Chromebooks have great screens but many users will want to attach a Chromebook compatible external monitor. There is lots of research that computer productivity increases by using a second external monitor to increase desktop space. Others may want to mirror their current screen onto an external monitor. There are many reasons why someone wants to connect an external monitor to their Chromebook. These article reviews some of the cheapest and best external monitors for Chromebooks. Note that these monitors are not the biggest, nor the best. However, they will help many users be more productive and have more fund with their Chromebooks. There is also a section on the required cables to hook up a monitor to a Chromebook.
How to Connect an External Monitor to a Chromebook
Chromebooks include ports that allow you to connect them to a computer monitor, television, or other display. You can mirror your desktop across multiple displays, or use the additional displays as separate desktops to gain additional screen space. There are lots of different ways to use an external monitor on a Chromebook.
It is very easy to connect your Chromebook to an external computer monitor or TV. All Chromebooks will have either an HDMI, DisplayPort, DVI, or VGA port. Each Chromebook is different, but most likely your Chromebook will have an HDMI port. See more on connecting an external monitor to a Chromebook. If you’re not sure which port your Chromebook has, consult the manual or specifications for your specific model of Chromebook.
Best Cheap Monitors for Chromebook
There are many different cheap Chromebook external monitors available.The differences between working on an 11- to 12-inch display and a 24- to 27-inch display are vast. Below are five recommended cheap Chromebook external monitors. Note that these are low to mid range monitors that should work well for almost all users. Advanced users may want to explore 4K monitors.
Samsung SE200 Series 23.6 inch FHD
3.6-Inch desktop monitor with a 16:9 aspect ratio, Full HD 1920×1080 resolution, low-glare TN panel and MagicAngle technology for a comfortable viewing experience and choice of VGA and DVI inputs combine to make this the perfect value monitor for everyday tasks. This monitor utilizes a low-glare TN panel to deliver a crisp, bright image that excels in supporting everyday office tasks. User-friendly features–including a tilting stand, VESA compatibility, and versatile connectivity options–round out this cost-effective monitor.
Acer R240HY bidx 23.8-Inch IPS
23. 8″ Full HD IPS widescreen with 1920 x 1080 resolution. The Acer R240HY 23.8” IPS display shows every detail clearly and vivid without color difference from any viewing angle. Its zero frame design puts no boundary on your visual enjoyment while the brushed hairline finish stand matches any environment. It also supports VGA, DVI & HDMI inputs so you can easily power and extend the enjoyment from your smartphone or tablet on Full HD display.
ASUS VP249HE 23.8” Monitor Full HD IPS
23.8” Full HD (1920×1080) IPS panel for crisp visuals featuring HDMI and VGA connectivity. The ASUS Eye Care technology lowers Blue light and eliminates flickering TO reduce eyestrain and ailments. VividPixel Technology enhances outline, sharpness, and color saturation of images and videos to deliver high-quality visual experience. Seamlessly connect to your devices with HDMI and VGA.
HP 23 23.8″ Full HD 1080p IPS LED Micro-Edge Monitor
23.8-inch Full HD monitor (1920 x 1080p @ 75 Hz) with 16:9 aspect ratio and an anti-glare matte IPS LED-backlit panel (2 million pixels, 16.7 million colors). You can see it all—movies, games, photos, and more—clearer and more lifelike than ever before. This computer monitor is great for general personal use, business use, or casual gaming. HDMI ports make this LED monitor simple to connect to your laptop or desktop computer.
ViewSonic VA2446MH-LED 24 Inch Full HD 1080p LED Monitor
The ViewSonic VA2446mh-LED is a 24” (23.6” viewable) widescreen monitor with a LED backlight and a glossy, thin-bezel design ideal for use in the home or at the office. This monitor features Full HD 1920×1080 resolution for unbelievable pixel-by-pixel image performance. You’ll experience the most amazing clarity and detail whether it be while working, gaming, or enjoying the latest in multimedia entertainment.
Cable Adapters for Connecting Chromebook Monitors
To connect your Chromebook to an external display, you need to use the specific port available on your Chromebook model. The type of port can vary so it is essential to check. Depending on your Chromebook, you may have one or more of the following ports:
- A full-size HDMI port that allow you to connect a standard HDMI cable to your Chromebook. This is very common on most laptops/
- A smaller micro HDMI port that allows you to connect a micro-HDMI-to-HDMI cable to your Chromebook. This is also common.
- A mini DisplayPort port that allows you to connect a mini-DisplayPort-to-HDMI cable to your Chromebook. This is more rare.
- A VGA port that allows you to connect a VGA cable directly to your Chromebook. Almost no Chromebooks have a VGA port to connect to an external monitor. Some older monitors may still use VGA and need an adapater.
Depending on the device you’re connecting your Chromebook to, you may need one of several adapters. For example, if your Chromebook has a micro HDMI port and you want to connect it to an older projector that requires a VGA connection, you’ll need to get a micro-HDMI-to-VGA adapter cable.
If you’re not sure which port your Chromebook has, consult the manual or specifications for your specific model of Chromebook. Once you have the correct cable, simply use it to connect your Chromebook to your external display. View our guide on the specific settings to make the monitor work the best.
Conclusion: Buying an External Monitor for Chromebook
Again, it is vital to understand what kind of connectivity your Chromebook has. This will make sure you get the right cable to attach an external monitor. A little planning ahead makes sure that you do not need to buy adapters later to hook up an external monitor to a Chromebook. It would not be fun to buy a monitor only to find out that you do not have the right cable to connect it to your Chromebook!