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Old 12-10-2010, 05:34 PM
 
Location: Maple Valley, WA
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Hey everyone,

I'm not a computer person, but I want to do something nice for DH for Christmas. He is a software developer, and this year he started working contract. He purchased a laptop exclusively for working, but he occasionally laments that he misses having a second monitor. I don't want to tip him off by asking.

So, is it possible to 'attach' another monitor?

If not, can someone give me an idea about some nifty gadget for a developer? I wanted to do something really cool for him this year.

Thank you!
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Old 12-10-2010, 05:41 PM
 
Location: SoCal, Idaho
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Yes, you probably can. Knowing the type of computer will help answer, but if it has a port like this, you can.




Some makes (apple) will have a different type of external connection.
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Old 12-10-2010, 06:29 PM
 
Location: Maple Valley, WA
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Thank you! He has a Dell. I'll take a sneak peak to make sure it has this kind of port on it. Is there any particular brand you would recommend?
(Brand of monitor)
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Old 12-10-2010, 07:13 PM
 
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Keep in mind that not all laptops are the same, some will only allow you to duplicate the laptop screen on the second monitor, not use it to extend the desktop. If that's the case with yours you can use one of these.
Amazon.com: USB VGA External Dual Or Multi Monitor Video Adapter: Electronics
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Old 12-10-2010, 08:21 PM
 
Location: Barrington, IL area
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Yes, you probably can. Knowing the type of computer will help answer, but if it has a port like this, you can.




Some makes (apple) will have a different type of external connection.
Just curious, as I haven't used a PC laptop in years, but are PC's still using VGA connections? Surely they've moved on to DVI and/or HDMI?
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Old 12-10-2010, 09:43 PM
 
Location: SoCal, Idaho
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Just curious, as I haven't used a PC laptop in years, but are PC's still using VGA connections? Surely they've moved on to DVI and/or HDMI?
thats a good question, and i'm not sure. my most recent laptop isn't that old and has a VGA connector.
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Old 12-10-2010, 10:16 PM
 
Location: God's Gift to Mankind for flying anything
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Just my opinion, but since the OP seems to be at a loss of even what to get, I suggest to give him a *Fake Screen*, and then offer him to go with him to get what he wants.

The worst thing will be, is to recommend one, she buying it, and Hubby thinking ... What is this ???
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Old 12-10-2010, 10:19 PM
 
Location: SoCal, Idaho
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Probably not a bad idea, especially since he works with computers. He probably has a pretty specific idea of what he'd like. At the very least make sure he can return whatever you get, and make sure he knows you won't feel bad if he exchanges it.
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Old 12-10-2010, 10:25 PM
 
Location: Pomona
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Keep in mind that not all laptops are the same, some will only allow you to duplicate the laptop screen on the second monitor, not use it to extend the desktop.
Quoting this as an important note.

What model is the Dell anyways? That way, we can look up to see if it natively supports extended desktops.

As for monitor brands ... we've been partial to Viewsonic and Dell at work, some of which are nearly 10 years old now. Only issue I recall was one Dell 17" (which was OEM by Sony, since they were the only company that was building them in Mexico at that time) developed a stuck line at 2 years, 11 months ... they overnighted a brand new one (cross shipment), as it was still under the 3 year warranty.
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Old 12-10-2010, 10:50 PM
 
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Just curious, as I haven't used a PC laptop in years, but are PC's still using VGA connections? Surely they've moved on to DVI and/or HDMI?
No. My Dell laptop (which is pretty old now) has HDMI and DisplayPort. No VGA or DVI.
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