Can I connect two displays to the HP Chromebook 14?
The HP Chromebook 14 series is a very popular line of Chromebooks. If you look at the list of Chromebook 14 devices, there’s something for everyone. If you recently bought any of the HP Chromebook 14 variants, you might be wondering about connecting multiple displays. Luckily, you can easily connect two monitors to your HP Chromebook 14 with a little bit of work.
The majority of Chromebook 14 models have an HDMI port for connecting the first display. All newer models also feature at least one USB-C port which you can use for connecting a second monitor. In this article, we’ll discuss how to get up and running with two displays connected to your HP Chromebook 14.
What you need:
- HP Chromebook 14 with HDMI port and USB-C port.
- Two monitors with an HDMI connection.
- One USB-C to HDMI adapter.
- Two HDMI cables.
To set up your two monitors, first connect monitor #1 to your Chromebook using the built-in HDMI port. This is quite easy and only requires an HDMI cable, which you can obtain from Amazon for a few bucks if you don’t have one already.
Connecting the second monitor involves a little more work. You’ll need a USB-C to HDMI adapter, which you can also find on Amazon for around $15-20. You can also choose to purchase a nicer USB-C dock which will allow you to add more peripherals to your setup down the road. This will also require a second HDMI cable.
Connect the USB-C end of the adapter to your Chromebook. Plug in the HDMI cable, then connect the other end of the HDMI cable to monitor #2. You should be all set with two displays connected to your HP Chromebook 14.
Don’t buy an HDMI splitter. While those look like they can get the job done, they actually only mirror the output to multiple monitors, so you’ll see the same thing on two monitors, which is not what you want. You want to use extended mode on multiple monitors with a Chromebook.
Chromebooks allow you to configure the display settings, and the usual options are available. You can use extended mode, mirrored, and even change the resolution. If you connect both monitors using the guide above, the Chromebook should detect the displays and show them in the Display tab, where you can configure them. One of the only disadvantages to an external display is that you can’t use your Chromebook’s touchscreen.
After you gather the necessary cables and adapters, everything is pretty much plug and play. Choose your favorite display mode and get to work. Let us know if you have any questions on this process in the comments below.