Connect Laptop to TV: a Quick Overview

As indicated in our earlier post, connecting your laptop to your TV is actually a pretty good idea. Now, it’s time to show you how it’s done. There are a few methods depending on your particular living room setup. Note that in this article we are looking at Windows PCs and laptops. If you have a Mac, check out How to connect a MacBook to a TV. Let’s get started:

  1. HDMI cable. Now we know that cables are kind of bad, but connecting via HDMI is the most straightforward way to achieve our goal. Obviously, you must have an HDMI port on your laptop and television for this to work. Whatever you do, don’t spend more than this.
  2. WiDi. WiDi, the WiFi-piggybacking acronym for Wireless Display developed by Intel, is a really cool way to get your computer onto your TV. To see if this is something that you can do, take a look here. You can see a list of compatible receivers here.
  3. Miracast. Miracast is another new way to project your computer screen wirelessly. If you have a Windows PC, you can head over to Microsoft’s site to see how to get started.
  4. Other cables (DVI, VGA, S-Video, adapters). If your TV or laptop does not have an HDMI connector, you still have options. Best Buy has a comparison page with pictures of the most popular cables to see which one you might need.

Again, once you have your computer hooked up to your TV, we really think that Apptui is the best way to take control. Apptui is a free app that lets you control your whole computer: low-latency mouse movement, keyboard input, system volume. In addition to that, Apptui comes with a host of handmade remotes that give you even more refined control, automatically switching to the right one for each application or website. Try it out now by heading to our Downloads page.