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Can a monitor be connected to a laptop without VGA port?


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#1 ianfreeman

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Posted 25 August 2013 - 04:05 AM

 
I'm thinking of buying a new laptop, but the ultrabooks I am considering don't have VGA ports. I like to use a monitor when I'm at home/work but am not sure if there is a way of connecting a laptop to a monitor without using a VGA connection. Can anyone advise? Many thanks.

 



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Posted 25 August 2013 - 04:18 AM

Try a port replicator, you plug all the wires needed for the laptop (mouse keyboard (If needed)). The one i purchased came with a  VGA adapter so I could plug in any other monitor plug. 

 

Read up on port replicators before purchasing one though because the one you buy might not do this. 

 

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Posted 25 August 2013 - 06:40 AM

Thanks for the advice. Much appreciated.



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Posted 25 August 2013 - 06:44 AM

i saw a universal USB display adapter for $50 retail. it outputs VGA, DVI and HDMI. it probably uses alot of watts though.

 

 a quick look on newegg gave this link:

 

                       http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814998016


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Posted 25 August 2013 - 04:54 PM

I would expect that most laptops should have a Video Out port.

It won't be VGA most likely. It could be DVI, More likely HDMI. It appears that VGA is pretty much gone on laptops.

 

Update: I picked 5 brands laptops at random 2 had VGA & HDMI. The other Three All had HDMI only.

 

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Posted 25 August 2013 - 05:20 PM

Thanks Roger. The one I'm getting has HDMI only. I've ordered an HDMI to VGA adapter from Amazon. If it doesn't work I'll just have to get a new monitor.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B007KEIRNG/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1



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Posted 25 August 2013 - 07:48 PM

Good Luck, I will be interested in hearing how it works for You.

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Posted 26 August 2013 - 02:36 AM

I'll post here with details, although it'll be a couple of weeks before I get the new machine. Thanks again all - I do like the idea of a port replicator too.



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Posted 26 August 2013 - 09:55 AM

Thank You, I'll be waiting since I'm curious how well it works

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Posted 24 July 2017 - 11:32 AM

Ian, I was wondering what happened with your laptop and monitor? I also want to connect a monitor to my PC laptop. I have a monitor that's connected to my iMac now

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Posted 24 July 2017 - 11:38 AM

I ended up getting a new monitor and connecting it via HDMI. It was time for a new one anyway!

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Posted 26 July 2017 - 12:42 PM

Thanks for lettting us know the outcome.

 

Happy computing :).

 

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