How to connect Multiple Monitors to Dell XPS
So it has been 3 years since my last laptop purchase and I didn’t take the time to think about how to connect monitors to it. In that time period things have changed from VGA and DVI to HDMI and Display Port. I assumed that connecting dual monitors would work without an issue since I’ve never thought about it before. The Dell XPS only has one HDMI and one of the new Display Ports. My confusion was over the Display Port because, all of the articles on the web talk about Apple’s display port so I was not certain they were exactly the same and I needed a cable to connect to the monitor. If I bought the Apple cable, would it work? I finally broke down and called Dell Sales and Tech Support, both gave wrong and different answers the first time but at least they gave me information to think about. It is amazing that the people I originally talked to at Dell had no idea of how to do this. The Sales department didn’t understand why I needed dual monitors. Really, come on. The sales person tried to sell me a HDMI splitter for over $100, but quite frankly I don’t believe that would have actually gotten me the extended display. I assume it would be the same picture on both monitors. Anyway after a bit more research I called Dell Tech Support back with my new knowledge and new assumptions and got a tech that actually knew what they were talking about. This person knew what display port cable I needed and also told me it was not available on the web site so, good news they just sent me one. At this point my feelings of frustration and anger started to change for the better. I still don’t know if the Apple Display port cable would work or not but at this point I don’t care. The Tech said I would be able to get 2 external monitors with extended display but said that I would not be able to use my laptop monitor. Fine I can accept that, but to my surprise when I hooked up the two external monitors I was also able to get my laptop monitor to work as well. So beautiful. I now am able to have 3 extended displays. Despite all the bad information I found and was told, I ended up with a low cost solution that is better than what I initially expected. Thanks last Dell Tech support person. You are the best! To all you other people, writing bad information and working for Dell with no clue, please stop and go find another line of work. I know harsh but, truly you need to stop.
How to connect 3 Displays
FACT: Dell XPS L702X will support 3 displays. 2 External, plus the Laptop monitor.
- Connect one monitor using HDMI cable.
- Connect other monitor using Display Port to VGA converter cable. I assume Display Port to DVI or to HDMI would work if you find the right cable.
In my case I have two external HD monitors running and both look great. I was worried about using the VGA connection with the other being HDMI but I don’t see a difference yet.
Hope this helps you!