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Is there a way to hook up your console/Roku/etc to your laptop as a monitor?

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2 years ago#1
Through HDMI?

I mean it's a screen, right? I want this when all the TVs are taken, I would just connect the HDMI cable to the laptop and play/watch on it.

This probably sounds dumb to some of you but I've never thought about it until now. Please let me know.
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2 years ago#2
Short answer: probably not.

For a longer answer, you'll have to do some research. Some laptops have native HDMI input now.
2 years ago#3
Alienware is the only brand that does that that I can name off the top of my head. I'm sure there's others but you'll just have to look for your specific laptop.
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2 years ago#4
Not without some soldering skills and an electrical engineering degree.

EDIT: You could get a USB TV tuner with an HDMI input but for the price of one of those you're better off buying a small monitor.
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2 years ago#5
Not easily, not unless it has an hdmi in to start with which most certainly don't.

You could certainly jury-rig something with say a usb hdtv tuner with an hdmi in port though.
2 years ago#6
the HDMI on laptops is basically always only an output
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2 years ago#7
PhilOnDez posted...
Alienware is the only brand that does that that I can name off the top of my head. I'm sure there's others but you'll just have to look for your specific laptop.


There's a Sony model that does this. One of their higher end models.

I almost bought it for this very reason, before I settled on an Asus laptop.
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