Please recommend a good VGA to HDMI adapter
August 16, 2018 7:18 AM   Subscribe

I'm looking to connect a Lenovo ThinkPad T410 to an Insignia LED TV (NS-40D510NA17/NS-40D510MX17). The TV has HDMI ports (along with standard AV inputs), but the laptop only has a VGA port and a headphone jack. Thanks!

If it is a better option to go VGA to AV/RCA inputs, that would be good to know too.
posted by jammy to Computers & Internet (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Use a chromecast to 'cast' a web page to the tv over wifi.
posted by theora55 at 7:24 AM on August 16, 2018

Are you sure your T410 doesn't have DisplayPort? If it does, your best option is to go from DisplayPort to HDMI.
posted by Candleman at 7:33 AM on August 16, 2018 [4 favorites]

And if it does, I have used both Lenovo and Monoprice branded DisplayPort to HDMI adaptors with my Lenovos, though I've not played anything that's had had any kind of HDCP DRM.
posted by Candleman at 8:29 AM on August 16, 2018

You can pick up a used thinkpad dock on ebay for about $10. That will get you a DisplayPort and a DVI output, either of which can be used with a x-to-HDMI cable. This will get you much higher quality video than a vga adapter.
posted by monotreme at 8:59 AM on August 16, 2018

It has DisplayPort. It says so on the spec sheet.
posted by w0mbat at 11:32 AM on August 16, 2018 [1 favorite]

Nthing to use a DisplayPort adapter instead; it'll be cheaper and give a higher-quality output. Here is a diagram that shows where the DisplayPort should be on your laptop.
posted by Aleyn at 12:05 PM on August 16, 2018 [1 favorite]

You don't need a separate adapter. Just get a cable with a DisplayPort connector on one end and HDMI on the other end. There is no signal conversion involved. It's just a wired connection.
posted by JackFlash at 12:09 PM on August 16, 2018 [1 favorite]

Thank you everyone!
posted by jammy at 6:40 AM on August 20, 2018

Just a follow up: I was somehow assuming that a Display Port Adaptor would also convey audio - my mistake. One also needs a separate AV cable to get the audio to the TV.

I should have been more specific with my question.
posted by jammy at 2:07 PM on September 3, 2018

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