Question Can I have 3 external monitors connected to my laptop?

Dec 22, 2020
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Hi there, I currently have my HP laptop connected to 2 external monitors - but was wondering if I can add a 3rd.

My current setup is:
1st display - Laptop (intel graphics card 520)
2nd display - 2560x1080 ultrawide via HDMI
3rd display - 1920x1080 monitor via mini displayport

I was wondering if I can add a 4th display - a simple 1920x1080 but as there are no more hdmi/display ports left, could I do this via a "Usb to HDMI" adapter? For example this one below:

www.amazon.co.uk/RMFC-Multi-Display-Converter-Projector-Compatible-Black/dp/B08NPDJDM7/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8

Thanks
 
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COLGeek

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Something like this may work:


What are you using the three displays for (intended use)? Also, what is the model of your HP?
 
Dec 22, 2020
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Something like this may work:


What are you using the three displays for (intended use)? Also, what is the model of your HP?

Hi - thanks for your response.

Intended use is working from home (large corporation and lots going on) - that link you've posted is very similar to what I was looking at to.

Was just wondering as the intel website states the card may only support 3 displays, maybe including itself? Not sure if that was just a reference to the HDMI/DP ports available
https://www.intel.co.uk/content/www/uk/en/support/products/88355/graphics/graphics-for-6th-generation-intel-processors/intel-hd-graphics-520.html

Laptop specs:

HP Spectre x360 Convertible
i5-6200
8GB Ram
256gb ssd
Intel(R) HD Graphics 520
 
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COLGeek

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Hi - thanks for your response.

Intended use is working from home (large corporation and lots going on) - that link you've posted is very similar to what I was looking at to.

Was just wondering as the intel website states the card may only support 3 displays, maybe including itself? Not sure if that was just a reference to the HDMI/DP ports available
https://www.intel.co.uk/content/www/uk/en/support/products/88355/graphics/graphics-for-6th-generation-intel-processors/intel-hd-graphics-520.html

Laptop specs:

HP Spectre x360 Convertible
i5-6200
8GB Ram
256gb ssd
Intel(R) HD Graphics 520
The iGPU can only drive so many displays and likely the info reflected above.

The device I linked is a converter, so the iGPU is likely not a direct factor (USB device handling the conversion). Should be okay for general use, but not suitable for gaming and other high-performance uses.

Are you using the laptop screen as well (potentially the 3rd or even a 4th screen)?
 
Dec 22, 2020
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The iGPU can only drive so many displays and likely the info reflected above.

The device I linked is a converter, so the iGPU is likely not a direct factor (USB device handling the conversion). Should be okay for general use, but not suitable for gaming and other high-performance uses.

Are you using the laptop screen as well (potentially the 3rd or even a 4th screen)?
Ah okay I haven't used a converter previously so unsure on what it offers. No need for gaming/high-performance.

Ideally I would like to use the laptop screen as well (4 screens in total) but if it meant I couldn't, I'd try to use the 3 monitors and not the laptop screen (if possible)

Reckon it's worth getting the USB to HDMI converter or will the limited number of displays be the limitation?

Thanks
 
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Hi there, I currently have my HP laptop connected to 2 external monitors - but was wondering if I can add a 3rd.

My current setup is:
1st display - Laptop (intel graphics card 520)
2nd display - 2560x1080 ultrawide via HDMI
3rd display - 1920x1080 monitor via mini displayport

I was wondering if I can add a 4th display - a simple 1920x1080 but as there are no more hdmi/display ports left, could I do this via a "Usb to HDMI" adapter? For example this one below:

www.amazon.co.uk/RMFC-Multi-Display-Converter-Projector-Compatible-Black/dp/B08NPDJDM7/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8

Thanks
Try using a splitter on one (or more) of the existing HDMI inputs. The display signal might degrade a little but something tells me that's not a problem for you. They're pretty cheap and available almost everywhere. Hope it helps. Worst case scenario, you spend a few bucks but learn a lot more. Have a great day!
 

hang-the-9

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Try using a splitter on one (or more) of the existing HDMI inputs. The display signal might degrade a little but something tells me that's not a problem for you. They're pretty cheap and available almost everywhere. Hope it helps. Worst case scenario, you spend a few bucks but learn a lot more. Have a great day!
This will just duplicate the existing output not add another one.
 
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