Most MC3-issued laptops will have some or all of the ports described below for the purpose of connecting personal devices.
Common Windows laptop ports
Pictured below is a USB port:
This type of port is most commonly used to connect printers, external hard drives, USB flash drives, headphone/microphone combination headsets, and wired mouses or keyboards.
This is an HDMI port:
This type of port is used to connect an external computer monitor or an LCD television.
Pictured is an Ethernet port and cable:
This port is used to connect your laptop to an internet service provider's modem/router. This provides a wired connection to the internet and your home network (if you have one).
Finally, here is an example of a headphone port:
This port is used to connect headphones, external amplifiers and/or loudspeakers.
An example of a each type of port on a MacBook:
The USB, HDMI, and headphone ports function the same on a MacBook as they do on Windows laptop. The thunderbolt ports are used to connect a variety of external devices, including but not limited to external monitors, hard drives, and Ethernet cables (using an adapter).
Rules of Thumb for Connecting Personal Devices to a laptop
Windows key and the letter P simultaneously to select the view you desire. On a MacBook choose the "Displays" icon in System Preferences and then choose the the desired configuration using the "Arrangement" tab.
Article ID: 8214
Created On: Mon, Apr 6, 2020 at 12:35 PM
Last Updated On: Mon, Apr 12, 2021 at 1:58 PM
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