The pandemic has made us realize that prolonged sparkling contentment from everything around us can be a problem if prolonged. We have to try new things to keep everything aligned. If you are working from home, there are chances that you might get bored with your laptop’s tiny screen.
It is time to use your big TV as a monitor to keep things exciting. It is an exciting way to surf the web, play games from your laptop, or even stream a movie if you don’t have a smart TV. If you are a teacher, this might help as well. You will get a bigger view of your lectures.
However, there are some downsides as well. If you have poor eyesight, the text might be difficult to see. If you are an online gamer, you might experience an input lag. Then there is all the other hardware such as a mouse or keyboard to worry about.
Generally, PC to TV works well. It all depends on why you are using it. If you are using it for work, then it’s fine. If it is for streaming, you should get a better cable provider. For example, Spectrum has everything included in cable TV. On top, you get an on-demand service to stream your favorite movies and TV shows. Silver package Spectrum also offers additional premium channels along with the regular lineup.
There are two ways to connect your TV with a laptop.
- Wired Connection
- Wireless Connection
There are three different ways of connecting your laptop to your TV:
This a simple and easy way to connect your TV with a laptop. All you need is an HDMI cable. An HDMI cable is great for streaming as it can handle high-resolution video and audio. To make things work, both of the devices must have an HDMI port. The connection is very simple to make. Connect your TV with your laptop using an HDMI cable. Turn on both these devices. On your TV, you have to select HDMI input. While you have to switch to the second screen from your laptop.
- VGA Cable
Older laptops have a VGA port instead of the HDMI port. If you have one, you need to find a VGA cable. VGA cable offers a lower resolution. Therefore, it isn’t as good as HDMI. Secondly, it only deals with video signals. You will need a separate device for audio. However, the process is similar to HDMI. Turn on your laptop and TV. Connect them through the VGA cable. You will need a 3.55mm audio cable to connect your laptop for audio.
Many modern laptops have a USB-C port instead of VGA or HDMI. Provided that both your devices have a port, you can connect them with the help of a USB-C cable. Even if your TV doesn’t have a USB-C port, you can get an adapter from the market. This adapter converts the signals from your USB-C cable to HDMI.
- Wireless Connection
If you are sick of cables and want to connect your laptop wirelessly to the computer, you can do that with the help of Google Chromecast. You can also get other media streaming devices like Roku Streaming Plus and many Android TVs have a built-in Chromecast.
We recommend getting the Google Chromecast as it is your best option. The biggest benefit of this device is the price. You can get the device at the same prices as that of an HDMI cable. The set-up process is quite simple. Just follow the instructions. Once everything is ready to go, you can mirror videos, chrome tabs, or files located on your laptop to your TV.
Just launch your Chrome browser and click on the three vertical dots in the upper-right corner. You will see a “cast” option. Click on it and click on all the content you want to cast with the help of the “Sources” dropdown menu.
This is the most efficient way to broadcast a laptop to your TV.
With all these options, it is your choice whether to connect the laptop wirelessly or with the help of an HDMI cable. We recommend getting a Chromecast if you don’t have a smart TV.