The beautiful thing about modern technology is that prices drop every single day. Even the world’s best computers will be obsolete ten years from now, and TVs that cost $5,000 three years ago can be found for $2,000 or less today.

Smart PC users can use this to their advantage. For $150 or less, you can add an HD screen to your desk and vastly enhance the usability of your laptop.

How does an external monitor work?

As you probably already know, the monitor is the screen you use to interact with your computer. Your laptop has a monitor and your desktop computer has a monitor. However, an external monitor is an additional monitor that you attach to your computer.

Today, most computers have the ability to handle multiple monitors. If you look along the sides of your laptop, you might notice an HDMI cord slot, for example or a DVI slot. You can hook an external monitor up to any of these slots in order to expand the usability of your laptop screen.

How do external monitors help?

External monitors help for a number of reasons:

-More screen space

-Access to full HD resolutions at an affordable price

-Multiple screens with different information

-Display information to an entire room over a large monitor or a TV


You can even turn your laptop’s screen off and use the external monitor as your primary monitor. This is an ideal solution for students who need to type up lectures in class but also need to write essays at home. Just bring your laptop to class with you, then hook the laptop up to the external monitor when you get home.

Since HD laptops can cost $2,000 or more, many users aren’t willing to pay the premium for an HD laptop screen. An external monitor is a good middle ground that still allows the laptop to be portable.

Are external monitors expensive?

No! An external monitor is an extremely cost-effective addition to make to a computer. For about $100, anybody can add a decent-sized monitor to their desk. Full HD monitors as large as 24-inches can be found for under $150.

Choosing the right monitor

Today, most monitors will have HDMI slots and DVI slots. However, your laptop might feature one or the other. Make sure the monitor you choose is compatible with whatever ports you have on your laptop. If the ports are not compatible with one another, then you can order a converter, but it’s easier to choose the right monitor from day one.

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