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Use HDMI To Connect Your Laptop:
- HDMI’s full form is High-Definition Multimedia Interface. It's one of the most common audio/video standards used nowadays. It has the ability to deliver high-definition video signals by a single cable.
- Most modern-day laptops have at least one HDMI port that you can plug into a computer monitor. You only need to buy an HDMI cable first, plug in one of its ends to your laptop, and the second end to the screen HDMI port. Before you have to buy an HDMI cable though, first make sure to check your monitor screen's display inputs first. Confirm that your monitor has an HDMI port, as it pretty much looks (and functions) like the DisplayPort input.
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 quite more common than HDMI on computer monitors.
- It’s a simple way to tell that your laptop and monitor have a DisplayPort which appears like the port itself. DP has five sides, with the upper right-hand corner. HDMI has eight sides, with the left- and right-hand identical corners.
- Even if your laptop does have both HDMI and DP ports, your monitor may have a DP input only. In this scenario, you’d need to buy a male-to-male DisplayPort cable. One side goes into your laptop’s DP output, while the second one goes into the external screen’s DP input.
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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 one port, then you can connect it to extend your laptop screen.
- You can even directly connect your laptop's USB-C output to your monitor screen’s USB-C input.
Use A DVI Cable:
- Of all the display options in this list, the Digital Visual Interface (DVI) is the "oldest". Means, it's also the lowest in terms of video play quality. It still can, however, transfer a signal of resolution of up to 2560 x 1600.
- If you have a bit of an old computer monitor screen, chances are, you only have a DVI input. You can easily connect a DVI cable in your laptop to the display, but don't make wishes of amazing video quality. If what you're looking for is a premium quality display, then invest in your monitor upgrade.
Get An Adapter:
- Let's suppose your laptop has a DisplayPort output but you consider connecting it to your HP monitor with an HDMI cable. In this case, you can consider a DisplayPort-to- or a DisplayPort-to-HDMI dongle.
- You can also search for adapters and dongles for converting signals, like HDMI to VGA.
There you have it, your amazing guide to connecting your laptop to an external display. Doesn't matter if you have an LG or a Lenovo monitor, all you need is the correct cable to extend your laptop’s display. By following this, you can take your multitasking experience to the whole next level. Interested in learning more about refurbished monitors and computer setups? Then please feel free to connect with us! We can help you invest in the right gear to upgrade your workstation.