HDMI Input on laptops.

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  1. user54321

    user54321 Notebook Enthusiast

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    Hi, is there any options in 2018 to use laptop's screen as monitor? The only device I know at the moment is capture card, but I doubt I gives lag free experience, also uses laptop's resources, besides that as I know you have everything to setup to see picture so basicly device must be connected to TV or monitor first to setup otherwise you have to do everything as blind. How about TV tuner cards? I don't think new laptops with HDMI In yet exist.
     
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    saturnotaku Notebook Prophet

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    USB capture devices like the Elgato HD60-S are designed for smooth 1080p/60 footage. Beyond this, you're looking at PCI-Express/Thunderbolt 3 options, which are very pricey.
     
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    Only older Alienwares had HDMI In,
    also capture cards do not take any ressources at all. That's the point of them.
     
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    ssj92 Neutron Star

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    Alienware M17xR3
    Alienware M17xR4
    Alienware M18xR1
    Alienware M18xR2
    Alienware 17 R1
    Alienware 18
    Clevo X7200

    These are all the laptops I know of that support HDMI In without any capture cards.

    Unfortunately this feature has never been made ever again (Don't know why it's actually quite useful).

    However, this is probably the most popular option as of 2018 for USB 3.0 type-c/thunderbolt capable devices:

    https://www.amazon.com/Elgato-Game-Capture-HD60-PlayStation/dp/B01DRWCOGA
     
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    user54321 Notebook Enthusiast

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    About these laptop I know - they are too big, heavy and old. I would get AW17 R5 with HDMI IN as a main laptop, but unfortunately it doesn't have it. Anyway, the capture card as Elgato HD60S is interesting device, but I'm afraid about freezes, I don't think I can have lag free video as on any monitor, also I think I won't see picture until I setup the device, but this is impossible without connection to a monitor or TV. And finaly, I found on their website system requirements - i5 and GTX 600. That means probably it uses GPU and GPU, so basicly I can't use laptop for heavy loads when play games on PS4 for example.
     
  6. Grant B Gibson

    Grant B Gibson Notebook Deity

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    I'm confused, why would you need a laptop monitor for your PS4? Just get a normal monitor, its not like its going to make a difference anyways.
    But unfortunatly, no laptops have HDMI in or any displays in anymore, if you need a portable monitor you can buy one
     
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    saturnotaku Notebook Prophet

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    Portable monitors are an option, but good ones cost stupid money. A capture card is more portable, and as was said above, is optimized to deliver as lag-free an experience as practical.
     
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    user54321 Notebook Enthusiast

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    I don't need regular monitor, I want everything to work on the go. I had portable monitor, but it's too dim, especially in sunny day, besides that it takes more space in backpack, that's why I think about capture card, maybe this is better option.
     
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    Starlight5 So what if I'm crazy? The best people are.

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    @user54321 use a tablet with 802.11ac 2x2 WLAN adapter & bright IPS screen (e.g. Surface Go) as wireless display via Windows Connect feature. No wires or whatever required, not even common wifi network. I have Chuwi Surbook Mini for very same purpose - 1x1 802.11ac noticeably affects experience, get a used Surface 3 or something else strictly with 2x2 802.11ac if you're on a budget.
     
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    You didn't read my question. I need only HDMI. Windows Connect feature works only with Windows, not Mac OS, Linux, gaming consoles and other devices. Besides that 15" portable monitor is bigger than Surface Go screen and cheaper.
     
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