Can I Hook A Monitor To My Laptop?

Dear Computer Lady,

I need to know if I can hook up a monitor to a laptop.

Thank you very much, Gladys

Dear Gladys,

You can hook a monitor up to almost any laptop! All you have to do is make sure both the monitor and laptop have matching video connections.

The most common video connection you can find on a laptop is a VGA (Video Graphics Array) and most monitors have a VGA connection that you can use to hook it to. You can see what a VGA connection looks like at:

Newer laptops might have an HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) connection. You can see what an HDMI connection looks like at:



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