Number of displays supported

Kahlo kahlow

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I'm about to buy a cheap laptop with this processor:

http://ark.intel.com/products/82105/Intel-Pentium-Processor-N3540-2M-Cache-up-to-2_66-GHz

for my everyday use. The processor says that it supports 2 displays. Does that mean that the laptop screen itself is included? Or can I use the laptop screen and 2 external monitors? Also if you could tell me if this processor would easily play youtube videos in 1080p while having other tabs open and skype open with 4gb RAM. I'm not looking for a powerful pc. I am only looking for a pc to do normal stuff and not photoshoping or hardcore gaming since I'm already playing on my console. Thanks!
 

jaguarskx

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Most laptops only supports 2 displays. The laptop screen itself and one monitor. There could be a handful of gaming laptops that supports two monitors, but I am not aware of any.

I do not believe the Atom CPU can handle both 1080p video playback and Skype at the same time.
 

Kahlo kahlow

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It's unfortunate that I can't use 2 external monitors :/.
What about this laptop?

http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msca/en_CA/pdp/Dell-Inspiron-15-i3543-2501BLK-Signature-Edition-Laptop/productID.316712800

Hopefully it will stay at that price until I get the money and will be able to buy it. It shows that it supports 3 monitors, but can you confirm it? And is this better than the first processor I showed you?
 

jaguarskx

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I do not see where it supports 3 monitors. Like I stated, potentially only gaming laptops can support 3 monitors. There needs to be a dedicated graphics card to begin with. Then that graphics card needs to specifically be able to support two external monitors. That is a generally reserved for high-end graphic cards.

Regardless how many different video output ports a laptop may have the vast majority (if not all) will only support one external monitor. The different ports are there as a convenience. If you want to connect a 2nd external monitor then you will need to buy a device like the following USB to HDMI adapter.

http://www.amazon.com/StarTech-com-External-Monitor-Adapter-USB32HDES/dp/B00H91BQ7Y/ref=sr_1_6?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1433990618&sr=1-6&keywords=usb+to+hdmi
 

Kahlo kahlow

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But when looking at the processor in intel's website it says that it supports 3 displays. http://ark.intel.com/products/84695/Intel-Core-i3-5005U-Processor-3M-Cache-2_00-GHz
 

jaguarskx

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There is note regarding the number of displays. I believe you need to contact the manufacturer to determine if the laptop can actual output to two external monitors.

‡ This feature may not be available on all computing systems. Please check with the system vendor to determine if your system delivers this feature, or reference the system specifications (motherboard, processor, chipset, power supply, HDD, graphics controller, memory, BIOS, drivers, virtual machine monitor-VMM, platform software, and/or operating system) for feature compatibility. Functionality, performance, and other benefits of this feature may vary depending on system configuration.
 
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