People of this generation are exposed to a lot of devices and gizmos that technology has brought into the forefront. Gone are the days when all you needed for work or school was a trusty computer. In fact, Statista revealed that each person in the U.S. owns an average of 3 devices in 2014 – probably a smartphone, a tablet, and a laptop.
It’s really difficult to manage having too many devices in your possession. This is probably the reason why interconnecting these gadgets is a very important tool for many people.
One of the most commonly connected devices is the laptop and the TV. Sure, it’s not as common as connecting your smartphone to the laptop for data transfer and battery charging, but the laptop-TV connection is very useful for some people.
Here are some of the common reasons why users connect their laptops to the television:
- Bigger screen size: Despite having a larger screen than a smartphone or tablet, a laptop cannot compete with the massive screen resolution of a TV. This is especially useful for presenting slides or watching HD-quality videos.
- Damaged laptop screen: If your laptop screen is cracked or has dead pixels, your next best option would be to send the laptop contents to a television screen.
- Comprehensive entertainment package: Much like the completeness of Cablevision TV packages, a laptop contains so much entertainment value. This may come in the form of locally stored videos, streaming services, Web browsing, and games. Simply connect the laptop in order to enjoy the exact same features on the TV, without buying a separate device or console.
If you can relate to any of these reasons, then it’s probably a good time to consider connecting your laptop to the television. You may use one of the following methods to establish a connection between the TV and the laptop:
Most modern laptops and TVs have an HDMI port, and so you can use an HDMI cable to connect the two. This connection type allows transfer of video and audio from laptop to TV.
Other cable types
Depending on the model and make of your devices, you may use either S-Video or VGA cables coupled with 3.5mm jacks for audio. This kind of connection produces the lowest quality of all the choices here, but you have no other option if your laptop and television are outdated.
Smart box (or a WiFi-connected intermediary device)
This type of connection uses a separate device to receive content from the laptop via WiFi and send it to the TV via HDMI cable. Some of the most popular devices in this category include Apple TV and Chromecast. These devices mirror the laptop screen
Arguably the cheapest of the lot, DLNA connects your laptop to the TV using a direct wireless method. To use this connection method, your TV must have “support for DLNA media streaming”, according to TechRadar.
Meanwhile, you need a program or application that handles content on your laptop via DLNA. Examples include AllCast, Kodi, and Plex. The direct connection between TV and laptop happens through a common home network.
Regardless of your reasons for connecting your laptop to the TV and your preferred manner of connection, what’s important is that you get the results that you expect.
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