If you are one of those geeks who like adding multiple screens to their Laptop then this article is for you. In this article, we present to you a guide to 3 Monitor Setup on Windows Laptop. So, read everything as you may not want to miss even a single step.
Can I connect 3 monitors to my laptop?
You can check if your Laptop can support 3 Monitors. Connecting 3 Monitors is not as easy as you may think. There are some computers that do not support 3 Monitors. If your computer can handle multiple monitors or not, depends on the kind of port you have. There are multiple monitor ports available, such as VGA, DVI, HDMI, USB C, etc and you need to make sure that you have at least 3 video ports if you want to run 3 Monitors at one point at a time.
However, most of the Laptops don’t have all the ports, they will either have 1, the USB C or HDMI, or 2, depending on the configuration you are going for. But this doesn’t mean that you can’t have a 3 Monitor setup, you just have to buy external hardware. There are three things that you can buy for your Laptop in order to connect 3 Monitors at once. They are.
- External Docking station
- USB to HDMI Adapter
- External multi-display adapter
Let us talk about each of them.
External Docking station
An External Docking station is a one-stop shop to connect all three Monitors at once. It has one USB cable that will connect to your computer and then you can connect all three Monitors to the available ports in the docking station. It is a clean setup and doesn’t require you to get a whole bunch of cable.
However, they are not very inexpensive. They generally cost around $150 USD and can be bought from Amazon or any other electronics seller.
The only caveat here is that they don’t generally come with a fan. So, it can be pretty hot and then can throttle the performance.
USB to HDMI Adapter
If you don’t want to spend $150 on an external doc then you can get USB to HDMI Adapters. They can be connected to your computer via USB and to the Monitors via HDMI port. However, this is not the best solution if you are a gamer or do anything graphics-intensive such as video or photo editing. They don’t have a dedicated Graphics Card and the experience is just not good enough.
External multi-display adapter
This is the best option if you are a gamer. You can get an external multi-display adapter for $150 from anywhere and you will be good to go. Just plug the ports where they belong, execute the steps mentioned hereinafter and you have a simple setup consisting of 3 Monitors.
After getting any of the mentioned devices, you need to get adequate cables to connect to the setup. Once, you are done with all the required things, you can see the steps mentioned here.
How to setup 3 monitors on a Windows laptop
After accumulating the required hardware it is time to create the 3 monitor setup. We have seen how to set up Dual Monitors on Windows – now let us see how to create a 3 Monitor Setup on Windows Laptop.
- Open Settings by Win + I.
- Click System and make sure that you are on the Display tab.
- Then click Detect.
- Now, you will see 3 Monitors that you can arrange.
- From there, you can arrange your monitors in any given order.
After rearranging, you need to click Apply. If you want to see any Monitor’s position, just click Identify.
And if you want to make a monitor your primary, just scroll down and tick “Make this my main display”.
You can also change the screen resolution or orientation from Scale and Layout.