It doesn’t matter how big your laptop’s screen is — if you’re going to be doing any serious multitasking for work or school, connecting a monitor can be a big help. Any modern laptop should be able to connect to whatever external monitor you have, but you may need to get creative.
The first step is to figure out what outputs your laptop supports. It’s likely going to be HDMI, mini-HDMI, a USB-C port with Thunderbolt and / or DisplayPort support, DisplayPort, or Mini DisplayPort. If you have an older computer, it may be VGA or DVI (the ones that are covered in holes). If you’re not sure what ports you have, a quick Google search can help you out. You should be able to find a list on the manufacturer’s website or in reviews of your laptop model.
Here are some examples:
Next, you’ll need to figure out what inputs your external display supports. You may find a variety of different options, but most will have an HDMI or DisplayPort. (If you have both HDMI and DisplayPort, the ideal choice will depend on the specific standards each port supports, the sort of work you want to do, and each device’s capabilities. You may want to check out an explainer. PC Mag has an in-depth one.)
From there, the final step is to connect the two devices. The easiest way to do this is to find a cord that connects the two standards. For example, if your laptop has a USB-C port that supports DisplayPort and your monitor has DisplayPort, you can pick up a USB-C-to-DisplayPort cable. If both your laptop and your monitor support HDMI, a standard HDMI cable will work…..Read More>>