Laptop users are often frustrated with their devices’ limited screen size. Not only a small screen size is strenuous for the eyes, it also makes for a sub-par experience when it comes to watching videos and playing games.
In order to avoid such situations, many people have turned to pairing their laptops and TVs for a much smoother experience, especially when it comes to watching multimedia content. If you’re too struggling with a similar challenge or if this is your first time, worry not, you can easily connect your laptop or pc with your LCD or LED TVs in few simple steps as mentioned below:
Through HDMI Port:
Most modern laptops and TVs can be quite easily connected thanks to a common port known as HDMI (Hi-Def Multimedia Interface). In fact, the required HDMI cable is provided along with the devices and they can be connected following simple steps:
- Simply plug one end of the cable to the HDMI port of your laptop (refer to laptop manual for details) and the other end to the TV’s HDMI port. The HDMI cable handles both audio and video simultaneously, thus making it the simplest way of connecting the two devices.
- You may need to tune into the HDMI channel on your TV (refer to TV manual for details), and your laptop/PC should automatically detect the correct settings and make the necessary changes.
In any case, if the settings are not automatically adjusted, head over to the Control Panel and follow this step:
Control Panel > Display > Adjust Resolutions > From the Display drop down box, select TV
Through VGA Port:
For connections where one or both devices lack HDMI ports due to being older models, the VGA port can be used. VGA ports can be connected just like HDMI ports. However, they only handle video input/output. So you would also need an audio lead (generally 3.5 mm) that has to be inserted in the audio out port of your laptop and the audio in port of your TV.
USB connections are also possible, but are a little bit tricky and quite uncommon these days. For this, a USB to HDMI adapter is required, which basically turns the laptop’s USB port into an HDMI out. The adapter must be compatible with the laptop and you may need to manipulate the display settings via software on your laptop.
Wireless connections are uncommon when it comes to TV and laptop pairings. However, they definitely are possible! Intel’s WiDi wireless system is built into some of the latest laptops, and it can be used to connect with the TV. However, a compatible receiver is required.
Expensive propositions include wireless systems that separately, but simultaneously, are plugged into the laptop’s USB port and TV’s HDMI port, thereby connecting the two devices.
WIRED OR WIRELESS CONNECTIONS?
While wireless options have been developed to view and experience laptop content on TV, the wired options are definitely much better as far as signal quality is concerned. Wireless connections are known to hit video quality drastically, but connections using wires can be trusted to experience the best output.
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