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Dual external monitors (different resolutions) for laptop

Dual external monitors (different resolutions) for laptop

I've purchased a Dell XPS 16 as a desktop replacement which supports up to 1920x1080 resolution on the laptop's screen. I have two external monitors that I would like to use. One is 1920x1200 and the other is 1600x1200. Both support both DVI and VGA, though I'd prefer DVI of course.

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Guest [Entry]

"According to Dells's specs your laptop has an HDMI as well as a Display Port output as well. HDMI->DVI adapters are very cheap and DispalyPort->DVI adapters aren't that expensive as well. So you can easily hook up both monitors to your laptop. However, most likely at least, the laptop can only drive two monitors at a time so with both monitors enabled, the laptop screen will be off.

See these adapters at MonoPrice for example:

HDMI->DVI

DisplayPort->DVI"
Guest [Entry]

"Your other option for driving the second monitor (if the laptop won't do it, or won't do it with it's own screen active is to get a USB video adapter.

Monoprice has some very good ones, that will support up to 1920x1200 or 2048x1152 for around $50. the PID (if it has not changed) is 6038

I'm using a pair (one at home, one at work) to run a 'triple mon' setup with a macbook pro. the first external monitor is off the 'thunderbolt (mini-displayport) and the second external monitor is off the USB adapter.

The performance of the usb adaptor is not up to what you would need for gaming, but for most desktop uses, including watching video, or doing google hangouts, it works just fine."