How to Tell If a Laptop Has HDMI


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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