PLUG­GING IT IN

Investment Executive - - BYB - — DANNY BRAD­BURY

When buy­ing a mon­i­tor, don’t for­get one of the most im­por­tant con­sid­er­a­tions of all: how to con­nect it to your com­puter. There have been sev­eral dis­play con­nec­tor plug stan­dards over the years. The ear­li­est — now largely de­funct — was video graph­ics ar­ray (VGA). It was fol­lowed up with digital vis­ual in­ter­face (DVI) and Dis­playPort, both of which still are com­monly used, along with high-def mul­ti­me­dia in­ter­face (HDMI), which also feeds sound into your mon­i­tor. Any mod­ern dis­play should sup­port these lat­ter con­nec­tor stan­dards.

Thun­der­bolt (in its lat­est it­er­a­tion, known as USB-C) will be­come in­creas­ingly preva­lent. This is the sin­gle com­puter plug to rule them all, pro­vid­ing data, dis­play and even power through a sin­gle ca­ble.

The ad­van­tage of both Dis­playPort and Thun­der­bolt is that they also carry data. This fea­ture can be use­ful if you have con­nec­tors for USB de­vices such as hard drives or wire­less head­phones on the back of your mon­i­tor be­cause you can access them all via a sin­gle ca­ble run­ning be­tween your mon­i­tor and your com­puter.

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