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Many of us spend a lot of time in the living room - whether we're streaming the latest Netflix series or playing games on the console. But did you know that you can also use your TV as a monitor for your computer?

In this guide, I'll give you a step-by-step guide on how to set up your TV as a monitor and the benefits of doing so.

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  • Larger screen: Enjoy films, series and games on a huge screen.
  • Better picture: Modern TVs offer excellent picture quality with high resolutions and HDR support.
  • More connections: Many TVs have several HDMI connections to which you can connect lots of different devices.
  • Cheaper: TVs are generally cheaper than comparable monitors.


  • A television with an HDMI input: Most modern televisions have at least one HDMI input.
  • A computer with HDMI output: Most modern computers have an HDMI output.
  • An HDMI cable: You can buy an HDMI cable at any electronics shop.
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  • Set the resolution of your TV to the native resolution. This will ensure the best picture quality.
  • Adjust the brightness and contrast of your TV.
  • Use your TV's speakers or connect external speakers.
  • If you have problems with the sound reproduction, make sure that the audio output of your computer is set to the TV.

Using your TV as a monitor is an easy way to extend your workspace or entertainment centre. Enjoy the benefits of a larger screen, better picture quality and more connections.

Setup for Windows

  1. Connect the HDMI cable to the HDMI output of your computer and the HDMI input of your TV.
  2. Switch on your TV and computer.
  3. Select the correct input on your TV. (Usually the input is recognised automatically).
  4. Adjust the display settings of your computer. To do this, right-click on the desktop and select "Screen resolution". Select the desired resolution and refresh rate.
  5. Expand the desktop (optional). If you want to use the TV as a second monitor, select the "Extend" option in the "Screen resolution" menu.

Setup for Mac

  1. Connect the HDMI cable to the HDMI output of your Mac and the HDMI input of your TV.
  2. Switch on your TV and Mac.
  3. Select the correct input on your TV.
  4. Click on the Apple icon and select "System Preferences"
  5. Select "Displays".
  6. Select the "Arrangement" tab.
  7. Check the "Mirror" tab.
  8. Drag the menu bar of your Mac onto the screen of your TV.
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