If you are someone like me and find it very frustrating to keep flitting between multiple tabs on a single screen, a dual monitor setup is an answer to your problems. It will make your workload more manageable and help with improved productivity. Connecting two monitors to a laptop will ensure that you have plenty of working space and an easier transition between tabs.
How to Connect 2 Monitors to a Laptop
Setting up a dual monitor system is very simple with only a few main requirements. Connecting Two Monitors to one laptop will depend upon the type of laptop you have.
Setting with One HDMI & USB Port
Connecting two monitors to a laptop-like Acer Spin 5 with one HDMI port & USB port is relatively easy. The first thing you need to determine is the type of cable that you will require. Check the ports on your laptop and computer. Generally, any of the following ports may be present;
- A Display port
- Digital Video Interface (DVI)
- Video Graphics Array (VGA)
- High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI)
In case both your laptop and monitors have corresponding ports, you are good to go. Simply buy any adapter from Amazon such as an adapter with USB to HDMI and hook the two together
In case the ports on your laptop and monitors do not match, you need to get a separate converter such as a DVI TO HDMI. This will help cover the DVI signals to HDMI signals. Another way is to use a switch splitter, such as a Display splitter that will have two HDMI ports
If you have any of the newer laptops like the MacBook Air or the ZenBook, it comes with only a single USB type c port. Although making it very lightweight and highly portable, single USB Type C can make connectivity to multiple devices very hard. But we will tell you two ways around that.
- The first option is to use a FINISK USB C hub with dual display support. Although expensive, this will solve your problem rather quickly. This is a do it all. This is the Type C and can also be used to charge your laptop. It contains two USB 3.0, one HDMI, one VGA, ethernet, SD card and another USB 3.0. This will give you both audio and video output.
- Get a cheap USB C hub with one display output and purchase USB 3.0 to HDMI converter for 2nd display.
Setting up to Connect Two Monitors
Now that everything is ready for both Windows 10 and the single USB Type C laptops, it is time to start connecting the two monitors to your laptop. Remember to connect your monitors while your laptop is turned on.
- Plug the cables of both the external monitors to their corresponding ports on the laptop. For instance, if you plug the VGA cable of the first monitor into the VGA port on your laptop, now connect the HDMI cable of the second monitor into the HDMI port on your laptop.
- Right-click an empty area on your laptop desktop and click Screen resolution for Windows 8/7. Three displays will be shown on your laptop. Display 1 is for your laptop and displays 2 and 3 are for your external monitor 1 and 2 respectively.
- Click on the display 2, then 3 and select Extend desktop to this display for both displays 2 and 3, respectively, and then click Apply.
- For Windows 10, right-click anywhere on your desktop and select Display settings. Your laptop should detect external monitors immediately, if not click on Detect and select Extend these displays.
- A pop-up will appear, Click Keep changes to finish the settings.
Now you can go ahead and begin using three monitors on your laptop.
Setting up 2 Monitors to a Laptop is not a hard process once you get the hang of it. It will greatly increase your breathing room and make you more productive. We tried to keep all the instructions very short and easy for your understanding. So, go ahead, set up a dual monitor system and become more productive.