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5 Easy Ways to Connect a Laptop to a Monitor

5 Easy Ways to Connect a Laptop to a Monitor

Posted by Team Recompute on 8th Oct 2019

Did you know that nine in 10 connected households in Australia either have a PC or a laptop computer? Or that over 40% of Australian households also have an Internet-connected TV?

That's right! Moreover, there are now about 40 million computers in Australia alone.

As amazing as PCs and laptops are though, their single-screen display can be a little too limiting. Especially for those who multitask and need to open more programs and apps than the average user.

The good news is, there are several easy ways to set up your laptop so that you can use another monitor with it. Meaning, you can have multiple display screens with a single laptop.

Ready to get the most out of your laptop? Then keep reading as we’ve covered five of the best ways to connect your laptop to an external screen!

1. Use an HDMI Cable to Connect Your Laptop to the Monitor

HDMI stands for High-Definition Multimedia Interface. It's among the most common audio/video standards used today. It's capable of delivering high-definition AV signals over a single cable.

Most modern laptops come with at least one HDMI port that you can connect to a computer monitor. You only need to get an HDMI cable, connect one of its ends to your laptop, and the other end to the screen.

Before you purchase an HDMI cable though, be sure to check your monitor's display inputs first. Confirm that you have an HDMI port, as it looks (and functions) much like the DisplayPort input. But so long as you have one of the best high-definition monitors, rest assured that it comes with an HDMI port.

2. Extend Your Display with a DisplayPort Cable

DisplayPort (DP), like HDMI, can also transmit HD audio and video signals from a laptop to say, an LG monitor. In fact, DP is more common than HDMI on computer screens.

One way to tell that your laptop and monitor have DisplayPort is the appearance of the port itself. DP has five sides, with a slanted upper right-hand corner. HDMI has eight sides, with the left- and right-hand corners appearing identical.

Even if your laptop has both HDMI and DP outputs, your monitor may only have a DP input. In this case, you’d need to get a male-to-male DisplayPort cable. One end goes into your laptop’s DP output, while the other goes into the external screen’s DP input.

3. Connect with a USB-C Cable

Some laptops may also come with a USB-C (Thunderbolt 3) video output option. If your monitor has this port, then you can configure it to extend your laptop display.

You can either directly connect your laptop's USB-C output to your monitor's USB-C input. You can also use a USB-C adapter for HDMI or DisplayPort inputs.

4. Use a DVI Cable

Of all the display options in this list, the Digital Visual Interface (DVI) is the "oldest". Meaning, it's also the lowest in terms of video quality. It still can, however, display a resolution of up to 2560 x 1600.

If you have an older computer screen, chances are, you only have a DVI input. You can easily connect a DVI cable from your laptop to the display, but don't expect amazing video quality. If what you're looking for is premium display, then invest in a monitor upgrade.

5. Get an Adapter

Let's say your laptop has a DisplayPort output but you prefer to connect it to your HP monitor with an HDMI cable. In this case, you can use a DisplayPort-to-HDMI adapter or a DisplayPort-to-HDMI dongle.

You'll also find adapters and dongles for converting signals, such as HDMI to VGA.

Boost Your Laptop's Power with these Display-Extending Techniques

There you have it, your ultimate guide to connecting your laptop to an external display. Whether you have an LG or a Lenovo monitor, all you need is the right cable to extend your laptop display. By doing this, you can take your multitasking prowess to the next level.

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