Cramming several people around a small laptop screen isn't the most efficient -- or comfortable -- way to provide information to a crowded room. Fortunately, many modern laptops offer several cabling output options that allow you to share your data or present a slideshow using an external viewing device, such as a projector or a television. While VGA or DVI ports are traditionally used for computer outputs, newer technology may feature HDMI ports for high-definition video and audio display. Laptops usually support the standard "Type A" HDMI connection.
Check the side and back edges of the laptop for connection ports.
Look for an HDMI port. An HDMI port is about 1/2-inch long by 1/5-inch tall -- short and skinny. The bottom half of the port's side edges slant inward at a roughly 45-degree angle.
Peer inside the port. An HDMI connection has a single wavy, raised connector in the center of the port, parallel to the longer outside edges.
Read any labeling near the port. Many HDMI ports are clearly labeled as such.
Tips & Warnings
- Smaller HDMI type C and D ports are often found on smaller portable devices rather than laptops, whereas the larger, more powerful type B connections aren't widely used. All HDMI ports have the same general shape -- long and skinny with a slant on the edge -- regardless of their size, however.
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