor (powered by the connected USB cable) that upscales the low-resolution graphics from older or retro consoles, PC games and the Nintendo Switch. It works with new consoles, too, but since those already have powerful graphics processors, the mCable Gaming's performance is not as noticeable.

Switch - Output - X - Pixels - Help

The Switch's native output is 1280 x 720 pixels and it can use some help, especially when it's connected to a large full HD or 4K UHD TV. And, as I mentioned at the top, it promises to help with aliasing (aka jaggies) on curved lines and punch up contrast and color in addition to the upscaling. It also does all of this without any discernible lag, which you would typically experience with any post-processing.

First off, "eliminate jagged edges" is an overstatement. However, while the cable doesn't miraculously create straight lines and smooth curves from jagged edges, the processing does soften them so they appear less severe and it does this without smearing details. What I experienced was definitely in line with the sample images on the company's site.

MCable - Image - Quality - Picture

What I appreciated most about the mCable is that it generally cleans up the image quality without making the overall picture...
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