According to Statista, there will be over 20 million Chromebooks sold and shipped in 2020. Many Chromebook users – especially for those whose companies have standardized on the Google platform – want to connect to their TV when they are working from home. Sounds simple – but like many things in life, it can be more complicated than it appears once you start.
Nearly every Chromebook has a video output port. The challenge is that different models have different cable connectors. For example, the spill-resistant and student-friendly Dell 3100 has a full-size HDMI port – and connects with a standard cable. But the elegant Google Pixelbook Go will support a 4K display through the USB-C port on the device – requiring either an adapter or special cable to your television. But once you get the cable connected – all you need to do is change the source to start working on your Chromebook using your TV.
If you have a Chromecast receiver, this is an easy way to connect your Chromebook to your TV. Assuming that the two devices are on the same network, you can cast your screen to the TV using your Chrome browser to enable you to share your screen. This is a nice option when you are wanting to show photos or videos on your device, or for occasional use. If you are looking to use this in a traditional collaboration setting such as a classroom or a meeting room, then you may want to look at a wireless screen mirroring system to enable faster switching between presenters – or have multiple presenters simultaneously sharing the same screen.
When choosing a wireless streaming device for your office, going for Google Chromecast might seem like a good idea to you. While this consumer solution performs great in a living room for entertainment content, it is not necessarily suitable for the business environment where data security is essential.
If you want to have more than one person share a TV with a Chromebook or other device, then you will want to look at a purpose-built wireless screen mirroring system such as a BenQ InstaShow. While these are more expensive than a Chromecast receiver, they can facilitate better collaboration – and pay for themselves in time savings alone. Here are some of the reasons you may want to use this to connect to your TV:
There are also other reasons to look at these systems – including security and managing network bandwidth.
If you want to use a TV to collaborate with a Chromebook, you may want to learn more about how to use these types of systems and determine which one might be the best one for your situation – and budget.