Of course, being fairly techie, I couldn’t actually live without a laptop. There’s hardly a day goes by without me using one for something.
When I’m at work, everything I do requires a laptop, apart from going to the coffee machine, and lunch.
When I’m in the office they supply me with a docking station and two screens, along with the laptop screen,
Not to mention that there’s a third screen for a second (secure) laptop or Mini PC stick so I can be working with four screens and three keyboards. I often get confused and type things into the wrong laptop.
The point of the above, if you haven’t drifted off already, is that there’s no substitute for screen real estate. I couldn’t do my job with just a single screen because there’s just so much going on. If you’ve ever had the extra space of a decent screen you’ll know that the improvements in productivity that go with it are well worth the expense. Plus the fact that I don’t have to squint at the screen all the time is most welcome.
That said, when I’m editing a WordPress blog, I don’t need the same sort of multi
When I’m working from home and using a laptop, I need an adapter for my screen, because it doesn’t have an HDMI port. When I bought the screen it was for work and I was looking for display port connectivity and screens without HDMI are just much cheaper on eBay. I ended up with 23-inch EIZO F
It did mean though that I had to find an adapter to connect the output from the laptop, which had HDMI and USBc outputs to the screen.
The physical connections
Depending on what outputs the laptop has will affect the choice of cable.
Some laptops have DisplayPort, some mini DisplayPort, some, HDMI, some VGA connections. I was looking for a USBc connector because I knew the laptop supported video out from work. The HDMI out was already being used to connect to another screen.
In the end, I settled on a multi-output adapter which gave me HDMI, VGA,
Since I have the Linux on Dex on my phone, it means I can do most things I’d normally do on my laptop, even if I’ve left it behind. As long as I have the adapter, the phone,
You will need to be sure your USBc port supports video out. For my Dell, which is a Latitude 7290 it did. I’d already been using it in the office with the docking station.
A google search for your laptop or device specs should lead you to the answer. I like CNET’s product specification pages as seen below for the Dell in question.
From the image we can see that the laptop supports USB-C/DisplayPort.
If you look at the port on the device you should see a display port icon as below if it supports video out. Wiki has a good explanation about Alternative Mode partner specifications here.
If you don’t have a suitable USBc port, there are other possibi
I wouldn’t recommend using USB2.0 ports because bandwidth is fairly low if you want high-end graphics, but it might be ok for office work and low
Plugable do a nice USB to DVI adapter which comes complete with VGA and HDMI adapters so covers the same output options as the 4 in 1 minus the USB port.
Setup for Windows 7
1; Show the desktop and right-click anywhere on the screen, then select screen resolution. You could also select Personalize, but there
2; Choose Extend these displays.
3; Choose which one you want as
Setup for Windows 10
4; Show the desktop and right
5; From the next screen you can choose to Mirror or Extend the display, change the resolution of the individual displays and choose which one to use as the main monitor.
6; The final result for my Dell connected with the screen extended is shown below.
Setup for Samsung Note 9
7; The Samsung didn’t need any setup to get it working. Simply
To cut a long story short, the summary
There’s no substitute for screen real estate when it come to increased productivity at work. Also with laptops getting smaller and phones getting bigger, it’s possible and increasingly common for people to do most, if not all their Internet browsing on the phone.
I have a laptop that really only comes out of the drawer if I want to do some design work with FreeCAD or I’m running network simulations or Virtual Machines.
The USBc 4 in 1 adapter covered all the bases because it worked with the Dell laptop and the Samsung Note 9, as well as having a selection of display outputs including HDMI, DVI,
The only downside to using it with the Samsung Note 9, is that it doesn’t provide power to the phone but you could use a wireless charger for that.
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