Let us admit it. A laptop’s tiny screen is not nearly as good as a big TV screen, especially if you are watching a movie or a game. Because, apart from the form factor, there is also the sound factor. Your TV would typically have a better speaker than a tiny one seen on most laptops. So why not enjoy your favourite content on the big screen while you are at home?
Thanks to advances in technology, things are a lot easier now than ever before. Depending on your TV and your laptop’s release date, there are several ways to connect them.
If you have a relatively new laptop, it could have an HDMI output. DVI, Composite Video port and VGA are the other options. HDMI and DVI provide a digital output while the other two are analogue signals. Once you identify the output port on your laptop, check the back of your TV to see what options the manufacturer has provided.
If it is a new TV, the chances of an HDMI port is very high. Connecting the HDMI cable is very easy. Plug the cable into the laptop and the TV and you will be able to see the laptop’s content displayed on the bigger screen. The digital signal carries audio as well and you will get clear sound from your TV’s speakers.
Apart from the cable mess, you also have a choice to connect with your TV wirelessly. Since past two years, Smart TVs or DNLA enabled TVs have become very popular. If you have one such TV, you can set up a wireless network and run a media server to bring your laptop contents to your TV screen. This requires a little bit of working and tech knowledge. But once set up, you can use it very easily.