How to: Connect Laptop to TV

In this series of posts, we hope to set the record straight on connecting your computer to your TV, whether it’s a MacBook, PC laptop or desktop.

First off, let’s look at why you might want to do this. There are some obvious reasons and some not-so-obvious ones.

Obvious reasons you would want to connect a laptop to a TV:

  1. You can surf the internet on your TV
  2. You can put your computer stuff (apps, games, movies) on the big screen
  3. You can sit in a couch and use your computer without it being on your lap

Not-so-obvious reasons:

  1. Your computer is probably the only device you can hook up to your TV that is guaranteed to work on all streaming services (Flash-based players, etc) and will play all media files
  2. You don’t have to spend $50+ on another box for your TV
  3. You are not alone. Streaming is so ubiquitous these days that there are many situations where you would want to share what you’re watching with others

We’ve separated the posts into two categories: one for Windows laptops and another for MacBooks. The specifics for each are quite different, so click the link that applies to you.

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