By utilizing a second monitor, the user can reap significant benefits in the form of an increased workspace, higher productivity, and enhanced visuals. Installation is a budget-friendly and straightforward process that can be completed in a minimal amount of time.
While most modern desktops and laptops have either HDMI or DisplayPort sockets available, ultrabooks, like the Apple MacBook and Google Pixelbook, use only one universal USB-C type port. Similarly, older monitors may rely on obsolete connection types, like the white DVI port or the blue VGA socket. Although this may somewhat complicate the installation, the solution to this problem is to purchase a specialized adapter cable. Some of the most common adapters include USB-C to HDMI/DisplayPort and Mini DisplayPort to HDMI/DisplayPort and can be bought for under $20.
Before attempting installation, ensure that you have the compatible office computer cables and adapters handy. It is essential to pay attention to the maximum supported resolution and refresh rate (Hz), as this plays a crucial role in determining the video quality.
Make sure that your adapters are secure and safe so that your monitors will not have any downtime. This is really important in an office or computer lab setting.
Selecting a monitor
A second screen doesn’t have to be modern or brand-new to still be useful. With the help of suitable adapters, recycling an older monitor can save you money and extend the shelf life of your existing device.
If you, however, decide to purchase a new monitor, it is important to consider the size, refresh rate, contrast ratios, response time, resolution, price, and available data ports. Brands like Dell and LG are known for their high-quality products, but it’s a good idea to read the reviews before committing to a purchase. The general rule is to find a device with the highest resolution for your budget, has a VGA input, but keep in mind that a larger display will require more power and may put a severe strain on your computer’s battery life.
The exact process of setting up your second screen will depend on your operating system. If the second monitor is disconnected from your computer, then the display will revert to default settings.
Windows users can select their display mode by pressing Windows+P on their keyboard and selecting the desired setting. Generally, most users will use their monitors independently of one another in Extend mode. Additional configurations can be made by going into Start Menu -> Settings -> Display.
On macOS, the displays are set up by clicking on Apple menu -> System Preferences -> Displays. Users can change the position of the monitors in relation to one another, select the display mode, and change the screen resolution.
Chrome OS allows for similar customization by accessing the Displays section through the Settings panel.
Upon completion of this stage, your second monitor should be finally ready for you to use as you see fit!