If you are watching a film you have downloaded, a laptop’s screen quality and small sound system won’t seem very impressive in comparison to your TV. Just connect your laptop to your TV, and you can have a larger picture and better sound, and therefore an overall better viewing experience.
Connecting your laptop to your TV does not need to be as complicated as you might think. In fact, it could actually be a very simple task, depending on the age of the technology you are dealing with. Connecting your laptop to the TV can mainly be done using cables, TV cards or converter boxes. The most popular option is to use cables, but the type which you use could depend on both your laptop and television set.
A DVI (Digital Video Interface) cable is the most modern option for those of you lucky enough to own HDTVs or new laptops (such as Mac’s).For older models of TVs and laptops, there are various cables available to connect one to the next. The standard phono connector aka the RCA connector is the best way of connecting the two devices and comes at a cheap price too (always a bonus!)
The VGA (Video Graphics Array) cable is best for producing a high quality picture, but can only be used in collaboration with a HDTV.
The use of a TV card means that information from your laptop can be sent to your TV, the TV card can sometimes result in a fuzzy picture however. A Scan Converter Box connects up to your laptop and television and changes the signal that is sent between them, meaning that you can send data e.g. films from your laptop to your TV.
The most popular and arguably the most reliable way of connecting your laptop up to the television therefore has to be the RCA cable. It is cheap and fits most laptop and TV models. The low price of these cables means that even if you need an adaptor to connect you laptop with your TV properly, making a saving on the cable means that you won’t need to spend a fortune.
Catching up on your favourite television programmes and watching downloaded movies are two great ways of making the most of your new connection between your laptop and your TV. For example, connecting the laptop to the TV allows you to watch movies and television shows with more than one person on a big screen, instead of you all trying to share one small laptop screen.