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The Ultimate Guide to Laptop Connectors

The Ultimate Guide to Laptop Connectors

Your company is experiencing growth and management has tasked you with renting laptops for all new employees which includes the right laptop ports for each system.

Simple task…right? Wrong!

First and foremost, you need to find out how each person will use their laptop.  For example, will your organization employ business professionals who’ll travel all over the country? Or graphic designers and software developers? Or both? This assessment will help determine what you need.

Let’s take a deeper look at the possible port configurations available and what each one offers.

Types of Laptop Ports

DisplayPort 1.4: This and the HDMI laptop display port have similar functionality. Which one you choose will depend on your needs. DisplayPort allows for 8K resolutions at 60Hz speed with 10-bit color HDR or 4K at 120Hz. It also supports multi-stream transport technology, which allows multiple independent displays per port. If you need a gaming laptop rental, you will want DisplayPort. However, if you are looking to connect to a monitor rental, HDMI will serve you well.

HDMI 2.0: The high-definition multimedia interface (HDMI) port allows your laptop to transmit compressed or uncompressed audio and video over a single cord. It supports 4K content, runs at 60 Hz and has improved 3D formatting over the previous generation.  It can maintain dual video streams to the same panel and can transmit 32 audio channels.  You need HDMI to support Virtual Reality rental headsets.

Headset: Depending on the laptop, you may find one headphone/microphone jack or individual ones for the headphone, microphone and audio out.

Thunderbolt 3: This port has transfer rates of 40 GB/second if the cable is no longer than 1.6 feet from the laptop. It drops down to 20 GB/sec with longer distances.  This laptop video connector can be found on newer Apple laptops as well as high-end PCs from HP, Dell, and Lenovo Thinkpads.

USB 3.1: This is the port you plug into your mouse, headset or external hard drive. Launched in 2013, the 3.1 offers 10 GB/second transfer speed which is twice as fast as the 3.0 port.

USB Type-C: A small physical connector, it can support USB 3.1 (with the same transfer rate) and it is powerful enough to connect all the peripherals you want to your laptop.

VGA (Video Graphics Array): Considered older technology, these laptop display port serves the same function as an HDMI port when connecting a laptop to a monitor or a projector rental.  

As you can see there are many types of laptop ports. If you are still confused, please feel free to contact one of our technical experts for guidance on getting the right type of display port for your laptop needs.

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