You don’t need a computer to use a monitor. You can connect your monitor to any device that has an HDMI or DisplayPort output, including a laptop or tablet.
Laptops and tablets generally don’t have the processing power to run games and other graphics-intensive applications, but they can still drive a monitor by passing off the workload to the GPU (graphics processing unit) in the monitor.
If you want to play games on your tablet or laptop, you’ll need to download software that lets you use your PC as an external display. This will let you mirror what’s on your screen onto the larger screen, which is great for gaming.
There are also third-party apps like AirServer and Virtual Desktop that let you stream video from your phone or tablet onto your larger screen. These apps require a bit of setup, but once they’re running they’ll let you watch videos from Netflix or Hulu on your TV without having to buy any extra hardware.
Last modified: August 17, 2022