How to Connect A Laptop with Monitor

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Before laptops came into the market, Desktops rocked the world of information technology to the layman consumer. Gone were the days when computers used to be as big as a full room and needed tons of energy and generated kilowatts of heat in return. The use of computers was limited to mathematical and logical needs only. Storage of data was a vague concept back then.

The world was revolutionized by the commercialization of personal computers or, as we say it: PC. a PC contains some general parts, such as the Central Processing Unit, which contains RAM and ROM, Keyboard, Mouse, UPS, and Monitor. Monitors are essential to work on designing some graphics, coding, or playing video games.

We see many monitors making a single unit in studios and such. Working on a laptop is easy and portable, but sometimes in my work, I have to connect my JW computer monitors to get a clearer view of the projects I am working on. If you have no idea how to connect your laptop to a spare monitor, here are some easy ways to do it-

1. HDMI Cable

High-Definition Multimedia Interface is widely called HDMI. It uses a single cable but can transfer high definition signals over it, to and fro. Laptops have at least one HDMI port these days. It is a popular method to connect many devices to laptops. First, confirm that you have got an HDMI port on your computer.

Then check for your monitor’s ports and display inputs. You have to plug one end into the monitor and the other into the laptop’s HDMI port. That is all! Simple and effective design and connection.

2. DisplayPort Cable

DP or DisplayPort cables are more common on monitors. Like HDMI, it transfers HD audio and video signals between two components. DisplayPort cable usually has five sides where the upper right corner is slightly slanted. You might need a special connector cable to put DP cable, like, male-to-male DP cable.

3. USB-C Cable

If your monitor has a USB-C port, you can use it to connect a monitor to your laptop. Although, at first, it has to be configured. A USB-C adapter is needed to connect to a monitor. A USB-C adapter can also be used for an HDMI port or a DP. Most gadgets nowadays have USB-C ports, and adapters are readily available. 

4. DVI Cable

Digital Visual Interface or DVI is the oldest of all the cables enlisted here. If your computer screen is from an older generation, chances are there is no other option than to use a DVI cable. It also transfers the lowest quality of the video. However, it still can display a resolution up to 2560*1600. DVI cable, which can easily be connected to your laptop, does not provide you with the best picture quality.

If you want a premium experience, then upgrade your monitor. Because old display units, visual display units, or VDUs only have a DVI port. So the video quality is limited and can be a nuisance if your work is graphics-based or if you have to code for a long time and constantly stare at your screen.

When you are looking for ways to extend your viewing component by connecting a monitor to a laptop, we automatically assume that you need a clear vision for the monitor. The video quality is of utmost importance. So you better upgrade your monitor, which will have HDMI ports or other ones listed up here.    

5. Adapter

If your laptop has a display port output, but you already have an HDMI cable that can be used to connect to an external monitor. In that case, you can buy an appropriate adapter.  

A Conclusion to All The Display-Extending Techniques

Here we listed some most popular ways to connect a monitor to your laptop unit to work better in your projects that need a boost of the extra or bigger display.

To connect to an external display, this is the ultimate guide. We only used layman words and technical names to identify and buy needed components in an electronics shop quickly. We also gave you five options to choose from and gave a slight idea of which is better for whom.