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Laptop Connected to a Monitor (Pros and Cons)

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November 18, 2012 4:28:58 PM

Im planning to connect my laptop to an 23 inch monitor, though I was wondering whether there are any drawbacks in doing the same. Feedback is appreciated. :bounce: 
a b C Monitor
November 18, 2012 4:34:03 PM

Not really ... increased power consumption if you leave both screens on?

When I used my laptop, I always had it hooked to a screen at home, as do a lot of people I know. In fact there are a lot of advantages to hooking your laptop up to a monitor (and possibly keyboard/mouse too). Increased viewing space, less wear on laptop screen. Plus the keyboard/mouse gives you greater control and more ergonomic typing. Frankly the only time I wouldn't have mine set up that way would be if I were on the couch or out of the house/office.
November 19, 2012 3:08:55 AM

Would it be an extra burden on the graphics card??
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a b C Monitor
November 19, 2012 9:44:23 AM

Not really. so long as you have it set for the laptop screen to turn off when the monitor is plugged in, it's more or less the same.
November 20, 2012 2:29:39 AM

How about when playing games? Any difference, assuming the graphic options remain the same ?
a b C Monitor
November 20, 2012 10:17:26 AM

You're talking about the differences between two screens. There will be differences in color, resolution, response time, power consumption, clarity, etc. It all depends on what laptop screen you have and what monitor you're planning on using.
November 20, 2012 3:17:12 PM

Not exactly, more on if it ll wear out the graphics card quicker....
a b C Monitor
November 21, 2012 8:01:38 PM

It's possible ... I suppose if your monitor is big enough it could cause extra stress on the graphics. I've never heard of anyone having this problem but it's possible.
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