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Using a desktop monitor with a laptop

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I've recently started a new job that will require a lot of computer work. They gave me a laptop, but even with an extra USB monitor connected the screen is quite small. Since I'm in the market for a new personal computer anyway, I thought perhaps I would get a desktop instead of a laptop. If I did get a desk top, would it be possible to connect my work laptop to the desktop monitor when I'm working from home? The work laptop has a ton of software on it that I can't get on a personal computer.

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Hi moble_meme, and welcome to GeeksToGo  :D


I'm not sure which laptop you have, but most laptops have a video output port which you can connect to a desktop monitor. So basically yes, you can use a desktop monitor with a laptop (of course not at the same time that it is used with the desktop.)

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something that allows you to connect the laptop and the desktop at the same time to a single monitor if it only has one input is a switch.

this is an example of an hdmi switch :- http://www.newegg.co...3-063-_-Product


switches just save you unplugging the desktop cable from the monitor every time you want to connect the laptop to it, you plug both devices into the switch and the switch goes into the monitor then you just select which device you want to see on the monitor by switching between them.



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