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Giantkiller
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Can I run dual monitors from a laptop using 2 different HDMI outs?

Just curious if there's anyway this could work. Got a cheap laptop running Win11 with one HDMI out, and a USB-c docking station with another HDMI out. Is there a way I could somehow do dual monitors using these 2 ports? Or would that freak everything out?


Joshjrn
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How cheap are we talking? Your ceiling is likely set by the max resolution your gpu can handle.


Giantkiller
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Lenovo but still running 12gb ram. I've put it through the ringer with multiple office programs, streaming TV shows and even Fortnite at around the same time and it seems to be holding up.

It was a little over $500 and I'm blown away with how it's running. I fully expected to be bringing it back by now.


Joshjrn
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Assuming it doesn’t have a discrete gpu, what specific sku is the processor?


Giantkiller
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I don't know what that means but it's got an Intel Core i5-1135G7, and a Processor Speed of 2.4 gigahertz. Graphic card is Intel Iris Xe. Running Win11 Pro.


BabySam
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It would depend on if the usb-c on laptop pushed graphics over the port or not. It may just be for charging…need to check specs or test port


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Giantkiller
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Will do. Actually I got a few HDMI cables sitting around so I'm gonna plug them both in to just see what happens. I'll let yall know


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zippyputt
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Can’t hurt to try. I don’t know my work computer specs, but I use 1 monitor on HDMI from an HP Thunderbolt dock and 1 USB from it too. Had to play around with it.


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Joshjrn
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I don't know what that means but it's got an Intel Core i5-1135G7


That's what I was asking

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In this Core i5, the Xe uses 80 of the 96 EUs clocked at 400 MHz to 1,300 MHz. The graphics adapter can drive up to 4 monitors in resolutions up to SUHD 4320p@60, and the built-in video decoder can handle AVC, HEVC, VP9 and last but not the least AV1-encoded videos. LINK .
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Now, like others said, it's going to depend on what kind of output ports you have, but your chip should be able to handle it.
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mdomingue
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If you look at port extenders this is the caveat you will see on many.

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Note: NOT for all USB-C port laptop, such as this adapter CANNOT work with HP Pavilion/Lenovo IdeaPad, You need to confirm that your host device's C port supports video output or DP Alt Mode, and you can normally see the DP-logo next to the port if this is the case,



What model Lenovo is it? ETA: give the full name and model number, like a Lenovo Yoga 920
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skrayper
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Yes, it should be able to run it.
That being said, the HDMI on the docking station may be limited which means you'll want to run both external displays at the lower resolution.


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