MSI Pro Cast #27 - How to Setup & Use Multiple Monitors to a Laptop | Gaming Monitor | MSI

On the go but need to hook up with home base Work with multiple programs battling for space on your display Or just want to relax at home with an extra screen Let's show you how to maximize your screen by connecting monitors to your laptop We've got you hooked up Hey what's up everybody I'm Rick the host in this episode of MSI ProCast Using dual monitors is pretty simple for PCs but for a laptop it's actually not that easy Today we'll give you some tips and tricks on how to connect your laptop to TWO monitors and help you increase your real estate quickly Before we start be sure to check if your graphics card support multiple monitors You can check it on the official website for the specifications So, first of all you'll need to check the ports on your laptop to determine which type of cables you need Most laptops come with HDMI out as standard and additionally USB Type-C DisplayPort or mini-DisplayPort As more electronics switch to USB-Type C ports some of them support video output through Thunderbolt It's usually marked with a little lightning bolt Check the specifications of your laptop to see if it's supported Once you've confirmed your ports and cables you're good to go for the next step connecting the monitor Here we'll be using MSI's GS75 Stealth 8SG which comes with one HDMI out and a Thunderbolt USB-C port equipped with Intel® Core™ i7 Processor and an RTX 2080 8 GB GDDR6 video card For the monitor we'll be using MSI's Optix MAG 271CQR displays a 27” monitor with QHD 1440p resolution Also it features a 144 hz refresh rate 1 millisecond response time and a viewing angle of 178 degrees On the back they each have one DisplayPort and two HDMI inputs By the way DisplayPort and HDMI carry video differently but the end result has identical quality with DisplayPort having a slightly higher max data capability So to connect dual monitors to this laptop we can use a USB-C to Displayport cable or a USB-C to HDMI adapter which is what we have here pretty small And with just one cable it also hooks up extra USB devices We suggest USB-C 4K 60 hz adapters they're new and better future proofed and will support our 1440p resolution Okay so the first monitor is simple we'll notice the shape and line up the HDMI connector and plug it into the side of the laptop and run the cable to the monitor and match it up and insert it into the back As you can see the monitor is connected and it's mirrored to your laptop screen For the second monitor we'll plug in the USB-C to HDMI multiport adapter And plug a second HDMI cable in here and also connect it to the second monitor's HDMI port From here you can check that your monitor is set to its native resolution for the sharpest results You can do this by right clicking on empty desktop and selecting Display Settings or you can search for it too In Display Settings it will display 'Recommended' beside the correct choice and we'll select 2560 by 1440p You can also go into the Nvidia or AMD control panel and change it there it may say 'Native' instead of 'Recommended' so choose that option We can press “ Windows+P ” together to switch between four display modes PC screen only the original computer screen is active Duplicate the two screens show the same thing Extend the two screens act as one large display or Second screen only only the external monitor is active Usually we'll pick extend to add more working space to our setup For the next scenario we have a different laptop that has HDMI as well as a mini-DisplayPort out Use a mini-DisplayPort to DisplayPort cable here Just plug the mini-DisplayPort into the laptop and connect the other end to the DisplayPort in the back of the monitor And it's done So the biggest bonus of hooking up to large screens when you get home is more working area Perfect if you need to view many programs at the same time Here are some setup scenarios to match your needs With a single extra monitor you can do gaming on the bigger screen using Extend and stream and chat with the laptop Dual monitors for gaming and chat These MSI Optix MAG monitors have a 2 millimeter super narrow bezel perfect for a gaming and chat setup so we have the first monitor set to Mirrored and Extended the second monitor Or you could use all three for one huge display using Extend modes on both monitors we plugged in If your laptop is older and has a DVI connector you can grab a "DVI-D male to HDMI female adapter or wire And don't worry if you're not rocking the latest laptop you can still connect one monitor maybe even two If you have USB 3.0 there are USB to HDMI adapters which support 1080p displays Note that it must be an adapter not just a wire HDMI or DisplayPort out to your monitor is easy enough so here's a quick rundown of laptop video out possibilities A Thunderbolt USB-C port to a Displayport or HDMI adapter A mini-DisplayPort to DisplayPort cable An Active-type DisplayPort to HDMI adapter For older connections DVI-D to HDMI or HDMI to DVI is the only connector which is reversible but it only supports 1080p and DVI doesn't carry audio which HDMI does On to our Gaming OSD 2.0 interface Choosing MSI monitors you can control functions directly from Gaming OSD when you have the monitors' USB cable connected Just grab the software from the product page and install it launch the app and proceed to customize your display New in Gaming OSD 2.0 is the split window feature where you can pick which monitor you want to control Great for configuring your support screen while you've got a game running full screen on the other Pick your monitor from the drop down menu then you can click on "opened windows" to assign them a number Choose your layout and then click Apply Boom done When you're all done you can sit back and enjoy all your new space With a wide variety of inexpensive displays up to full gaming monitors it's easy to expand your workspace and make multi-tasking easy and accessible Just check your laptop first and you too can benefit from the extra room with an adapter and a couple of cables Now we want to know are you considering a multi-monitor setup What kind of arrangement works for your productivity or gaming Please let us know how it went for you in the comments and let us know of any ideas you have for upcoming episodes If this guide helped you or you learned something don't be shy to hit that thumbs up button And don’t forget to subscribe to MSI GAMING channel Thanks for joining us today see you all in the next episode .

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