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How To Connect A Screen To A Laptop
- May 09, 2018 -

Adding a second screen to a laptop gives you more space for apps or you might just want a bigger display to work on. In any case, it's very easy to do: here's how to make it work.

Most laptops have least one port that can be used to connect a monitor, be it HDMI, VGA, DVI, or DisplayPort. However, some of the latest ultraportables may require an adapter which isn't always supplied in the box.

If you have a PC, it should be just as easy to connect a second screen: just check which ports are on the rear that match one on your second screen.

If you don't already have a screen, then choose one with an input that matches your laptop's output. Sometimes it's possible to mix and match some of the digital options. For example you can convert DVI to HDMI with a basic cable. But you cannot convert VGA (which is analogue) to HDMI (which is digital).

The newest laptops may have only a USB-C port (also called Thunderbolt 3). This the the same physical connector you'll find on most new Android phones. It's reversible and you can buy a USB-C to HDMI cable, or USB-C to DisplayPort, depending upon which one of these inputs your screen has.