Laptop has both Mini DisplayPort & HDMI, connect TWO external screens at same time?

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Hi,

I am planning on buying this laptop: http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/N551V...T_1829315.html

In the description, it says it has both an HDMI port and a Mini DisplayPort. Does this mean I could connect two external monitors to this laptop without needing any other adapter? Specifically, could I buy two of these monitors and connect them both to my laptop simultaneously without needing any other equipment (and also would there be any lag?): http://www.europc.co.uk/professional...ty-112345.html

And if not, how else could I go about connecting those two monitors to that laptop?

Thanks!
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The monitor you've linked to would require adapters as DisplayPort is a different port to a Mini DisplayPort, also there is no HDMI output listed on that monitor. (Monitor spec: 1x DVI-D with HDCP, 1x VGA, 1x DisplayPort)

Maybe look at getting two BenQ monitors such as these (http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B005OPLG0O) with HDMI inputs and also get a Mini DisplayPort (Male) to HDMI (Male) adapter / cable.

The graphics card (NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 960M) is capable of outputting to multiple monitors, however it depends on if all outputs are actually coming from the card or only one. Either way the laptop would be able to output to multiple monitors but you may have a small drop in overall graphics performance - so games etc may see an impact on the external monitors unless the graphics card is powering it. If mobility isn't critical a desktop PC would be much better suited for this task.

TL;DR: this laptop has enough power and either way it'll be able to power two monitor outputs - consider different monitors.
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(Original post by davidbain)
The monitor you've linked to would require adapters as DisplayPort is a different port to a Mini DisplayPort, also there is no HDMI output listed on that monitor. (Monitor spec: 1x DVI-D with HDCP, 1x VGA, 1x DisplayPort)

Maybe look at getting two BenQ monitors such as these (http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B005OPLG0O) with HDMI inputs and also get a Mini DisplayPort (Male) to HDMI (Male) adapter / cable.

The graphics card (NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 960M) is capable of outputting to multiple monitors, however it depends on if all outputs are actually coming from the card or only one. Either way the laptop would be able to output to multiple monitors but you may have a small drop in overall graphics performance - so games etc may see an impact on the external monitors unless the graphics card is powering it. If mobility isn't critical a desktop PC would be much better suited for this task.

TL;DR: this laptop has enough power and either way it'll be able to power two monitor outputs - consider different monitors.
Many thanks for this!

I won't be doing any gaming on the laptop/screens so as long as the second external screen isn't atrociously different to the first external screen, then that should be fine (I don't mind if it's noticeable, just not extreme!)

If I was to buy two of these monitors, would it work with that Asus laptop: http://www.cclonline.com/product/192...0-1ms/MON3440/

But as you say, I would need a Mini DisplayPort to DisplayPort adapter, correct? I've tried looking for this, but all I can find the reverse: http://www.lindy.co.uk/cables-adapte...FQsPaQodvi4NQQ

Or are you saying that I should use a Mini DispalayPort to HDMI adapter, so that both screens are connected using an HDMI, with screen 1 being connected using the laptops HDMI output, and the second screen being connected through a Mini DisplayPort-to-HDMI adapter. Under this scenario, the two screens would have exactly the same quality of output, because they are both (effectively) connected through HDMI? And would this Mini DispalayPort to HDMI adapter be suitable: http://www.lindy.co.uk/cables-adapte...FQsPaQodvi4NQQ

Thanks!
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(Original post by davidbain)
The monitor you've linked to would require adapters as DisplayPort is a different port to a Mini DisplayPort, also there is no HDMI output listed on that monitor. (Monitor spec: 1x DVI-D with HDCP, 1x VGA, 1x DisplayPort)

Maybe look at getting two BenQ monitors such as these (http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B005OPLG0O) with HDMI inputs and also get a Mini DisplayPort (Male) to HDMI (Male) adapter / cable.

The graphics card (NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 960M) is capable of outputting to multiple monitors, however it depends on if all outputs are actually coming from the card or only one. Either way the laptop would be able to output to multiple monitors but you may have a small drop in overall graphics performance - so games etc may see an impact on the external monitors unless the graphics card is powering it. If mobility isn't critical a desktop PC would be much better suited for this task.

TL;DR: this laptop has enough power and either way it'll be able to power two monitor outputs - consider different monitors.
Also, its just dawned on me - when I've been talking about having two screens, I mean for these two screens to be independent as well as simultaneous - by that I mean that I want the two screens to be able to show me two different displays, not just two screens of the same display...do you see what I'm saying? So for example, I want to have my laptop screen showing iTunes, Screen 1 (hooked up through standard HDMI) showing Excel and Screen 2 (hooked up via Mini DisplayPort-to-Display Port cable/adapter) showing Chrome - is ALL of this possible with the laptop I intend to buy? (linked here again for completeness: http://www.saveonlaptops.co.uk/N551V...T_1829315.html

Will the following pieces of equipment allow me to do this?:

1. A standard HDMI cable (for Screen 1)

2. Mini DisplayPort to Display Port cable (for Screen 2)
http://www.kenable.co.uk/product_inf...oducts_id=4859

3. TWO of these monitors, (one to be connected via HDMI, the other to be connected via Mini DisplayPort-to-DisplayPort using the cable above)
http://www.cclonline.com/product/115...0YUBgL_j_Van6w

Do let me know your thoughts on this!

Thanks!
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